Bassman BASS Pro AOY | The Final Five | Part One | Boaters
The Bassman Spinnerbaits BASS Pro (BOATER) Angler of the Year race is well and truly hotting up. In the lead up to the deciding event at Boondooma in the middle of July, let’s take a look at the top five and see if they have what it takes to etch their name into the perpetual trophy.
- Mitchell Cone | Willow Tree, NSW
Winning the first event of the season, Mitchell has held the lead from the beginning. With finishes of first, ninth and fifth, Mitchell is on 288/300 points. Mitchell’s rise to the top started many years ago, and it’s only been in the last couple of years that Mitchell has made the move to the front of the boat to compete as a boater. There’s no doubt, that fishing around anglers like current Grand Final champion Peter Phelps, and previous AOY winner Daniel Clancy, has moulded Mitchell’s ability to perform under pressure. He’ll have to be on his A-game come July, his past performances at Boondooma have been subpar, and there’s a long list of guys behind him with runs on the board in the South Burnett.
- Kris Hickson | Taree, NSW
Kris Hickson lives and breathes tournament fishing. He’s been dominant in the ABT Costa BREAM Series for the past several years. He’s notched up seven wins in ABT competition, including the inaugural BASS Pro river event last month. With finishes of ninth, ninth, and first. He’s four points behind Mitchell with one event to go. Both Kris and Mitchell have to beat a ninth to improve on their points scores, Hickson would need a fifth or better to tie/better Mitch’s tally. If Mitch happens to beat ninth, it makes Kris’ job all that much harder.
- Craig Simmons | Chuwar, QLD
Craig Simmons has done almost everything in ABT BASS competition. The one feather he is missing is an AOY crown, and this could be Simmons’ best chance yet. He’s got a great track record on Boondooma, and a lot more experience than the two people ahead of him. The one thing standing in his way is the points. He’s six points behind Mitchell Cone. His placings of fourth, sixth and eleventh still give him a chance at taking the title. All he has to do is place fifth or better.
- Brian Everingham | Taree, NSW
Everingham has been the quiet achiever in this years BassCat BASS Pro Series. Notching up some consistent finishes to be only a further two points behind. His placings of thirteenth, second and eighth means he would need a fifth at Boondooma to tie Mitchell Cone. He has burst onto the BASS Pro scene with great success, so we don’t see any reason why Everingham could fly under the radar all the way to number one. He is also sponsored by the naming rights sponsor of the Boondooma BASS Pro (Austackle) coincidence? Maybe.
- Mark Lennox | Armidale, NSW
Mark Lennox stormed home on day two of the Haswing Lake St Clair BASS Pro to take victory, and now finds himself nine points adrift of Mitchell Cone and the AOY trophy. Lennox has done it all in BASS Pro competition. He’s won multiple times, including a Grand Final. He’s also already got his name on the AOY trophy from 2014. Lennox is as versatile as they come, and we wouldn’t put anything past him. He needs to improve on his worst result (16th) by ten points if he’s going to overtake Mitchell.