Alton Jones Jr. ready for 2017
Zoneloc pro Alton Jones Jr. has sure made a monster splash in 2016. Jones took the Red River B.A.S.S. Open title to earn a berth to the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. He also finished high enough in points in the Opens to qualify for the Bassmaster Elite Series. It was one heck of a year, indeed.
Sure, he's the son of former Bassmaster Classic champion and pro bass fishing icon Alton Jones. He was a past Frisbee partner of tournament legend Aaron Martens and was frequently swung around by the likes of former Angler of the Year (AOY) Brent Chapman. But that doesn't make you successful when you get your chance to play in the big leagues. Full Story
Alton Jones gets hooked
Alton Jones is a name synonymous with success in the world of professional bass fishing. Jones is a former Bassmaster Classic champion and Angler of the Year (AOY). Add a few Bassmaster wins along the way and you have a man who's had incredible success throughout his career.
You'd think the most important things to a fella who fishes for a living would be his boat and motor, rods and reels, etc. Sure, they are right up there, but there is something simple, small and often taken for granted by many anglers that Jones values just as much. What is that you say? The fishing hook. Full Story
JONES' PRACTICE CRANKBAIT
When the Elite Series made a stop on the Mississippi River this past September, Alton Jones turned in a strong performance with a 3rd place finish. While he used a variety of different baits during the tournament, he located several key schools of bass during practice using a crankbait.
Following the third day of competition, Jones divulged that, during practice, he cut off five of the six hook points on his square bill crankbait and pinched down the barb on the one remaining hook point to create a “practice crankbait” that allowed him to feel the weight of the fish before it pulled free.
He believes that the tactic allowed him to go back to the same areas during the tournament and catch fish that would otherwise be lure shy if he had landed them during practice with a traditional crankbait.
Here’s how Jones practices with a crank bait Watch Video
Alton Jones Jr. captures Bassmaster Classic berth
Had Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open weigh-in been held on Father’s Day it might have been more special but what did happen certainly fell into the ‘special’ category.
Alton Jones Jr. qualify for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic with his father, Alton Jones looking on. The 24-year-old Jones Jr. made it by posting the largest stringer of the 3-day tournament at 13 pounds, 14 ounces to win the prestigious Open in front of a large crowd at the Bossier City Bass Pro Shops.
Jones Jr. also qualified for the Bassmaster Elite Series and will fish alongside his father, a past Bassmaster Classic champ next season.
“It’s incredible to be going to my first Classic, and to go in my home state about three hours from our home,” Jones Jr. said. “There’s nothing I can say, but ‘wow.’” Read Full Story - Slide Show - Bassmaster Story
PALANIUK DOMINATES SECOND DAY ON LAKE ST. CLAIR
Photo BASS Gary Tramontina - Alton Jones brought in five smallies that weighed 17-4 for a two-day total of 41 pounds, 8 ounces, keeping him in third place.
“By lunchtime I had to move to another location; as a whole, I had to work a lot harder today,” he said. “The bite is changing where I’m fishing, but I know the bass are still in the area — hopefully I can catch them again tomorrow.”
Jones caught his three biggest fish of the day on his first four drifts.
"Then it got tougher," he said. "I think I know why, but I'm not ready to talk about it yet. If it does set up right tomorrow, then I will know why."
He said the stretch that he, JVD and Scanlon are fishing is about 300 yards long with a 50-yard sweet spot in the middle that produces most of the best fish.
"It's getting a lot of pressure and it'll be interesting to see how it plays out," he said. "A real big key could be somebody finding another spot in the same area that's loaded."
His bag was topped by a 4 1/4-pounder. He missed a few bites, but doesn't know whether any would've aided him.
"They weren't committing to the bait today like they had been. Hopefully tomorrow, they'll commit." Read more