FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Kevin VanDam has won the 2011 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title – his seventh such honor – according to a release from sponsor Mercury.
VanDam secured the title Sunday at the conclusion of the regular season finale held on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala.
VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., continued his Elite Trail domination by winning a record-setting fourth consecutive Bassmaster Angler of the Year title – surpassing legendary angler Roland Martin’s previous-best three consecutive Angler of the Year titles. VanDam also became the first angler to take both the Angler of the Year and Bassmaster Classic titles in two consecutive years.
VanDam finished with 2,026 points in the Angler of the Year standings – 153 ahead of runner up Edwin Evers, who finished with 1,873. Evers, also sponsored by Mercury, has finished second to VanDam the last two seasons.
VanDam now owns seven Angler of the Year titles to go accompany his four Bassmaster Classic championships. He’s qualified for 22 consecutive Bassmaster Classic titles – including 2012 – and has 94 top 10 B.A.S.S. finishes.
Mercury’s Ott DeFoe topped Rookie of the Year standings.