Morgenthaler comes from behind at Toho Open


B7lf4QYIUAIRXbrTournament bass fishing is back, which means we’re back and better than ever. From now until the end of the season, expect ranking recaps after every Major event, and plenty of the Minor ones, too.

With that in mind, the BASS Open at Toho provided plenty of fireworks for a season opener (in many ways). All we’re concerned with are the final results, and how those results impacted our Minors Ranking.

Normally, when we recap a Minor event we only look at the Minors-Only Ranking. But with so many top pros fishing both the Toho event and the upcoming FLW Rayovac on Okeechobee (a reportedly 250-boat field!), we can’t do a recap justice without including all those pros.

After all, Chad Morgenthaler started 2015 off the best way possible with his ninth-to-first comeback on the final day. That win only bumped him two places to 37th, as he had a 15th-place finish drop off just before the tournament, and he may even slide as he’ll have a fourth-place finish (at Toho of all places) drop at the start of February.

So who was the biggest riser over the weekend? That would be a guy who didn’t even fish Toho (but will be fishing Okeechobee this weekend) – Randy Haynes. Haynes dropped a 160th-place finish, catapulting him from 49th to ninth! Of course, that 160th came at Okeechobee, so we’re sure he’s hoping he doesn’t repeat that disaster.

Actually, Haynes may have risen the highest, but he technically wasn’t the biggest riser. That honor goes to Jordan Lee. He finished 172nd in that same Okeechobee event Haynes dropped. So when you combine dropping that anchor with Lee’s 28th at Toho, you get a jump from 60th to 14th!

Make sure to check out the rest of the Minors Ranking both this week and after the Okeechobee event this weekend.


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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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