Three anglers are writing names in the BASS Record books with Bassmaster’s 2023 Top Honors

Birmingham, Ala.And the November 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The “Angler of the Year” title denotes consistency, mental toughness, versatility and a bit of luck, making it one of the hardest and most popular trophies in the hunt. Drew GregoryAnd the Brandon Palahniuk And the Keith Pucci They find themselves in prestigious company as the 2023 Bassmaster Angler of the Year in each of their respective championship tracks.

Every spot in the 2022 Yamaha Rightwaters Series backed by TourneyX roster was a lake Gregory had never fished before or only fished once before this season, but with careful consideration and preparation, Kent, Ohio, a citizen who found water to suit his strength. Gregory’s stellar run to win the inaugural Old Town Bassmaster Kayak Angel of the Year title included three wins and a top ten finish.

“I grew up with Bassmaster, and when they announced they were going to get AOY, that was one of the things I put at the top of my priority list this year. It’s very humbling and impressive,” said Gregory. “I’m old enough now to know that those who have pioneered the sport for the last 15 years; and now on the high-end tournament scene, we’re Bill Dance, Jimmy Hustons, Roland Martins Rick Clowns from (Kayak Fishing). There is a legacy associated with this.

“I’m just proud to help take this sport to a great level and help share it with the general public so they can fall in love with bass fishing from these plastic boats as well. It’s been so beneficial to my life, my family and my health just being in touch with God and nature. I want to give The best I can through this AOY and be the best representative of the Bassmaster.”

As Gregory charts new territory in the Bassmaster Kayak Series, the 2023 Elite Series season has seen the legendary status of “The Prodigy” continue to grow.

Palahniuk does not consider himself a legend. In his mind, he was still 8 years old Rathdrum, Idaho, who discovered the dream of reaching the biggest stage in bass fishing. But by winning the 2022 Progressive Insurance Bassmaster Angler of the Year, Palahniuk became the 12th angler to win multiple AOY titles, with his first coming back in 2017.

“The Prodigy” certainly lives up to its moniker, adding a second AOY win to an already impressive list of career accomplishments that includes 2010b.ASS Nation Champion and BASS six times.

“It’s amazing. It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Palahniuk said of his second AOY title. That feeling of winning and that accomplishment, that moment and the feeling of (emcee Dave) Mercer He announces it on stage, and that’s what makes all the hard work, early mornings, late nights and hard times so ok. Makes it worth it. For me, it’s just another piece of the puzzle of this crazy life we’ve been living, and I’m glad the pieces fell out the way I wanted them to.

“I feel like every year I get to know myself better and I feel like I’m catching better,” he added. “I feel like (I’m) making my move.”

Bush who Bayek Road, Ala., had a lot of fun fishing his style in 2022, and it paid off big in St. Louis. Croix Bassmaster Opens presented by Mossy Oak Fishing. In addition to rehabilitating the Bassmaster Elite Series and winning the Central Championship II at Red River to secure a berth in the 2023 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic, Poche booked the Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year title in the overall standings with a 15th-place finish. First place in the last tournament of the season.

“It’s been fun. I fish like I want to fish and I do it my little boat style, off the net style,” said Pucci. “No matter who you are, whether you fish or do something else in life, if you’re amused and happy, you’ll make it through. It took me 41 years to figure that out, but I’m doing it now and having fun.”

Poche’s attention will be turned towards the 2023 Elite Series as he has a number of events running around the schedule, notably the Bassmaster Elite at Lay Lake which is an hour away from his home.

The 2023 Elite Series season begins fl Lake Okeechobee Feb 16th. For the full tournament schedule, visit

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