More than 26,000 anglers competed in Major- and Minor-level bass tournaments since the year 2000, and all of them are now in Bass Rankings’ database.
First it was the BASS Opens. Now, it’s been confirmed that the Elite Series is following suit with an adjustment to the point system by which it determines its Angler of the Year.
Bass Rankings discusses the change and breakdowns how the new system would have shook up the Angler of the Year race in previous seasons.
Bass Rankings: When we first launched the site, you were the No. 1-ranked Minors-only angler, and you’re currently No. 2. How did it make you feel seeing your name atop that ranking?
Michael Simonton: It’s been pretty awesome. As a fan of the sport, I’ve been obsessed with looking at the different rankings out there for the pros. So to all of a sudden see my name on a ranking was a very neat experience.
We’ve looked back at the three major tours. Now it’s time for the grand finale – the Majors World Ranking.
You asked for it, and again, we listened.
Since the release of our site, users, anglers and industry personnel have been blown away with the amount of information on our site. Yet the one thing that kept popping up was the want for a one-year world ranking to show who is the best lately. While it was possible to gather that information via our Custom Search, we wanted to make it easier for users to access that information. Hence, you will now find a one-year criteria world ranking for Majors.
There are still a few tournaments going on, but in the grand scheme of it all the 2011 season has officially come to a close.
So we wanted to look back on all that was the 2011 season. In this case, who were the pros that capitalized in 2011 and climbed our rankings, and who took steps back. We’ll start with the BASS Elite Series.
Streaks of success are monumental moments in any sport. They grip our attention and provide benchmarks for future athletes to strive to achieve.
They also stir up debate.
Take Kevin VanDam’s current Angler of the Year streak. It’s one of the most impressive streaks will ever see in our sport, but there are those that wonder if two of his awards should have gone to Skeet Reese.
So, using our Custom Search, we wanted to see if it was true.