With the Mississippi River’s waters rising throughout the Bassmaster Elite Series event, the bass kept moving further and further into the newly flooded cover. That suited Monroe just fine, especially after getting stuck on a sandbar on day one forced him to slow down and pick apart the cover with a River2Sea Ish Monroe Phat Matt Daddy Frog. Once he got dialed in, Monroe climbed steadily every day until he was hoisting his fifth Elite Series trophy and first in 6 years.
The win couldn’t have come at a better time for Monroe, as he’s struggled mightily this season. He fell outside the top 100 anglers earlier this year, but he’s now ranked 106th and could jump back into the double digits if he finishes in the top 40 at Oahe, as he’ll drop a mediocre Cayuga Lake event from 2016 tomorrow.
Speaking of that Cayuga Lake event, it was primed to create quite the shakeup in our rankings. It will still hurt Kevin VanDam’s ranking, since he won, but it also was going really boost Greg Hackney’s ranking. He finished dead last at Cayuga Lake because he accidentally fished an off-limits area. Thus, his first-day catch was disqualified, and he had his worst tournament finish ever. With that dropping, he may have climbed into the top 20 … until he finished 95th over the weekend. That means he’ll probably stay close to his current 53rd ranking even after it drops tomorrow.
All that said, we have two Major events happening this weekend at St. Clair (FLW) and Oahe (BASS), and don’t forget to check out the updated Minor and Women’s rankings.