It’s official. Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail has named the 2014 Angler Team of the year. The award is given to the team that has accumulated the most points during competition on the tournament trail during the year.
Mike Vallentine, Crappie Masters president describes the Angler Team of the Year Award as a great way to create some yearlong competitive spirit for the anglers that like to travel and fish. “Everyone wants to know, who's the best,” says Vallentine.
The underlying importance of the award should not be missed according to Vallentine. “The award truly indicates who had the best year. You can't win this honor by fishing the same lake and conditions all the time. You will also have to fish different methods throughout the year. I love the format, because it reveals the best anglers by the end of the year.”
This year’s honors went to the South Carolina team of Whitey Outlaw and Mike Parrot, both long time competitors on the trail. The team wins $2500.00 in cash, $1500.00 in Bass Pro Shops gift cards, and a set of Power Pole shallow water anchors. They finished the completion with 1187 points.
Second place honors went to 14-year veterans from Illinois, Kyle Schoenherr and Rodney Neuhaus with 1159 points. The third place finishers were the father son team of Billy and Scott Williams from Georgia, finishing with 1146 points.
“It's an honor to win a national title of any kind,” stated Outlaw, “but when you win fishing against the fisherman of today and the technology of today it means a lot. I am very appreciative of anything that I win or qualify for. We had one super good year and were truly blessed. Many miles and many hours went into reaching where we are today.”
Outlaw had others to thank for their support. “I'd like to thank my wife Brandi, for putting up with me being gone so much and supporting me in the profession I love so much. Most of all I want to thank God for blessing me and for letting us live in a free country where we can enjoy this wonderful sport we call fishing.”
Teammate Parrot echoed Outlaw’s assessment of the award, saying, “I'm very proud of this accomplishment. Winning the Angler Team of the year is all about working together as a team.” That teamwork paid off in a big way.
Parrot added, “Of course it also helps to have a Rockport Rattler tied to the end of your line.”
Both men gave credit to their sponsors for providing the right equipment to be successful. They used products from Rockport Rattler, B&M Poles, Midsouth
Tackle, Minnkota, Humminbird, TTI Blakemore, Driftmaster and Vicious Line to claim the prestigious title, Angler Team of the Year.
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