The FLW Tour event at Lake Seminole saw a blow-for-blow slugfest between Brian Latimer, Braxton Setzer and Sheldon Collings on the final day, with Latimer emerging victorious. Latimer also now holds the longest active limit streak for FLW, as Bryan Thrift’s world-record streak of 71-straight limits finally came to the end. In fact, it came to an end in horrific fashion, as Thrift had his worst finish average-wise since 2010. Needless to say, that hurt his average, which allowed Jacob Wheeler to once again claim the No. 1 spot.
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Now, let’s break it all down.
While Setzer and Collings banked on schools of fish hanging on tiny spots in offshore hydrilla flats, Latimer went for quality over quantity. His shallow flat up the Flint River had milfoil stems sticking up amongst the hydrilla, which he targeted by pitching a Z-Man Palmetto Bug. He often went hours between bites, but when he got bit, it was a good one. And fortunately, despite a number of lost fish, he got enough to hang on for the win.
Latimer always has had the potential, but as his ranking showcased, he hadn’t quite put it together. He nearly jumped 20 places with the victory, though, and now ranks 158th. In fact, Setzer and Collings also made big jumps, with Setzer moving up 15 spots to 140th, and Collings jumping up to 130th.
Yet, rankings-wise, there may be no bigger news than Thrift’s 130th-place finish. Like we said, it’s his worst finish in nearly a decade, and yet, it still only dropped him five spots to sixth place.
That puts Wheeler back in first, but he has Brent Ehrler and Edwin Evers – to of the top guys in the Bass Pro Tour AOY rankings – nipping at his heels. For the first time in awhile, we may actually seem some consistent shuffling at the top spot.