Professional bass angler and 2008 Bassmaster Classic winner Alton Jones is one of the most-consistent anglers on the tournament trail, currently sitting in third in the Angler of the Year race with only one tournament left in the Elite Series. To be successful on the trail, an angler must be versatile and proficient in all fishing techniques. He may not be known for topwater fishing, but rest assured that Jones knows how and when to get the most out of his Spooks and Zell Pops.

“I almost always have a topwater rigged and ready,” said Jones. “Even if you’re deepwater fishing, sometimes you’ll see a fish or two blow up and if you’re fast enough you can get that fish on a Zell Pop or Spook. Summer is topwater time because the water temperature is such that the (bass’) metabolism is fast and they’ll be feeding heavily.”

Jones throws most of his topwaters with a 6-foot 6-inch medium heavy rod and a reel that gives him the longest cast possible, especially when he looking for big fish. His topwater line is 14-pound Silver Thread.

“Topwaters are about the only baits that I still use mono for because it floats,” he said.

If given a choice, Jones prefers a slick calm day for his topwater fishing. He says that the calmer the water, the more noticeable the sound of a topwater is to the fish. The new Rattlin’ Spook and One Knocker Spook provide even more sound to the bait and make them effective even when there’s a chop on the water.

“A Spook imitates a shad running from a bass,” he said. “There are days when bass want a topwater worked slowly, though, and that’s when I throw a Zell Pop or Pop-R. The Zell Pop has that feather on the back treble, which always has a little undulation and motion even when you’re not moving it.”

Jones says that visible cover is less important in clear water. He focuses on weed edges and rocky points in this type of environment, and focuses more on shallow visible cover when fishing murky water.

Topwaters are big-fish baits,” he said. “It catches those 3- to 5-pounders that you need in a tournament.”

The new Rattlin’ Spook features eight rattles inside a specially placed rattle chamber that actually enhances the motion of the walk-the-dog retrieve and provides more “glide” on each twitch. The sound of the rattles mimics the sound of scattering baitfish, providing even more fish-attraction.
 
The One Knocker Spook features a single tungsten rattle inside the same rattle chamber, providing a fish-attracting “thunk” each time the bait is twitched. Incredible new color patterns provide incredible reflection in the water.
 
Both new Heddon Spooks are 4 ½-inches long – the same size as the classic Spooks known in fishing circles as the “sweet size.”