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Updated: 3/7/2005

2 Debuts And VanDam Back In

Following are the State Farm World Rankings after last week's Clarks Hill Bassmaster Tour event. Top 10 highlights:

> 1 and 2 -- Skeet Reese is still No. 1 in the world, but Greg Hackney has closed the gap. Reese finished 65th at Clarks Hill, his worst finish of the season by about 30 places. Hackney finished 23rd, and is now within 2 points of being No. 1 in the world.

> 3 -- Aaron Martens moves up a big five spots to 3rd in the world after finishing 22nd at Clarks Hill. That finish plus a 14th at Guntersville and a 6th earlier this year have helped him to his highest rank since 2001.

> 4 -- David Walker moves up three spots to 4th in the world even though he only finished 55th at Clarks Hill.

> 5 -- Kevin VanDam finished 12th last week, which appropriately knocks him back into the Top 10 in 5th -- from 12th in the world. That 5th-place ranking is the second-lowest rank VanDam has ever had.

> 6 -- It's all sixes for Marty Stone. He's finished 26th, 36th, 16th and 36th (last week), which have helped him attain his highest rank yet: 6th.

> 7 -- A 71st hurts Kelly Jordon and he falls one spot, to 7th.

> 8 -- Similarly, a 142nd helps Dean Rojas fall four spots to 8th.

> 9 -- Florida's Terry Scroggins has two Top 20s (including a 19th last week) and no finishes worse than 40th this year. He leads the Bassmaster Tour points, and debuts in the Top 10 this week at 9th, up 10 spots from 19th.

> 10 -- Kentucky's Kevin Wirth is having a good season on top of a good one last year, and also debuts in the Top 10 at 10th.

Other notable movement:

> Brent Chapman has two good finishes on the FLW Tour so far this year, but isn't doing as well on the Bassmaster Tour. He falls out of the Top 10, to 11th.

> Ron Shuffield has quietly climbed to 12th in the world.

> Takahiro Omori finished an uncharacteristic dead last (154th) at Clarks Hill and that causes him to fall out of the Top 10, to 13th in the world.

> Similarly, Gerald Swindle finished 125th and drops from 3rd in the world to 14th. A good finish at the next event should cause Swindle and Omori to swing back up in the rankings, a la VanDam this week.

> Missouri's Mark Tucker finished 10th at Clarks Hill, and that helps him jump a big 20 spots to 16th in the world.

> After two finishes worse than 100th (both in Florida), Davy Hite has rebounded with an 8th and an 18th and is now 17th in the world.

> Alton Jones hasn't been fishing well this season, and this perennial Top 5 in the world angler is now 18th.

> Missouri's Brian Snowden has been fishing well and is now 20th in the world.

> Big moves in the 20s: Mike Iaconelli (45th to 25th); Jimmy Mize (46th to 28th); Scott Rook (43rd to 29th); and Tommy Biffle (41st to 30th).

> At Clarks Hill, Mark Davis had his best finish so far this season -- but it was an 81st. He drops again in the World Rankings, this time to 33rd, by far his worst rank ever.

> Clarks Hill winner Mike Reynolds moves up 14 places, from 99th to 85th in the world. Reynolds has been fishing well this year, but last year's finishes are hurting him in the rankings.

This week FLW Tour anglers fish their third event of the season on the Ouachita River out of Louisiana.

