Bassman BASS Pro AOY | The Final Five | Part Two
Just like the boaters, the race is on for the Bassman BASS Pro Angler of the Year title for the non-boaters. Fishing from the back of the boat doesn’t limit your opportunities to succeed, there’s still plenty to play for as the BassCat BASS Pro Series hits Boondooma for the fourth and final round of the series.
- Aimee Thompson | Brisbane, QLD
Aimee Thompson hadn’t fished an ABT BASS Pro event before this season. Now she finds herself leading the Bassman BASS Pro AOY race with one event left. The young QLD BASSer has performed well in smaller team’s series tournaments with her father, and she’s showing that performance at those levels translates to the ABT circuit. With finishes of 11th, 5th and 11th to start the year. Aimee has opened up a small 5-point buffer on second place. Will it be enough to win her the title?
- Simon Johnson | Coffs Harbour, NSW
Simon Johnson has been a long time ABT BREAM competitor, but this year chose to change pace, and try the sweetwater for some Australian Bass. Simon finds himself 5 points off the pace after finishes of 9th, 2nd and 21st to start the year. But that oddity at the Richmond River means he wouldn’t need much to challenge for the lead, a fifteenth or better would see Simon have enough points to overtake Aimee.
- Ben Randell | Grafton, NSW
Ben Randell is a past ABT winner, he won the final qualifying round of the 2015 BASS Pro Series at Bjelke Peterson Dam. He’s 10 points back on 266/300 after finishes of 4th, 15th, and 18th. If Ben can manage a top ten come mid-July, we could be faced with an interesting scenario.
- Jason Martin | Taree, NSW
Continuing Taree’s domination of the Bassman BASS Pro AOY top five is Jason Martin. Jason is actually tied for fourth with Luke Draper on 264/300 points. But finds himself ahead on count back. With finishes of 12th, 3rd, and 24th to his name. Jason is by no means out of the equation. He sits 12 points behind AOY leader Aimee Thompson. But only has to improve on a 24th, so he’s still in with a great shot.
- Luke Draper | Singleton, NSW
Luke Draper has been around ABT competition for years. His father Mal is one of the most dedicated anglers on the ABT circuit. Luke won the first event he ever competed in as an ABT non-boater. He’s renowned as a deep-water specialist and fancies himself whenever there is a deep bite going on. We’re likely to find bass in all stages when we hit the water at Boondooma. With 264/300 points Luke is certainly not out of the running, he needs to improve on a 25th (Richmond River) to go with his 6th, and 8th place finishes at the first two events.