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Published: October 21, 2012
2013 Classic Field Stacked with Major League Fishing Anglers
by Major League Fishing Communications
TULSA, Okla. - Seventeen Jack Link’s Major League Fishing anglers have qualified for the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, which will be held February 22-24 on Grand Lake, near Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Fourteen of the seventeen anglers qualified for the Classic by finishing among the top anglers in B.A.S.S. Elite Series Toyota Tundra Angler-of-the-Year points. The 14 anglers are Kevin VanDam (7th), Edwin Evers (8th), Aaron Martens (10th), Skeet Reese (11th), Bobby Lane (12th), Greg Hackney (13th), Dean Rojas (16th), Mark Davis (20th), Takahiro Omori (24th), Shaw Grigsby (25th), Tommy Biffle (27th), Jason Quinn (30th), Mike Iaconelli (31st) and Mike McClelland (32nd).
Additionally, Alton Jones, Ish Monroe and Boyd Duckett qualified by virtue of the championships at Elite Series events. Jones took first place at the St. John’s River in the first regular-season event of the year. Monroe won the year’s second event, at Lake Okeechobee. Duckett won the season finale at Lake Oneida.
Todd Faircloth, who fished single Major League Fishing events as alternates, also made the Bassmaster Classic field with a fourth-place finish in AOY points. Faircloth competed in Major League Fishing’s inaugural event on Lake Amistad.
“This was a tremendous year for Major League Fishing anglers, and it shows what a great field we have,” said Major League Fishing angler Boyd Duckett. “Twenty-three of our 24 full-time anglers compete on the Elite Series tour, and 17 made the Classic, plus Todd Faircloth. Almost every angler on tour will tell you that if you qualify for the Classic, it’s been a successful year. I really feel bad for a few of our guys that were really close but didn’t make it.”
Among Major League Fishing anglers, only Brent Ehrler fishes the FLW Tour full-time. Ehrler, therefore, was not eligible for the Bassmaster Classic.