> "The Zoom Z Craw Jr is one I've gained a lot of confidence in, and of course a Senko....
[Pretty sure no one except Alton uses the Z Craw Jr...bahahaha! 🤣]
> "It's been a process of finding baits I've been comfortable with that really catch fish. I find myself talking to the pros a lot more...we kind of can get the skinny....
> "I'm giving up some sponsor dollars for sure by doing this, but I'm enjoying it and I think it's helping my fishing."
5. What's your verse for this year?
> "My verse for this year is John 10:10 and it says, 'The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.'
> "That verse is just a good reminder to me that I really need to be living my life by the power of God's Spirit, and I do that by renewing my mind by being in the Word [the Bible] every day and really seeking to obey God in my thoughts and my actions. And I realize my purpose for being on earth isn't to catch bass, it's to be an ambassador for Jesus Christ. Fishing is just the platform to do that right now....
> "[About abundant life] I'm not talking about money. I'm talking about peace within your soul because you are right with God – because Christ has made it right. The whole idea of abundance is God is filling me up with that peace, and abundance has the connotation of overflow from God to me...[He will] use that to have an influence in someone else's life. It's not abundance that you hoard. It's abundance that flows over and God uses it in the lives of others."
Bonus Q 1: What's a newer Kistler product you're real excited about?
> "There's a couple actually. One is I have an Alton Jones signature Rod – it's a 7' MHF and it's an all-purpose rod. It's a rod action I use for a lot of different things. If I'm pitching or flipping soft-plastics, if I'm throwing a Chatterbait, if I'm throwing a normal-size spinnerbait – I use the same rod for all of those. It's great for the guy who wants to buy 1 rod you can do 5-6 things with.
> "Another thing is the new Kistler Chromium Reels. I am sponsored by Kistler Rods, but I'm not sponsored by the reels – but I've been using them this fall...and as quickly as I can I'm taking other reels off and adding them.
> "They're smooth and they cast good, and those are the 2 things I really care about. I need something I don't need to over-adjust and tweak to make it work real good, and something smooth and light...and the price point is good...."
Bonus Q 2: If you had to fish only 1 bait in the pre-spawn, what would it be?
> "I'm going to go to a 3/16-oz jig, probably green pumpkin, and I'll trim the skirt really short on it and put a little bitty gp craw trailer on the back of it. That's a bait that will work when it's really cold and will work really good as it warms up.
> "You can swim it...you can do lots of different things with that bait. During the pre-spawn l like a slow fall on my bait more than any other time of the year."
He fishes it on that 7' MHF Kistler Alton Jones All Purpose Rod, Kistler Chromium Reel (7.3), and 30-lb braid to a 5' 20-lb fluoro leader.