I can't say there is one trip or event that sticks out as extra special. My father's dedication and commitment to me and my goals are what is meaningful. I really owe my whole career to his encouragement and support. He was and still is instrumental in my having attained this much.
My dad has never been much of a fisherman. I had a grandpa I hardly knew who I'm told loved to be on the water. The few fishing stories my dad tells are from times he was out with his father-in-law, my grandpa.
Read how Alton Jones Jr. loves being on the road and getting to spend time with his dad.
Alton Jones talks about his dad who helped him get into the outdoors by spending his time, love and money.
The conditions were horrible on the Mighty Mississippi falling, muddy water and a venue that fished small. Still, the Elite Series anglers showed their stuff. They picked their way through woody, shallow water sloughs one pool north of the launch site with plastics and shallow running crankbaits to catch what they could on their way to winning performances.
Like a lot of guys, I took up fishing on my own. My dad never cared for it and doesn't to this day. But I know I could not have gotten to where I am without his support and encouragement.
Today's winning purse amounts, and the prestige that goes with winning, are inconceivable compared to what they were when some of the anglers first started in competition.
In this article read how prior to the Genuity River Rumble practice, Rick Clunn scans the waters of the Mississippi from the sky.
Elite Series Tour tournament on the Mississippi River in Ft. Madison, Iowa.
Elite Series Tour tournament on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tennessee.
In this photo gallery you will see images of the 2009 Elite series River Rumble on the Mississippi River in Iowa. You will see images of the winner Kevin Short.