You’re going to need every point you can accumulate if you want to win AOY, and it starts with the first tournament. There are no throwaways. Year after year, Elite anglers tell me they’re not thinking about AOY early in the season. They’re either not telling me the truth or they’ve taken their eye off the prize. If you want to win something — anything — it’s important to keep it in the crosshairs all the time. That includes the first tournament.
Brent Chapman with a magnum 4.5 lb Coosa River Spot below the dam at Lake Jordan. Photo by Marshal Jace Hilton.
Shaw says it's now "cull time" - upgrading with a solid 4lber.
Photos by Bassmaster Marshal Harvey Starling.
Shaw just landed his fifth keeper. Around a 10lb limit of fish in the livewell.
Since the marshals and others are covering things from the water, I’m going to take this opportunity to talk about the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race, how it’s shaping up and what to look for at this tournament on the Alabama River. I’ve isolated five keys to winning the AOY race, and while I’ll be using examples from the Elite Series, they’ll mostly work for your club AOY race, too.
Get in the boat! Chad Pipkens knows how to handle them. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Gerome Burrell.
Mike McClelland upgrading his limit. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Tim Patterson
We turned around and moved about a quarter mile down the same canal and found Edwin Evers and Randy Howell fishing opposite sides of the canal. Evers just boated what looked to be a 2 1/2 half to 3-pounder. Into the live well it goes. Howell says he has a limit, with the biggest being a 3-pounder, but he doesn't have much size after that. Howell just had a nice fish that he's working hard to get in the boat. And he does. Looks to be another 3-pounder. "Good job man," Evers calls from across the water.
Takahiro Omori going to work. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Jimmy Murphy.