Texas Pro Angler Alton Jones was DQ'ed late Thursday night from the whole tournament. Jones is the 2nd angler to get a DQ in this tournament, as KVD was DQ during the practice period. It's the 3rd DQ of the year for BASS.
No reasons from BASS have been reported as to why Jones was DQ'ed. More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
Ok, BASS has reported as to why Alton Jones was disqualified.
BASS says that Jones was disqualified on Thursday night, at 10 PM, because he "received assistance in operating his boat while he located fish during the tournament's official practice period."
According to Trip Weldon, Jones violated a specific part of rule 3.2 which says that a competitor may not have the assistance of advice of anyone in the location of fish, during the official practice and tournament.
Also, along with Jones, Randy Howell and Kevin Langhill were given polygraph tests. It was not mentioned as to why each of them were given the tests, as Jones was DQ'ed and Howell and Langhill were fishing on Friday.
Jones responded that the DQ involved his son, instead of a tournament fishing partner. His son, Alton Jones, Jr. was standing on the front deck of the boat while his father was driving the boat around. BASS interprets this as "getting assistance from someone who was not a competitor".
Jones is happy that Trip made the right call, and takes full blame for his mistake. He says that it's something that he can live with, since he knows that he was in violation of a rule.
Jones also pointed out that last year there were NO spawning tournaments, and this type of thing was not a problem, and he also states that the rule was rewritten prior to the 2005 season.
He plans to fish on Guntersville, and calls this DQ a speed bump.
I agree, and I hope that this shows all the Ike-loving folks that BASS is not just picking on Ike, but that they will lay down the law on all anglers when violations are incurred.
I commend both KVD and Jones for taking their punishments in stride and not getting all bent out of shape because they broke certain rules. They took the blame and they are both moving on. They are true examples of what "professionals" really are.