Elite Series: Angler Of The Year Race To Be Determined

After 10 stops that included California, Texas and New York, the Bassmaster Elite Series, the most visible and prestigious tournament trail in fishing, will wind down its season with a finale Sept. 13-16 on Florida’s Lake Tohopekaliga.

After 10 stops that included California, Texas and New York, the Bassmaster Elite Series, the most visible and prestigious tournament trail in fishing, will wind down its season with a finale Sept. 13-16 on Florida's Lake Tohopekaliga.While fishing fans await the culmination of three points races, many anglers will look to secure qualifying spots at bass fishing's most major event, the 2008 Bassmaster Classic, set for Feb. 22-24 in Greenville, S.C.

 The points races, the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year, the Toyota Rookie of the Year and the Toyota Moving Forward award boast some exciting action heading into the final event.

 "It all comes down to this," said Skeet Reese, who leads the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings by more than 100 points. "I consider the Angler of the Year the crown jewel of bass fishing and a lot of hard work went into this season. I'm happy that I put myself in position to win, but I still have a job to do."

 The Angler of the Year rewards Elite anglers based on consistent finishes. Points are allocated at each Elite event according to finish and are compiled throughout the season. The winner of the award will receive $125,000, and more than $600,000 will be distributed to the top 50.

 For Reese, of Auburn, Calif., to secure his first AOY title, he must hold off three-time Angler of the Year winner Kevin VanDam. Reese has scored nine top-10 finishes this season and in August posted a victory at an Elite event on the Potomac River.

 VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., has kept pace but trails by a significant margin heading into the final event. If VanDam is to claim his fourth title, he will need to finish in the top echelon of anglers and will need Reese to struggle at the final Elite event. VanDam would become just the second angler in BASS history to attain more than three AOY titles.

 The rookie points standings, which are derived from the Angler of the Year standings, have been dominated by two anglers: Derek Remitz of Madison, Ala., and Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C. Both have posted victories in the Elite Series in 2007, with Remitz striking first at the season-opening event on Texas' Lake Amistad.

 Remitz, a 25-year-old who qualified for the Elite Series via his top performance on the Bassmaster Open circuit in 2006, is in control, leading Ashley by more than 60 points. The winner of the award will receive a $25,000 top prize.

 Past winners have included Elite champions Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., and Dave Wolak of Wake Forrest, N.C.

 "Winning this award, with this competition, would validate my strengths as an angler," said Remitz, who recently relocated to Alabama. "Both Casey and I have set a tremendous pace and it should be a fantastic final event."

 Also having a solid Elite season is Fred Roumbanis, who moved midseason to Broken Arrow, Okla., and is on top of the Toyota Moving Forward standings.Roumbanis has dominated the standings thus far, based on improvement in the Angler of the Year standings from season to season. He has improved by more than 50 places in the 2007 AOY standings.

 "It's been a fantastic season," said Roumbanis, who won the Bassmaster American, a Bassmaster Major in Greensboro, N.C. "The hard work I put in during the offseason has paid off and I feel like I'm in the zone at every tournament."Roumbanis would have to stumble significantly, while second-place competitor Chris Lane of Winter Haven, Fla., would need to finish in the top 10 at the Toho Elite event to have a shot at the award.

 While the points races are sure to feature exciting finishes, the majority of the 108-angler Elite field will be focused on securing spots in either the 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series or the Bassmaster Classic. The top 84 finishers in the Angler of the Year standings will qualify for the following Elite season, while the top 36 in the AOY standings will qualify for the Classic.

 

The 2007 Elite Series, which kicked off at the season-opening event on Texas' Lake Amistad in March, has awarded more than $11 million in prize money.Five anglers crossed the $1 million mark in career BASS earnings during the 2007 season: Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala., Alton Jones of Waco, Texas, Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., and Kelly Jordon of Mineola, Texas.For comprehensive content on all of the points race, visit www.ESPNOutdoors.com. The Web site will have daily audio blogs from AOY contenders Reese and VanDam in addition to daily stories and photo galleries highlighting the dual.

 For more information, contact BASS Communications at (407) 566-2208 or visit www.bassmaster.com. Visit www.espnmediazone.com for ESPN's latest releases, schedules and other news, plus photos, video and audio clips and more.News exclusives, audio and video clips of bass fishing's biggest stars, loads of discounts and more are all part of BASS Insider, an exclusive membership, now available at www.bassmaster.com.

