DOOR COUNTY, Wis. (Sept. 18) – Cabela’s/GEICO For Your Boat pro angler David Walker is having a fantastic finish to the Bassmaster Elite Series season.
Walker already has clinched a spot in the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic based on where he stands in the Toyota Angler of the Year standings.
Plus, Walker is fishing well in the Toyota Angler of the Year Championship this week on Sturgeon Bay. Friday, Walker brought in the third-highest total for the day, 18 pounds, two ounces, and he sits ninth after two days of action.
The Angler of the Year Tournament closes the Elite Series season. Though Aaron Martens has already clinched the Angler of the Year award, the payout for the rest of the top 50 is still up in the air. And with a good tournament, Walker could find himself getting a bigger check.
“It’s substantial money, so like any other event, the higher you finish, the more you get,” Walker said. “Usually, 11th through 50th get the same thing. But this one here, it’s a stair-step, so I’m trying to get as high as I can to get as much as I can.”
After two days, Walker has 30 pounds, one ounce, and he’s less than a pound out of sixth place. The Bassmaster University Expo is scheduled for Saturday, with the final day of the AOY Tournament on Sunday.
“Today was an awesome day,” Walker said. “I caught ’em good, and I caught ’em at will. That’s hard to do here because practice was terrible. Yesterday, I caught five little keepers, and today I caught 20 – three-pounders and better, one after another.
“I left places where they were biting just because they just weren’t big enough. It was just cool. Good way to wrap up the season.”
And the best news of all for Walker is that he has clinched a spot in the Classic next year. He is 23rd in the Toyota Angler of the Year standings, with the top 36 getting an automatic bid to the Classic.
“I’m just thrilled that I’m basically a lock for the GEICO Bassmaster Classic in Tulsa,” Walker said. “I’m looking forward to that already. We’ve made it.”