KJ Talks River Channel Tackle for Eufaula
Decision Time: KJ Talks Main Lake or River Channel for Eufaula Sudden Death Success
By Lynn Burkhead
May 31, 2017
Despite a solid day of
fishing earlier this week, Major League Fishing
pro Kelly Jordon is looking
forward to a change of pace as the Sudden Death
round looms on
eastern Alabama's Lake Eufaula.
Maybe, that is.
Hoping to add the 2017
Lucas Oil Challenge Cup to the 2014 version that
already rests in his trophy case
back home in Flint, Texas, KJ is hopeful for a
more normal day of fishing than
the one he persevered through earlier in the
week during first round
Elimination Day action.
Thanks to fall turnover here at Eufaula, Jordon and the other MLF pros had to battle
conditions and scattered numbers of smaller fish
during the first round. And in
the end, KJ seemed to figure things out as well
as anyone else has this week.
But that doesn't mean that he necessarily liked the tough angling, nor that
he is eager for a second helping.
As his Sudden Death group
prepared to launch onto the upper portion of
Eufaula, Jordon was noticeably
optimistic about his chances to pull off a day
of good fishing.
Why is that? Jordon
said that during fall turnover, the most
consistent place on many lakes is up
river like the section of Eufaula that his group
will be fishing today.
(typical) river fishing up here and maybe I can
get them on a spinnerbait, a
frog, a buzzbait, a squarebill, stuff like
that," KJ said. "I have
those tied on (to rods on my front deck) and I'm
ready to go."
Because of sandbars in the upper river section of Eufaula, Jordon hopes to
have an easier time finding
"They ought to be loaded up on them (the sandbars)," he said.
"They might be schooling
If so, expect the SCORETRACKER LIVE! leaderboard to sing often and early.
But if not, don't be surprised to hear the sound of crickets.
With all of that in
mind, Jordon admitted that he and the other pros
today will have a tough choice
to make during the 15-minute run-around
direction to point the boat - either venturing
upriver into the unknown, on
Sudden Death day, no less, or down lake towards
the lower end of today's zone, a region that is
more similar to what was fished
earlier in the week.
"Where you go in
the runaround, that's what is probably going to
dictate who does well in this thing
today," said Jordon with a mixture of a wry
smile, a sigh and a laugh.
"That's what is tough in this deal to
But that's why
we do this and you've just got to hope you make
the right decision."
And if you do, another
big step towards a potential Major League
Fishing Challenge Cup championship is
waiting in the wings.