SHELBY’S THRIFT CLAIMS SECOND FLW TOUR ANGLER OF THE YEAR TITLE
MINNEAPOLIS Pro angler Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, capped off an incredible season this weekend, winning his second FLW Tour Angler of the Year (AOY) title and the $100,000 prize Saturday at the FLW Tour’s final 2017 regular-season event on the Potomac River.
Thrift started the FLW Tour season off with back-to-back second-place finishes in February at Alabama’s Lake Guntersville and Lake Travis in Texas. He posted a sixth-place showing in March on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Florida, then continued the hot streak through April with finishes of 12th place at Lake Cumberland in Kentucky and a third-place finish at the Tour’s annual stop at Beaver Lake in Arkansas. He wrapped up the season with respectable finishes on two river systems – 59th on the Mississippi River in Wisconsin and 48th on the Potomac River in Maryland.
Thrift now joins an illustrious club of David Dudley (three), Andy Morgan (three), Clark Wendlandt (three), and Jay Yelas (two) as anglers with multiple FLW Tour AOY titles.
“The Angler of the Year is the greatest accomplishment you can have in professional fishing,” Thrift said after clinching the title. “You were the best fisherman all year long. Not one tournament, not the championship, but all year long.”
The FLW Tour Angler of the Year title is determined by the total accumulated points from seven regular-season events. Two hundred points are awarded for a win, 199 for second, 198 for third, and so on. Thrift earned the title with 1,275 out of a possible 1,400 points, successfully fending off reigning…