Movers & Shakers: Wild Card Fallout


And with that, the Bassmaster Classic field is set.

Chad Morgenthaler came from behind on the final day to claim the final spot in the championship, aka. the golden ticket, at the BASS Open Wild Card on Lake Okeechobee.

Technically, the event falls in the Minors category, which means we usually would write an update on the Minors-Only ranking. However, half the field was Major pros due to the chance at a Classic birth, so we’ll look at the standard Minors Ranking.

Even then, Morgenthaler doesn’t qualify, as he hasn’t fished enough Minor events.

Second-place finisher Jesse Tacoronte does, though, and he moved up 10 spots to 474th after finishing second. Meanwhile, Shaye Baker, who led the first two days of the tournament, also moved up after finishing third. He now sits in 194th. Like Baker, Keith Poche also climbed five spots. He now sits in 290th.

Derek Remitz stood pat in 20th after he finished seventh, Gary Clouse moved up to 298th, Arnie Lane is 202nd and rounding out the top-10 finishers, Drew Benton is 134th.


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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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