Yes, the tournament season is still going on for lower-level anglers, but for the Major-level anglers, the FLW Tour event on Norris this past weekend served as the season finale. It certainly proved to be a tough one, and a drama-filled one, as James Watson hung on by ounces despite a late run by Jason Lambert.
If you looked at Watson’s current rankings (he’s 169th to close out the season after the win), you would think it was quite a surprise to see Watson holding the trophy. That said, most in the know, know Watson is a stick in the fall, and he proved it once again in a tough bite at Norris.
Then there is Lambert. You could argue he may have had the best year of any pro this season. Sure, his 183rd ranking doesn’t say much, but he won a Costa tournament, FLW Tour event and nearly won this Norris event. The affable pro has plenty to smile about this year.
There really weren’t too many Major-level pros who fished the Norris event, so the Major Ranking didn’t change all too much. Worth noting is that yet again, Bryan Thrift and Andy Morgan end the year as one and two in the rankings. If you recall, the =two played leap frog for much of the 2015 season. Though this offseason, they’re separated by a mere .126 points.
Look for a full recap of the 2016 season rankings-wise in the coming weeks.