CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series Southern Challenge on Lake Guntersville, Bassmaster.com asked Jones to detail his practice and tournament.
"The Majors are the way we need to go to increase exposure for the sport ... everything is headed in the right direction," said Rick Clunn, a 29-time Classic qualifier.
Bassmaster.com asked local tournament anglers Mark Perry and Chad Tregellas what to expect from the qualifiers-only event that will award the winner $250,000.
The locals anglers at Eagle Mountain Lake predict who they think will find the fish.
The observer whose pro caught the biggest bass of the tournament on day two of competition won a brand new Triton TR186 bass boat.
Mark Perry and Chad Tregellas said they anticipated weights would be down from Day One, but they didn't think only 15 anglers would eclipse 10 pounds.
Michael Iaconelli began the Bassmaster Memorial by fishing a number of patterns and he met mixed results.
From 12 there came 6 to go on to the final day of the 2006 Bassmaster Memorial
Iaconelli's two-day total means little heading into the third day of action here in northeast Texas because his weight, along with those of the 11 other elite anglers who survived the cut, was zeroed to begin the second phase of this event.
Peter Thliveros wins the 2006 Bassmaster Major, the Memorial on Eagle Mountain Lake in Fort Worth, Texas.