Mercury pros dominate at Bassmaster Elite Series finale
Aug 27, 2012
Mercury pro anglers Brent Chapman, Brandon Card and Boyd Duckett captured top honors Sunday at the B.A.S.S. Elite Series Ramada Championship at Oneida Lake in New York, the final Elite event of the 2012 season.
Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kan., won the 2012 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title, accomplishing a lifelong goal and securing a place in competitive angling history. He also took home the $100,000 winner’s purse.
Card claimed B.A.S.S. Rookie of the Year honors, while Duckett won the final 2012 Elite title.
Chapman, 40, earned the Angler of the Year title and cash despite the toughest competition the AOY race has seen in years. He finished sixth at the Oneida Lake tournament with 56.10 pounds. He previously took top honors at the 2012 Toledo Bend Battle in Many, La.
After struggling in 2011 to qualify for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, Chapman said he was determined to improve his skills and focus on mental preparedness. He said it was that drive to win that led him to a place among the best anglers in bass fishing. A regular on the Elite Series since 2005, Chapman has qualified for 11 Classic tournaments, but has never won.
Card, 26, from Caryville, Tenn., edged out Mercury teammate Cliff Prince, but hung on to the lead to capture the title with 479 points. Card’s mantra “Dare to fail” served him well as he battled to the end.
Duckett capped off an all-Mercury weekend by winning the Elite finale with a total weight of 62.6 pounds, just six ounces more than runner-up and fellow Mercury pro Randy Howell. With the win, Duckett of Demopolis, Ala., earned a trip to the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 22 – 24, in Tulsa, Okla. This will be his sixth appearance at the Classic. He previously won the Classic in 2007. Duckett also finished 35th for the Angler of the Year title.
Mercury anglers took seven of the top 10 spots in both the 2012 Angler of the Year and Rookie of the Year standings.