Welcome to the Minors-only top 10 Richard Dobyns and Joe Uribe.
Neither one of the two anglers won the FLW EverStart on Lake Shasta over the weekend. In fact, neither made the top 30 (Dobyns finished 37th and Uribe 42nd).
So how did they move up into the top 10? Because the Shasta event was both anglers’ fifth Minor-level event in the last two years, qualifying them for the ranking. And since they both had down so well in the other four tournaments, their average placed them in the top 10. Dobyns now resides in second (885.795), with Uribe not far behind in sixth (860.262).
In fact, Shasta marked the fifth tournament for a number of Western anglers who used to fish the FLW Series. With the Series gone after 2010, those pros switched to the EverStarts, meaning they had to wait more than a year to compile enough Minor-level events.
Looking at the rest of the top 10 at Shasta, Zack Thompson, who finished second at Shasta, made his debut in 31st. The same goes for Matt Newman (fourth at Shasta), who now sits in 177th, and Aaron Cole (10th at Shasta), who is now 60th.
In fact, Jason Milligan, was the only angler who made the top 10 who had already been on the list, and he jumped from 119th to 79th.
The rest of the anglers who made the top 10 at Shasta have yet to qualify for the ranking.
As for the rest of the field, some notable debuts were Jeff Michels at 23, Greg Gutierrez at 35 and Jimmy Reese at 37.
Okeechobee Series dropping off
Something to watch is that the 2010 FLW Series event at Lake Okeechobee is dropping off today, meaning we should see some changes in the Majors World Ranking tomorrow.
Scott Martin won that event, and Randall Tharp, currently 18th in the world, finished 7th, so there should be some shake-ups.