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So Far So Good

It’s been a great start to the Elite season. I always enjoy going to Deep South fisheries in the springtime when the bass are shallow because it really fishes to my strengths. I feel very thankful to have come out of the first two tournaments with good finishes and a great start in the Angler of the Year race. It’s always good to start the season with some momentum. Read More

2015 Bassmaster Schedule
TournamentLocationDates - Finish
Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River Orange, Texas 92nd
Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville Guntersville, Alabama Apr 9 - Apr 12
Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River Sacramento, California Apr 30 - May 3
Bassmaster Elite at Lake Havasu Lake Havasu City, Arizona May 7 - May 10
Bassmaster BASSfest at Kentucky Lake Paris, Tennessee Jun 3 - Jun 7
Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River Waddington, New York Jul 30 - Aug 2
Bassmaster Elite at Chesapeake Bay Cecil County, Maryland Aug13 - Aug 16
Bassmaster Elite at Lake St. Clair Detroit, Michigan Aug 27 - Aug 30
Toyota Angler of the Year Championship Door County, Wisconsin Sept17 - Sept 20
Spring Bass Tips with Alton Jones Field & Stream

By Mark Hicks
Q: How do I find productive grass and fish it right? On my lake, it dies down during the winter.

A: One of the easiest ways to locate this cover now is to watch for flocks of coots and black ducks. These birds almost invariably sit and feed over shallow weeds like milfoil, hydrilla, and coontail. Then use your depthfinder to pinpoint grass in flats that bottom out at 6 feet or less: Such areas are among the first to warm up in spring. Work an XCalibur Xr50 Rattle Bait with a medium to medium-fast ­retrieve over the grass to trigger strikes.

Q: Is there a good rule of thumb regarding springtime water temperatures and the speed of my presentations?
A: It varies somewhat geographically, but generally speaking when water temperatures drop below 48 degrees, force yourself to slow your retrieve. At 49 or 50 degrees, you can pick up the pace a little.To me, though, it’s a relative thing. That is, if the water has been 55 degrees and a cold front suddenly drops it to 50, that’s “cold” water and I’m going to slow down my baits. When it warms from 45 to 50, I expect fish to get more aggressive.

Texas anglers are tops when it comes to Bassmaster Classic

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

Jones' Attention Will Be Divided This Year

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

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