The quietest AOY race: who will claim the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series crown?

Is it just me, or is this the quietest Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year race in history? Here we are just two events away from the 2018 AOY Championship, and there’s nary a whisper of discussion about who might claim the coveted title.

Maybe blame the lack of names like “Palaniuk”, “VanDam”, “Reese”, “Christie” and “Iaconelli” in the race.

Not that the current Top 6 are a bunch of pallookas – Ott Defoe, Justin Lucas, Josh Bertrand, Casey Ashley, Brent Chapman and Bradley Roy have 14 wins, a Classic title, an AOY and two Rookie of the Year titles among them – but as a group, I’d say that they’re a little further off the radar than 2017’s final six (Palaniuk, Christie, Ashley, Jacob Wheeler, etc.).

Regardless, it’s a tight race, and I’d expect there to be some notable movement inside that Top 6 between the Chesapeake Bay and St. Lawrence River regular-season events, and the AOY finale at Lake Chatuge.
Joel Shangle