Who's new in the Elite Series

The 2010 Elite Series is the same as it ever was... but different.

Scott Ashmore

With apologies to David Byrne, the 2010 Elite Series is the same as it ever was ... but different. It still features the best of the best — 11 anglers who have won 19 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year awards, 11 anglers who have won 16 Bassmaster Classics and 93 anglers who have every right and reason to call themselves the very best in the business.

Seven of those 93 are new to the highest level of our sport. They're the Elite Series rookies and the anglers who will be vying for the Rookie of the Year award ... as well as Angler of the Year and a Classic berth, if they're good enough.

The new guys have a tough row to hoe. Not only are they up against the best anglers in the world, but they're generally lacking in experience on the Elite tournament waters. It's tough enough to test your skills against Kevin VanDam, Denny Brauer and Rick Clunn without also having to learn your way around Clear Lake, the California Delta and the Arkansas River.

If they can do it, there are riches and fame to be had, and it all starts right here.

So without further ado, here are some brief profiles of the 2010 Elite Series Rookie class:

ELITE SERIES ROOKIE PROFILE

Name: Scott Ashmore
Birth date: April 26, 1967
Hometown: Broken Arrow, Okla.
Family: Lynn (wife) and Whitney (daughter)
Favorite water: Lake Guntersville, Ala.
Favorite technique: Frogging
Hobbies: Grilling and church
Looking forward to: Elite Series event on Lake Guntersville
Did you know? Scott showed Morgan horses all over the country with his family as a youth. He was also the quarterback on his high school football team.
More info: Check out Scott's BASS tournament profile 

ELITE SERIES ROOKIE PROFILE

Name: Cliff Crochet
Birth date: August 1, 1983
Hometown: Pierre Part, La.
Family: Single
Favorite water: Lake Guntersville, Ala.
Favorite technique: Frogging
Hobbies: Fishing, watching sports and hunting
Looking forward to: Elite Series event on the California Delta
Did you know? Crochet was a Sheriff's deputy with the Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office before becoming a full-time bass pro. He was Deputy of the Year in 2003 and 2008.
More info: Check out Cliff's BASS tournament profile 

ELITE SERIES ROOKIE PROFILE

Name: Matt Greenblatt
Birth date: March 11, 1970
Hometown: Tequesta, Fla.
Family: Single
Favorite water: Lake Champlain, N.Y.
Favorite technique: Drop-shotting and finesse fishing
Hobbies: Traveling and doing volunteer work for autism
Looking forward to: Elite Series event on Kentucky Lake
Did you know? Greenblatt is originally from Pennsylvania. He moved to Florida17 years ago after he tired of shoveling snow.
More info: Check out Matt's BASS tournament profile

ELITE SERIES ROOKIE PROFILE

Name: B.J. Haseotes
Birth date: July 4, 1973
Hometown: Centerville, Mass.
Family: Tiffany (fiancée) and Byron III (son)
Favorite water: Lake Champlain, N.Y.
Favorite technique: Flipping
Hobbies: Deer hunting
Looking forward to: Elite Series event on Clear Lake
Did you know? When he was 16 and in high school, B.J. crewed aboard a 150-foot schooner for six months in a work-study Outward Bound voyage from Spain to the Caribbean.
More info: Check out B.J.'s BASS tournament profile 

ELITE SERIES ROOKIE PROFILE

Name: Keith Poche
Birth date: July 7, 1981
Hometown: Troy, Ala.
Family: Single
Favorite water: Lake Eufaula, Ga.-Ala.
Favorite technique: Flipping
Hobbies: Basketball
Looking forward to: Elite Series event on Clear Lake
Did you know? Keith is a native of Louisiana and moved to Alabama to attend college. He is a talented artist and is especially adept at pencil drawings.
More info: Check out Keith's BASS tournament profile 

ELITE SERIES ROOKIE PROFILE

Name: Bradley Roy
Birth date: November 2, 1990
Hometown: Lancaster, Ky.
Family: Single
Favorite water: Santee Cooper Reservoirs, S.C.
Favorite technique: Power fishing and jerkbaits
Hobbies: Hunt, church
Looking forward to: Elite Series event on California Delta
Did you know? Bradley is the youngest Elite Series pro ever. He was just 18 when he qualified for fishing's most prestigious tournament trail. He won the Bassmaster Junior World Championship in 2004, and in 2008, he was Kentucky's only representative in the BASS Federation Nation Championship.
More info: Check out Bradley's BASS tournament profile 

ELITE SERIES ROOKIE PROFILE

Name: Dennis Tietje
Birth date: November 27, 1964
Hometown: Roanoke, La.
Family: Trudy (wife), Donovan and Logan (sons)
Favorite water: Toledo Bend Reservoir, Texas-La.
Favorite technique: Flipping and crankbaiting
Hobbies: Deer and duck hunting
Looking forward to: Elite Series event on California Delta
Did you know? Dennis farms rice and crawfish — and is a volunteer firefighter — when not competing on the water.
More info: Check out Dennis' BASS tournament profile

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