DRAGONFLY - RAYMARINE

CHAPMAN LEADS DAY TWO AT THE ALABAMA RIVER

Posted by Z3 MEDIA TEAM on 05/10/2013

Story and photos by Matt Pangrac

Montgomery, AL – Friday’s Elite Series weigh-in at the Alabama River in Montgomery started off with a bang, as each of the first two anglers to cross the stage brought with them limits of spotted bass surpassing the 20-pound mark.  

Leading the way was Kansas’ Brent Chapman, who entered the day in 6th place with 17-12.  The reigning Toyota Angler Of the Year excited the crowd with an impressive limit of giant Coosa River spotted bass weighing a staggering 23-5 to boost his two day total weight to 41-1.    Chapman will enter the weekend with a lead of over 4-pounds over his closest pursuer. 

While Chapman’s limit garnered the most attention on Friday, Alton Jones put together a 20-pound limit of his own.   With 20-4, the Texas pro pushed his two day total to 36-10 to finish the day in 2nd place. 

3rd Place belonged to the current Toyota Angler Of the Year leader, Edwin Evers.  The Oklahoma pro showed remarkable consistency on the Alabama River on Friday, backing up an opening round limit of 17-15 with another 17-12 on Friday for a total weight of 35-11.  

Paul Elias finished the day in 4th place with a total weight of 34-5, and Florida’s Bobby Lane rounded out the top five with 34-3.   

The 5 Day Two Facts from the Alabama River
Tournament: Bassmaster Elite Series (May 9-12)
Location:  Alabama River – Montgomery, Alabama  
Leader/weight:  Brent Chapman (17-12, 23-5: 41-1)
50th place weight: Chad Pipkens (25-3)
Total weight separating 1st place from 10th place: 9-5

1st Place: Brent Chapman (17-12, 23-5: 41-1)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I lost several fish yesterday that would have given me around 20-pounds, so I knew that I was around the right fish.”

How would you summarize your day as a whole? 
“The day really couldn’t have gone any better.  It’s a little bit nerve-racking getting there, but once I get there I literally have a single cast.  I have a really neat little spot and I have one little cast where they are sitting on a little eddy.  I caught a good one to start the day, and I had a 20-pound bag within an hour. I don’t know if the fish just pull up and you catch one, or if there’s a giant mess of them down there.  It’s just incredible.

“It’s about a 45 minute run for me to get to the area, but part of it is going over rapids.  Knowing what is under the water is a little scary, because there are literally times when you feel your boat lifting and dropping going over the rapids. 

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“The first hour of the morning was absolutely the key for me.  When you have a limit of spotted bass weighing over 20-pounds, it’s hard to keep catching them if they’re not going to help.  I went and just fished a little bit and caught a couple other 4 ½-pounders.” 

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“It’s very difficult to position your boat.  If it wasn’t for a good trolling motor and good batteries you couldn’t fish the way that I’m fishing.  I’m on high the entire time.  It’s not easy and the whole entre day is very nerve-wracking.  There’s no place where you can just sit down and relax.” 

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I changed up a little bit and got the right bites today on the right baits and got them in the boat.  I didn’t lose any fish that would have helped, and that was a big difference from yesterday for me.” 

2nd Place: Alton Jones (16-6, 20-4: 36-10)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I know that there are big ones where I’m fishing, but the difference between me and a lot of the guys who are doing really well is that they have a single area where they can just sit on and I really don’t have that.  I have to do quite a bit of moving around.”  

How would you summarize your day as a whole? 
“I got about 10 to 12 bites today, but when I got one, it was usually between 2- and 5-pounds.  The water is moving so fast that most of the fish still aren’t accessible because the water is so high and you can’t get a lure to them.  That really makes me think that I haven’t hurt my fish population. Today I had my weight by around noon and I came back towards the weigh-in because I didn’t want to catch a fish that I might need tomorrow.”

