Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Drew Cook is 2019 Bassmaster® DICK’s Sporting Goods® Rookie of the Year

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Scott Canterbury is the 2019 Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year. With five bass that weighed 19 pounds, 12 ounces during the final round on Tuesday, Oct. 1, Canterbury pushed his three-day total to 59 pounds, four ounces, finishing in 14th place for the week at the Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year Championship on Lake St. Clair. More importantly, he finished at the top of the season points standings with 848 points, earning $100,000 and one of the most coveted titles in professional fishing.

Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Scott Canterbury is the 2019 Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year. (Photo: Business Wire)Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Scott Canterbury is the 2019 Toyota® Bassmaster® Angler of the Year. (Photo: Business Wire)

“My first goal coming into the season was to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic® next year,” Canterbury said. “Angler of the Year is always there on the radar. It’s just way out there. You always set goals that you don’t think you can reach — because if they’re easy to reach, you didn’t set them high enough.”

The final tournament of the year became difficult for Canterbury on Sunday, as he was forced to fish the entire first round without the use of depthfinders on the front of his boat. Canterbury still caught almost 18 pounds and managed to hold off hard charges from Stetson Blaylock (840 points), Cory Johnston (840) and Yamaha Pro Chris Zaldain (838).

The Bassmaster® DICK’s Sporting Goods® Rookie of the Year award went to Skeeter/Yamaha Pro Drew Cook, who finished with 798 ROY points despite finishing just 36th for the week. The tournament also decided the 42 Elite Series anglers who will fish the 2020 Bassmaster Classic®, scheduled for March 6-8 on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville. Canterbury and Cook will be included in that field.

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See photos attached of Angler of the Year Scott Canterbury and Rookie of the Year Drew Cook.