A story that could be in a movie was happening on Saginaw Bay. Matt Becker didn’t know he wasn’t supposed to be the main character.
Kevin VanDam, a famous bass fisherman, was competing in a tournament in his home state. He was in first place going into the final round, making it an exciting ending like in a movie.
Becker was the star of the show, making the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour season finale an underdog story with his own happy ending. The new fisherman from Tennessee amazed everyone with an incredible performance in the Championship Round. He not only won the tournament, but also became the top angler in the final Bally Bet Angler of the Year rankings.
Becker said, “It feels like a dream. I’m waiting for the alarm clock to wake me up,” after catching 40 pounds and 9 ounces of fish in two days. He couldn’t believe it was real and said winning the Angler of the Year trophy was his ultimate goal because it meant he was the best angler in the country for that year.
Becker won $100,000 for coming in first place and an additional $100,000 for being the best angler of the year. This is impressive because people didn’t think he would win either prize at the beginning of the day.
Everyone was talking about VanDam, who is from Kalamazoo. He was close to winning one last time and was in first place with a good lead. However, he ended up finishing second, just a little behind the winner.
VanDam said in a press release that it was a fun day and he enjoyed it. He has been fishing professionally for 33 years and is grateful to many people. He is excited to end this chapter on his own terms. Although winning would have been great, it didn’t happen.
Becker barely made it to the next round and was in fifth place at the start of the final round. He was also fourth in the Angler of the Year rankings and needed a lot of luck to win. But everything went his way in the end.
Becker did really well on a tough day with lots of wind and rain. He caught the most fish out of all 80 people in the Bay City competition. He caught a really big fish that weighed 5 pounds and 5 ounces, which won him an extra $3,000.
He said he didn’t know what to expect because of the weather. He thought he was near some fish, but found a lot of them unexpectedly.
There were about 10 to 15 of them together, moving around without any specific pattern. I would catch a few of them and then return to catch one or two more. I don’t know why they were there and there was nothing to keep them in one place.
Becker won his third victory and became Angler of the Year by beating Wheeler, who had won two years in a row. Wheeler did well in the competition, but Becker’s story was too good to ignore. You can watch a two-hour show about the tournament on Discovery Channel at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 11th.
The Championship Final was won by Matt Becker from Ten Mile, Tennessee. He caught 40 fish weighing a total of 9 pounds and won $100,000. Kevin VanDam from Kalamazoo, Michigan came in second place with 35 fish weighing 8 pounds and won $45,000. Jesse Wiggins from Addison, Alabama came in third place with 34 fish weighing 7 pounds and won $38,000. The other seven contestants also won cash prizes ranging from $16,000 to $23,000.