Movers & Shakers: Minors, Women Updates


The drought is over!

It’s been a few weeks since the last tournament on any level (not surprising since it’s summer), but in the last two weeks we’ve had an LBAA event on Kentucky Lake (which the results just became available), a BASS Open on Lake St. Clair and an FLW EverStart on Lake Champlain.

That’s more like it.

So how did those events effect the Minors and Women’s rankings? Let’s see.

The Minors is interesting because both events were won by Major anglers (Jason Christie at St. Clair and JT Kenney at Champlain). So when it comes to the Minors-Only World Ranking, neither winner will factor into the latest update (If you want to see where Christie and Kenney stack up, check out the regular Minors World Ranking, which includes Major anglers).

Still, we see some movement in the top 10 with former Elite Series angler Ben Parker debuting at No. 5 after his 12th at St. Clair.

Meanwhile, a sixth at that same St. Clair event jumped Art Ferguson from 16th to ninth.

So who fell out of the top 10? Tom Silber (through no fault of his own) and Bill Chapman (who finished 52nd at Champlain and dropped to 16th).

The next significant move after that is one in the wrong direction, as Tracy Adams went from 23rd to 41st after his 87th at St. Clair. There was a similar fall for Joe Balog, dropping from 34th to 46th. But the biggest plummet of all was Charlie Weyer, dropping from 33rd to 82nd.

However, we did see some more debuts from David Reault at No. 26 and Scott Dobson at No. 47, and Jess Caraballo jumping into the top 50 at No. 49.



There seems to be a new crop of women fishing the LBAA, which is a fantastic thing. The only problem is many of them haven’t fished enough events yet to factor into our ranking yet (such as the winner of the Kentucky Lake event, Monica Altman.

But they will, just like Lisa Johnson did this week at No. 8.

The other noteworthy move was Lynda Gessner leapfrogging Emily Shaffer to get to No. 3.


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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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