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Jones Leads St. Johns Bass Fishing Tournament

Jones Leads St. Johns Bass Fishing Tournament Alton Jones, leading the Bassmaster Elite Series bass fishing tournament on the St. Johns River by 7 pounds, 4 ounces, on the second day, could easily feel like he’s been dropped into the plot of the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day.
 
http://www.bassresource.com/var/ezflow_site/storage/images/media/images/alton-jones-day-2/315164-1-eng-US/alton-jones-day-2.jpg On Day 2 of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at St. Johns River, Alton Jones jumps from 17th place to take the lead.

On Day 2 of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament at St. Johns River, Alton Jones jumps from 17th place to take the lead.

PALATKA, Fla. — Alton Jones, leading the Bassmaster Elite Series bass fishing tournament on the St. Johns River by 7 pounds, 4 ounces, on the second day, could easily feel like he’s been dropped into the plot of the Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day.
 

One year ago on the same fishery, Jones led the Elite Series field after two days by 7 pounds, 9 ounces. He finished the tournament in third place, coming up short of fulfilling his goal of a first Elite Series win. Now, like Murray in the movie, he has a chance to change the ending of the story.
 
Jones, the 2008 Bassmaster Classic champ from Woodway, Texas, brought a whopping 28 pounds, 7 ounces to the scales Friday, jumping from 17th place into the lead at the season opener with a two-day total of 44-14.
 
Closest to him are Rick Morris of Lake Gaston, Va., and David Walker of Sevierville, Tenn., who share second place with 37 pounds, 10 ounces. Morris moved up from fourth place on Day 1, and Walker inched up from sixth place for the tie.
 
Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, had a 20-8 day that jumped him from 19th into fourth place. Another big mover, Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kan., went from 15th place to fifth with an 18-13 day and 36-2 after two days.
 
First prize in the St. Johns Showdown is $100,000 and a qualification for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. Points earned here count toward a Classic qualification, postseason entry and the Bassmaster Angler of the Year award.
 
Jones, who learned last year how easily a 7-plus-pound lead can evaporate when the game is catching fat spawning bass, is grateful for the three big fish that propelled him into the Day 2 lead. His fortunes were helped by an 8-5, an 8-11 and a 6-something, all taken off beds.
 
“The big ones are at a premium right now,” Jones said. “Three big ones like I caught today are just a blessing; that’s the only way I can say it.”
 
He called the 8-5 a “dumb, easy one.” That’s because before he realized it was there, he almost ran over it, his trolling motor buzzing — something that usually sends a bedding bass for cover. It didn’t move. He backed up and flipped once to the fish, and it took his bait.
 
“I was literally 1 foot from it when I first passed it,” he said.
 
The other two made him sweat for the bites, especially the 8-11. He waited her out and was finally able to catch her.
 
But the sight bite is tough overall, he said. So tough, in fact, that many pros are backing off a game plan that relies 100 percent on sight fishing, or actually being able to see a bass on the bed and casting to it.
 
“That’s one thing that’s helping. You’re not having the same pressure in the areas with beds because there just aren’t enough fish,” he said. “I’m using my time looking for big females — not that I wouldn’t spend a cast or two on a pound-and-a-half fish.”
 
Runner-up Morris eliminated sight fishing from his game plan before the tournament began Thursday. He’s working bedding areas, but he’s casting blind into likely looking grass rather than spending hours trying for one or two giants.
 
“I have never done well sight fishing in Florida — ever,” he said. “Some of my fish are coming off the beds, but I am not seeing the fish and casting to them. I’m just casting all over the place into the vegetation that is everywhere. It’s all about the grass on this river.”
 
He said he’s covering water with several different baits, changing with the wind direction and speeds, and with sunny or overcast conditions.
 
“My trolling motor’s on high, and I’m a-slinging,” Morris added. “My fingers hurt, my wrist hurts, my back hurts.”
 
Other runner-up Walker, who won the final Elite Series event of 2011 in Alabama, was consistent over two days with 20-9 the first day and 17-1 on Friday.
 
