Movers & Shakers: Kentucky Lake, Toledo Bend Fallout


Raise your hand if you had Brent Chapman and Dave Lefebre winning this weekend.

Put your hands down you liars.

While some may have predicted Chapman to win the Elite Series event at Toledo Bend (he has been on a roll this season) , I doubt few had Lefebre to win the FLW Tour event at Kentucky Lake. And both? C’mon.

That’s nothing against either of them, as both are previous champions. However, with so many favorites on both bodies of water, you could get a pass for neither being on your radar going into the event.

The real question is how did the two events shake up the Majors World Ranking.

In terms of the top five, there wasn’t a single change. Though, Kevin VanDam’s average dipped, while the four anglers behind him (David Dudley, Edwin Evers, Andy Morgan and Ott Defoe) all saw theirs rise a little.

The first move was Jay Yelas jumping from ninth to sixth, which changed the rest of the top 10 a little. Though, the first shock is that Lefebre, despite his victory, didn’t move up a single spot. He’s still sitting in 11th.

Chapman faired much better, jumping from 32nd to 23rd.

Jumping into the top 20 this week was Jim Moynagh (24th to 17th) and Ron Shuffield (25th to 20th), while Keith Combs (15th to 22nd) and Jason Christie (17th to 26th) both had rough events and fell.

Also pulling a double switch in the top 30 were Jacob Powroznik (33rd to 25th) and Stetson Blaylock (34th to 27th), and Brett Hite (21st to 32nd) and Scott Martin (22nd to 30th).

Then there were some guys who used top fives (and an 11th) over the weekend to get themselves into the top 50. Kyle Mabrey (54th to 39th), Terry Bolton (52nd to 40th), Greg Hackney (55th to 44th) and Chris Baumgardner (57th to 45th) all made the leap this week after their performances.

Overall, it was a great weekend with some great performances. And the shake-up in the rankings has only just begun, as a 2010 Elite Series event (that VanDam won) will drop off Wednesday, meaning we should see some movement in the top five this week. Stay tuned.


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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