The Best on the Best


Choke Canyon. Amistad. Falcon.

Each lake by itself is one of the top bass fishing destinations in the country. Combined, they represent the best chain of lakes in the world right now.

No other river chain offers the chance to catch as many or as big a fish as the triple threat running up and down the Rio Grande River. They are the best of the best.

So after the FLW EverStart last weekend, we wanted to know who was the best on the best.

Using a Custom Search back to the year 2000 and a 10-tournament minimum, that man is Russell Cecil. The Willis, Texas, angler has beaten 87.9 percent of the field on the three-headed beast since the turn of the century. He has yet to win a tournament on any of the three, but he does has a pair of seconds (Amistad in 2009 and Choke Canyon in 2011).

Ray Hanselman doesn’t have a victory either, but his 87.8 percentage and second on Amistad in 2010 are enough to push him to second overall on this list.

Rounding out the top five were Keith Combs (858.697), Stephen Johnston (837.387) and Trent Huckaby (834.625)



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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