With three Regional events this past weekend — ABA Weekend Series on Lake Martin and Bayou Black, and a FLW BFL on Sam Rayburn — there were bound to be some moves atop the Regional Ranking.
Scott Hayes made that a reality, but not how we expected. The Newnan, Ga., angler cracked the top 10, rising from 19th to ninth over the weekend, because a 2012 ABA event dropped off. Go figure.
A similar thing happened with Jerry Williams, as he benefited from an event dropping off to jump from 33rd to 19th.
As for anglers who fished last weekend, Randy Deaver made the most of it. His third at Sam Rayburn jumped him from 35th to 27th.
Finally, Chad Lynch didn’t have a bad tournament at Lake Martin (21st), but even that can hurt your average when you’re that high up the leaderboard. Sure enough, it did, as Lynch dropped from 42nd to 49th.
Even though no tournaments took place this weekend, there were two that took place a year ago that have now dropped off — a Georgia Southern Collegiate Bass Fishing Series event on Logan Martin and FLW College event on Lake Amistad — that messed with the rankings a bit.
There were a ton of two-spot moves in the rankings, but we like highlighting the big stuff. You know, like the University of Louisiana – Monroe dropping from 12th to 17th, or even more so, Lamar dropping from 13th to 26th.
Meanwhile, the University of Oklahoma dropped a bad event and moved from 29th to 20th.
College – Team
Young Harris’ team of Brad Rutherford and Matthew Peeler certainly didn’t want to see those tournaments drop, because as they dropped, so did their average. No surprise, the teammates slipped outside the top 10 from seventh to 13th.
That puts them one spot behind LSU – Shreveport’s Joseph Landry and Gavin Havard, who moved from 16th to 12th.
Lamar’s Danny Iles and Justin Royal were a big reason for the team’s great weekend a year ago. So it’s little surprise they dropped from 20th to 39th, just as the school dropped.
College – Individual
There were only a couple minor moves in the top 25 of this ranking, with Young Harris’ Mathew Peeler slipping from 12th to 16th being the biggest move of the week.