The 2012 regular season for both Major tours has officially come to and end.
Sure, the FLW Tour still has a pair of Opens left, but the Anglers of the Years have been crowned. The question is, “Did they crown the right anglers?”
The answer: Yes.
On the FLW Tour, David Dudley and Jacob Powroznik were neck-and-neck most of the season in the points, with Dudley eventually winning the AOY crown. We had it the same way, with Dudley’s 897.583 average edging Powroznik’s 874.156.
On the Elite Series, they were trying out a new point system — one that was nearly identical to the one Bass Rankings uses. So, really, it’s no surprise that we also had Brent Chapman beating Ott Defoe for the crown. Chapman had an 833.433 average compared to Defoe’s 818.377. Defoe is still leading the 2012 Overall Angler of the Year race (where every major event is counted for the entire year), though.
A noteworthy point is that Bass Rankings’ standings line up perfectly with both tours not just with the top two slots, but with the entire standings. That means that, finally, there is starting to be some consistency in how Angler of the Year is being determined, and that a similar criteria is being used here at Bass Rankings to determine the best in the world.