2013 Elite Series Plano Championship Chase Lake St. Clair/Detroit River - Detroit, MI, Aug 22 - 25, 2013

AOY: Simply the best

Don Barone

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Don Barone

Don Barone

db has been in the reporting biz for over 30 years, won some Emmys and other awards, but is proudest of his four-decade marriage, his two kids and the fact he founded Tackle The Storm Foundation to help children.

“Live to win…”

Dateline: Somewhere North of Detroit

It ends here.

In the Detroit River.

Or Lake St. Clair.

Or Lake Huron.

Or Lake Erie.

Somewhere in the waters surrounding us,

it ends.

Somewhere in all the blue around us, the golden boy of 2013 will be crowned.

It ends here.


The 2013 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year will be crowned.

“…'til the light dies in your eyes…”

I have too many friends in this race to break it down into a numbers game; I’m told that if Edwin Evers ends up in the top 25 when all is said and done here, he will win.

I’m not a numbers guy, so don’t hold me to that, or that I want Edwin to win it. I have no dog in this fight since all these dudes I consider friends.

I just want to make sure you know how important this last shindig is; to most of these anglers, the AOY hardware is the ultimate prize, even though I don’t necessarily agree with them on that fact.

Angler of the Year means that for the ENTIRE year, you were the best, the most consistent, day after day, tournament after tournament, cast after cast.

From Day 1 of the season to this Sunday, you were the man.

Winning the Bassmaster Classic means that from Day 1 to Day 3 you were the best.

Bassmaster Classic=3 competition days of being the best.

AOY=32 competition days of being the best.

Bassmaster Classic=1 body of water

AOY=8 bodies of water

Bassmaster Classic=fishing against 52 other competitors.

AOY=fishing against 98 other best-in-the-world competitors.