For some Classic champions, the year following their championship moment is often a forgettable one. Too much travel, too many outside distractions and an automatic invitation for next year usually adds up to a sub par performance.
Of course, none of that fazed Denny Brauer who quickly proved that he wasn^t going to let up by winning the Kmart Top 150 on the Potomac River less than a month after his Classic win at High Rock. This made three Kmart victories in a row (two from the previous season) which propelled him through a season unlike any other experienced by a professional angler.
In addition to qualifying for this Classic on the Kmart Top 150 circuit, Brauer was featured in a five-page Sports Illustrated article and went toe-to-toe with David Letterman, not once, but twice on national television. In every aspect of his incredible year, Denny exhibited the dignity, grace and class of a true professional. For his fans and fellow competitors, it couldn^t have happened to a nicer guy.
Home: Camdenton, MO
Age: 50 Hgt.: 6-2 Wgt.: 210
Family: (wife) Shirley
Occupation: Professional angler
Hobbies: Deer Hunting
Kmart BASSMASTER Top 150 Trail: Rank: 10th / Points: 751
All Time Winnings: $1,473,101.90
Career Tournaments Won:
Events Money 1st 2nd 3rd Top Classics
Fished Finishes Place Place Place 10 Fished
184 125 12 7 9 59 16
PERFORMANCE ON 1998-1999 BASSMASTER TOURNAMENT TRAIL
WA VA MO CA FL FL AL TX AZ MO CA OK
BASSMASTER Top 150
MD LA AL FL AL NV MegaBucks
1 59 13 31 23 93 27
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