 BASS is the worldwide authority on bass fishing, staging more than 20,000 events through the BASS Federation Nation annually. Guided by its mission to serve all fishing fans, BASS sets the standard for credibility, professionalism, sportsmanship and conservation, as it has for nearly 40 years.

 BASS stages and sanctions bass fishing tournaments for every skill level culminating with the Bassmaster Classic. Through its clubs, youth programs, aquatic resource advocacy, magazine publishing and multimedia platforms, BASS offers the industry's widest array of services and support to its nearly 530,000 members. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.

 2007 TOYOTA TUNDRA BASSMASTER ANGLER OF THE YEAR STANDINGS

 

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Place  Name               St            Pts

 

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1 Skeet Reese           Calif.       2579

 

2 Kevin VanDam          Mich.        2472

 

3 Jared Lintner         Calif.       2276

 

4 Steve Kennedy         Ala.         2178

 

5 Terry Scroggins       Fla.         2166

 

6 Aaron Martens         Ala.         2165

 

7 Fred Roumbanis        Calif.       2136

 

8 Kelly Jordon          Texas        2133

 

9 Todd Faircloth        Texas        2109

 

10 Boyd Duckett          Ala.         2063

 

11 Scott Rook            Ark.         2054

 

12 Edwin Evers           Okla.        2053

 

13 Tommy Biffle          Okla.        2038

 

14 Greg Hackney          La.          2037

 

15 Chris Lane            Fla.         2030

 

16 Jeff Kriet            Okla.        2027

 

16 Kevin Wirth           Ky.          2027

 

18 Ishama Monroe         Calif.       2024

 

19 Stephen Browning      Ark.         2023

 

20 Gary Klein            Texas        1999

 

21 Brent Chapman         Kan.         1979

 

22 Derek Remitz          Texas        1978

 

23 John Murray           Ariz.        1976

 

24 Peter Thliveros       Fla.         1972

 

25 Cliff Pace            Miss.        1964

 

26 Timmy Horton          Ala.         1954

 

27 Michael Iaconelli     N.J.         1929

 

28 Takahiro Omori        Texas        1922

 

29 Casey Ashley          S.C.         1917

 

30 Mark Tyler            Okla.        1878

 

31 Mike McClelland       Ark.         1852

 

32 Randy Howell          Ala.         1834

 

33 Alton Jones           Texas        1830

 

33 Matthew Sphar         N.Y.         1830

 

35 Jason Quinn           S.C.         1805

 

36 John Crews            Va.          1803

 

37 Dave Wolak            N.C.         1799

 

38 Davy Hite             S.C.         1794

 

38 Matt Reed             Texas        1794

 

40 Jason Williamson      S.C.         1784

 

41 Dean Rojas            Texas        1783

 

42 Kevin Short           Ark.         1782

 

43 Mark Menendez         Ky.          1781

 

44 Jeff Reynolds         Okla.        1779

 

45 Shaw Grigsby, Jr      Fla.         1772

 

46 Kotaro Kiriyama       Ala.         1770

 

47 Scott Campbell        Mo.          1756

 

48 Mike Wurm             Ark.         1755

 

49 Gerald Swindle        Ala.         1751

 

50 Brian Snowden         Mo.          1741

 

51 Rick Morris           Va.          1735

 

51 Yusuke Miyazaki       Texas        1735

 

53 Britt Myers           S.C.         1720

 

54 Morizo Shimizu        Calif.       1719

 

55 Bill Lowen            Ohio         1715

 

56 Marty Robinson        S.C.         1712

 

57 Denny Brauer          Mo.          1700

 

58 James Niggemeyer      Texas        1673

 

59 Ray Sedgwick          S.C.         1668

 

60 Kenyon Hill           Okla.        1657

 

61 Mark Tucker           Mo.          1653

 

62 Kurt Dove             Va.          1638

 

63 Jami Fralick          S.D.         1636

 

64 Rick Clunn            Mo.          1632

 

65 Bernie Schultz        Fla.         1621

 

66 Bryan Hudgins         Fla.         1618

 

67 Paul Elias            Miss.        1612

 

68 Ken Cook              Okla.        1609

 

