It isn't unusual to find optimistic anglers on the final day of a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament. If an angler is fishing Sunday, there's at least a chance to take home the $100,000 winner's prize, and it sure beats watching from the dock or a long drive home.
In this article you will read about Alton Jones.
In this article you will read about Butch Tucker and other co-anglers.
The Kissimmee Chain wasn't kind to Elite Series pro Matt Amedeo. He finished the Citrus Slam, presented by Longhorn, in 93rd place, with a two-day total of 11 pounds, 10 ounces.
Day Two leader Kelly Jordon caught a small keeper around 9 Saturday morning, then released it a few minutes later. But he had no regrets when he failed to weigh a fish at the end of the day.
Going into the BASS Elite Series tournament on the Kissimmee Chain, the conventional wisdom was sight-fishing for spawning bass wouldn't play much of a role.
Forty-four-year-old Alton Jones has been tournament bass fishing for over two decades now. He has thoroughly experienced how gruelling that can be, especially a four-day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. event, like those on the Bassmaster Elite Series. There are three practice days before the tournaments start.
The Kissimmee Chain produced four 20-pound-plus bags Thursday and three Friday. But Kelly Jordon was the only Bassmaster Elite Series angler to have a 20-pound bag days. That jumped Jordan into first place on Day Two of the Citrus Slam, presented by Longhorn.
There are almost as many colors of soft-plastic baits as there are bass fishermen. One of Butch Tucker's favorites is junebug. It's a bluish-purple, metal-flaked staple of bass anglers around the country, and it's especially popular on Florida lakes.
Kevin VanDam allowed Mike McClelland to be the only three-time winner on the Bassmaster Elite Series tour exactly one week. VanDam, who had never led for one day in a Florida Bassmaster event until Saturday, sealed the deal Sunday in the Citrus Slam, presented by Longhorn.