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“The key moment for me was the last good fish that I caught.  I was using 50-pound-test braided line and when I swung the fish into the boat, it came off in midair, bounced off the windshield, and landed on the floor. I immediately tackled it and put it in the livewell.” 

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“The most challenging thing for me is just the long run that I’m making and fighting the current all day.”

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I missed a couple of bites but I never lost a fish today.  I think that my decision making was pretty good, but I’m going to change up my timing a little bit tomorrow because I’ve been struggling early and I’ve been struggling late.”

3rd Place: Edwin Evers (17-15, 17-12: 35-11)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“This morning, I think that the fish bit before I got there because I was boat number 80 out.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to get out early tomorrow and get some good ones right off the bat.”

How would you summarize your day as a whole? 
“It was a lot slower for me today.  I caught my fish really quickly yesterday, and I just struggled today.  I had two good ones and nothing else to go with it and I started fishing a bunch of different stuff.  I was able to get a couple key bites in the afternoon which really helped, because it allowed me to cull two 12-inchers.”

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“I made a couple moves late in the day that really paid off.  I’m pretty excited about both of those spots.”

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“I’m just tired of breaking fish off.  I broke off two yesterday and I broke off two today. I broke them off on the hookset, so I’m not sure if they would have helped or not, but I sure would have liked to know.” 

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“Things could have been really ugly today and I could have come in with 11-pounds, so I’m really happy that I made the right decisions and was able to cull up to the weigh that I had.” 

4th Place: Paul Elias (18-4, 16-1: 34-1)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I really didn’t know what to expect today because I had some company on one of my spots yesterday.” 

How would you summarize your day as a whole? 
“I just caught a fish every once in a while for the first part of the day and was sitting on 10- or 11-pounds.  I managed to catch three more good ones later in the day, and I only caught eight keepers all day.” 

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“My second biggest fish got in a bush and it was just sawing on the line and staying down in the bush.  The current was flowing so hard that I could barely get to the fish, and when I did, I reeled down and poked my rod tip in the water.  I didn’t realize that I had reeled down all the way to my bait and then the fish suddenly came out of the bush.  I went around the boat a couple times with that fish because I couldn’t get my button mashed to give it some slack.  I was really fortunate that I was able to land that fish.” 

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“I pitched up to a spot where I caught a 5-pounder in practice and just got a super hard thump on my bait with only about 12-feet of line out.  When I set the hook, it was about a 15-pound catfish.  That got my attention really quickly and brought me to my knees.” 

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I did alright with my decision making.  I had a little mistake early this morning with my first bite.  The fish hung me up in an underwater hardwood tree, and I just couldn’t get it out or move the fish.  I thought that the fish had gotten off, so I just broke my line.  When I did that, a good one came up and jumped about three times with my bait in its mouth.”

5th Place: Bobby Lane (17-15, 16-14: 34-3)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I thought that I was really going to kill them this morning because I absolutely mauled them on my starting spot yesterday.  I pulled in there this morning and lost a big one on my first cast and caught a little one and that was it.” 

How would you summarize your day as a whole? 
“After my starting area didn’t pan out, I really had to scrape and scratch for every bit that I got.  I caught about a 5-pounder at noon, and from noon until 3:00 I never caught another fish.  If I can ever figure out anything later in the day, it will really benefit me.”

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“The key moment today was when I went to a waypoint and it was the wrong one.  I caught a decent fish and then realized that I had run 15 miles past where I wanted to initially stop.  I ran to that spot, and when I got there I finally figured out where I needed to be fishing.  I made a cast and I just kept reeling and reeling trying to catch up with the current.  As it turns out, a 5-pounder had grabbed the bait as soon as it hit the water. It was the biggest spotted bass that I’ve ever caught in my life.” 

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“Fighting the current is something that I’m not used to.  You really have to be patient, because you break off and then you drift 200 yards away and you have to pick up your trolling motor, put on your life jacket, crank up the motor, and then run back to the area.  It’s pretty frustrating.” 

