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Lake Jordan Feature Story With Clent Davis and Lance Poe

Alabama Bass Trail 100 Lake Jordan Preview with Clent Davis and Lance Poe

By Jason Duran

The 2022 Alabama Bass Trail 100 season is here.  The 100 team field is set with some of the very best team anglers in the country. Anglers are not only from Alabama but from 11 states including northern states of Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin and Indiana.  This is the first of three events with the next two events held later this year at Neely Henry Lake and Pickwick Lake. These 100 teams will be working hard to claim the first-place cash prize of $25,000 with a total payout of $100,000 in cash for this event. 

The team of Clent Davis and Lance Poe fished the inaugural 2021 season of the ABT 100 and look forward to fishing together again this year. Clent shared “even though it is in the middle of the deer rut, I am more fired up about bass fishing this year than I have been in a long time. I had to pull out of the Elite Series back in June due to a shoulder injury, but since having shoulder surgery in July, I am fired up and ready to go now.”

The team has been looking at the lake and the generation schedule showing all turbines and flood gates have been open this week pushing lots of water through the system. A huge cold front that has moved into the south dipping the temperatures below freezing could actually help the fishing. In recent weeks, the fishing has been more of a fall type pattern due to the warmer temps. Clent said, “the cooler weather and rain can help increase the weights this week. Just a month ago, before all this rain, the weights would not have been good at all. This much current flowing through the system puts fish where you can catch them and keeps this lake from fishing small this weekend. Teams can fish dam to dam on this lake and catch fish.” 

“This is a spotted bass fishery; the spots continue to bite even with the cooler temperatures. The large-mouth may be knocked back a little by the cooler temperature change, but they are still going to bite both early and late. That large-mouth bite will be one of the keys this weekend. More than likely, it will be a mixed bag that wins this event.” The team expects a lot of 14 -16 pound bags weighed in. The winning weight could be 18 pounds or might be as high as 25 pounds this time of year. 

“The strong current flow in practice will cause the lake to be blown out a little, but it should settle down before this weekend.” A key this weekend will be the water temps; “we don’t want the water temps to drop below the 46° to 47°- if it gets that low it will get tough to catch them,” said Clent. 

Teams will find a few different patterns working this weekend, so catching numbers of fish shouldn’t be that difficult. The key will be finding areas that hold larger fish which will help teams break out of the 14-16 pound range. Teams may have to mix up a few patterns to be able to do that.  

With the current flowing, spotted bass will be targeted on the main river. Teams will focus mostly on current because spotted bass love current. Fishing the current seams and eddies can be a very effective pattern as well as main lake points. Teams will make the run upriver to the Mitchell dam and target fish in the swift current using swimbaits and jigs and crankbaits. 

Anglers looking to target largemouth bass will be primarily fishing grass off the main lake and away from the current. The baits used primarily in these areas are flipping style baits and swim jigs. Clent shared, “If the lake doesn’t stabilize by this weekend, it will probably be won on largemouth.” 

The Pre-Tournament meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Thursday, January 6 at the Wetumpka Civic Center located at 410 S. Main Street in Wetumpka, AL,. Teams need to check in between 5:00 and 6:30pm.

Tune in to the Alabama Bass Trail 100 Facebook page and the Alabama Bass Trail 100 Website (www.alabamabasstrail100.org) for live on the water coverage and live weigh in. All friends and family are welcome to attend this event; bring lawn chairs and practice social distancing. Blast off and Weigh in will take place at State Boat Ramp Road 600 Boat Ramp Road Wetumpka, AL 

Download and listen to the ABT Podcast on your favorite Podcast app by searching for “Alabama Bass Trail Podcast.”  The Podcast is released each week on Tuesday. 

The sponsors of the 2022 Alabama Bass Trail 100 include; Phoenix Bass Boats, Bill Penney Automotive Group, Banjio Sunglasses, Garmin,  America’s First Federal Credit Union, Sweet Home Alabama, Alabama Tourism Department, Buck n’ Bass, TH Marine Supplies, Wedowee Marine, Big Bite Bait Company, Black Rifle Coffee Company,  Anheuser – Busch, Inc., fishalabama.org, and American Baitworks, Lew’s Fishing and Strike King.

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