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April 22, 2014

OUTDOORS: Small Jordan Lake proves to be successful stop on Bass Trail

Some lakes are suited with their size and number of ramps to hold major tournament events. Some lakes just are not in that category. Jordan Lake, just east of Clanton, Ala., happens to not be in that category. Jordan Lake is small with the upper and lower dams only separated by about 12 miles. There are only two or three major creek arms on the entire lake and those only take about 30 seconds to run from front to back at any speed. There are two major ramps and both parking lots combined will hold about 100 boats and trailers. With just those few negatives going for it, you wouldn’t think that a tournament trail would take a 150-plus boat field there for a tournament. That is unless you’re the director for the Alabama Bass Trail.

Jordan Lake is not only a good fishery, it’s a great fishery. Regardless of the logistical nightmares Jordan Lake presented, the Alabama Bass Trail folks made it work this past weekend on their third stop of the season in their Southern Division.

  With 150 teams entered into the event, even coordinator Kay Donaldson and her entire crew made the event work pretty much flawlessly. Anglers at the pre-tournament meeting were informed that half would be launching from one main ramp with others going from the weigh-in site. All would eventually take off at safe light from the lower ramp down by the dam, and it worked out great. No huge lines, no parking nightmares. The staff and crew pulled off a great tournament considering all the obstacles that were popping up in the way.

Known for its spotted bass, Lake Jordan also produces great catches of largemouth on any given day. Jordan regulars, Aaron Smith and Mark Wallace proved that largemouth play a huge role in tournament fishing on Jordan. The team put together a five bass limit of largemouth that tipped the scales at 18.66 pounds to take home the first place check of $10,000. The Jordan Lake regulars had a narrow win over two more regulars on the lake, Shaye Baker and Ben Weldon. Baker and Weldon missed the first place prize by only .23 pounds by fishing jigs and spinnerbaits around the grass edges. With their second place finish, Baker and Weldon also won big fish award for the tournament and boosted themselves into the top points position headed into the fourth event that will be held at Miller’s Ferry on the Alabama River May 10th.

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