Being held March 16 - 18, 2018 on Lake Hartwell in Greenville, South Carolina. (again)
Of the 51 anglers who qualified there are a number who have competed in the event before. Some several times.
Of those many are looking for their first Classic win. But some still have won this winner take all event before.
Casey Ashley 2015
Luke Clausen 2006
Mark Davis 1995
Edwin Evers 2016
Randy Howell 2014
Mike Iaconelli 2013
Alton Jones 2008
Jordan Lee 2017
Cliff Pace 2013
Skeet Reese 2009
And then there's Mr Kevin Van Dam,
making his 27th appearance this year after winning in 2001, again in 2005, then back to back in 2010 & 2011.
So - who's taking the trophy home this time ?
A previous winner, or a first timer ?
I'm going with this year's AOY Champion ~ Brandon Palaniuk