Headed into the final stretch of the 2012 Elite season, the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race and the chase for Bassmaster Classic berths are in high gear. Taking a look at what's happened here on the Mississippi River and in the last couple of tournaments, there are some interesting trends.
The four hottest anglers on tour are Greg Hackney (23rd, 4th and 15th in the last three tournaments), Aaron Martens (3rd, 25th and fishing again today), Cliff Pace (6th, 15th, 2nd and fishing today in his last four events) and Terry Scroggins (Top 21 in every tournament but one this year).
Then there are three anglers who made some early noise but have cooled considerably: Keith Combs had a great rookie season and started strong in 2012, but in his last three Elite tournaments he's finished 64th twice and 78th. Derek Remitz was bouncing back from a tough 2011, but finished 85th, 66th and 86th in the last three. And after winning at Douglas Lake, Jeremy Starks was 80th and 91st.
Starks is already Classic bound by virtue of his win, but Remitz is all but out of contention, and Combs needs to turn things around in the last two tournaments if he wants to fish the 2013 championship.