Yamaha angler wins FLW title


Yamaha professional angler Bryan Thrift won the 2010 FLW Angler of the Year title, a race based upon finish position points.

His win caps a season of success for Yamaha professional anglers, who were victorious four out of five times in FLW Tour competition this season, Yamaha announced.

Thrift clinched the Angler of the Year title last week at the Guntersville FLWTour near Huntsville, Ala., after catching 61 pounds of bass over three days. He scored a total of 967 points for the season. Brent Long, also powered by Yamaha, won the Guntersville season-finale event.

"We congratulate Bryan on this great achievement," said Dale Barnes, Yamaha Marine Group division manager for marketing, in a statement. "Not too long ago he was named Rookie of the Year and he has made it to the top."

In addition to winning the majority of the FLW Tour events in 2010, Yamaha anglers captured three of the top five positions in the Angler of the Year race.