2015 Bassmaster Toyota AOY Championship at Sturgeon Bay

Who’s battling in Sturgeon Bay next week?

33. Brandon Card 414 points. Photo by Garrick Dixon

33. Brandon Card 414 points. Photo by Garrick Dixon

AOY Anglers on the classic bubble

33rd, 414 points, Brandon Card, Caryville, Tenn. Card is trying to qualify for his second Classic. He finished 39th at Grand Lake in 2013. If he does so, it would be after a horrendous start to the season, when he was 103rd at Lake Guntersville and 105th at the Sacramento River – two zeroes in terms of AOY points. Photo by James Overstreet

33rd, 414 points, Brandon Card, Caryville, Tenn.
Card is trying to qualify for his second Classic. He finished 39th at Grand Lake in 2013. If he does so, it would be after a horrendous start to the season, when he was 103rd at Lake Guntersville and 105th at the Sacramento River – two zeroes in terms of AOY points. Photo by James Overstreet

Card was on a roll – eighth at Kentucky Lake, fourth at the St. Lawrence River and 18th at Chesapeake Bay – until stubbing his toe at Lake St. Clair (72nd). Card needs to place 35th at Sturgeon Bay to get to 480. Photo by Wes Moody.

Card was on a roll – eighth at Kentucky Lake, fourth at the St. Lawrence River and 18th at Chesapeake Bay – until stubbing his toe at Lake St. Clair (72nd). Card needs to place 35th at Sturgeon Bay to get to 480. Photo by Wes Moody.

Card still practicing

By Dave Mercer, Davy Hite

It’s a grind for Card

Brandon Card is grinding through the short fish.

Brandon Card is grinding through the short fish.

Day 1 from Overstreet

And so did Brandon Card. Photo by James Overstreet

And so did Brandon Card. Photo by James Overstreet

James Overstreet Dave Mercer, Davy Hite and Shaye Baker were on the water doing live reports.

Dave Mercer, Davy Hite and Shaye Baker were on the water doing live reports. Photo by James Overstreet

Elites on the bay

Brandon Card would be searching for his first keeper. He finished the day with the only zero. Photo by Steve Bowman.

Brandon Card would be searching for his first keeper. He finished the day with the only zero. Photo by Steve Bowman.

Pipkens and, finally, Card getting it done

2:25 pm EDT, Sep 18, 2015 | By Steve Wright

Chad Pipkens and, finally, Brandon Card are on the verge of making near-miraculous comebacks this season. It’s not often that you can post two zero-AOY-points tournaments and still qualify for the Bassmaster Classic…read more

Almost 5 pounds

Brandon Card with one just short of 5 pounds.

Brandon Card with one just short of 5 pounds.

A “giant” 1-pounder for Brandon Card

9:06 am EDT, Sep 18, 2015 | By Steve Wright

Brandon Card had to wait a day to catch his first keeper in the AOY Championship. It wasn’t big, but it was “big.” Card…read more

Bubble Boys

42nd position goes to Brandon Card at 472 points. If Card fails to make the Classic he will look back to Day 1 when he failed to catch a keeper. Photo by Steve Bowman

42nd position goes to Brandon Card at 472 points. If Card fails to make the Classic he will look back to Day 1 when he failed to catch a keeper. Photo by Steve Bowman

Day 2 weigh in

But he bounced back on Day 2 with a 13-13 stringer that put him a position to get back into the Classic mix. He likely needs to catch that and more on Day 3 to move into the Classic. Photo by Chris Mitchell

But he bounced back on Day 2 with a 13-13 stringer that put him a position to get back into the Classic mix. He likely needs to catch that and more on Day 3 to move into the Classic. Photo by Chris Mitchell

Final Day weigh in

Brandon Card (38th, 29-5). Photo by Darren Jacobson

Brandon Card (38th, 29-5). Photo by Darren Jacobson

 

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