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Alton Jones does it again Saturday on a tough-bite day
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Alton Jones does it again Saturday on a tough-bite day 

 

 

PALATKA, Fla. — If only it were lonelier at the top. Leading by 7 pounds, 9 ounces on Friday, Alton Jones hung on Saturday at the Power-Pole Citrus Slam with a 60-10 total, but his lead shrunk to 2 pounds, 9 ounces, and he has 11 anglers to watch out for Sunday.

“I did the same thing today as on the other days,” Jones said. “I blind-fished early, then went sight-fishing the rest of the day.”

Jones, the 2008 Bassmaster Classic champ, hunted hard for the larger spawning bass, the holy grail of every Bassmaster Elite Series angler this week on the St. Johns River.



“I did come up on one of about 7 pounds, and I fished for her for about an hour. She always looked like she was going to bite on the next cast — and then she swam off and never came back. I was kind of puzzled by that, but sometimes the fish will fool you,” Jones said.

Edwin Evers replaced J. Todd Tucker as the pro closest to overtaking Jones, who has led for three days. Evers inched up from fourth place to second on the strength of his 19-4 bag of bass, for a three-day total of 58-1.

Todd Faircloth, one of only three to break the 20-pound mark, claimed third place, jumping up from eighth with 20-2 on Saturday for 54-1 over three days. St. Johns area native Terry Scroggins dropped from third to fourth after bringing in 13-15, for 53-15 overall.

Tucker fell to fifth place, pulled down by a lackluster 12-0 on the third day.

The Elite field was cut from 50 to 12 for the final round Sunday. The anglers are fishing for a first-prize package that includes $100,000 and an instant qualification for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic under a new rule that awards berths to event winners, bypassing the points system.

Runner-up Evers said he didn’t veer from his sight-fishing pattern.

“I’m covering a tremendous amount of water,” Evers said. “I’m standing on the trolling motor and looking, looking, trying to find the big ones.”

His biggest bass was a 6-5, a hefty contribution to his 19-4 of Saturday.

“I’ve seen bigger ones,” he added. “I’m pretty excited to go back tomorrow.”

The wind is supposed to kick up Sunday, a potential wrecker of a true sight bite, the pattern to which almost the entire field turned.

“We may get a couple of hours tomorrow before the wind gets up,” Jones said.

Faircloth, in third, said he had some areas to go to that would not be heavily hurt by high winds.

“The areas are protected, and I think I can get back in there and catch them,” he said.

Local favorite Scroggins said his day was tough, and he was finesse fishing to make them bite. The rub to that tactic, he explained was that the lily pads were rough on his lighter gear and 8-pound line.

“When you hook a 4- or 5-pounder, it’s all you can do to get him out, but that’s the only way I can make them bite,” he said.

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DAY 3 STANDINGS- POWER-POLE CITRUS SLAM

2011 Citrus Slam - Palatka, FL 03/17-03/20 St. Johns River, Palatka  Fla.

(PRO Division) Standings Day 3

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$

1.  Alton Jones            Waco, Texas            15  60-10    

  Day 1: 5   26-09    Day 2: 5   22-13    Day 3: 5   11-04 

2.  Edwin Evers            Talala, Okla.          15  58-01    

  Day 1: 5   16-08    Day 2: 5   22-05    Day 3: 5   19-04 

3.  Todd Faircloth         Jasper, Texas          15  54-01    

  Day 1: 5   23-10    Day 2: 5   10-05    Day 3: 5   20-02 

4.  Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, Fla.        15  53-15    

  Day 1: 5   17-03    Day 2: 5   22-13    Day 3: 5   13-15 

5.  J Todd Tucker          Moultrie, Ga.          15  53-13    

  Day 1: 5   20-08    Day 2: 5   21-05    Day 3: 5   12-00 

6.  Dustin Wilks           Rocky Mount, N.C.      15  49-03    

  Day 1: 5   18-07    Day 2: 5    9-05    Day 3: 5   21-07 

7.  Steve Kennedy          Auburn, Ala.           15  48-05    

  Day 1: 5   13-08    Day 2: 5    8-13    Day 3: 5   26-00 

8.  Kelly Jordon           Palestine, Texas       15  47-09    

  Day 1: 5   15-10    Day 2: 5   16-01    Day 3: 5   15-14 

9.  Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, Mich.       15  47-02    

  Day 1: 5   17-03    Day 2: 5   17-13    Day 3: 5   12-02 

10. Keith Combs            Huntington, Texas      15  46-13    

  Day 1: 5   19-08    Day 2: 5   14-09    Day 3: 5   12-12 

11. Billy McCaghren        Mayflower, Ark.        15  44-04    

  Day 1: 5   20-11    Day 2: 5   15-11    Day 3: 5    7-14 

12. Casey Ashley           Donalds, S.C.          15  44-02    

  Day 1: 5   20-09    Day 2: 5   12-03    Day 3: 5   11-06 

13. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, La.          15  43-12  251   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   13-07    Day 2: 5   11-10    Day 3: 5   18-11 

14. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, Calif.  15  43-00  248   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   20-09    Day 2: 5   11-09    Day 3: 5   10-14 

