We’re three and a half events into the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series season, and it’s not too early to assess your situation if you’re an Elite pro with hopes of qualifying for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.
In fact, if you’re one of the 16 Elite pros who has yet to make a cut in 2013, it’s not too early to start thinking about Plan B. In Elite history, only one angler has failed to make a cut in the first three events and still qualify for the Classic. Aaron Martens did it last year, and he did it by stringing together five straight tournaments where he finished 28th or better. If A-Mart had a better start to that season, he might have a second Toyota Trucks Bassmaster Angler of the Year title.
Here are the 16 Elites who have failed to make a cut so far in 2013: Tommy Biffle, Kevin Hawk, Kenyon Hill, Davy Hite, Jamie Horton, Tim Horton, Kevin Ledoux, Yusuke Miyazaki, Andy Montgomery, Brandon Palaniuk, Chad Pipkens, Chip Porche, Bernie Schultz, Kevin Short, Michael Simonton and Dave Smith.
Unless they bounce back with a vengeance, their only real shot at a Classic berth is to win an Elite event ... or sign up for the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens and win one of those.