Florida angler Cliff Prince is barely on the inside of the proverbial Classic cutline. At this point, 42nd place in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race is that cutline.
The cutline for the AOY Championship is 50th.
Prince is in 41st place at the time of this writing, making him what we affectionately call a bubble boy.
Prince earned a solid 26th-place finish at St. Lawrence River last week, and is currently holding down 24th in BASSTrakk, which is unofficial.
What it does tell us, however, is that Prince is looking to finish the regular season strongly. The remaining regular-season derby will occur in September on Oklahoma’s Ft. Gibson. Then onto St. Clair our of Detroit.
Prince wants to be there, and especially to earn another shot at the Classic next March at Lake Guntersville.
Based on his limited remaining time, and being just inside the Classic bubble cutline, he needs to finish strongly, especially in Oklahoma in a few weeks.
He’s likely going to finish well here at Cayuga, and he’ll need that kind of momentum to hold down, or improve upon his current AOY ranking.
Right now it’s looking good for Prince.