Could this be the last Elite Series event for David Fritts?

With five B.A.S.S. wins under his belt, including the 1993 GEICO Bassmaster Classic on Alabama’s Logan Martin Lake, David Fritts established himself as one of the better fishermen of all-time years ago.

But with the way things have gone this year, one has to wonder how much longer he’ll be competing.

In the September issue of B.A.S.S. Times magazine, Fritts said the following:

“I love doing seminars, promoting products and bass fishing competitively. As the years go by, however, the competition part of our sport gets tougher and tougher.

“I’m sure I’ll still be able to go fishing, but the tournaments are maybe an open question. That last deal in Texas [the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in May] really got the better of me. I was worn to a pulp — the wind and the heat and all.”

Fritts, who made the Elite Series this year on one of two Legends invitations, will be 61 in December. He’s busy designing hard baits for Berkley, while working for a long list of other high-profile sponsors.

He came into today’s events ranked 85th in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings, and BASSTrakk currently has him in 38th place with one fish that weighs 2 pounds on Day 1.

Anything can happen. But jumping into the Top 50 of the final AOY standings and qualifying for next month’s Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake seems unlikely.

If we are seeing the swan song for Fritts — and who knows, for sure? — my hat’s off to him.

He’s been a joy to watch for more than two decades.