Abu Garcia pro team member Clark Wendlandt earned his third FLW Angler of the Year title, more than any other angler. The Leander, Texas native earned a cool $25,000 and a Ranger 198VX powered by a 200-horsepower Yamaha outboard for the title. The Abu Garcia pro secured the crown on Lake Champlain with 10 bass weighing 28 pounds, 7 ounces over the final two days of the final FLW Tour qualifying event of the season in a race that went down to the last day of the regular season.
“There are so many great anglers on the FLW Tour and to come away with another AOY title is very special,” said Wendlandt. “I made the switch to Abu Garcia this year and their support means the world to me; without them as a key sponsor this would have been a tough year. I’ve been fishing with the Revo STX and it blew me away when I first fished with it. The durability of the reel is great, but on tour levels dependability is what really matters. This reel is an all around fishing machine.”
A 13-year veteran of the FLW Tour, Wendlandt claimed his first Angler of the Year title in 1997 and received his second title in 2000. The Abu Garcia pro has accumulated 34 top-10 finishes and three victories while earning a staggering $1.6 million.
“The FLW Tour trail is getting tougher,” said Wendlandt. “There are a ton of young guns coming up and nipping at the veteran’s heels. Guys like Stetson Blaylock are making tournament wins hard to come by, but the veterans of the sport are still putting together some wins of their own.”
Abu Garcia Pros dominated the FLW Angler of the Year race with four out of the top five positions. Rounding out the top spots for Angler of the Year were; Berkley team pros Luke Clausen of Gainesville, Ga. (2nd), Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif. (3rd) and Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C. finishing in fifth place.