BASS returns to Alabama for 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series postseason

BASS will return to Alabama, site of the 40th Bassmaster Classic and the state in which BASS was founded more than 40 years ago, for the second Bassmaster Elite Series postseason.

Toyota Trucks Championship Week is set for July 24-31 and will be played out once again on two productive Alabama fisheries. The first leg, the July 24-25 Trophy Chase, returns to Lake Jordan out of Wetumpka. The finale, the Evan Williams Bourbon Trophy Triumph, is slated for July 30-31 on the Alabama River from Montgomery.

With the Bassmaster Classic this week in Birmingham and on Lay Lake, Alabama has hosted 11 Classic events. The 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series season, which starts March 11 with the Duel in the Delta out of Stockton, Calif., will culminate with the two-event postseason in July.

The final day's weigh-in for Championship Week will be in Montgomery, the city in which BASS was headquartered for more than 35 years. The 2010 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year will be crowned at the season finale and will be awarded the accompanying $200,000 top prize.

"We are proud to bring this event back to Alabama, a state that is so central to BASS' history," said Tom Ricks, vice president & general manager, BASS.

Toyota Trucks Championship Week

The Top 12 anglers in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year points at the end of the Bassmaster Elite Series regular season will qualify for Toyota Trucks Championship Week. The regular season concludes with the June 17-20 Sooner Run on the Arkansas River out of Muskogee, Okla.

BASS introduced the postseason format in 2009 to increase the focus on one of the most prestigious awards in the sport: the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year. The inaugural postseason delivered on excitement and a down-to-the-wire finish, as Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., then a four-time Angler of the Year, and Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., the 2007 AOY, competed fiercely for the title.

VanDam broke through in the end, as the two-time Bassmaster Classic winner overtook Reese in the points in the finale. VanDam claimed first place in the Evan Williams Bourbon Trophy Triumph on the Alabama River, earning the points he needed to claim his fifth Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title.

BASS will match the prestige of the postseason with an ambitious multimedia schedule. As part of daily, live updates on Bassmaster.com, the popular webcast Hooked Up! will host on-the-water coverage from practice and competition days, coupled with live post-competition interviews.

Postseason scores are calculated by taking the regular-season AOY points for each qualifying angler, moving the decimal one place to the left, and rounding to the nearest tenth. Additionally, each angler receives two bonus points for each regular-season win. For the two postseason events, anglers will be scored on a 50-point sliding scale.

Local Sponsors include: City of Wetumpka, City of Wetumpka and Riverfront Facilities.

2010 Toyota Trucks Championship Week