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2013 Elite Series Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite

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Home-field advantage is always questionable in a bass tournament, especially at this level. Often a new set of eyes finds an unexpected gold mine on any body of water. However, even local anglers like Matt Herren of Trussville, Ala., haven't seen the Alabama River like this, and it's not just due to the high flow.

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Current Angler of the Year Standings

 

1 Edwin Evers 430
2 Skeet Reese 405
3 Kevin VanDam 393
4 Ishama Monroe 386
5 Alton Jones 380
6 Aaron Martens 371
7 Cliff Crochet 368
8 Chris Zaldain 366
9 Keith Combs 363
10 Bobby Lane 360
11 Terry Scroggins 352
12 Dean Rojas 345

 

AOY race heats up

 

Evers’ win in the Charge helped him beef up his lead in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race. But instead of Kevin VanDam, now Skeet Reese is hot on Evers’ heals. The leader going into the Charge by just six points over VanDam, Evers now has a 25-point lead over Reese. VanDam trails Evers now by 37 points.

“We’re a long way from the end, nobody’s out of this AOY thing yet,” Evers said. “I’m just trying to finish each event as high as I can.”

Eight regular-season events determine the AOY winner. Pros earn points at each event according to their finishes, and the pro with the highest number of points is declared the winner of the title that Reese says is the most important to him in the sport of bass fishing.

Evers is after his first AOY title. VanDam has won it seven times. Reese was the AOY of 2007.

KVD day 3 AM report

KVD fishing on day 3 with hurt ribs

KVD takes a shot to the ribs from his boat's grab handle as he lands fish No. 1. It's a 3-pounder. He said it's worth it, but he is now fishing with hurting ribs.

 

KVD thoughts heading to day 3

 

"With 50 less boats out there, I think the weights will go up even more now," said Kevin VanDam, who, like clockwork, made his 25th straight Top 50 cut on the Elite Series. He moved up from 53rd place Thursday to 30th Friday.

"These spotted bass are definitely fickle. You've got to figure out the right casting angle."

As the flooded Alabama River gradually recedes, the spotted bass are relocating each day.

Day 2, Alabama River Charge

KVD thoughts after day 1

 

Because the Charge is the fifth of eight regular-season Elite events, the AOY race is heating up. Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., seeking his first AOY title, led the points race going into the Charge. Seven-time AOY Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., was six points behind him. The 2007 AOY, Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., was third, trailing Evers by 14 points.

Reese and VanDam are reliving the AOY races of 2009 and 2010. Reese almost had both of those titles to add to his of 2007, but VanDam took them in the 11th hour — on the Alabama River during the postseason. With the postseason no longer determining the AOY winner, there are four events remaining in 2013 — including the Charge — for Reese and VanDam to settle old scores.

At fifth place, Evers fared the best on the opening day of the Charge. Reese was 26th with 15-4. VanDam was 53rd with 12-7.

“The current slowed down a little bit in the area I have,” VanDam said. “I expect to do a lot better tomorrow.”

KVD - day 1 - Alabama River Charge

KVD's thoughts going into the Alambama River Charge

 

Kevin VanDam sees this tournament shaping up the same way. "This is a great fishery and a lot of fish are going to be caught," said VanDam, the seven-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year. "Because of the current, it's going to make it a lot easier.

"After three days of practice, I think it will take 16-pounds a day to be fishing on Sunday (when the field is cut to the Top 12). And you could get there by catching spots or largemouth."

Angler of the Year standings heading into the Alabama River Charge

 

1 Edwin Evers 330
2 Kevin VanDam 324
3 Skeet Reese 316
4 Chris Zaldain 304
5 Casey Ashley 304
6 Ishama Monroe 303
7 Keith Combs 300
8 Cliff Crochet 293
9 Todd Faircloth 290
10 Cliff Pace 290
11 Gary Klein 289
12 Terry Scroggins 288
13 Pete Ponds 287
14 Alton Jones 283
15 Aaron Martens 278
16 Jeff Kriet 275
17 Gerald Swindle 273
18 Dean Rojas 269
19 Bobby Lane 266
20 Matt Reed 265

 

2013 Elite Series Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite
Alabama River, Montgomery, Alabama
May 9 - May 13, 2013

Leaderboard

1
Edwin Evers - 75-13
1. 17-15, 2. 17-12, 3. 22-6, 4. 17-12
2
Brent Chapman - 74-1
1. 17-2, 2. 23-5, 3. 18-3, 4. 14-13
3
Stephen Kennedy - 72-5
1. 15-12, 2. 16-1, 3. 23-3, 4. 17-5
4
Alton Jones - 71-8
1. 16-6, 2. 20-4, 3. 17-4, 4. 17-10
5
John Murray - 65-7
1. 18-9, 2. 14-1, 3. 14-1, 4. 18-12
6
Tommy Biffle - 63-0
1. 11-9, 2. 16-6, 3. 17-10, 4. 17-7
7
Bobby Lane - 61-8
1. 17-15, 2. 16-4, 3. 16-13, 4. 10-8
8
Aaron Martens - 60-12
1. 15-15, 2. 12-5, 3. 18-12, 4. 13-12
9
David Walker - 60-2
1. 14-0, 2. 16-9, 3. 20-4, 4. 9-5
10
Paul Elias - 59-10
1. 18-4, 2. 16-1, 3. 10-4, 4. 15-1
11
Randy Howell - 55-8
1. 17-0, 2. 14-14, 3. 12-3, 4. 11-7
12
Skeet Reese - 52-0
1. 15-4, 2. 11-15, 3. 19-13, 4. 5-0
32
Kevin VanDam - 38-14
1. 12-7, 2. 14-5, 3. 12-2

History & Notes;

Big Bass

Day 1: Kelly Jordon, 6-4

Day 2: Brent Chapman, 5-11

Day 4: Tommy Biffle, 4-11