At just past the midway point of the 2013 season, I find myself looking at the two significant races (Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year and the battle to earn a berth in the Bassmaster Classic) in terms of points and trophies. The only way to win AOY is to rack up the points. To get to the Classic, you can do it through AOY points or you can win an Elite Series tournament. For some anglers, a bad start to the season means they won’t be able to get there on points. They’ll need a win.
Two anglers in the top 10 after Day 1 on the Alabama River are in the hunt for AOY. Edwin Evers ranks fifth in the tournament and first in AOY thus far. He seems as focused on his goal as I’ve ever seen him. Even on good days he seems mildly perturbed they weren’t better — like a race driver who's hefting a big trophy but still irritated that he didn’t shave another second or two off his pit time.
The other angler doing well here who’s still a factor in the AOY race is Bobby Lane. He’s fourth in the tournament and eighth in AOY. Like Evers, Lane is one of the most consistently solid anglers in the Elites, though unlike Evers he’s yet to really challenge for an AOY title.
One of these days we’re going to have brothers who both win a Classic, and I think it’s going to be Chris and Bobby Lane. Chris already has his trophy. Bobby will have one before it’s over. He’s so good he'll have lots of chances, and one of these days he'll take one down.
More on the guys who need to win to get to the 2014 Classic as soon as I type it up!