Mercury Pros sweep Angler of the Year in top two bass circuits
Sep 13, 2012
Mercury Pros Brent Chapman and David Dudley each earned Angler of the Year titles in their respective pro circuits this summer.
Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kan., won the 2012 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title in August, accomplishing a lifelong goal and securing a place in competitive angling history. He also took home the $100,000 winner’s purse.
Chapman, 40, earned the honor despite the toughest competition the AOY race has had in years. 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. It was that drive he said that led him to place tops among the best anglers in bass fishing. A regular on the Elite Series since 2005, Chapman has now qualified for 11 Classic tournaments.
Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., won his second-consecutive FLW Major Tour Angler of the Year title in July after taking the Lake Champlain event in Plattsburgh, N.Y., with an overall weight of 78 pounds, 8 ounces of bass – a pound and 10 ounces ahead of his closest competitor.
“It’s always nice to get a trophy,” Dudley said after winning the AOY title. “It’s something you own and nobody can take that from you.”
Dudley recorded three top-five finishes, including victories on Lake Champlain and Beaver Lake in Rogers, Ark., and earned $306,530 during the six-event 2012 FLW Major Tour regular season.
Both anglers run the world’s most proven bass boat engine – the Mercury 250 OptiMax Pro XS engine.