Father and son battle it out for Bassmaster glory
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PRADCO-Fishing-sponsored Alton Jones Senior and Alton Jones Junior will become only the fourth father-and-son duo to compete in the Bassmaster Classic this weekend.
“The only word I can use to describe the situation is blessed,” said the elder Jones, who won the Classic back in 2008 on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell. “Back then the idea that he and I would someday fish a Classic together was just a dream. It wasn’t until he started fishing the Opens that it truly hit me I might be fishing against my son.”
Jones Jr, who joined his father on the pro staff team of PRADCO-Fishing brand BOOYAH at the beginning of the year, said: “I think it finally hit home that I’m fishing the Classic against my dad when Lake Conroe went off limits. That’s when I really started to realise that it’s coming – that it’s getting close.
“The Classic is going to be special, not only because we’re both taking part, but also because we are Texans and will have so many friends and family in the stands. My dad has fished for more than 25 years and this is the first time he has got to fish the Bassmaster in the state.”
Jones Snr added: “As parents, you want to see good things happen to your children. It’s a blessing for our whole family. It would be a dream come true for me to see him win a Classic as it would be for me to do it again.”
However, that does not mean that he will take it easy on his son in a two-man race. “He would try to step on me just like I would try to step on him,” said Jones Jr. “That’s how competitive fishing is supposed to be.”