Coming off a top twelve finish in the Elite Series tournament on Guntersville, I didn’t get much time to practice for the second Southern Open of the year. After fishing the final round on Sunday, we didn’t get our camper moved until Monday and I didn’t get out on the river until Tuesday at 10:30. That left two partial days to practice on a body of water I’d never fished before. After giving it everything I had mentally and physically through practice and four tournament days at Guntersville I was wiped out.
The Alabama River is a large body of water, so with my practice period significantly shortened I had to focus on a limited section of water. I decided to go south both days, fishing the first 20 miles from the launch on Tuesday, and then on Wednesday I picked up at that 20 mile mark and worked down to the dam. I tried to check out both main river and backwater areas but I didn’t find a whole lot of productive water in either location.
The current was on and off, and it rained the entire time we were there. With changing conditions I was fortunate to find a few spotted bass here and there. When I’d get a bite or two I’d leave and try to find something else.
I’d been planning to fish the grass along the bank but on Thursday’s first day of competition they dropped the bottom out of the river. It was about 2 feet low so that plan went out the window and I had to regroup. My backup plan was to spend the majority of the day in a backwater close to the take off. I knew that it produced a lot of fish and with all sorts of lily pads and other cover it just looked fishy. read more…
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- About time to head West -
After the Southern Open on the Alabama River it was time to head home. Not for long though, the western swing is right around the corner. My rig is already heading that direction & I will fly out later this week. It’s been quite some time since I fished the Delta and never on Lake Havasu. I’m looking forward to the challenge!
- No Time to Rest -
Monday morning Deb & I packed up the camper & headed to Montgomery AL, site #2 on the BASS Southern Open lineup. I need to grab a few day’s practice on the Alabama River before the tournament starts on the 16th. I’ve never fished this system and it is massive. Looks like I’m going to have to commit to an area and grind it out.
- I powered through to the Top 12 cut. -
Lake Guntersville is such a great fishery. It suites my style and is chocked full of giant bass. I made the right decisions and fished clean allowing me to qualify for day-4, Top 12 cut. I’m currently in 11th only 8-lb out if the lead. Here that kind of jump is completely doable. See you at 3:00.