When Bass Rankings first launched, we only had the Majors, Minors and Women’s rankings. Shortly after, there was a large push for a Minors-Only ranking, which we implemented.
Why the push? Because of events like the EverStart Championship at the Ouachita River.
Koby Kreiger has long been an EverStart stalwart, but he’s also a full-time FLW Tour pro. That takes nothing away from his win at the championship; it’s just the facts. And if someone wanted to see how Kreiger stacked up in the Minors, they could simply click on the “Minors” tab and see (he’s 35th by the way).
However, many anglers who solely fish the EverStarts and BASS Opens just wanted to see how they stacked up against each other. Hence, the Minors-Only World Ranking.
OK, with that out of the way, it’s time to check said rankings, specifically the continued rise of Joseph Kremer. A fourth at the championship leap-frogged him above Joe Uribe into second place.
It wasn’t nearly as good a tournament for Russell Cecil or Kevin Lasyone. Cecil finished 139th, killing his average by more than 73 points, and dropping him from eighth to 38th. Lasyone was right behind him, both in the rankings prior to the event and the standings after it, as he finished 142nd. The poor finish dropped him from ninth to 49th.
Filling in their place is Bill Chapman, who finished sixth at the river and jumped eight spots into eighth.
Outside of the top 10, Keith Pace is now in the top 20 in 18th, while Todd Castledine fell nine spots to just outside the top 30, in 31st. Other notable moves in the top 50 include Casey Martin (48th to 32nd), Zachary King (47th to 37th), Troy Gibson (27th to 44th), George Kapiton joining the top 50 in 47th, and Yancy Windham (44th to 62nd).