69 Bradley Hallman       Okla.        1585

 

70 Russ Lane             Ala.         1566

 

71 Pete Ponds            Miss.        1558

 

72 Grant Goldbeck        Md.          1553

 

73 Jeremy Starks         W.Va.        1552

 

74 Ben Matsubu           Texas        1549

 

75 James Kennedy         La.          1521

 

76 Lee Bailey            Ala.         1509

 

77 Jim Murray            Ga.          1502

 

78 Jimmy Mize            Ark.         1498

 

79 Jeff Connella         La.          1497

 

80 Charlie Hartley       Ohio         1466

 

81 Preston Clark         Fla.         1461

 

82 Ken Brodeur           Conn.        1438

 

83 Paul Hirosky          Pa.          1432

 

84 Greg Gutierrez        Calif.       1407

 

85 Mark Rogers           Fla.         1393

 

86 Kevin Langill         N.C.         1391

 

87 Marty Stone           N.C.         1390

 

88 Matt Amedeo           Ohio         1388

 

89 James Charlesworth    Fla.         1372

 

90 Terry Butcher         Okla.        1349

 

91 Guy Eaker             N.C.         1329

 

92 Glenn Delong          Ohio         1298

 

93 Zell Rowland          Texas        1295

 

94 Dave Smith            Okla.        1259

 

95 Bill Smith            Ky.          1253

 

95 Keith Phillips        Ala.         1253

 

97 Steve Daniel          Fla.         1240

 

98 Darrin Schwenkbeck    N.Y.         1232

 

99 Doc Merkin            Ill.         1181

 

100 Bradley Stringer      Texas        1173

 

101 Frank Scalish         Ohio         1172

 

102 Jon Bondy             Canada       1152

 

103 Eric Nethery          Ga.          1142

 

104 Jimmy Mason           Ala.         1099

 

105 Byron Velvick         Texas        1065

 

106 Rick Ash              Pa.           985

 

107 Charlie Youngers      Fla.          980

 

108 Elton Luce Jr         Texas         855

 

2007 TOYOTA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR RACE

 

2007 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

 

After Potomac River, Charles County, MD ending 08-12-2007, Day 4

 

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Place  Name               St            Pts

 

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1 Derek Remitz          Texas        1978

 

2 Casey Ashley          S.C.         1917

 

3 Matthew Sphar         N.Y.         1830

 

4 Jason Williamson      S.C.         1784

 

5 Scott Campbell        Mo.          1756

 

6 Marty Robinson        S.C.         1712

 

7 James Niggemeyer      Texas        1673

 

8 Bryan Hudgins         Fla.         1618

 

9 James Kennedy         La.          1521

 

10 Matt Amedeo           Ohio         1388

 

11 James Charlesworth    Fla.         1372

 

12 Glenn Delong          Ohio         1298

 

2007 TOYOTA MOVING FORWARD AWARD

 

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Place  Name               2006 Finish   2007 Standings

 

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1 Fred Roumbanis            69             7

 

2 Chris Lane                61            15

 

3 Scott Rook                47            11

 

4 Mark Tyler                64            30

 

5 Rick Morris               81            51

 

6 Stephen Browning          45            19

 

6 Terry Scroggins           31             5

 

8 Mark Menendez             68            43

 

8 Kevin Short               67            42

 

10 Britt Myers               76            53

 

11 Kurt Dove                 82            62

 

11 Brent Chapman             41            21

 

13 Ishama Monroe             37            18

 

14 Jeff Kriet                33            16

 

15 Grant Goldbeck            88            72

 

15 Ken Brodeur               98            82

 

15 Gary Klein                36            20

 

18 Jared Lintner             18             3

 

19 Todd Faircloth            23             9

 

19 Mark Rogers               99            85

 

21 Pete Ponds                83            71

 

22 Takahiro Omori            35            28

 

23 David Wolak               43            37

 

23 Skeet Reese                7             1

 

25 Ken D Cook                73            68

 

26 Timmy Horton              30            26

 

26 Yusuke Miyazaki           55            51

 

26 Brian Snowden             54            50

 

29 Charlie Hartley           83            80

 

29 Jami Fralick              66            63

 

31 Davy Hite                 40            38

 

31 Kelly Jordon              10             8

 

33 Kevin VanDam               3             2

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