New Nabs Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens AOY Title

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 Dec 12th, 2020 by Keith Worrall 

Modified Dec 12th, 2020 at 6:44 AM

Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., won the Basspro.com Bassmaster Eastern Open at Kissimmee Chain of Lakes en route to claiming the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year title. Photo by James Overstreet/B.A.S.S.

December 10, 2020

New Nabs Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens AOY Title

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After competing in all eight 2020 Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens tournaments, Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., nabbed the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year title by a single point. The last Open of the year at Lay Lake, Ala., was gut-wrenching for New. He caught the bass that clinched the coveted AOY trophy 20 minutes before his final weigh-in of the season.

“Without that 3-pound largemouth, I don’t win Angler of the Year,” New said.

In addition to qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series, New pocketed $10,000 from Falcon Rods. New also earned a berth to the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk by winning the season’s first event, the Bassmaster Eastern Open on Florida’s Kissimmee Chain of Lakes.

“This is a lifetime childhood dream come true for me,” New said. “I fought hard to get here, and I’ll need to fight hard to stay.”

Winning the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens AOY title is undoubtedly one of the most difficult accomplishments in tournament bass fishing. Every Open event in 2020 drew large fields that included many of the country’s top pros and a host of local hot sticks.

Prior to 2020, New had never competed in a Bassmaster Open. But he was hardly a rookie. New had won nearly $400,000 fishing mainly as a co-angler in a variety of FLW events. New credits his co-angler experience for helping him to learn to “fish the moment.”

“As a co-angler you can’t plan on anything because you don’t know what you’re doing next,” New said. “You have to evaluate what’s in front of you and try to determine the best way to catch a bass in that situation.”

Now that New has competed — and succeeded — during one of the sport’s most challenging seasons, he is focused on the 2021 Bassmaster Elite Series season, which kicks off on Florida’s St. Johns River Feb. 11-14.

“I’ve got two goals for next year,” New said. “One is to win the Bassmaster Classic. Two is to hold my own in the Elites and qualify for the Classic again through the Angler of the Year points.”

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship, Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX presented by Abu Garcia and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

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