Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 09/18/2012

Story and photo by Matt Pangrac

Decatur, IL – Kansas’ Brent Chapman has won just about every possible trophy that he’s competed for during the 2012 season.  He won the Bassmaster Central Open on Lake Lewisville, Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Toledo Bend, and the Toyota Tundra Angler Of the Year title. 

This week in central Illinois, Chapman is hoping to add Toyota Trucks All-Star Week champion to his list of 2012 accomplishments. 

“My goal is to have fun and try to bring home another title,” said Chapman on Tuesday morning as he prepared to launch his boat on Lake Shelbyville for the only official practice day on the 11,000 acre fishery.  “This tournament wasn’t even on my radar at the beginning of the season.  There are so many other priorities to worry about, and there’s no way to guarantee that you’ll even earn a chance to fish in the All-Star Week.”

Brent Chapman

Now that he’s earned a spot as one of the 12 Elite Series anglers competing this week, he wants to bring home another trophy.  “It’s all about the competition,” he said with a smile.  “This week will definitely be my last tournament of the year, so I’d like to end the season the same way that I started it – with a win.” 

Chapman said that one thing he has realized over his Angler Of the Year season is exactly what type of mentality it takes to stay at the top of his game.  “You have to be somewhat greedy in this sport to win.  Maybe a better way of phrasing it would be to say that you have to really be hungry to succeed.  Having success makes you strive for more success, so that’s what I’m going to push for this week.

“This is a title that I don’t have, and not many people even get the opportunity to try to earn an All-Star title,” he continued. 

For the first time since temperatures plummeted during his Central Open victory in February, Chapman’s breath was visible in the chilly morning Illinois air.  “I’m hoping that the cold front will make the fish realize that the summer is over and that it’s time to start fattening up for the fall,” said Chapman referring to the morning temperatures in the upper 40s.  “We used to fish a lot of the Opens and even some of the Elite Series in the fall.  I love fall fishing and have done fairly well during this time of the year in the past.  I’m really looking forward to this week.”