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Alton Jones of Texas Captures His First Bassmaster Classic Win

Alton Jones of Texas Captures His First Bassmaster Classic Win
Classic Win

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Alton Jones jockeyed a slim lead into a jumbo win with 49 pounds, 7 ounces Sunday for his first Bassmaster Classic crown and the top prize of $500,000.

The Bassmaster Elite Series pro from Waco, Texas, went into the final day of the Lake Hartwell competition with only a 1-pound, 3-ounce cushion against his closest challenger. He held on handily for the crown, his first win since he took a 2004 Bassmaster Elite 50 event on the Tennessee River.

his first win since he took a 2004 Bassmaster Elite 50 event on the Tennessee River
Competing in his 11th Classic

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Alton Jones jockeyed a slim lead into a jumbo win with 49 pounds, 7 ounces Sunday for his first Bassmaster Classic crown and the top prize of $500,000.

The Bassmaster Elite Series pro from Waco, Texas, went into the final day of the Lake Hartwell competition with only a 1-pound, 3-ounce cushion against his closest challenger. He held on handily for the crown, his first win since he took a 2004 Bassmaster Elite 50 event on the Tennessee River.

Competing in his 11th Classic, Jones moved from 10th place on Day 1 to take the lead on the second day, and he never let go.

The 44-year-old Jones claimed his trophy in front of a packed house of fishing fans Sunday at the Bi-Lo Center. A recap of his victory and the entire tournament will air on ESPN2 on Saturday, March 1 at 9 a.m. ET. Extensive coverage is also available at http://www.Bassmaster.com.

The 38th Classic champion said he stuck to one productive pattern throughout the competition, which started with 50 contenders and cut to the top 25 for Sunday.

“I really didn’t have a Plan B. I tried all different types of things in practice and I really only had one type of location I was fishing and a few baits that were working.

“The problem was that one of them, the Cotton Cordell CC Spoon, only worked for 30 minutes early. Once that bite was gone, I went to a prototype Booyah jig called the Pigskin and another one called AJ’s Go-To Jig.”

Jones said he fished “all over the lake,” keying in on inside edges of deep timber. He said his side-imaging electronics unit was key to seeing abrupt drops and deep ditches that produced for him.

Second was Elite Series pro Cliff Pace of Petal
Cliff Pace

Second was Elite Series pro Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., who rode his fifth-place standing Friday into third place Saturday, but come Sunday, his 44-5 total was still 5-2 short of catching Jones.

Pace said he used two patterns. One was working 5-foot water with a Buckeye spinner tipped with a V&M soft plastic. The other was drop-shotting water as deep as 46 feet.

The key for Pace was bass chasing bait fish, either blueback herring or shad.

“If the bait wasn’t there, the fish weren’t there, and you would not get a bite,” Pace said.

Third was two-time Classic champ and Elite pro Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., who with 43-8 missed his third title by almost 6 pounds.

“The first day was good for me, but the second day, that weather front threw my pattern off and I had a hard time readjusting. I took a big chance knowing I had 4 pounds to make up … and as tough as it was today, I should have gone with my pattern that was a sure thing, one I knew I could get bit on, and have a chance to catch big ones.”

VanDam said he caught all his fish on two baits, a Strike King Series 5 crankbait, a blue gizzard shad color he designed to look like a blueback herring, cranking it on main-lake structure on long clay points in clear water near the dam. The second day that pattern failed him, so he went to another Strike King lure, a flat shad bait in his signature “sexy-shad” color.

Official sponsors of the 2008 Bassmaster Classic are Toyota Tundra, Advance Auto Parts, Berkley, Lowrance, Mercury, Purolator, Skeeter and Yamaha.

About BASS

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The organization oversees the prestigious Bassmaster tournament trail which includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens, Women’s Bassmaster Tour and the Bassmaster Classic, the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing. Through its grassroots network, the BASS Federation Nation, BASS sanctions more than 20,000 events annually.

BASS also offers a wide array of services to its more than 525,000 members while spearheading progressive, positive change on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.

