Winner of the Best Year Goes to …



All three Major tours have wrapped up, with each crowning Anglers of the Year. Andy Morgan finally won his first AOY on the FLW Tour. Aaron Martens came back to best Edwin Evers on the BASS Elite Series. And Shinichi Fukae took home the crown on the PAA.

But who had the best 2013 season? That’s what we want to know.

Overall, there were 21 Major events this past year — nine BASS, seven FLW and five PAA. Some anglers fished only one of those tours, while some fished events on all three. So we decided to use the Custom Search and figure out who had the best year overall, not just on each respective tour.

The winner? Andy Morgan. No matter what tour he fished, the Dayton, Tenn., pro finished the year with an 834.284 average in Major events.

A close second was Bryan Thrift with an 831.652, but it was the angler who finished third that surprised us. Though, it really shouldn’t have. After all, he’s Kevin VanDam. Van Dam finished the season with an 802.948 average. So while he didn’t have the best season on the Elite Series (he finished third), he actually bested the two guys who finished above him overall for the year.

The rest of the top 10 were Jacob Powroznik (801.141), Randall Tharp (794.327), Aaron Martens (779.386), Edwin Evers (763.752), Justin Lucas (756.245), Mark Rose (739.748) and Brent Ehrler (736.732) beat out Keith Combs (736.728) by .004 to take 10th.


About Author

Sean cut his teeth in the journalist world as an award-winning sports reporter, editor and freelancer for various Chicagoland newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald, eventually crossing over into editing and freelance writing in the Outdoor industry. In addition to his position as Editor for, he is also a freelance outdoor writer and lure designer. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Lockport. An avid Bass and Muskie fisherman, his fishing influence began on ponds and lakes in northeast Illinois and has since expanded to a multitude of species across North and Central America. His passion for the sport is rivaled only by his love for building fishing lures, with a number of his designs being used by top professional anglers and produced by various lure companies today. Google+

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