Monday Trivia – Alton Emerges Answer and Winner (April 14, 2014)

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For the second week straight no one won the weekly trivia contest sponsored by Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. Come back next week as we’ll have another set of questions and will award a $25 coupon to the winner. For the answers to this week’s contest, please read below.

Today most fishing fans think of Alton Jones first and foremost as the 2008 Bassmaster Classic Champ, but in May of 1997 the Texas pro was a 34 year-old guide and former computer salesman with seven years as a full-time touring pro under his belt. He’d only notched four Top Ten finishes in B.A.S.S. competition to that point, half of them in Alabama. The best of the bunch came when he finished tied for 4th in the 1996 Alabama Top 100 at Lake Neely Henry. That tournament was won by Davy Hite, marking Hite’s second B.A.S.S. victory, both of them in Alabama.

The following year Jones moved up three spots to claim his first B.A.S.S. win in the 1997 Alabama Top 100, edging out Gary Klein by an ounce to earn the 1st-place trophy.

Not surprisingly to those who’ve followed his subsequent career, Jones excelled in a tournament where most of the bass were spawning. He caught some of the fish sight fishing, others flipping when fast-rising water forced him to adjust. In both cases he relied largely on a plum-colored 4-inch Berkley Power Craw.

Since that first B.A.S.S. win, Jones has won five more times, in four different states. The only state that has seen him win twice is South Carolina – Hite’s home state – where he won the 2000 Megabucks on Lake Murray as well as the 2008 Classic on Hartwell.

In order to win this week’s trivia contest, answer the following five questions correctly:

  1. Where did Jones go to college?
  2. Even though he finished 6th at Neely Henry in 1997, the tournament was significant to Hite’s career. Why?
  3. Who caught the largest limit of the tournament?
  4. Mark Davis was the only angler in the top five who did not rely primarily on soft plastics during the tournament? What style/model of lure was his primary tool that week?
  5. Of his nine 2nd-place finishes in B.A.S.S. competition, the one-ounce margin at Neely Henry was of course the smallest deficit of Klein’s career. Which was his next closest 2nd-place finish and who finished first in that tournament?

Here are the answers:

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Jones is a graduate of Baylor and remains an active fan of Baylor’s sports teams. His son Alton Jr. attends the same school.

The 6th place finish at Neely Henry was monumental for Hite as it allowed him to lock up the first of his two Angler of the Year titles. He entered the tournament with a large lead over KVD, David Fritts and Rick Clunn, but struggled early in the tournament to fall behind Clunn heading into the last day of the campaign. He then caught a 21-06 limit, the largest of the tournament, on Day Three to claim the title, beating Clunn (who finished 18th at Neely Henry) by 58 points. Hite won the trophy again in 2002 and won the Classic in 1999.

Davis used an Excalibur Series Bomber Long A Jerkbait to finish 3rd.

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As noted, Klein has finished 2nd on nine occasions. Neely Henry was the closest he’s come to winning without doing so (he’s also won 8 times). The next closest “almost” came at the 2005 Central Open on the Red River, when he finished 2nd to Sean Hoernke by a mere 6 ounces.