It’s amazing how things can change in a week.
Two weeks ago, the sport was celebrating one of its championships. A week later, fishing has become a very distant second to reality.
With the tornados that ravaged much of the Southwest, including the Branson, Mo. area where an FLW EverStart was slated to take place last weekend, we here at Bass Rankings, like the rest of the fishing world, are grateful that none of the anglers or tournament staff were injured. Hopefully, those that were affected by the weather will be able to return to normalcy sooner rather than later.
Now, getting to why you came to the site today, there is some big news in the Minors-Only World Ranking. Lost in the shadow of the Bassmaster Classic, Michael Tuck has debuted in the ranking as the new No. 1 angler.
It’s taken the Granite Bay, Calif., pro a bit to fish enough tournaments to qualify for the ranking – he fished only FLW Series events in 2010 – but by fishing and finishing fifth at the Lake Havasu FLW EverStart two weekends ago, Tuck finally has five tournaments in two years. And his five tournaments have been good ones. His worst finish has been a 23rd at Lake Shasta earlier this year, and his best is a first is at Clear Lake last September.
Not far behind Tuck, fellow Californian Joe Uribe’s third at Havasu means he actually moved up to fourth while the rest of the top 20 fell back one spot.
New Majors No. 1
We mentioned it last week, and we’ll do it again. We are going to see a brand-new No. 1 angler in the world this week.
A 2010 FLW Tour event on Table Rock is set to drop off on Wednesday, March 7, and when it does, a pro from the bottom-half of the top 10 is going to make a giant leap into first. We won’t spoil who it is, but feel free to check out the event and try to figure it out. Just make sure to check back Wednesday!