He said the mental game was key — sticking to his plan to sight fish. Unlike Thursday, which featured early catches, Friday’s bass came slow and small.
 
“I just started catching anything I could find at that point,” he said. “But late in the day, I ended up catching some of the biggest ones that at first I gave up on today. These spawning fish react much better to the bait later in the day. And you can see better too with the sun up high. Everything is kind of in conjunction.”
 
Day 1 leader J Todd Tucker of Moultrie, Ga., fell to seventh place after failing to find the few kicker bass he needed. His Day 2 bag was 9-9.
 
Big Bass honors of the day went to Faircloth. His 8-15 didn’t beat Greg Hackney’s 10-9 of Thursday, so Hackney still leads the contest for the bonus.
 
The public is invited to watch the St. Johns River Showdown at Palatka’s Riverfront Park. The pros will launch at 7:30 a.m. The weigh-in will begin at 4 p.m. There’s no admission charge.
 
 
2012 St. Johns River Showdown 3/15-3/18
St. Johns River, Palatka  FL.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2
 
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
1.  Alton Jones            Woodway, TX             10  44-14   99
  Day 1: 5   16-07     Day 2: 5   28-07  
2.  Rick Morris            Lake Gaston, VA         10  37-10   98
  Day 1: 5   21-12     Day 2: 5   15-14  
3.  David Walker           Sevierville, TN         10  37-10   97
  Day 1: 5   20-09     Day 2: 5   17-01  
4.  Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              10  36-06   96
  Day 1: 5   15-14     Day 2: 5   20-08  
5.  Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS        10  36-02   95
  Day 1: 5   17-05     Day 2: 5   18-13  
6.  Matt Herren            Trussville, AL          10  34-10   94
  Day 1: 5   14-14     Day 2: 5   19-12  
7.  J Todd Tucker          Moultrie, GA            10  33-09   93
  Day 1: 5   24-00     Day 2: 5   09-09  
8.  Randy Howell           Springville, AL         10  32-11   92
  Day 1: 5   14-10     Day 2: 5   18-01  
9.  Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ    10  32-07   91
  Day 1: 5   17-02     Day 2: 5   15-05  
10. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL           10  32-04   90
  Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   18-04  
11. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          10  32-02   89
  Day 1: 5   22-03     Day 2: 5   09-15  
12. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA         10  32-01   88
  Day 1: 5   21-05     Day 2: 5   10-12  
13. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              10  32-01   87
  Day 1: 5   16-02     Day 2: 5   15-15  
14. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            10  31-15   86
  Day 1: 5   23-14     Day 2: 5   08-01  
15. Shaw E Grigsby Jr.     Gainesville, FL         10  30-12   85
  Day 1: 5   07-11     Day 2: 5   23-01  
16. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC               10  30-08   84
  Day 1: 5   10-15     Day 2: 5   19-09  
17. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           10  30-06   83
  Day 1: 5   12-12     Day 2: 5   17-10  
18. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              10  29-07   82
  Day 1: 5   20-04     Day 2: 5   09-03  
19. Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX              10  29-03   81
  Day 1: 5   18-08     Day 2: 5   10-11  
20. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          10  28-13   80
  Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   16-07  
21. John Crews             Salem, VA               10  28-12   79
  Day 1: 5   19-09     Day 2: 5   09-03  
22. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR         10  28-10   78
  Day 1: 5   18-05     Day 2: 5   10-05  
23. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL             10  27-14   77
  Day 1: 5   15-10     Day 2: 5   12-04  
24. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL             10  27-04   76
  Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   15-09  
25. Russell Parrish        Riesel, TX              10  27-04   75
  Day 1: 5   15-03     Day 2: 5   12-01  
26. Brandon Card           Caryville, TN           10  26-12   74
  Day 1: 5   10-15     Day 2: 5   15-13  
27. Grant Goldbeck         Boerne, TX              10  26-10   73
  Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   13-07  
