After competing in six difficult tournament venues ranging from Tennessee to South Carolina, Louisiana to Kentucky and Alabama to Arkansas, David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., proved to be the best of the best on the FLW Tour in 2011. As a result, Dudley took home his second career FLW Tour Angler of the Year title, defeating second-place Brent Ehrler by 14 points total.
Dudley, who received $100,000 for the title, joins fellow FLW Tour anglers Clark Wendlandt (2009, 2000,1997) and Jay Yelas (2007, 2002) as the only anglers to win multiple Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year titles. Dudley’s first title came in 2008..
“I analyzed myself last year and realized that I’m not where I wanted to be,” said Dudley. “Right now the technology is so good and the anglers are so good that I realized I had to do better. I don’t chase angler-of-the-year titles. My goal is to win (tournament titles). And if you do that, everything falls into place. But that being said, this feels pretty good. It feels even better than my first (AOY) title because the field gets tougher and tougher every year. Equipment is getting better and the anglers are continuing to get smarter. So it means a lot to win.”
FLW Tour action continues Aug. 11-14 at the Forrest Wood Cup, slated for Lake Ouachita in Hot Spring, Ark