In 2013, Edwin Evers never finished worse than 30th place; he also came in 1st, won the Alabama River Tournament. All in all, he had two 25th, one 13th, one 11th and one 6thplace finishes.
This year Edwin made “the cut” in every Elite tournament he fished in (making the cut means making the top 50, getting a check for $10,000, and fishing on Saturday).
Ken Duke would know how many other Elite anglers did that this year, I don’t have a clue, can’t focus enough to figure that out, but my gut tells me…not many, if any.
****Hey Ken buddy just add in the comment section what that answer may be so the folks don’t think I’m just making this stuff up. Thanks, Man.
Bottom line is that whoever wins Angler of the Year this, or any year, has done a hell of a job.
We have run the dude up and down the flag pole, dragged him through rivers and lakes in the worst and best conditions, made him drive thousands of miles, spend dozens and dozens of days pre-fishing, practice from dawn to dusk, and on top of all that, thrown 98 of the best anglers on the planet at him time and again.
And that is exactly why the Elite anglers value the AOY as much as, if not more than, winning the Bassmaster Classic…the Classic is a sprint…the tour is not, not even close.
When it comes to AOY, every cast counts, the first cast of the season…the last cast of the season.
Jerry Rice ran every pass route as if it was the game winning route…even if he knew the ball wasn’t coming to him.
I watched him do just that…in practice.
To win AOY, you can never take a play off. Never not show up.
If the Sport itself were to award those who play it, I’m sure the award would go to those who had game every minute they were in the game.
Angler of the Year is not just some fancy marketing ploy; Angler of the Year is the award that lets you know,
who got game,
game after game,
cast after cast,
and very soon you’ll know,
who got next.
“…’til you fall.”
“Live To Win”