The tides of the Potomac sent some fluctuations through the rankings, with David Dudley taking over the top spot and Brent Ehrler falling out of the top 10.
March 26, 2012 by Sean Ostruszka
We said if anyone had a chance at ending the revolving door at No. 1 it was Kevin VanDam.
Well, he’s finally made his move in the Majors World Ranking.
When Bass Rankings launched, people were beside themselves that KVD was ranked third. Our argument (and really, it wasn’t an argument. Just facts) was that his poor beginning to the 2010 season was weighing him down. However, with the 2010 Clear Lake event dropping last week (VanDam’s worst tournament in the last two years), combined with his eighth at Lake Okeechobee this past weekend, VanDam jumped from third to firmly into the No. 1 position, with his best time of year about to begin.
March 21, 2012 by Sean Ostruszka
We couldn’t believe it, but it’s 100-percent true. It’s been nearly 10 years since the last time the Elite Series has been to Lake Okeechobee.
Actually, the Elite Series has never been down there, because BASS didn’t call the tour that back in 2003. That’s how long it’s been.
So how do you go about predicting favorites on a body of water that 1) is notorious for having temperamental fish 2) many pros haven’t fished competitively on in nearly a decade 3) most pros know well? We’re glad you asked.
March 19, 2012 by Sean Ostruszka
Edwin Evers is not giving up his No. 1 ranking without a fight, though he may be fighting a losing battle.
For the briefest of moments last week, Andy Morgan took over the top spot. The 2010 Elite Series event on the California Delta dropped off, and with it, Evers’ 25th-place finish. That was enough to dip his average just below Morgan’s.
Then Evers went and replaced the event with a 14th at the St. Johns River over the weekend. So much for that. Evers now holds a 4-point lead over Morgan for the top spot. Plus, the 2010 Clear Lake event will drop off this week (Evers finished 23rd), so his average will only improve. That’s how good Evers has been over the last two years. A 23rd finish actually hurts his average.
Before we talk more about the St. Johns River event, we should probably touch more on the dropping of the California Delta event. Particularly, that it signals the start of Kevin VanDam’s surge toward the top.
February 29, 2012 by Sean Ostruszka
Winning the Bassmaster Classic has a way of accelerating a pro’s career.
In the case of Chris Lane, he may not have needed the extra horsepower. His career was already speeding up in the right direction.
While few if any had Lane as a favorite heading down to the Classic at the Red River, according to the numbers, perhaps we all should have. After taking his lumps his first five years on the BASS Elite Series, Lane has emerged as one of the hottest pros in the sport, even before his Classic victory.
It’s time to take a look at the rise of Lane from punching bag to champion.
February 20, 2012 by Sean Ostruszka
Last week was a busy one. The next two will be worse.
In the last week we had a new No. 1 angler in the world (Kevin VanDam), some major shifting in the Majors World Ranking and now, we’re only days away from the Bassmaster Classic.
Before we talk about our Classic coverage, we did want to touch upon the Bass Open from a week ago. With all the chaos following the FLW Tour Open at Okeechobee, the Central Open at Lewisville kind of got lost. So we wanted to find it. It is a Movers & Shakers article after all.
February 15, 2012 by Sean Ostruszka
In case you didn’t hear, some guy named Kevin VanDam is the new No. 1 ranked angler in the world after last weekend. We guess it’s kind of a big deal.
In all seriousness, though, it is a big deal, which is why we devoted Monday’s Movers & Shakers article to the news.
Now, it’s Randall Tharp’s and the rest of the competitors’ turns from the FLW Tour Open at Lake Okeechobee.
February 13, 2012 by Sean Ostruszka
No one could have predicted it would happen this soon, but the day has finally arrived.
After a week at the top of the Majors World Ranking, Mark Rose, along with Andy Morgan and Brent Ehrler all faltered at last weekend’s FLW Tour Open at Lake Okeechobee.
That means, for the first time since Bass Rankings’ launch, VanDam is the No. 1-ranked angler in the world.
February 8, 2012 by Sean Ostruszka
Don’t worry Minors anglers. We didn’t forget about you.
In Monday’s Movers & Shakers article, we focused solely on the Majors instead of the usual double duty. But when a new No. 1 Majors angler in the world is crowned, we had to devote the entire article to Mark Rose.
Now, it’s the Minors’ turn.