Iaconelli soars, KVD falls outside top 10

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IMG_2023_0This past weekend was noteworthy on a number of fronts.

On the water, Michael Iaconelli winning on his home waters of the Delaware River was obviously the biggest. The victory broke a seven-year drought without a Major victory – his last Major win came in 2006 at Guntersville, though he did have six runner-up finishes during the drought.

Off the water, Kevin VanDam slipped outside the top 10 for the first time in the history of Bass Rankings. KVD had one of, if not the worst tournament of his career, as he caught only one fish and finished 97th. The finish dropped his average by more than 30 points, dropping him from seventh to 14th.

Amazingly, despite the tough tournament that saw roughly half the field catch less than 10 pounds total, VanDam’s fall was the only significant move in the top 25. There were plenty of moves outside the top 25, though, with Iaconelli climbing 14 spots to 70th, while big-name pros David Walker and Russ Lane both fell into the triple digits.

Be sure to check out the latest ranking before this weekend’s Forrest Wood Cup, and check back next Monday for a full breakdown!

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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 BassRankings.com, 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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