Trend Watch: Minors


Professionals get all the attention and glamour, whether you’re talking baseball or tournament bass fishing. But at some point in both sports, nearly every pro found himself in the Minors.

In that regard, both sports are uniquely alike. Also alike is the fact that the Minors are the highest level of competition most players and anglers will ever achieve. However, unlike baseball, the lack of a jump to the Majors for an angler is not always about talent but also financial constraints.

Regardless, the Minors World Ranking, particularly the Minors-only ranking, showcases the future stars of the sport, along with the best regional talent in the country. These are the grinders who are trying to build names for themselves, and we enjoy helping them do so by showcasing their achievements on our site.

Unfortunately, the volatility of which anglers moved throughout the rankings due to increased or decreased participation and various unknowns made it very hard to do a “Year in Review” recap.

Yet we still wanted to give the Minors-only level anglers their props. So we decided to use our Trending feature to showcase who seem to be the up-and-comers to watch in the Minors and in the sport. Understand that all the anglers at the top of the Minors-only rankings are top talents. The anglers on the following list just happen to be the ones who seem to be on the rise.

Angler Current Rank Past 24-Month Average Past 12-Month Average Increase
Keith Caka 17 582.765 692.73 109.965
Charles Bebber 1 770.202 871.195 100.993
Cliff Prince 8 805.432 883.438 78.006
Jason Lambert 15 784.721 852.12 67.399
Kevin Lasyone 23 760.856 826.477 65.621
Todd Castledine 25 752.954 817.975 65.021
Chad Prough 9 812.421 840.446 28.025
Michael Simonton 2 841.557 868.942 27.385

About Author

Sean cut his teeth in the journalist world as an award-winning sports reporter, editor and freelancer for various Chicagoland newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald, eventually crossing over into editing and freelance writing in the Outdoor industry. In addition to his position as Editor for, he is also a freelance outdoor writer and lure designer. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Lockport. An avid Bass and Muskie fisherman, his fishing influence began on ponds and lakes in northeast Illinois and has since expanded to a multitude of species across North and Central America. His passion for the sport is rivaled only by his love for building fishing lures, with a number of his designs being used by top professional anglers and produced by various lure companies today. Google+

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