Movers & Shakers: Lake Wheeler Fallout


You might be asking yourself how Mark Rose could win the FLW Tour event on Lake Wheeler over the weekend and not have his average change at all. Or, if you’re a regular fan of the site, you might have figured it out on your own.

To explain the phenomenon, you have to go back two years to almost the exact same weekend, when Rose won the FLW Series on Lake Chickamauga. That tournament dropped off in the last week, and Rose simply replaced it with another first this weekend. And since you can’t get better than first, his average stayed exactly the same.

Now, if you play with the Custom Search, you can search since mid April (after Rose’s stinker at Table Rock) and see he has the third-best average of any Major pro (809.822). That’s a nice feather in the cap, at least.

OK, back to the Majors World Ranking, particularly from the eighth spot down.

With Wesley Strader and Jay Yelas slipping to 16th and 15th, respectively, Brent Chapman moved up to eighth (continuing his climb) and Scott Martin and Dave Lefebre are now back in the top 10. In the case of Martin, it’s for the first time since the launch of Bass Rankings.

The teens are just a jumble, as not a single angler is sitting in the same spot as last week, with the most notable move being Luke Clausen using his second over the weekend to jump to 12th. In the 20s, it was Tom Monsoor. He didn’t even fish this weekend, but the dropping off of the Chickamauga event helped him rise six spots to 22nd.

Fresh off their top-15 finishes at Wheeler, Brett Hite (31st) and Greg Hackney (34th) both climbed the rankings. On the flip side, JT Kenney slipped from 32nd to 43rd.

Rounding out the top 50, Kevin Wirth now sits on the hot seat (50th place), as Terry Bolton slipped from 46th, out of the top 50 to 53rd.


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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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