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Photo BASS Gary Tramontina Like Evers, Jones has spent much of this season trying to recover from a poor showing at the Sabine River (92nd). The runner-up finish, the third of his Elite Series career, will go a long way in that effort as he’s moved into the Top 20 in AOY points.

“I’m happy with second,” he said. “When you go in with a chance to win and it doesn’t happen, it still stings a bit. It’s so hard to win out here and when you get a chance to walk through that door, you try to do everything you can.”

He felt like he’d exhausted his smallmouth areas today and targeted largemouth for a time to fill out his limit. Once he did that, he went back to drifting a dropshot and made a 2-pound upgrade with a smallmouth later in the day.

“I panicked a little around 10:30 this morning and went after largemouth,” he said. “I had to get my straight. I felt myself getting flustered, but that got me settled down.

“I needed points really bad and I’ve been clawing my back into it slowly. This helps give me momentum in my push to the Classic.” Final Day Story - Altons Final Day - Day 4 behind the scenes

Jones caught 18-14 to move from sixth to third with 57-8. He said his day could have been much better if he could have landed the biggest fish that bit.

“I had a chance today to have the heaviest sack of the tournament, but I just lost fish,” Jones said. “One of them was on a jerkbait, and it was a giant. It was an honest-to-goodness 6-pound smallmouth. Then I jumped off another 4 1/2-pounder and a 4-pounder.” Read Story

TournamentLocationDates - Finish
Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River Orange, Texas 92nd
Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville Guntersville, Alabama 16th
Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River Sacramento, California 54th
Bassmaster Elite at Lake Havasu Lake Havasu City, Arizona 28th
Bassmaster BASSfest at Kentucky Lake Paris, Tennessee 53rd
Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River Waddington, New York 2nd
Bassmaster Elite at Chesapeake Bay Cecil County, Maryland 61st
Bassmaster Elite at Lake St. Clair Detroit, Michigan 24th
Toyota Angler of the Year Championship Door County, Wisconsin Sept17 - Sept 20

Only one Bassmaster Classic has been held in Texas, but that hasn’t prevented bass fishermen from the Lone Star State from claiming more Classic titles than anglers from any other state.

Texas anglers have won eight of the 44 titles since the Classic was born in 1971. Arkansas is second with six Classic winners. Read Story

Alton Jones' competitive focus for 2015 will be confined to the Bassmaster Elite Series as he attempts to bounce back from a lackluster campaign that resulted in him missing this year's Classic at the venue where he won the sport's signature event 7 years ago. Nevertheless, he'll have a keen interest in all three divisions of the Bassmaster Opens.

His son, Alton Jr., plans to fish all nine Open events in a quest to qualify for the Elites. If he succeeds, the Joneses would become the second father-son duo to compete on B.A.S.S.' top circuit, joining Denny and Chad Brauer (2006).

"Little Alton," as he's been known since he started traveling the circuit with his family as a small boy, is fresh out of Baylor University with a degree in marketing. The 22-year-old has fared well in premier Texas events against stacked fields and is eager to reach the level his dad has performed at for nearly a quarter of a century.

The younger Jones will make his triple-A debut next week at Lake Toho. He departed for Florida on Monday.

"He's pumped," Jones Sr. said. "I've never seen somebody work so hard getting ready for a tournament. He wants to do it all on his own – I expected him to go into my boat and pull all my waypoints, but he didn't do it.

"He's confident he can go out and find fish." Read Full 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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