Fans have put Ardmore angler Jeff Kriet into the B.A.S.S. post-season tournaments.
Bass fishing fans selected Kriet, Michael Iaconell of Pitts Grove., N.J., Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala., and Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., to complete the field of 12 for the July 23-31 Toyota Trucks All-Star Week in Alabama.
The top eight anglers on the Bassmaster Tour this season qualifed for the $100,000 post season event. The final four participants were determined by fan voting.
Anglers actively campaigned for the final four spots. Most tapped heavily into social media and e-mail for votes.
The closest race was in Region 2, where Kriet edged out Missouri’s Denny Brauer by 551 votes.
“I am very surprised and humbled that I got as many votes as I did,” said Kriet, whose Facebook page set up by his daughter likely helped his bid. “It means a lot to me that people would take the time to vote for me. There were a lot of really, really good fishermen in my region.”
The other pro anglers in the post-season event are Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich.; Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla.;
Gerald Swindle of Warrior, Ala.; Ott DeFoe of Knoxville, Tenn.; Steve Kennedy of Auburn, Ala.; Terry Scroggins of San Mateo, Fla.; Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C.; and Davy Hite of Ninety Six, S.C.
The fishing begins July 23-24 at Alabama’s Lake Jordan then moves to the Alabama River for the July 29-31 finale.