Abu Garcia pro team member Stetson Blaylock achieved one goal that wasn’t on his radar at the beginning of 2009 FLW Tour season – win the Rookie of the Year title. He completed this goal by finishing in 39th place overall with 853 points on the FLW Tour. Blaylock attributed his success throughout the year to the strong support of his Abu Garcia sponsorship and the winning products that they produce each year.
“I had a ton of success with all my gear,” said Blaylock. “I utilized the strength and durability of the Abu Garcia Vendetta paired with the Revo STX, which is simply a tournament-winning combination. The Vendetta rods offer everything you would want in a rod; strength, durability and sensitivity. It didn’t matter if I was dragging a bait over rock or down a pea gravel point, I could feel every inch of terrain. ”
Blaylock, who earned $1,000 for the title, secured the crown on Lake Champlain with 10 bass weighing 24 pounds and 11 ounces over the first two days of the final FLW Tour qualifying event of the season.
“It hasn’t really set in yet,” said Blaylock. “It’s a one-time deal. You can only do it once in your life and to accomplish that is amazing. I hope it’s the first of a lot of things to come. I’ve had the support of my sponsors from my early days as a co-angler and I appreciate Abu Garcia. They gave me a shot to prove my worth. I look forward to a successful future with them.”
The young pro has established himself as a force to be reckoned with. Early in his career, Blaylock won the 2008 Walmart Open on Beaver Lake in Rogers, Ark., as a co-angler and captured the 2008 FLW Tour Co-Angler of the Year award. He has a total of five victories in FLW Outdoors events, 19 top-10 finishes and more than $393,000 in career earnings.
The Rookie of the Year annually goes to the FLW Tour Pro Division rookie who has the highest year-end point total in the standings at the conclusion of the regular season.