Triton Pro Boyd Duckett Of Alabama Takes Legends
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — Scoring his second BASS victory in 2007, Boyd Duckett of Demopolis, Ala., outlasted the 50-angler field at the Bassmaster Legends presented by Ramada Worldwide to win the $250,000 top prize. The 47-year-old posted a two-day total of 30 pounds, 1 ounce, which was enough to hold off strong surges by Jason Quinn of Lake Wylie, S.C., and three-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year winner Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich.
Day 4 Champion Boyd Duckett of Demopolis, AL. and BASS founder Ray Scott.
Duckett kicked off the season with a victory at the season-opening 2007 Bassmaster Classic on Alabama's Lay Lake. In his two victories this season and other winnings from the Bassmaster Elite Series, Duckett has earned nearly $850,000- the most an Elite Series angler has earned in BASS history.
Fishing fans can catch tournament coverage of the Bassmaster Legends at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1 on the Bassmasters on ESPN2.
In the Angler of the Year standings, Duckett is in 10th place.
"I don't know what else I can do, except win Angler of the Year next year," Duckett said. "After I won the Classic, I had a lot of stuff going on. If you're not 100 percent when you put your boat in the water, these guys will beat you. This is an amazing group of anglers and if you stumble, you'll go from seventh to thirty-fifth just like that. You realize really quick just how good these guys are."
On Saturday, Duckett fished primarily offshore structure, but he couldn't find bass in the deep water Sunday. After striking out in the first two holes of the designated six-hole course, Duckett said he'd seen enough. He switched to a heavy jig and flipped shallow grass. He timed his adjustment perfectly.
"I started out in Hole 6 and caught one under a boat dock," said Duckett, who qualified for the Elite Series via his performance in the 2006 Bassmaster Tours, which have recently been re-branded as the Opens. "I spent all my time in Hole One (the next hole) fishing deep and didn't get anything, and I didn't get a bite in Hole Two. That was all I could stand."
From then on, Duckett said he flipped a 1 ½-ounce Tru Tungsten jig in grass mats. He also used a 3/16-ounce Tru Tungsten jig with a 7-inch, electric blue Berkley Power Worm.
Bassmaster Elite Series anglers will next head to Florida's Lake Tohopekaliga Sept. 13-16 for the Sunshine Showdown presented by Allstate Boat Insurance and the final Elite event of the 2007 season. The event will determine who wins the prestigious Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title, the Toyota Rookie of the Year award and which anglers qualify for the 2008 Bassmaster Classic.
Live, streaming video of the weigh-ins and real-time leaderboards can be accessed on http://www.ESPNOutdoors.com. Sunday, visitors to http://www.ESPNOutdoors.com can view live action from Hole 6 on the six-hole course throughout the day. Also on Sunday, http://www.ESPNOutdoors.com will provide updates throughout the day and preview the final-day weigh-in at 5:30 p.m. CT with Hooked Up, hosted by Tommy Sanders and ESPN2 Outdoors personality Mark Zona.