This year our championship field begins building itself from the onset of round 1. Every first place victor earns a berth into the championship, but must still become eligible. Eligibility means the angler MUST fish or pay for 4 out of 6 events in order to become fully eligible regardless of how many points they have.
Angler of the Year contention is still based off of overall points so even if an angler is fully eligible they must continue to compete and catch fish in order to generate points towards AoY.
|Angler Name||Qualified By||Championship Eligible||Remaining Rounds for Eligibility|
|Jason Larson||Round 1 Berth||Yes||1|
|Dean Alexander||Round 2 Berth||Yes||3|
|Frank Sharkey||Round 3 Berth||Yes||0|
|Rebecca Sharkey||Round 4 Berth||Yes||0|
|Leonard Phillip||Sudden Death Qualifier||Yes||0|
|Benny Love||Sudden Death Qualifier||Yes||1|
|Michael Stokes||Sudden Death Qualifier||Yes||1|