2008 Bassmaster Classic – Greenville, SC 02/22-02/24 Lake Hartwell, Greenville S.C.
(PRO Division) Standings Day 3

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

1. Alton Jones Waco, Texas 15 49-07 0 $500,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-05 Day 2: 5 18-11 Day 3: 5 13-07
2. Cliff Pace Petal, Miss. 15 44-05 0 $45,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-10 Day 2: 5 14-11 Day 3: 5 11-00
3. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, Mich. 15 43-08 0 $40,000.00
Day 1: 5 20-03 Day 2: 5 11-14 Day 3: 5 11-07
4. Bobby Lane Lakeland, Fla. 15 42-07 0 $30,000.00
Day 1: 5 15-00 Day 2: 5 14-13 Day 3: 5 12-10
5. Greg Hackney Gonzales, La. 15 41-07 0 $25,000.00
Day 1: 5 16-02 Day 2: 5 14-09 Day 3: 5 10-12
6. Jeff Kriet Ardmore, Okla. 13 40-15 0 $22,000.00
Day 1: 5 12-15 Day 2: 5 18-12 Day 3: 3 9-04
7. Kotaro Kiriyama Moody, Ala. 15 40-09 0 $21,500.00
Day 1: 5 16-11 Day 2: 5 12-00 Day 3: 5 11-14
8. Clark Reehm Russellville, Ark. 15 40-08 0 $22,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-00 Day 2: 5 12-08 Day 3: 5 15-00
9. Aaron Martens Leeds, Ala. 15 40-07 0 $20,500.00
Day 1: 5 12-15 Day 2: 5 15-14 Day 3: 5 11-10
10. Michael Iaconelli Runnemede, N.J. 14 39-10 0 $20,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-05 Day 2: 5 12-14 Day 3: 4 8-07
11. Edwin Evers Talala, Okla. 15 39-09 0 $15,000.00
Day 1: 5 18-07 Day 2: 5 11-02 Day 3: 5 10-00
12. Skeet Reese Auburn, Calif. 13 39-00 0 $14,500.00
Day 1: 3 11-05 Day 2: 5 17-02 Day 3: 5 10-09
13. Scott Rook Little Rock, Ark. 15 38-13 0 $14,250.00
Day 1: 5 20-13 Day 2: 5 7-12 Day 3: 5 10-04
14. Dave Wolak Wake Forest, N.C. 15 38-06 0 $14,000.00
Day 1: 5 13-12 Day 2: 5 9-14 Day 3: 5 14-12
15. Charlie Hartley Grove City, Ohio 12 38-02 0 $13,750.00
Day 1: 5 21-01 Day 2: 5 13-12 Day 3: 2 3-05
16. John Crews Salem, Va. 15 37-12 0 $13,000.00
Day 1: 5 11-02 Day 2: 5 14-11 Day 3: 5 11-15
17. Casey Ashley Donalds, S.C. 12 35-12 0 $12,900.00
Day 1: 5 18-10 Day 2: 2 5-12 Day 3: 5 11-06
18. Terry Scroggins San Mateo, Fla. 13 33-15 0 $12,800.00
Day 1: 5 19-03 Day 2: 3 4-07 Day 3: 5 10-05
19. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, Okla. 15 33-09 0 $12,700.00
Day 1: 5 10-06 Day 2: 5 13-02 Day 3: 5 10-01
20. Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, Calif. 13 33-00 0 $12,600.00
Day 1: 5 13-02 Day 2: 5 14-08 Day 3: 3 5-06
21. Gerald Swindle Warrior, Ala. 15 32-15 0 $12,400.00
Day 1: 5 9-12 Day 2: 5 14-02 Day 3: 5 9-01
22. Kevin F Short Mayflower, Ark. 15 32-10 0 $12,300.00
Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 5 12-02 Day 3: 5 8-00
23. Brent Chapman Lake Quivira, Kan. 15 32-05 0 $12,200.00
Day 1: 5 13-06 Day 2: 5 10-03 Day 3: 5 8-12
24. Gary Klein Weatherford, Texas 13 31-13 0 $12,100.00
Day 1: 5 13-12 Day 2: 5 11-03 Day 3: 3 6-14
25. Todd Faircloth Jasper, Texas 9 27-08 0 $13,000.00
Day 1: 5 17-10 Day 2: 3 8-15 Day 3: 1 0-15
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Purolator Big Bass
Day
1 Todd Faircloth Jasper, Texas 6-02 $1,000.00
2 Fred Roumbanis Bixby, Okla. 6-07 $1,000.00
3 Clark Reehm Russellville, Ark. 5-06 $1,000.00

Purolator Big Bass of Tournament
Fred Roumbanis Bixby, Okla. 6-07 $2,000.00

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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 37 215 602-06
2 35 204 514-09
3 19 111 247-00
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91 530 1363-15



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