For a fair number of Bassmaster Elite Series pros, this is it – last call. Glory’s last shot.
This week’s Oneida Lake tournament marks the final opportunity to collect the necessary points in order to qualify for next year’s Bassmaster Classic. Others have sealed up berths through victories in the Elites or Opens and others still will have all but locked up spots once they catch a couple limits of fish this week. However, for the vast majority of Elite Series pros, or about two-thirds of the 99 full-timers, time’s up after this one.
While many eyes will be trained on the top of the points standings to see who walks away with the Angler of the Year title and the $100,000 bonus, the race for those precious final Classic berths should prove to be just as dramatic.
Among those on the bubble are Classic vets Rick Clunn (29th place), Steve Kennedy (30th) and Mike Iaconelli (31st) along with those seeking their first trip like Britt Myers, who’s currently 37th, just seven points behind 32nd-place Marty Robinson, who would be the last man into the Classic if the season ended today.