28. Casey Scanlon          Lenexa, KS               9  26-09   72
  Day 1: 5   18-01     Day 2: 4   08-08  
29. Nate Wellman           Newaygo, MI             10  26-07   71
  Day 1: 5   14-08     Day 2: 5   11-15  
30. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK              7  26-07   70
  Day 1: 5   19-00     Day 2: 2   07-07  
31. Derek Remitz           Grant, AL               10  26-04   69
  Day 1: 5   17-08     Day 2: 5   08-12  
32. Dustin Wilks           Rocky Mount, NC         10  26-04   68
  Day 1: 5   12-04     Day 2: 5   14-00  
33. Scott Ashmore          Broken Arrow, OK        10  26-02   67
  Day 1: 5   15-10     Day 2: 5   10-08  
34. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL        10  25-13   66
  Day 1: 5   15-11     Day 2: 5   10-02  
35. Pete Ponds             Madison, MS             10  25-12   65
  Day 1: 5   15-12     Day 2: 5   10-00  
36. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL            10  25-12   64
  Day 1: 5   12-10     Day 2: 5   13-02  
37. Casey D Ashley         Donalds, SC             10  25-09   63
  Day 1: 5   14-03     Day 2: 5   11-06  
38. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX               10  25-06   62
  Day 1: 5   11-07     Day 2: 5   13-15  
39. Matt Reed              Madisonville, TX        10  24-15   61
  Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 5   12-08  
40. Kelly Jordon           Palestine, TX           10  24-14   60
  Day 1: 5   14-14     Day 2: 5   10-00  
41. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA       10  24-14   59
  Day 1: 5   15-07     Day 2: 5   09-07  
42. Jamie Horton           Centerville, AL         10  24-09   58
  Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 5   14-03  
43. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN           10  24-04   57
  Day 1: 5   13-10     Day 2: 5   10-10  
44. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              10  24-02   56
  Day 1: 5   10-00     Day 2: 5   14-02  
45. Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC          10  23-14   55
  Day 1: 5   15-14     Day 2: 5   08-00  
46. Timmy Horton           Muscle Shoals, AL       10  23-13   54
  Day 1: 5   13-13     Day 2: 5   10-00  
47. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             10  23-13   53
  Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 5   13-06  
48. Jeremy Starks          Scott Depot, WV         10  23-05   52
  Day 1: 5   09-00     Day 2: 5   14-05  
49. Billy McCaghren        Mayflower, AR           10  23-05   51
  Day 1: 5   10-10     Day 2: 5   12-11  
50. Kevin Ledoux           Choctaw, OK              7  23-04   50
  Day 1: 5   18-09     Day 2: 2   04-11  
51. John Murray            Phoenix, AZ             10  23-03   49
  Day 1: 5   12-13     Day 2: 5   10-06  
52. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL            9  23-03   48
  Day 1: 5   12-15     Day 2: 4   10-04  
53. Travis Manson          De Pere, WI             10  23-02   47
  Day 1: 5   09-12     Day 2: 5   13-06  
54. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, OK               10  22-14   46
  Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   11-05  
55. Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY           10  22-11   45
  Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   12-06  
56. Byron Velvick          Boenre, TX              10  22-09   44
  Day 1: 5   09-12     Day 2: 5   12-13  
57. Matt Greenblatt        Port St Lucie, FL       10  22-06   43
  Day 1: 5   08-13     Day 2: 5   13-09  
58. Michael Iaconelli      Pittsgrove, NJ          10  21-12   42
  Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   07-08  
59. Fletcher Shryock       Newcomerstown, OH        9  21-09   41
  Day 1: 5   15-03     Day 2: 4   06-06  
60. Bobby Lane             Lakeland, FL            10  21-08   40
  Day 1: 5   13-07     Day 2: 5   08-01  
61. Jami Fralick           Martin, SD               9  21-08   39
  Day 1: 5   11-08     Day 2: 4   10-00  
62. Boyd Duckett           Demopolis, AL           10  21-06   38
  Day 1: 5   11-10     Day 2: 5   09-12  
63. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR         10  20-05   37
  Day 1: 5   12-01     Day 2: 5   08-04  
64. Gary Klein             Weatherford, TX         10  20-01   36
  Day 1: 5   12-13     Day 2: 5   07-04  
