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2010 Elite Series Postseason #1

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The top 12 anglers from the Elite Series regular season move on to the post season, and Championship week! Event 1 is the Trophy Chase, with 2 days of fishing, and a scramble for the top of the leader board to get closer to the Angler of the Year trophy.

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Updated AOY standings, KVD in 3rd

The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year program acknowledges and rewards those anglers who fish the most consistently over the course of the Elite Series season. Along with the Bassmaster Classic title, the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year is the most sought after award on the BASS circuit because it recognizes the hard work and credibility of those who achieve it.

Anglers fishing each Bassmaster Elite Series event are awarded points based on their finish. The angler with the most points at the end of the season wins.

The points race begins during the “Duel in the Delta” on the California Delta in Stockton, California, March 11-14, and wraps up during Toyota Trucks Championship Week in Alabama, July 24-31, when the 2010 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year will be crowned.

2010 Elite Series Toyota Trucks Championship Week Standings

Name, Hometown Postseason Points 1. Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif. 232 2. Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala. 227 3. Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich. 225 4. Aaron Martens, Leeds, Ala. 222 5. Edwin Evers, Talala, Okla. 222 6. Greg Hackney, Gonzales, La. 213 7. Cliff Pace, Petal, Ms. 212 7. Terry Butcher, Talala, Okla. 212 9. Gary Klein, Weatherford, Texas 209 10. John Crews, Salem, Va. 203 11. Derek Remitz, Grant, Ala. 198 12. Tommy Biffle, Wagoner, Okla. 192
KVDs thoughts after the Trophy Chase

KVD up to 3rd in AOY race

Entering the final day of competition on Lake Jordan in 3rd place, Kevin VanDam held steady on Sunday with 14-pounds, 14-ounces. With back-to-back limits in the 15-pound range, VanDam was quick to point out that it was anything but easy today on the water.

“It was a lot tougher today,” he admitted. “There just wasn’t the current today that we had yesterday. They started generating at 11:00 today, but it just wasn’t very strong.

The slack current, combined with the fact that the bass were suspending, made for a tough bite. “I ended up having a decent day but I just never got a quality bite in two days here. For a while, I really tried to grind it out and it just wasn’t working very well. That’s when I decided to run and gun and that made a big difference.”

Heading to the Alabama River well within striking distance of TTAOY points leader Skeet Reese, VanDam is looking forward to the challenge. “I know what the River has to offer but it’s going to be different from last year,” he explained. “That being said, just having the general lay of the land is very helpful.”

“I like the post-season format,” he said. “It’s very similar to other sports with playoffs and you have to be performing at the end of the year to be the champion. (They’re) the most intense events I have ever fished and it’s exciting as heck.”

Trophy Chase day 1, KVD makes a charge

VanDam said he let up on his fish a bit, figuring that 15 pounds would be good enough for the lead. The five-time Angler of the Year said he was going to swing for the fences Sunday and 19 pounds was a possibility.

“I have to move up, third place just isn’t going to cut it,” said the Kalamazoo, Mich., veteran. “Skeet controls his own destiny but I can put the pressure on if I go out there and whack ‘em.”

2010 Elite Series Postseason #1
Lake Jordan, Wetumpka, Alabama
Jul 24 - Jul 25, 2010

Leaderboard

1
Russ Lane - 32-3
1. 17-0, 2. 15-3
2
Aaron Martens - 32-0
1. 14-0, 2. 18-0
3
Kevin VanDam - 30-2
1. 15-4, 2. 14-14
4
Greg Hackney - 29-4
1. 16-9, 2. 12-11
5
Gary Klein - 23-0
1. 13-6, 2. 9-10
6
Terry Butcher - 21-14
1. 8-12, 2. 12-2
7
Cliff Pace - 21-14
1. 9-2, 2. 12-12
8
John Crews - 21-12
1. 12-4, 2. 9-8
9
Edwin Evers - 21-6
1. 11-10, 2. 9-12
10
Skeet Reese - 21-4
1. 12-4, 2. 9-0
11
Derek Remitz - 20-6
1. 6-10, 2. 13-12
12
Tommy Biffle - 13-4
1. 10-6, 2. 2-14