Andrew Upshaw of Hemphill, Texas is third in the Northern Open points standings going into the final event of the series, which begins today at Cayuga Lake in Seneca Falls, New York.
When Andrew Upshaw stood in contention to win the second B.A.S.S. Northern Open event at the Detroit River, he made it clear that as much as he would have loved the win and his second consecutive Bassmaster Classic bid, he was even more interested in finishing high enough in all three Northern Opens to earn qualification in the Elite Series. He ended up finishing 3rd and indeed tallying quite a few valuable points.
The Northern Open series standings will be finalized in the next few days as the tour makes its third and final tour stop this weekend at Cayuga Lake in Seneca Falls, New York. Upshaw is third in the points going into the season finale. The top five qualifiers earn automatic Elite Series bids, but opportunities sometimes go a little deeper in the list because of Open pros who already fish the Elites or who decline the invitation.
In addition to helping shape the Classic field, this weekend's tournament will earn someone $50,000 and potentially the opportunity to compete in the Bassmaster Classic. The Detroit River event was won by Jason Christie, an FLW pro from Oklahoma who will get to fish the 2013 Classic on his home waters of Grand Lake.
One of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga is deep and clear and offers a mix of largemouths and smallmouths. Reports I've read suggest that the smallies can be tough customers during mid-summer, but that if an angler could lock into the right pattern with them, those could be winning fish. We'll find out soon!