Movers & Shakers: Minors Update


Normally, Bass Rankings likes to talk about the Minors-Only Ranking after any Minor event. The rational behind it is that Minor events are for Minor anglers, just like the Minor leagues in baseball are for Minor-league players developing their skills.

Yet, after looking at the sheer number of Major anglers that competed in the BASS Open on the Arkansas River over the weekend, we wanted to take a look at the Minor Ranking, which includes both Major and Minor anglers just to see what shook out.

There is no change with the top three spots, but there is at No. 4, where Robbie Dodson used to reside. Instead, he plummeted to 26th after this weekend. He wasn’t alone, as Justin Lucas (formerly No. 7) also not only fell out of the top 10 but also the top 20, landing in 21st. Meanwhile, Jason Christie debuted in Lucas’ old No. 7 slot after he finished sixth on the river.

James Niggemeyer was another pro who slipped, from 14th to 19th, but then we go awhile without any changes whatsoever. In fact, after Niggemeyer’s move, you have to go all the way to 31st, where Aaron Hastings dropped off to find another move of any kind. You have to go to No. 45 to find the move after that, but this one’s pretty notable, as fresh off his third-place finish over the weekend, Trevor Romans jumped here all the way from 71st.

Chad Morgenthaler dropped off, and Randall Tharp also made a climb from 70th to 57th.


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