What a difference a week makes!  Last week, according to Alton Jones, Jr. was "gut wrenching" as he competed in the Bassmaster Northern Open on Lake Champlain and fell just one point short of qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series and compete along side his father, Alton Jones, Sr.

However, this week proved to be one of the best weeks of his life.  After Jones made a 27 hour drive from Lake Champlain all the way to Bossier City, La. and the Red River, Jones is nothing but smiles as he walked off the stage with the first place trophy in the Bassmaster Central Open and an automatic berth in the Bassmaster Classic.

In a tournament that featured extremely few 5 fish limits for all three days of competition, the 24 year old Jones proved that perseverance and hard work can make you a winner!

His winning weight of 35-14 was nearly a full four pounds over his nearest competitor, Todd Murray. who finished second with 32-2.  And our own, Mike Pedroza of Sibley, La. gave the big boys a run for their money as he finished third with a weight of 30-15.

In the co-angler division, the newly crowned champion was Marvin Delong of Colfax, Louisiana with a weight of 20-5.  The second place co-angler was Charlie Hewitt with 17-1.

Here's a look at the Top 12 anglers from both divisions:

Bassmaster Central Open on Red River (Pro Division)

1Alton Jones Jr.5 / 10-114 / 11- 55 / 13-1414 / 35-14
2Todd Murray5 / 11- 05 / 10- 05 / 11- 215 / 32- 2
3Mike Pedroza3 / 7-115 / 11-115 / 11- 913 / 30-15
4Billy McCaghren Jr5 / 10- 25 / 9-155 / 9- 615 / 29- 7
5Darrell Lyons5 / 8- 55 / 9-145 / 10-1215 / 28-15
6Luke Estel5 / 11- 25 / 10- 74 / 6- 214 / 27-11
7Skylar Hamilton5 / 8-135 / 10- 54 / 8- 514 / 27- 7
8Jeffery Lemoine Jr5 / 10- 84 / 8-114 / 7-1013 / 26-13
9Luke Palmer5 / 9- 95 / 11- 93 / 4- 113 / 25- 3
10Robbie Latuso5 / 8- 45 / 10- 25 / 6- 515 / 24-11
11Tommy Murray5 / 8-145 / 13- 01 / 1-1211 / 23-10
12Charlie Hartley5 / 11- 53 / 7- 91 / 1-149 / 20-12

Bassmaster Central Open on Red River (Co-Angler Division)

1Marvin Delong3 / 6-153 / 6- 03 / 7- 69 / 20- 5
2Charlie Hewitt3 / 5- 03 / 6- 53 / 5-129 / 17- 1
3Quentin Cappo3 / 4-153 / 4- 41 / 6-107 / 15-13
4Christopher Thornton3 / 9- 002 / 4-125 / 13-12
5Domonick Poullard3 / 5-122 / 3- 43 / 4- 08 / 13- 0
6Adam Boyd3 / 4-142 / 4- 51 / 2-146 / 12- 1
7Rudy Rudisill3 / 8-111 / 2- 21 / 1- 05 / 11-13
8Robert Parkison2 / 4- 53 / 6- 71 / 0-156 / 11-11
9Ernest Smoak3 / 9- 701 / 2- 24 / 11- 9
10Brandon Clayton2 / 1-123 / 8- 01 / 1- 16 / 10-13
11Robert Fortner3 / 4-153 / 5- 5-6 / 10- 4
12Bill McCoun2 / 3- 13 / 5-151 / 1- 06 / 10- 0