Year In Review: Tournament News
This year has been a busy one for anglers, don't worry if you think you might have missed something WFN will help you catch up. Our team has gathered a few lists to recap all the weird, fun, and serious issues that affect you as an angler.
In the land of Fishing Tournaments VanDam is still the man to beat, the BASS Federation has changed hands and the Forrest Wood Cup was the place to be in August. Read more below:
Kevin VanDam was the man to beat this year.BASS Communicaitons / Seigo Saito
In February KVD added to his long list of credentials by winning his third Classic with 51 pounds, 6 ounces on Lay Lake.
While most of the anglers were fishing one area, not far from the launch site at Beeswax Creek VanDam found his own honey hole that he fished all by his self using a lipless crankbait.
After VanDam?s Classic win the race for Angler Of The Year was on. As he headed into the Tennessee Triumph VanDam was sitting in 26th! This was very unusual for this angler.
KVD pulled it together at the Triumph bringing a total of 92 pounds, 5 ounces, winning his 17th BASS tournament and putting to rest the rumors that the VanDam magic was gone. Winning the Triumph gave VanDam enough points to move up in the AOY standings to eighth.
After the Triumph something clicked in KVD and he finished the season with another title. VanDam won his sixth AOY title, his 19th BASS career win, which ties him for the most wins with angler Roland Martin, and became the second angler to win both the Classic and AOY title in the same season.
Fans are waiting to see what he will do next year.
Fishing Fans may be noticing a lot of changes within BASS Federation in the next year.
The first change was the new qualifying structure for the Bassmaster Classic and Elite Series. The new format allows for a larger variety of anglers, including colligate anglers.
At the beginning of November, ESPN announced the finalized sale of BASS to Don Logan, Jerry McKinnis and Jim Copeland. The group wants to focus on moving the Federation back to a grass roots level, they started by bringing back the dots, so BASS is once again B.A.S.S.. Don, Jerry and Jim think that bringing back the dots will encourage Federation members to feel like they are a part of the community.
Another addition to B.A.S.S. is a new emcee. Keith Alan will be replaced with Canadian funny man, Facts of Fishing host, Dave Mercer. Dave?s first day on the job will be during the Classic in February and then all of the 2011 Elite events.
Forrest Wood Cup
A very dedicated angler won this year?s Forrest Wood Cup. Pro Kevin Hawk, originally from California moved himself across the country to live in a tiny house near lake Lanier so he would be better prepared to fish this tournament.
In December the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau honored FLW by naming the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup and the FLW Outdoors Expo the event of the year.