000167388_original_650x650Tides and rankings have a lot in common, especially when you consider the tournament over the weekend.

Before we get into all the ups and downs, we’ll start on the two biggest highs – Clark Wendlandt winning the FLW Tour event on the Potomac River, and Scott Martin locking up his first FLW Angler of the Year title.

Little more than a year removed from a heart attack, Wendlandt was able to overcome unstable weather and boat problems (thanks to the sportsmanship of fellow angler Shinichi Fukae) to take home his fourth career FLW Tour victory. The victory bumped him up to 56th in our Pro Ranking.

Meanwhile, Scott Martin came into the final tour event trailing Bryan Thrift and John Cox for the AOY title. Thrift had his worst tournament of the year (more on that in a second), and Cox did well but not well enough to hold off Martin, who finished sixth.

Now is a good time to draw that tides/rankings comparison. The Potomac’s tides messed with a number of anglers, while aiding others. Just look at the top of our rankings to see what we mean.

A few weeks ago, Thrift was ranked No. 1. Now? He’s fifth. At the same time, Martin has jumped up all the way to No. 3. And Andy Morgan, fresh off his second-place finish at the Potomac, is once again No. 1.

Check out the rest of the ranking to see all the highs and lows after this weekend.

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