15. Pat Golden             High Point, N.C.       15  43-00  245   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   12-14    Day 2: 5   12-00    Day 3: 5   18-02 

16. Kevin Wirth            Crestwood, Ky.         15  42-15  243   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   12-07    Day 2: 5   10-02    Day 3: 5   20-06 

17. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, Kan.     15  42-00  241   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   25-04    Day 2: 5    6-14    Day 3: 5    9-14 

18. Bobby Lane             Lakeland, Fla.         15  41-07  239   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   18-04    Day 2: 5   10-09    Day 3: 5   12-10 

19. Peter Thliveros        St Augustine, Fla.     15  39-12  237   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   14-15    Day 2: 5    7-06    Day 3: 5   17-07 

20. John Crews             Salem, Va.             15  39-10  235   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   21-03    Day 2: 5   10-03    Day 3: 5    8-04 

21. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, La.       15  39-04  233   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   13-11    Day 2: 5   16-02    Day 3: 5    9-07 

22. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, Ala.          15  38-04  231   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   15-15    Day 2: 5    8-07    Day 3: 5   13-14 

23. Gary Klein             Weatherford, Texas     15  38-02  229   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   16-14    Day 2: 5   10-01    Day 3: 5   11-03 

24. Aaron Martens          Leeds, Ala.            15  37-15  227   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   11-02    Day 2: 5    9-09    Day 3: 5   17-04 

25. Jason Williamson       Aiken, S.C.            11  37-03  225   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   22-05    Day 2: 1    1-02    Day 3: 5   13-12 

26. Paul Elias             Laurel, Miss.          15  37-00  223   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   18-04    Day 2: 5    7-13    Day 3: 5   10-15 

27. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, Okla.           13  36-09  221   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   15-10    Day 2: 5   16-03    Day 3: 3    4-12 

28. Ott Defoe              Knoxville, Tenn.       15  36-04  219   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   11-02    Day 2: 5   14-15    Day 3: 5   10-03 

29. David Walker           Sevierville, Tenn.     15  36-04  217   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   11-14    Day 2: 5   15-09    Day 3: 5    8-13 

30. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, Okla.         15  36-02  215   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   12-14    Day 2: 5   11-14    Day 3: 5   11-06 

31. Takahiro Omori         Emory, Texas           15  35-15  213   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   12-00    Day 2: 5    8-06    Day 3: 5   15-09 

32. Russell Parrish        Riesel, Texas          15  35-11  211   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   12-07    Day 2: 5   15-00    Day 3: 5    8-04 

33. Mark Menendez          Paducah, Ky.           15  35-04  209   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   12-03    Day 2: 5    9-03    Day 3: 5   13-14 

34. Timmy Horton           Muscle Shoals, Ala.    15  34-13  207   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   22-04    Day 2: 5    6-11    Day 3: 5    5-14 

35. Bill Lowen             Brookville, Ind.       15  34-07  205   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   13-05    Day 2: 5   10-03    Day 3: 5   10-15 

36. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, Ala.         15  34-03  203   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   14-04    Day 2: 5   14-06    Day 3: 5    5-09 

37. Clark Reehm            Lufkin, Texas          13  33-10  201   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   20-10    Day 2: 3    5-08    Day 3: 5    7-08 

38. Ryan Said              Wixom, Mich.           13  33-08  199   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   18-07    Day 2: 3    3-12    Day 3: 5   11-05 

39. Mark Davis             Mount Ida, Ark.        15  33-05  197   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   10-14    Day 2: 5   11-07    Day 3: 5   11-00 

40. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, Ariz 15  33-02  195   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   16-07    Day 2: 5   10-00    Day 3: 5    6-11 

41. Dave Wolak             Wake Forest, N.C.      13  32-07  193   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 3    9-12    Day 2: 5   12-07    Day 3: 5   10-04 

42. Keith Poche            Troy, Ala.             11  31-10  191   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 1    5-12    Day 2: 5   15-04    Day 3: 5   10-10 

43. Matt Herren            Trussville, Ala.       15  31-03  189   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   13-07    Day 2: 5   10-13    Day 3: 5    6-15 

44. Chris Lane             Guntersville, Ala.     15  31-02  187   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5    9-06    Day 2: 5   12-07    Day 3: 5    9-05 

45. Cliff Pace             Petal, Miss.           14  31-00  185   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 4    8-15    Day 2: 5   12-00    Day 3: 5   10-01 

46. Craig Schuff           Watauga, Texas         15  30-07  183   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   15-08    Day 2: 5    9-00    Day 3: 5    5-15 

47. John Murray            Phoenix, Ariz.         13  30-07  181   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5    9-08    Day 2: 5   14-08    Day 3: 3    6-07 

48. Ish Monroe             Hughson, Calif.        15  29-13  179   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5    6-13    Day 2: 5   13-12    Day 3: 5    9-04 

49. Zell Rowland           Austin, Texas          13  28-10  177   $10,000.00

  Day 1: 5   10-01    Day 2: 5   11-02    Day 3: 3    7-07 

50. James Niggemeyer       Van, Texas             11  26-05  175    $5,000.00

  Day 1: 5   12-00    Day 2: 5   13-01    Day 3: 1    1-04 

 





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