May 9th, 2012
B.A.S.S. Elite Series Pro and Bass King Pro Team member, Randy Howell, has always been one of the most consistent anglers in the field. The 2012 B.A.S.S. season is turning out to be no different. After finishing 5th overall at this past weekend’s Elite Series Douglas Lake Challenge in Dandridge, TN, the ten-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier took the reins at the top of the 2012 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race.
Howell started the season off on the right foot by sprinting (literally) into the top 12 to fish the final day of the St. Johns River Showdown in Palatka, FL. Howell didn’t expect to make the final cut based on where he stood in the standings and how many more anglers were waiting to weigh-in behind him. Randy was actually loading his boat onto his trailer when he heard his name announced in the final twelve, which is where his sprinting came in to take his place up on stage. He ended up finishing 9th at the Showdown – a solid start, and perhaps a sign of things to come.
Howell went on to finish 14th in both of the next two Elite Series events at Lake Okeechobee and Bull Shoals, before taking his season-best 5th place at Douglas Lake. With that finish Randy also surpassed the $1 million mark in his career B.A.S.S. earnings.
According to Howell, his decision making and following his gut instincts are paving the way for his successful season thus far. Randy has been known to favor fishing the shallows and has had decent success with this tactic. However, this year, and especially at this past event, he has not given in to the urge to move inside.
In an interview with Bassmaster.com after the final weigh-in at Douglas, Howell mentioned, "My nature was saying to go fish shallow, but my gut was saying not to sell out."
One other reason that is playing a factor Randy’s AOY rising stock is that, currently anyways, no one else is stringing together an off-the-charts season.
"I've had some good years," Howell said. "But every time I've done it, it has been those years that (Kevin) VanDam or Skeet Reese got on a big roll.”
He went on to say, "This year it's all happening right, both for me and all those other key people that usually dominate. VanDam has had the most marvelous stretch of AOY titles and Bassmaster Classics, and I don't think anybody will ever match that. But he's still human. He may not catch them as good here or there this year."
At the half-way point through the 2012 B.A.S.S. Elite Series season, there is still a lot of fishing to be had and four more events to be held. So far though, Randy Howell has proven to be the most consistent angler of them all, something that has always been a staple of his professional bass fishing career.
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