Prestigious Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Race to be Determined at Elite Series Season Finale

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