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8 Berkley Pros make it to the Angler of the Year Tournament!


  • Ott Defoe
  • Paul Elias
  • Mike Iaconelli
  • Bobby Lane
  • Justin Lucas
  • Brandon Palaniuk
  • Jacob Powroznik
  • Skeet Reese


Only 50 anglers make the cut for the no entry fee Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship, competing for the title as well as a total payout of $900,000! Learn more about the AOY.


September 18-21, 2014


Escanaba, MI


The clear waters at Escanaba means that the Pros will most likely rely on finesse style fishing with Berkley Fireline or Nanofil tagged with a 100% Fluorocarbon leader. Fireline and Nanofil will help the pros make longer casts and provide the sensitivity needed to detect subtle strikes. Bass are unlikely to spot fluorocarbon because it comes close to the refractive index of water making it nearly invisible.

Finesse fishing gives anglers the opportunity to entice spooky bass to strike. This strategy uses spinning gear, small jig heads, and drop shot rigs. Popular baits for this technique include Gulp! 3" Minnows along with Havoc Bottom Hopper and Money Maker.

Check out this video from Hank Parker about Finesse Fishing

Berkley Powerbait 3" Power Tubes and the Havoc 4" Smash Tube can be cast and slowly worked along the bottom, another attractive strategy for cold weather bass fishing. The baits closely resemble the Goby, an abundant species that bass love to eat.

Here’s a video from Brandon Palanuik about the Money Maker, the bait he designed and how it is best used:

Good Luck

We wish all our Berkley Pros luck in the upcoming tournament!