2012 Elite Series Green Bay Challenge Lake Michigan - Green Bay, WI, Jun 28 - Jul 1, 2012

AOY on the line

10:47 am CDT, Jul 1, 2012 | By Ken Duke

With one Elite Series event left, lots of the pros are keeping an eye on the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings to see if they can win AOY, or even if they're going to the 2013 Bassmaster Classic.

 

The AOY race looks like a shootout between Brent Chapman, Ott DeFoe and Todd Faircloth. Only DeFoe is fishing today, so he's the only one who can improve (or hurt) his numbers. DeFoe came into the final round in sixth place, well behind the leaders, but in a pretty tight mix between fifth and 12th place. If BASSTrakk is accurate, he's moved up a couple of places into fourth. But with JVD not yet on the board and Dean Rojas having a slow morning, DeFoe could easily slip back a couple of spots if they catch a few bass. Still, DeFoe's putting some heat on Chapman for AOY, and it should be interesting at the season finale on Oneida.

 

Chapman will go into the last tournament with about a 14-point lead. That's not much, but he'll control his own destiny. If he can make the finals at Oneida (and he's been in the finals or close to them at almost every event this year), no one can catch him.

 

And if Ott DeFoe can hang on to a Top 3 finish in AOY this year, he'll become the first Bassmaster Rookie of the Year to improve upon his rookie season and avoid the sophomore jinx.

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