It’s been a busy week with a Major and a Minor dropping off, and both a Major and a Minor event taking place over the weekend. Time to see how it all shook out in the rankings.
It’s become pretty clear that on Arkansas River everyone else is fishing for second. Tommy Biffle is just too good there.
He won the PAA Series event over the weekend, making it two straight Major victories on that river for him. However, the victory didn’t jump him far in the Major World Rankings because another PAA Series event — the 2010 Tawakoni tournament — dropped off last week, and Biffle finished 10th in that one. So his average did go up, but he’s still sitting in 88th place.
Now, Mark Rose was able to use his third over the weekend to jump back into the top five, leap-frogging Edwin Evers. At the same time, Bryan Thrift and Todd Auten, who both did well at Tawakoni, now find themselves on the outside of the top 10, in 11th and 15th, respectively. That means Jay Yelas and Brent Chapman are now in the top 10.
The next 15 spots in the rankings are a ripple effect of those moves, as nearly every pro shuffled a couple spots, but the next big move was Randy Howell. He went from 38th to 26th in the last week. At the same time, Cody Bird almost did the same move in the opposite direction, going from 31st to 42nd.
Tom Silber has been remarkably consistent over the last two years — as has every other angler in the Minors-Only World Rankings. In fact, he’s been so consistent that a 10th at the Central EverStart at Lake of the Ozarks this weekend only raised one spot, to eighth. That’s how hard it is to be ranked in the top 10.
Meanwhile, the 2010 Northern EverStart at Lake Erie dropping off dropped Bill Chapman from 11th to 16th. Yet, losing that same event also bumped Tom Belinda up from 50th to 30th. Thems the breaks when you’re dealing with a continuous two-year time frame.
Also, Greg Ryan fell off the ranking completely, as he no longer filled the criteria, allowing Jim Novotny to join the top 50.