Movers & Shakers: Minors, Women and Regionals


Talk about a packed weekend.

There were two Minor events (BASS Open on Lake Erie and an FLW EverStart on Chesapeake Bay), a Women’s event (LBAA on the Red River) and nine Regional events (ABAs on the Kissimmee Chain, Atchafalaya Basin, Guntersville and High Rock Lake, and BFLs on West Point Lake, Sam Rayburn, the Ohio River, the Detroit River and Lake Hartwell).

We’ll start with the Women, as that ranking had the biggest change. Since Bass Rankings launched, Pam Martin-Wells has always been the No. 1-ranked female angler. After this weekend, though, that streak has come to an end.

With Martin-Wells finishing 14th at the Red River — her first finish outside of the top 10 in a Women’s event since 2009 — that hurt her average enough to allow Kim Bain-Moore to take over the top spot.



It didn’t take long to find some movement in the Minors-Only Ranking. Seth Feider of Bloomington, Minn., had quietly worked his way up to No. 3, but a 65th at Lake Erie dropped him out of the top 10 into 12th. Meanwhile, Brian Schmitt won the Chesapeake Bay event, jumping him into the top 10 into seventh.

While both were northern events, the dropping of some past southern events helped out the likes of Brady Winnans, who jumped from 51st to 16th this week, and hurt guys like Trevor Romans, who fell 14 spots to 38th.

Other notable moves in the top 30 include Terry Olinger (25th to 58th), Rick Taylor (27th to 50th) and Chris Johnston (29th to 37th).



As usual, with that many events there were no shortage of rises and falls. Here are some of the highlights in the top 30.

In the top 10, Jason Lambert rose four spots to No. 3, and Brian Bylotas took his old spot at No. 7 after climbing eight spots.

David Gnewikow jumped from 61st to 17th, taking over Don Demott’s spot, as he dropped off. Stephen Dyer also is now in the top 20, sitting in 19th.

Jason Tucker also made a leap, going from 54th to 23rd, and Phil Makrs debuted at No. 24.


About Author

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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