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2012 Elite Series Ramada Championship

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Frequently referred to as “the thumb” due to its proximity to the New York’s famed “Finger Lakes,” Oneida has been a very popular B.A.S.S. stop in the last decade. In fact, B.A.S.S. has been here seven times since 2003, including three Elite tournaments. They were won by Tommy Biffle (2006), Dean Rojas (2008) and Chad Griffin (2009). Weights have always been considerable and consistent (between 63-10 and 65-10). Look for more of the same here in 2012 as the Bassmaster Angler of the Year award and more than 30 Bassmaster Classic berths are decided in New York.

Tour Review

Final Angler of the Year standings - 2012

 

1 Brent Chapman 658
2 Ott DeFoe 646
3 Terry Scroggins 616
4 Todd Faircloth 615
5 Randy Howell 608
6 Matthew Herren 600
7 Kevin VanDam 598
8 Edwin Evers 578
9 Bill Lowen 562
10 Aaron Martens 532
11 Skeet Reese 526
12 Bobby Lane 525
13 Greg Hackney 523
14 Chris Lane 518
15 David Walker 518
16 Dean Rojas 514
17 Nate Wellman 512
18 Cliff Pace 511
19 John Crews 500
20 Mark Davis 494

 

KVD closes out strong, 4 year run on AOY comes to an end

 

Chapman’s AOY triumph put an end to the reign of Kevin VanDam, who had a four-year command of the title from 2008 through 2011, and has won seven crowns so far in his career.

“It’s been a good run,” VanDam said. “I was trying to make it five. A lot of these guys have stepped up their game, and that’s what great about this sport.”

Just one year ago, as the 2011 season wrapped and VanDam collected his fourth consecutive and seventh AOY trophy, Chapman was in a low spot in his career. He had to struggle for a 2012 Bassmaster Classic qualification. He got in at 27th place, saving the day through a 23rd-place finish at the season finale on Wheeler Lake.

Closest Angler of the Year since 2008 or 2009

 

Although Brent Chapman is taking a lot of the drama out of the AOY race this week by doing so well in the tournament, this has still been a very close battle. You'd have to go back to at least 2009 to find one that was this close.

 

This year, just 2.30 percent separated the top two anglers (Chapman and DeFoe) coming into the finale. In 2009, the gap was less than 1 percent, but the eventual AOY would be decided in a postseason format that we no longer have. That means you've got to go back to 2008 to find an AOY race this hotly contested. That year, Todd Faircloth led Kevin VanDam by less than 1 percent in points. The finale that year was also on Oneida, and Faircloth had a chance to close things out, but he struggled and finished a very disappointing 93rd while KVD was 38th. It was the first of VanDam's record four-in-a-row AOY titles.

KVD does it again

Kevin VanDam quietly set another record yesterday. He made the first cut in an Elite event for the 20th straight time. In fact, he hasn't missed a cut since the middle of 2010. And in case you're wondering, the record he broke already belonged to him. KVD made 16 straight first cuts between 2008 and 2010. That's a lot of checks and a big statement about why he's so good.

KVD does it again

 

Kevin VanDam quietly set another record yesterday. He made the first cut in an Elite event for the 20th straight time. In fact, he hasn't missed a cut since the middle of 2010. And in case you're wondering, the record he broke already belonged to him. KVD made 16 straight first cuts between 2008 and 2010. That's a lot of checks and a big statement about why he's so good.

 

KVD - Day 3 fishing Oneida

 

KVD - Day 1 Oneida Lake

Angler of the Year (AOY) standings going into Oneida Lake

 

1 Brent Chapman 566
2 Ott DeFoe 553
3 Todd Faircloth 546
4 Terry Scroggins 527
5 Bill Lowen 518
6 Matthew Herren 516
7 Kevin VanDam 515
8 Randy Howell 512
9 Edwin Evers 496
10 Dean Rojas 494
11 David Walker 493
12 Greg Hackney 490
13 Aaron Martens 462
14 Chris Lane 462
15 Bobby Lane 448
16 Skeet Reese 446
17 Cliff Pace 446
18 Brandon Card 441
19 Shaw E Grigsby 431
20 Alton Jones 424

 

2012 Elite Series Ramada Championship
Oneida Lake, Syracuse, New York
Aug 23 - Aug 27, 2012

Leaderboard

1
Boyd Duckett - 62-6
1. 13-11, 2. 17-11, 3. 14-0, 4. 17-0
2
Randy Howell - 62-0
1. 15-12, 2. 16-6, 3. 15-10, 4. 14-4
3
Scott Rook - 60-7
1. 15-7, 2. 15-9, 3. 14-3, 4. 15-4
4
Takahiro Omori - 57-4
1. 12-8, 2. 11-15, 3. 18-13, 4. 14-0
5
Ott DeFoe - 56-10
1. 16-12, 2. 13-12, 3. 13-7, 4. 12-11
6
Brent Chapman - 56-10
1. 16-12, 2. 13-12, 3. 13-7, 4. 12-11
7
Nate Wellman - 56-7
1. 12-8, 2. 17-1, 3. 13-13, 4. 13-1
8
Jason Quinn - 55-10
1. 13-2, 2. 16-11, 3. 14-7, 4. 8-4
9
Terry Scroggins - 52-12
1. 15-0, 2. 15-1, 3. 14-7, 4. 8-4
10
John Crews - 49-8
1. 12-11, 2. 15-6, 3. 15-0, 4. 6-7
11
Fletcher Shroyock - 48-11
1. 14-6, 2. 13-9, 3. 15-8, 4. 5-4
12
Bernie Schultz - 44-3
1. 14-13, 2. 12-2, 3. 15-7, 4. 1-13
15
Kevin VanDam - 40-14
1. 12-8, 2. 14-8, 3. 13-14

History & Notes;

Big Bass 

Day 1: Mike Iaconelli 5-5

Day 4: Boyd Duckett 4-3