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Jones family living the dream as fourth father and son duo to fish Bassmaster Classic

When an angler grabs the lead toward the end of the final day of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods, he'll take a rest in a special chair known as the "hot seat" until someone bumps him from the top.

Former Bassmaster Classic champion Alton Jones and his son, 24-year-old Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Alton Jones Jr., were asked separately this week to envision a situation with one of them in that hot seat and only the other left to weigh in with the Classic trophy on the line.

Would that scenario be a nightmare or a dream?

Without blinking - as if they'd rehearsed it somewhere privately together - they both said, "A dream!"

The Joneses will have a chance to carve those kinds of special moments into history when the 47th renewal of Classic - the undisputed world championship of professional bass fishing - takes place March 24-26 on Lake Conroe with daily weigh-ins at Houston's Minute Maid Park.

They will become only the fourth father/son duo to compete in the event, joining Bill and Greg Ward, Guido and Dion Hibdon, and Denny and Chad Brauer. Full Story

Alton Jones

With the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series season only a few weeks away, you'd better believe Zoneloc pro Alton Jones has his gear ready for battle this season.

One of Jones's favorite pieces of gear involves a Zoneloc Flippin' Hook with a YumDinger. In fact, it's always ready for use on the deck of Alton's tournament boat. Jones uses the big 6/0 Zoneloc Flippin' Hook and larger Yum Dinger specifically to catch big bass. Read More

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 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

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

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Did that most recent cold front throw you a curve ball? Did the bite you were on suddenly disappear? There is always a solution to every problem, here’s one that has saved my day on many occasions. After severe cold fronts big bass almost always seek out the darkest shadows they can find. 

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