Opens AOY watch

The Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year standings are taking on some interesting storylines, midway through a four-event schedule.

Most notably, all eyes are on Scott Martin, whose legendary father Roland won nine Bassmaster Angler of the Year titles, although he never won a Bassmaster Classic. That is Scott's goal, and he knows the road to the Classic goes through the Bassmaster Elite Series.

Under the new format, the top four anglers in the overall standings get an invitation, along with the top four from the Eastern and Central Opens. There will likely be some changes as the final standings shift from double qualifiers.

That makes maintaining consistency the goal, and fortunately, Martin has that in his blood.

"This season is about one thing and that is all about the points," he said.

Martin is second in the overall standings, and third in the tournament after Wednesday. A skilled topwater angler with an analytical mind, Martin is doing what he does best, which is make snap judgements as conditions change, which they are now.

Another angler to watch is Jason Christie, currently leading the AOY standings and eighth in the tournament. Should Christie's consistency continue, he could be eligible to regain entry into the Elite Series.

Leading the AOY standings is Christie with 734 points, followed by Martin with 654 points, and then Bryan New, Marc Frazier and Justin Atkins in fifth place with 636 points.