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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In 2015, B.A.S.S. celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Bassmaster Elite Series with a schedule that commemorates some of the greatest events in bass fishing history. Six of the sites have hosted Elite tournaments in the past decade, and all eight fisheries are among the finest venues the sport has to offer for the best anglers in the business.

“It’s fitting that the 10th Elite Series season features such prominent and important fisheries,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin in announcing the 2015 schedule. “The schedule spans the country from coast to coast and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, and it includes some of the very best bass lakes and rivers in the country — and some of the most challenging.” See photos of the 2015 schedule. Read More

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. — Bassmaster Elite Series pro and 2008 Bassmaster Classic champion Alton Jones has joined the national pro staff of Blue Water LED.

Jones has been using Blue Water lights for the past seven or eight years, and it was that experience that laid the foundation for the partnership.

“I’ve gotten to know the good folks at Blue Water pretty well over the last several years,” said Jones. “Sometimes, when you have a great personal relationship with someone, it can turn into a good business opportunity, and this is a perfect example. I look forward to really helping grow the Blue Water brand and to showing anglers all across the country how proper lighting can be a huge benefit to their fishing.” Read More

Video coverage of Alton Jones catching an 8-pound bass on Day 4 at St. Johns River. Click Here

> Day 4: 5, 15-03 (20, 74-07) Thanks to an 8-03 bass today that weighed more than his other four fish combined, Jones came away with his third Top-4 finish at the St. Johns.

"I feel very fortunate," he said. "We've been here about the same time of year each time and I seem to catch them a little differently every time. This place just fishes to my strengths."

After finishing 6th in last year's AOY points, he's off to another strong start as he sits in 4th through two events.

"I do feel good about the start," he said. "One thing people don't often talk about is points are just as important early on in the season as they are late in the season. Later on, everybody's watching to see who's going to make the Classic and who's not. Every bass I can catch now is one I don't have to catch later. I'm thrilled to have had a good start and get a good jump on the points."

His day was made tougher by the northwest wind that kicked up Saturday afternoon and continued through today. It muddied up the water on the east side of George where he'd been having success.

"It shut those fish off yesterday and I thought it would settle down overnight, but it didn't," he said. "I caught five, including my big one over there, but I had to scramble around later and culled a couple of times." Complete Story

> Day 3: 5, 19-08 (15, 59-04) Jones is one of the game's premier sight-fishermen and he caught his entire bag that way on day 1, but hasn't done it since.

"I'm just fishing pads and grass," he said. "I'm using a couple different baits, but I'm catching the majority of them on the YUM Dinger that I like to throw so much down here."

He caught about 25 keepers today, down from 40 on day 2. His biggest was a 5 1/2-pounder.

"The problem today was the wind. I was smoking them until 10:30, but then it muddied up my main area. It was white-capping on (Lake George) and when you're fishing in a foot and a half of water, it silts up pretty good." Complete Story

Load Your Live Well

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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