September 20, 2015

2015 Bassmaster Toyota AOY Championship at Sturgeon Bay

Who's battling in Sturgeon Bay next week?


[caption id="attachment_1667" align="alignnone" width="650"]33. Brandon Card 414 points. Photo by Garrick Dixon 33. Brandon Card 414 points. Photo by Garrick Dixon[/caption]

AOY Anglers on the classic bubble


[caption id="attachment_1647" align="alignnone" width="650"]33rd, 414 points, Brandon Card, Caryville, Tenn. Card is trying to qualify for his second Classic. He finished 39th at Grand Lake in 2013. If he does so, it would be after a horrendous start to the season, when he was 103rd at Lake Guntersville and 105th at the Sacramento River – two zeroes in terms of AOY points. Photo by James Overstreet 33rd, 414 points, Brandon Card, Caryville, Tenn.
Card is trying to qualify for his second Classic. He finished 39th at Grand Lake in 2013. If he does so, it would be after a horrendous start to the season, when he was 103rd at Lake Guntersville and 105th at the Sacramento River – two zeroes in terms of AOY points. Photo by James Overstreet[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1649" align="alignnone" width="594"]Card was on a roll – eighth at Kentucky Lake, fourth at the St. Lawrence River and 18th at Chesapeake Bay – until stubbing his toe at Lake St. Clair (72nd). Card needs to place 35th at Sturgeon Bay to get to 480. Photo by Wes Moody. Card was on a roll – eighth at Kentucky Lake, fourth at the St. Lawrence River and 18th at Chesapeake Bay – until stubbing his toe at Lake St. Clair (72nd). Card needs to place 35th at Sturgeon Bay to get to 480. Photo by Wes Moody.[/caption]





Card still practicing


By Dave Mercer, Davy Hite

















It's a grind for Card


[caption id="attachment_1659" align="alignnone" width="600"]Brandon Card is grinding through the short fish. Brandon Card is grinding through the short fish.[/caption]

Day 1 from Overstreet


[caption id="attachment_1663" align="alignnone" width="650"]And so did Brandon Card. Photo by James Overstreet And so did Brandon Card. Photo by James Overstreet[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1665" align="alignnone" width="650"]James Overstreet Dave Mercer, Davy Hite and Shaye Baker were on the water doing live reports. Dave Mercer, Davy Hite and Shaye Baker were on the water doing live reports. Photo by James Overstreet[/caption]

Elites on the bay


[caption id="attachment_1669" align="alignnone" width="650"]Brandon Card would be searching for his first keeper. He finished the day with the only zero. Photo by Steve Bowman. Brandon Card would be searching for his first keeper. He finished the day with the only zero. Photo by Steve Bowman.[/caption]






Pipkens and, finally, Card getting it done



2:25 pm EDT, Sep 18, 2015 | By Steve Wright





Chad Pipkens and, finally, Brandon Card are on the verge of making near-miraculous comebacks this season. It's not often that you can post two zero-AOY-points tournaments and still qualify for the Bassmaster Classic...read more

Almost 5 pounds


[caption id="attachment_1651" align="alignnone" width="600"]Brandon Card with one just short of 5 pounds. Brandon Card with one just short of 5 pounds.[/caption]


A "giant" 1-pounder for Brandon Card



9:06 am EDT, Sep 18, 2015 | By Steve Wright




Brandon Card had to wait a day to catch his first keeper in the AOY Championship. It wasn't big, but it was "big." Card...read more

Bubble Boys


[caption id="attachment_1654" align="alignnone" width="650"]42nd position goes to Brandon Card at 472 points. If Card fails to make the Classic he will look back to Day 1 when he failed to catch a keeper. Photo by Steve Bowman 42nd position goes to Brandon Card at 472 points. If Card fails to make the Classic he will look back to Day 1 when he failed to catch a keeper. Photo by Steve Bowman[/caption]

Day 2 weigh in


[caption id="attachment_1655" align="alignnone" width="650"]But he bounced back on Day 2 with a 13-13 stringer that put him a position to get back into the Classic mix. He likely needs to catch that and more on Day 3 to move into the Classic. Photo by Chris Mitchell But he bounced back on Day 2 with a 13-13 stringer that put him a position to get back into the Classic mix. He likely needs to catch that and more on Day 3 to move into the Classic. Photo by Chris Mitchell[/caption]

Final Day weigh in


[caption id="attachment_1672" align="alignnone" width="650"]Brandon Card (38th, 29-5). Photo by Darren Jacobson Brandon Card (38th, 29-5). Photo by Darren Jacobson[/caption]






 

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