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paul-elias-img 4407Photo: James Overstreet/Bass Day 1: 5, 18-04 Elias sacked more than 18 pounds despite not having a fish that cracked the 4-pound mark.

"They were just all solid 3 1/2- to 3 3/4-pounders," he said. "I caught most of them off one spot and then I ran around a culled a couple of times.

He said he had an excellent practice.

"I had about 20 pounds the first day we were here. I've got a pretty solid pattern going."

He went through about 15 keepers on the day and didn't lose any that would've helped him. He's in the final flight for day 2 and how he fares might depend on whether he can access his best spot.

"I had one angler who kind of hassled me in there so I really don't know what's going to happen. I'd be real confident if I knew I could have that spot, but that's probably not going to be the case. I might just have to go around and hope they're on some of the places they weren't on today." Read More

Paul Elias, for instance, is sitting in second with 18-4. His position by itself doesn’t really stop the presses. Elias is a giant in the fishing world. He wins tournaments. But for us old-timers, who remember 1982 when Elias won the Bassmaster Classic here, that is something that produces a grin and a, well, “Holy Snot!” Complete Story

I have sat back and listened and read all of the controversy over the Alabama/umbrella rigs. I have kept fairly quiet about it because I felt that most people would think anything I had to say positive about the Alabama/umbrella rig would be because I was making money off it. After listening to all of the naysayers and so-called "pro fishing purists," I cannot sit back and be quiet any longer.

I read all of these negative articles about umbrella rigs and none of the people writing them give any good, educated, factual information about the technique. The main reason for this is because there is not enough factual information about it, because it is still too new of a technique.

Oklahoma’s Fred Roumbanis edges out Paul Elias to win the PAA Tournament Series on Alabama’s Neely Henry Lake

Gadsden, AL – Fred Roumbanis started the final day of competition in the Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series presented  by Carrot Stix on Alabama’s Neely Henry Lake in a bit of a funk.

After finishing the second day of the tournament in sixth place with a two day total weight of 25.76 pounds, the Bixby, Oklahoma pro was less than two pounds off the pace set by Greg Hackney, but felt as though he’d let a golden opportunity slip through his fingers after failing to boat three key bites that would have increased his total weight by over four pounds.

Friday’s lost fish were a distant memory by the conclusion of Saturday afternoon’s final weigh-in, which was held at Bass Pro Shops in Leeds, Alabama.   With a limit weighing 12.95 pounds, Roumbanis edged out Mississippi’s Paul Elias by a mere .24 pounds to hoist the PAA Tournament Series trophy with a final weight of 38.71 pounds. Story - Results

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Elite Series Pro, Paul Elias, discusses his feelings about the Alabama Rig and the possibility of banning the AR on the tours.

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Just about everybody who threw the newfangled Alabama Rig at the Guntersville FLW Tour Open had success with it. Nobody used it as effectively as Paul Elias, though.

The grizzled veteran, who won the Bassmaster Classic during Ronald Reagan's first term as President, had been intrigued by the umbrella-style device's potential since seeing it for the first time over the summer. Read More

The 2011 Guntersville FLW Tour Open will forever be known as the coming-out party for the Alabama Rig, and 60-year-old Paul Elias will go down as the supreme guest of honor.

The Mississippian, whose long career includes a host of accolades, wrapped up a stunning wire-to-wire victory on Sunday with a 23-00 stringer that gave him a 4-day total of 102-08. In a tournament that many predicted would be a low-weight event – especially for hawg-rich but highly pressured Guntersville – he compiled the second-highest aggregate in Tour history and won by more than 17 pounds. Read More

Paul Elias caught his lightest bag of the Guntersville FLW Tour Open in Alabama today. It was still heavier than anyone else's, though, and it added a couple of ounces to his already-massive lead.

The 60-year-old Mississippian moved a step closer to his long-awaited first win at Guntersville with a 24-05 stringer that gave him a 3-day total of 79-08. If he catches 20 1/2 pounds tomorrow he'll crack the 100-pound mark for the event – a feat that seemed almost impossible earlier in the week. Read More

The idea that somebody might threaten the 100-pound mark at the Guntersville FLW Tour Open seemed preposterous just a couple of days ago, but Paul Elias is well over halfway there at the midway point.

The veteran from Mississippi backed up his 26-pound day-1 sack with a monstrous 29-03 bag today. His 55-03 total gave him a 14 1/2-pound lead – the equivalent of a solid stringer at a time when the lake isn't at its best. Read More

Jake Lands 7.7 Largemouth Fishing with Paul

Testimonial

Paul, Wanted to drop you a line and again thank you for the great time Lance and I had. The time spent with you on the electronics was amazing,but the real deal was when we put that knowledge and applied it out on the water on Friday.We guessed our best 5 would of been in the 42 lb range, with both of us catching our personal best fish of our lifes.We had 2 over 10 and 1 around 9 from your lake. We are getting ready to start into the Everstart series this year and your class will definitely help us out.

Thanks again, Frank

In Depth Fishing Lessons Click Here

Just a quick email to let you know how much I enjoyed my trip to Pachuta. As an avid angler I found In-Depth Fishing to be a master's level course in the sport of bass fishing.  I learned a great deal and it was fun to apply the lessons while catching lunker bass (see photos).  Lake Eddins is an extraordinary fishery! Click Here

David McLarnon
Natick, MA

Fisherman – What a remarkable opportunity to fish and learn from a legend in bass fishing! Fellow bass fishing enthusiasts my name is Robert Chandler who works as an engineer day to day down in southwest Louisiana and I am just your average weekend angler aspiring to locate and put more fish in the livewell more consistently. Recently, I read an article in the Bassmaster magazine that Paul Elias who when I was a teenager had just started his fishing career Click Here