2017 ABT Lake Jordan Preview
Rex Chambers and Brent Crow
by Dan O’Sullivan
Decatur, Ala. January 23, 2017 – For the second time in the past three seasons, Lake Jordan, the Coosa River impoundment in Wetumpka, Ala., will be the site of the season opening event for the 2017 Alabama Bass Trail Southern Division schedule.
While it’s not the first time Lake Jordan has hosted an ABT season opener, it will the first time that any Alabama Bass Trail Southern Division event will feature a full field. To date, the 2017 Alabama Bass Trail Southern Division will feature a full field of 225 boats; the first time that has occurred in the history of the tour’s Southern Division.
When one looks at the field of anglers, there are a few that stand out immediately as favorites on any of the lakes. When the topic of discussion is Lake Jordan, the team of Rex Chambers and Brent Crow are some of those that come to mind. The reason, since the inception of the Trail in 2014, Chambers and Crow have posted 15th, 8th, and second place finishes.
One of the reasons is their confidence of their own knowledge of the lake. “We looked at the schedule this year and felt like there were some good opportunities for us to win an event,” said Chambers. “Jordan is one of those places that we both feel comfortable and expect ourselves to at least finish in the top five, but a win is what we’ll be shooting for.”
While they feel confident in their chances, the pair realize that the prevailing conditions will make the fishing anything but usual. “Jordan is typically a spotted bass event – especially in the winter to early spring – but we don’t think it will be this year,” they reported. “The warm weather we’ve had is probably going to mean that the fish will likely be shallower, and it will likely mean that largemouth are going to play a lot more than usual.”
With that said, Chambers and Crow felt that the expected use of jerkbaits, offshore jigs and Shaky Heads would likely fall by the wayside. “We’ll probably focus our attention more towards swimbaits, shallow crankbaits and spinnerbaits,” they said. “We’re expecting to have to think differently than we have in the past, but that’s fishing.”
Participants will be expected to attend a mandatory registration and briefing meeting on February 17<sup>th</sup> at 5:00 to 7:00 at the Wetumpka Civic Center, located at 410 South Main Street, in Wetumpka, Alabama 36092. On Saturday February 18<sup>th</sup>, the daily launch will be held at both Bonner’s Landing and the State Park Launch with the weigh in happening at the State Park Launch facility.
The sponsors of the 2016 Alabama Bass Trail include; Phoenix Bass Boats, GP8 Oxygen Water, Bill Penney Toyota, Academy Sports & Outdoors, Wind Creek –Wetumpka, Wind Creek – Montgomery, Garmin, T-H Marine Supplies, Wedowee Marine, Lews Fishing, Tennessee Valley Authority, Fish Neely Henry, Power-Pole, Hydrowave, YETI, AFTCO, Alabama Power, E3 Sports Apparel.
For information about Alabama Bass Trail and for complete tournament standings visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.