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A Time of First

It was many years ago when the idea of Bass Roots Fishing began. And when I mean many years, it was around my time working at Bass Pro Shops. It was about trying to do and create something that allowed me to be apart of a bass fishing industry and the outdoors that I enjoy. From the tournaments, tackle stores, websites, the people, and wanting to connect with fellow anglers, share fishing experiences, as well as maybe bring people in that were new to the outdoors.

Bass Roots is here. A first business venture. Although, we’ve been slow, that’s ok. We didn’t expect to be an overnight success. It’ll come around, because it’s a process. Bass Roots is not the purpose of this blog. The purpose of the blog is about the competition, tips, preparation, meeting other competitors and much more. Following the ups and downs of a couple guys competing on the Alabama Bass Trail for the first time. A first time of Andrew and I fishing as a team. First time for Andrew competing on any level of bass fishing. I have competed in BFLs, ABAs, FLWs for a significant time as a co-angler, however this will be first time in a long time competing as a team, especially in an event as prestigious as the Alabama Bass Trail. First time for us doing blogs. The list of first time things could go on and on.

Our first time spent fishing and preparing actually began in spring 2020 as Covid hit. We spent time at Lay Lake and Logan Martin Lake for the most part due to proximity of where we live. We even made a trip to Alabama River and Smith Lake in terrible and extreme weather conditions. We have caught fish, developed ideas, but nothing that is going to make us a threat to win at the moment.

Our first event is on Lake Martin in a few weeks. Our official first practices for Lake Martin began over the last couple weeks. Mostly doing some scouting and graphing, definitely very little in the catching department. Lol. When we have caught fish, they have been on average of 2 to 3.5 pounds on a variety of baits and depths. So, starting out hasn’t been great or what we hope, but it has been a learning experience. It has been cold and windy each time out. Another first learning experience is that Andrew should “always” listen to Jonathon when he says it’s to shallow, the boat will get stuck. That way Andrew doesn’t have to get in the 43 degree water and push the boat off the sandbar. Another first learning experience is that Andrew should know Jonathon will probably be late every time to go fishing, except when tournament day rolls around. Lol. That way he doesn’t wait for 30 minutes every time. We hope to put some of this on video as we go to see some of the disfunction and hilarity on the water such as the rod break, reel blow up, and even the sand bar push off as mentioned above.

It will be a fun and exciting experience to share our journey weekly leading up to each event. Promise we’ll get better at this blog thing. Thank you for taking the time to read this intro about what this blog will be about going forward. This adventure of two, blue collar guys trying to compete on the Alabama Bass Trail against the best teams in Alabama and the southeast. So, time to sign this thing off for now. Hope everyone has a blessed week.


Jonathon Cone

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”