Duckett ending season strong

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 11, 2007

When Boyd Duckett wins a Bassmaster event he wins big.

To kick off the season, Duckett won the biggest event in BASS, the Bassmaster Classic at Lay Lake in Birmingham. As the season winds down, with the final event this weekend at Florida&8217;s Lake Tohopekaliga, Duckett comes in on the heels of a major win at Bassmaster Legends, on Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas.

Duckett&8217;s final catch, which put him over his five other competitors on the last day of the four day tournament, was enough for him to edge out his closest opponent by the slimmest of margins &8212; one ounce.

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Not only did the fish win the tournament for Duckett, it also helped him set another record. With his two wins and other Bassmaster Elite series earnings, gleaned from four top ten finishes among others, Duckett is the leading Elite Series angler in BASS history, with $850,000 on the season.

Not that Duckett is quitting his day job:

Duckett&8217;s win is a major accomplishment for the 47-year-old Demopolis native. He qualified for the Elite series by posting strong performances during last year&8217;s Bassmaster Tour, recently re-titled Opens. Through his strong performance in his first year at the Elite level, Duckett has earned himself the No. 10 ranking in the Angler of the Year standings.

And his preparation may be half of the reasoning behind his success.