Lane Closes Victory on Lake Jordan; Reese Clings to Disappearing AOY Lead

Category: press release

 Jul 25th, 2010 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Jul 25th, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Heading into this week, Russ Lane of Prattville, Ala., just wanted to win a few boats.  He didn’t see any plausible scenario where he could overtake Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings.  So, he fished void of worries and the laissez faire attitude helped him win the Ramada Trophy Chase on Lake Jordan, virtually Lane’s home waters.

Russ Lane (Photo BASS)

But now the stakes have just been raised and Lane is within striking distance – just 5 points behind Reese in the AOY standings – of the most coveted award in bass fishing. He will again be working a fishery that he is ultra-comfortable with next week as the competition moves to the Alabama River for the Evan Williams Bourbon Trophy Triumph.

“I just realized that winning the Angler of the Year is now a possibility,” said Lane, 37.  “I have to keep my head right and have fun and block out all the distractions.  I can’t control what anyone else does and I can’t get wrapped up in thinking about what winning the Angler of the Year would mean.”

Lane had a “crazy day” that included losing his rod-and-reel outfit to an aggressive spotted bass and nearly losing his grip on another fish right at the boat.  But good fortune and a hometown crowd – an armada of nearly 40 spectator boats stayed connected to Lane – carried Lane through, earning him his first BASS victory and a Triton/Mercury boat package valued at $60,000.

Lane, who tallied a two-day total of 32-3,  had a distinct plan each day of competition that included searching for big bites early in the day and then moving to area, after the current generation began at 11 a.m., where he was confident he could fill out his five-fish limit.

The four-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier worked several deep-running crankbaits in addition to a Big Bite worm, which enticed quality-sized spotted bass. As it was, Lane had a much more difficult time Sunday morning landing quality bites in the morning.  By 9:30, he had zero fish in the boat.

“I could have panicked early,” said Lane.  “”But I stayed calm all day long.  That was the key to the victory. Keeping calm.”

The door was opened for Lane – and a host of others – because Reese had a disastrous day.  He wasn’t able to register a limit and lost three fish that would have helped him considerably.  Reese’s timing is unfortunate as his regular-season was one for the ages – it included six top-five finishes and two victories.

And while it’s a shame for Reese if he falters again next week – this would mark the second consecutive season that Reese would cough up the trophy – each angler is measured by the same scoring format.

“I’m pretty heated right now,” said Reese, the 2009 Bassmaster Classic champion.  “That was my toughest day of the season without a doubt.  It is so frustrating and now I’m not in the best position.  But in the end, it comes down to this and I just have to take care of business next week.”

Almost equally as disappointed as Reese was Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala.  Martens finished second to Lane by 3 ounces in the event but had the opportunity to win.  He had fish care issues all day, which resulted in him absorbing a 24-ounce penalty to decrease his total 32-0.

Aaron Martnes (Photo BASS)

Beyond that, Martens made several blunders during the tournament day, tossing back quality, expiring fish which he was never able to match.  The implications are endless for Martens.  If he had won, he would be in second in the AOY standings instead of fourth.  As is, Martens is still within striking distance just 10 points back.

Perhaps lost in the shuffle was Kevin VanDam moving up to third in the AOY standings and is just seven points behind Lane.  VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., already owns five AOY titles and a sixth would probably seal his fate as the best angler ever.  VanDam has a magical way of performing in the biggest events and the Postseason is tailor-made for his aggressive style.

“I like the Postseason format,” said VanDam, a three-time Bassmaster Classic champion.  “It’s very similar to other sports with playoffs and you have to be performing at the end of the year to be the champion. It’s the most intense events I have ever fishing and it’s exciting as heck.”

Rounding out the top five in the AOY was Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla.  The full points can be found below.  Evers was Reese’s closest challenger heading into this week but the leaderboard has been turned upside down with the stellar performances of Lane and Martens.

The final Postseason leg, the Evan Williams Bourbon Trophy Triumph, will play out on the Alabama River on July 30 and 31.  The Postseason format – introduced in 2009 – features two two-day events.  Angler’s scoring from the regular season was readjusted and then each tournament is scored on a 50-point sliding scale found below.


2010 TOYOTA TRUCKS CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK (Standings heading into Trophy Triumph))


Field and Standings

No.:   Angler:                                                    Points:

1.      Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif.                       232

2.      Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala.                         227

3.      Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.             225

4.      Aaron Martens, Leeds, Ala.                       222

5.      Edwin Evers, Talala, Okla.                         222

6.      Greg Hackney, Gonzales, La.                    213

7.      Cliff Pace, Petal, Ms.                                212

7.      Terry Butcher, Talala, Okla.                        212

9.      Gary Klein, Weatherford, Texas                 209

10.    John Crews, Salem, Va.                            203                                         

11.    Derek Remitz, Grant, Ala.                          198

12.    Tommy Biffle, Wagoner, Okla.                   192




2010 Ramada Trophy Chase PRO 07/24-07/25 Lake Jordan, Wetumpka  Ala.

(PRO Division) Standings Day 2


   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$


1.  Russ Lane              Prattville, Ala.       10  32-03  310   $60,000.00

  Day 1: 5   17-00    Day 2: 5   15-03 

2.  Aaron Martens          Leeds, Ala.            10  32-00  295    $1,000.00

  Day 1: 5   14-00    Day 2: 5   18-00 

3.  Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, Mich.       10  30-02  290

  Day 1: 5   15-04    Day 2: 5   14-14 

4.  Greg Hackney           Gonzales, La.          10  29-04  285

  Day 1: 5   16-09    Day 2: 5   12-11 

5.  Gary Klein             Weatherford, Texas     10  23-00  280

  Day 1: 5   13-06    Day 2: 5    9-10 

6.  Terry Butcher          Talala, Okla.          10  21-14  276

  Day 1: 5    8-12    Day 2: 5   13-02 

7.  Cliff Pace             Petal, Miss.           10  21-14  272

  Day 1: 5    9-02    Day 2: 5   12-12 

8.  John Crews             Salem, Va.             10  21-12  268

  Day 1: 5   12-04    Day 2: 5    9-08 

9.  Edwin Evers            Talala, Okla.          10  21-06  264

  Day 1: 5   11-10    Day 2: 5    9-12 

10. Skeet Reese            Auburn, Calif.          9  21-04  260

  Day 1: 5   12-04    Day 2: 4    9-00 

11. Derek Remitz           Grant, Ala.            10  20-06  257

  Day 1: 5    6-10    Day 2: 5   13-12 

12. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, Okla.          7  13-04  254

  Day 1: 5   10-06    Day 2: 2    2-14 



Big Bass of Tournament

     Aaron Martens           Leeds, Ala.                6-00  $1,000.00




Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight

 1       12        60       147-03

 2       10        56       141-02


         22       116       288-05





Place:   Points:

1st         50

2nd        45

3rd         40

4th         36

5th         32

6th         28

7th         25

8th         22

9th         19

10th       16

11th       13

12th       10


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Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Lowrance, Triton Boats, Nitro Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Ramada and Power-Pole.


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