BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — And then there were 12 — All-Stars, that is. After nearly 400,000 votes spread among 89 candidates, the final four places in Toyota Trucks All-Star Week are set. Along with the Top 8 anglers in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year rankings for 2012, the fans have selected Gerald Swindle, Aaron Martens, Michael Iaconelli and Skeet Reese. Coincidentally, they were the Anglers of the Year for 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, respectively.
The four join newly crowned Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Brent Chapman, defending All-Star champion Ott DeFoe, and Terry Scroggins, Todd Faircloth, Randy Howell, Matt Herren, Kevin VanDam and Edwin Evers for the first of two tournaments in Illinois. They will be competing for $100,000 in prize money, including $60,000 for a first-place finish.
In the first stage of the event, Sept. 20-21, all 12 anglers will compete on Lake Shelbyville for two days. Their catches will be tallied, and the Top 4 anglers will be seeded and advance to the Evan William Bourbon All-Star Championship, Sept. 22, on Lake Decatur where the No. 1 seed will face off against No. 4, and No. 2 will be paired against No. 3 in a modified match fishing format.
On Sept. 23, angler weights will be reset to zero for the final competition round — also on Lake Decatur — which features the two advancing seeds, one of whom will be crowned the 2012 Toyota Trucks All-Star champion.
All four of the All-Stars voted in by the fans this year also competed in All-Star Week a year ago, though only one of them — Swindle — earned his berth last year by virtue of his AOY ranking.