The Bassmaster Southern Opens were a done deal relatively early this year, as the third and final event on the circuit concluded in mid-May. That could be a real advantage for points champion Brandon Lester.
The Top 5 points-earners from each of the three Open divisions are guaranteed slots in the Elite Series the following year. Lester, who plans to accept that invitation, now has more than half a year to secure sponsorship help for his foray onto B.A.S.S.’ top circuit.
That’s a luxury that won’t be afforded to the Northern and Central qualifiers, as those schedules don’t conclude until September and October, respectively.
“I absolutely want to do it – it’s been my dream for a long time,” said the 25-year-old from Fayetteville, Tenn. “But unless you’re very well off (financially), you obviously need some funding help to compete at that level.
“I don’t have anything lined up right now, so I’m starting with pretty much a clean slate and I think that’s kind of a good thing. I’ve got a little time to get everything together, but I’m going ahead and getting started now and I’ve got a few things going. Up to this point I haven’t taken any (smaller deals) because I didn’t want them to interfere with what might be a bigger one if I did make the Elites.” Read the rest of the article over on Bassfan.com >
By John Johnson
BassFan Senior Editor