The battle for AOY

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.


By way of explanation, since the Bassmaster AOY race no longer involves a postseason (as it did in 2009 and 2010), I’m going to use data from those years as though AOY was determined through the regular season tournaments only. It means I’ll be writing about Skeet Reese as though he won AOY in 2009 and 2010 despite the fact that Kevin VanDam took the title both times with 11th hour heroics in the postseason. I’m doing this because I want to stay consistent with the system currently employed in the Elite Series and in most bass clubs.


Stick around, the five keys might help you in your club or give you a different way of looking at this year’s Elite race.

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