Kayak AOY update after three events

Here's a look at Drew's kayak and winning bait.

After winning the Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series at Grand Lake powered TourneyX, Drew Gregory has put himself in position to make a run at the Old Town Bassmaster Kayak Series Angler of the Year title.

Gregory is sitting in 11th place after two tournaments, even after missing the Lake Fork event to celebrate the birth of his child. With one drop available to anglers in the running for Angler of the Year, Gregory fished his first event at Harris Chain and finished seventh before winning at Grand Lake with 91.50 inches.

“That’s the reason I came and fished this,” the Ohio resident said. “I’m trying to compete for the AOY. I qualified for the Championship already at the Harris Chain. I wasn’t expecting to win (at Grand) and was just looking for good points. The Bassmaster name means a lot. I had planned on fishing four of the five tournaments. I’m still in the running for AOY, and I have to stick with the plan.”

With his first ever Bassmaster win under his belt, Gregory now has his sights set on the AOY title, but he will have to chase down the current leader Garrett Morgan, who has 729 points, and second-place angler Justin Largen, who has 726 points.

Morgan won the Lake Fork event and proceeded to land in 17th place at the Harris Chain and a sixth-place finish at Grand. The Arkansas angler said he plans on fishing the rest of the schedule and came into his first full season on a national tour with the goal of winning an AOY.

Meanwhile, Largen finished 18th at Lake Fork before he won the second event at the Harris Chain event. He then notched eighth place at Grand.

Both Larry Edwards of West Virginia and Joshua Diehl are close to the lead as well heading into the fourth event at Lewis Smith Lake in May. Edwards is third and is only nine points behind the leader while Diehl is just 29 points behind.

The Kayak Series heads to Smith Lake May 21 for the final one-day event of the season. Anglers can access any public launch on the lake in search of big spotted bass as well as some quality largemouth.