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I put everything in the boat except for the fish that I lost on the first cast of the day.” 

DAY TWO STANDINGS

 

Place PRO ANGLER
Day 1Day 2 Total Fish Total Weight
FishWeightFishWeight
1 Brent Chapman 5 17-12 5 23- 5 10 41- 1
2 Alton Jones 5 16- 6 5 20- 4 10 36-10
3 Edwin Evers 5 17-15 5 17-12 10 35-11
4 Paul Elias 5 18- 4 5 16- 1 10 34- 5
5 Bobby Lane 5 17-15 5 16- 4 10 34- 3
6 John Murray 5 18- 9 5 14- 1 10 32-10
7 Scott Ashmore 5 15- 0 5 17- 8 10 32- 8
8 Randy Howell 5 17- 0 5 14-14 10 31-14
9 Stephen Kennedy 5 15-12 5 16- 1 10 31-13
10 Greg Vinson 5 13-15 5 17-13 10 31-12
11 Davy Hite 5 15-14 5 15- 9 10 31- 7
12 David Walker 5 14- 0 5 16- 9 10 30- 9
13 Dean Rojas 5 16- 2 5 14- 4 10 30- 6
14 Hank Cherry 5 15- 2 5 15- 0 10 30- 2
15 Jared Miller 5 13- 3 5 16-12 10 29-15
16 Shaw E Grigsby 5 17- 7 5 11- 9 10 29- 0
17 John Crews 5 12- 3 5 16- 6 10 28- 9
18 Jami Fralick 5 14- 7 5 14- 1 10 28- 8
19 Aaron Martens 5 15-15 5 12- 5 10 28- 4
20 Marty Robinson 5 13-14 5 14- 3 10 28- 1
21 Tommy Biffle 5 11- 9 5 16- 6 10 27-15
22 Jason Williamson 5 18- 4 5 9-10 10 27-14
23 Michael Iaconelli 5 17- 5 5 10- 5 10 27-10
24 Matt Reed 5 14-11 5 12-12 10 27- 7
25 Keith Combs 5 15- 1 5 12- 3 10 27- 4
26 Skeet Reese 5 15- 4 5 11-15 10 27- 3
27 Jamie Horton 5 11- 6 5 15-12 10 27- 2
28 Yusuke Miyazaki 5 15- 9 5 11- 5 10 26-14
29 Kenyon Hill 5 9- 6 5 17- 6 10 26-12
30 Kevin VanDam 5 12- 7 5 14- 5 10 26-12
31 Ishama Monroe 5 12-14 5 13-11 10 26- 9
32 Chris Lane 5 13- 6 5 13- 2 10 26- 8
33 Terry Scroggins 5 15-11 5 10-12 10 26- 7
34 Billy McCaghren 5 13- 4 5 13- 2 10 26- 6
35 Casey Scanlon 5 16- 5 5 10- 0 10 26- 5
36 Mike McClelland 5 16-11 5 9- 9 10 26- 4
37 Jonathon VanDam 5 15- 2 5 11- 1 10 26- 3
38 Britt Myers 5 16-10 5 9- 8 10 26- 2
39 Jason Quinn 5 10- 1 5 16- 1 10 26- 2
40 Andy Montgomery 5 10- 7 5 15-11 10 26- 2
41 Chris Zaldain 5 14- 9 5 11- 8 10 26- 1
42 J Todd Tucker 5 17- 0 5 8-13 10 25-13
43 Cliff Crochet 5 14- 9 5 11- 4 10 25-13
44 Boyd Duckett 5 13- 2 5 12-11 10 25-13
45 Clark Reehm 5 8- 9 5 17- 2 10 25-11
46 Bernie Schultz 5 10-10 5 14-15 10 25- 9