65. Pat Golden             Bethlehem, GA            9  20-00   35
  Day 1: 5   11-13     Day 2: 4   08-03  
66. Zell Rowland           Austin, TX               9  19-13   34
  Day 1: 5   08-09     Day 2: 4   11-04  
67. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID            10  19-08   33
  Day 1: 5   11-01     Day 2: 5   08-07  
68. Jason Williamson       Aiken, SC               10  19-06   32
  Day 1: 5   09-10     Day 2: 5   09-12  
69. Jason Quinn            Lake Wylie, SC          10  19-02   31
  Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 5   10-11  
70. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK             10  19-01   30
  Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   08-14  
71. Morizo Shimizu         Matsugaoka JAPAN         9  18-15   29
  Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 4   04-11  
72. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL          10  18-12   28
  Day 1: 5   11-10     Day 2: 5   07-02  
73. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO        10  18-10   27
  Day 1: 5   10-01     Day 2: 5   08-09  
74. Michael Simonton       Fremont, OH              9  18-07   26
  Day 1: 4   05-11     Day 2: 5   12-12  
75. Jared Miller           Norman, OK              10  18-06   25
  Day 1: 5   12-00     Day 2: 5   06-06  
76. Kyle A. Fox            Lakeland, FL            10  18-02   24
  Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   07-15  
77. Kevin Short            Mayflower, AR           10  17-07   23
  Day 1: 5   08-06     Day 2: 5   09-01  
78. Terry Butcher          Talala, OK               9  17-06   22
  Day 1: 5   12-02     Day 2: 4   05-04  
79. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                 10  17-05   21
  Day 1: 5   08-08     Day 2: 5   08-13  
80. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL         10  16-14   20
  Day 1: 5   06-03     Day 2: 5   10-11  
81. Chad Griffin           Cresson, TX             10  16-11   19
  Day 1: 5   09-01     Day 2: 5   07-10  
82. Chris Zaldain          San Jose, CA            10  16-07   18
  Day 1: 5   07-13     Day 2: 5   08-10  
83. Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR           10  15-11   17
  Day 1: 5   08-04     Day 2: 5   07-07  
84. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               10  15-11   16
  Day 1: 5   07-05     Day 2: 5   08-06  
85. Charlie Hartley        Grove City, OH           9  15-11   15
  Day 1: 5   10-08     Day 2: 4   05-03  
86. Davy Hite              Ninety Six, SC           9  15-10   14
  Day 1: 5   08-11     Day 2: 4   06-15  
87. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR         10  15-09   13
  Day 1: 5   09-01     Day 2: 5   06-08  
88. Jonathon VanDam        Kalamazoo, MI            9  15-08   12
  Day 1: 5   07-12     Day 2: 4   07-12  
89. Clark Reehm            Lufkin, TX               7  14-14   11
  Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 2   03-03  
90. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS               10  14-10   10
  Day 1: 5   07-10     Day 2: 5   07-00  
91. David Smith            Del City, OK             9  14-10    9
  Day 1: 5   06-07     Day 2: 4   08-03  
92. Kenyon Hill            Norman, OK              10  14-09    8
  Day 1: 5   05-08     Day 2: 5   09-01  
93. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS               7  12-08    7
  Day 1: 4   08-11     Day 2: 3   03-13  
94. Denny Brauer           Camdenton, MO            6  10-12    6
  Day 1: 5   09-01     Day 2: 1   01-11  
95. Brent Broderick        Oregonia, OH             6  10-10    5
  Day 1: 1   01-04     Day 2: 5   09-06  
96. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA              8  10-09    4
  Day 1: 5   06-08     Day 2: 3   04-01  
97. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                  7  09-02    3
  Day 1: 5   07-01     Day 2: 2   02-01  
98. Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, AL                5  07-13    2
  Day 1: 3   03-12     Day 2: 2   04-01  
99. Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC           6  07-06    1
  Day 1: 3   03-15     Day 2: 3   03-07  
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        94       485      1234-03
2        78       458      1059-03
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         172       943      2293-06

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