47 Matthew Herren 5 14- 2 5 11- 7 10 25- 9
48 Jeremy Starks 5 12- 8 5 13- 1 10 25- 9
49 Russell Lane 5 13-12 5 11-11 10 25- 7
50 Chad Pipkens 5 12-10 5 12- 8 10 25- 2
51 Rick Morris 5 12- 1 5 12-13 10 24-14
52 Greg Hackney 5 15-11 5 9- 2 10 24-13
53 Gerald Swindle 5 13-10 5 11- 2 10 24-12
54 Todd Faircloth 5 13- 6 5 11- 5 10 24-11
55 Morizo Shimizu 5 12-14 5 11-13 10 24-11
56 Derek Remitz 5 16- 0 5 8- 1 10 24- 1
57 Brian Snowden 5 10- 8 5 13- 7 10 23-15
58 Jeff Kriet 5 9- 2 5 14-12 10 23-14
59 Dennis Tietje 5 8- 3 5 15-10 10 23-13
60 Kevin Ledoux 5 16- 6 5 7- 3 10 23- 9
61 Takahiro Omori 5 13- 2 5 10- 7 10 23- 9
62 Ott DeFoe 5 5-15 5 17- 9 10 23- 8
63 Gary Klein 5 8- 6 5 15- 2 10 23- 8
64 Kelly Jordon 5 13- 0 5 10- 4 10 23- 4
65 Stephen Browning 5 8- 7 5 14-12 10 23- 3
66 Cliff Prince 5 10- 4 5 12-15 10 23- 3
67 Rick Clunn 5 11-14 5 11- 4 10 23- 2
68 Mark Davis 5 11- 8 5 11-10 10 23- 2
69 Timmy Horton 5 10- 4 5 12-13 10 23- 1
70 Keith Poche 5 14- 3 5 8-10 10 22-13
71 Kevin Short 5 9- 8 5 12-15 10 22- 7
72 Bill Lowen 5 16- 3 4 6- 1 9 22- 4
73 Fred Roumbanis 5 10- 4 5 11-15 10 22- 3
74 Casey Ashley 5 12- 3 5 9-13 10 22- 0
75 Kotaro Kiriyama 4 7- 3 5 13-14 9 21- 1
76 Kelley Jaye 5 17- 7 2 3- 5 7 20-12
77 Kevin Hawk 5 12- 2 5 8-10 10 20-12
78 Scott Rook 3 7-11 5 12-15 8 20-10
79 Brandon Palaniuk 5 8- 6 5 11- 9 10 19-15
80 Bradley Roy 5 8-10 5 10-14 10 19- 8
81 James Niggemeyer 5 10- 5 5 9- 2 10 19- 7
82 Jared Lintner 3 4-15 5 14- 6 8 19- 5
83 Chip Porche 4 6-13 5 12- 2 9 18-15
84 Michael Simonton 5 10- 8 4 7- 7 9 17-15
85 Matt Greenblatt 5 10-14 5 7- 0 10 17-14
86 Charlie Hartley 4 4- 7 5 13- 5 9 17-12
87 Zell Rowland 5 11- 2 4 6- 3 9 17- 5
88 Kurt Dove 5 12- 3 3 5- 0 8 17- 3
89 Fletcher Shryock 5 9- 5 5 7-11 10 17- 0
90 Nate Wellman 5 9- 4 5 7-11 10 16-15
91 James Elam 3 5- 7 5 10-12 8 16- 3
92 Jason Christie 5 10- 4 5 5-13 10 16- 1
93 Brandon Card 5 8- 9 5 7- 0 10 15- 9
94 Cliff Pirch 5 11- 7 4 4- 0 9 15- 7
95 Cliff Pace 5 9-10 5 5-10 10 15- 4
96 Pete Ponds 5 5- 0 5 10- 2 10 15- 2
97 Byron Haseotes 1 2- 4 5 8- 8 6 10-12
98 Josh Bertrand 3 6-10 « Back to THE STORIES