Biggest Progression

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Best New Entry

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Current Rankings - 3/7/2005

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Place Prior Start Angler City State Boat/Motor Points
1 1 3 Skeet Reese Auburn CA Ranger/Mercury 229.121
2 2 6 Greg Hackney Gonzales LA Phoenix/Mercury 227.419
3 8 23 Aaron Martens Leeds AL Phoenix/Mercury 216.717
4 7 25 David Walker Sevierville TN Ranger/Evinrude 213.783
5 12 1 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo MI Nitro/Mercury 213.457
6 10 24 Marty Stone Linden NC Bass Cat/Mercury 213.025
7 6 10 Kelly Jordon Mineola TX Skeeter/Yamaha 210.203
8 4 13 Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City AZ Skeeter/Yamaha 209.184
9 19 35 Terry Scroggins San Mateo FL Triton/Yamaha 206.805
10 14 27 Kevin Wirth Crestwood KY Triton/Mercury 206.520
11 9 8 Brent Chapman Lake Quivira KS Triton/Mercury 206.280
12 13 26 Ron Shuffield Bismarck AR Ranger/Evinrude 205.151
13 5 7 Takahiro Omori Emory TX Ranger/Yamaha 203.393
14 3 5 Gerald Swindle Warrior AL Triton/Mercury 201.821
15 16 16 Edwin Evers Talala OK Nitro/Mercury 199.577
16 36 101 Mark Tucker Kirkwood MO Bass Cat/Mercury 198.557
17 26 32 Davy Hite Ninety Six SC Phoenix/Evinrude 198.354
18 15 4 Alton Jones Waco TX Skeeter/Yamaha 195.931
19 11 18 Tim Horton Muscle Shoals AL Nitro/Mercury 195.126
20 25 44 Brian Snowden Reeds Springs MO Nitro/Mercury 194.330
21 21 17 Zell Rowland Montgomery TX Skeeter/Yamaha 192.372
22 20 19 Mike Surman Boca Raton FL Ranger/Evinrude 192.332
23 18 29 Jay Yelas Corvallis OR Ranger/Mercury 191.718
24 24 61 Luke Clausen Otis Orchards WA Ranger/Mercury 191.010
25 45 28 Michael Iaconelli Pittsgrove NJ Bass Cat/Yamaha 190.534
26 33 37 Denny Brauer Camdenton MO Ranger/Evinrude 187.939
27 30 67 Mark Tyler Vian OK Bass Cat/Mercury 187.241
28 46 47 Jimmy D. Mize Ben Lomond AR Triton/Mercury 186.405
29 43 113 Scott Rook Little Rock AR Ranger/Mercury 186.312
30 41 45 Tommy Biffle Wagoner OK Ranger/Mercury 184.854
31 29 52 Dave Lefebre Erie PA Ranger/Mercury 183.499
32 37 22 Dustin Wilks Rocky Mount NC Skeeter/Yamaha 182.061
33 22 2 Mark Davis Mt. Ida AR Skeeter/Yamaha 179.205
34 35 50 Scott Martin Clewiston FL Ranger/Evinrude 179.022
35 38 46 Matt Herren Trussville AL Skeeter/Yamaha 178.585
36 47 39 Stacey D. King Reeds Spring MO Nitro/Mercury 178.456
37 42 15 Clark Wendlandt Cedar Park TX Ranger/Evinrude 177.468
38 40 68 Jason Quinn Clover SC Legend/Mercury 176.990
39 28 9 Gary Klein Weatherford TX Triton/Mercury 176.325
40 65 94 Guy Eaker Cherryville NC Triton/Mercury 176.123
41 60 60 Jeff Kriet Ardmore OK Triton/Yamaha 176.021
42 27 43 Ish Monroe Hughson CA Ranger/Yamaha 175.634
43 23 20 Shaw E. Grigsby, Jr. Gainesville FL Triton/Mercury 175.589
44 63 111 Tommy Martin Hemphill TX Nitro/Mercury 174.732
45 39 34 David Dudley Lynchburg VA Ranger/Mercury 174.048
46 48 56 Anthony Gagliardi Prosperity SC Ranger/Evinrude 173.794
47 54 49 Bud Pruitt Spring TX Skeeter/Yamaha 173.678
48 31 14 Peter Thliveros Jacksonville FL Ranger/Mercury 173.512
49 51 30 Dan Morehead Paducah KY Ranger/Evinrude 171.980
50 32 40 Chad Brauer Osage Beach MO Ranger/Evinrude 171.591
51 34 33 John Murray Phoenix AZ Ranger/Mercury 170.959
52 55 62 Chris Baumgardner Gastonia NC Ranger/Evinrude 168.991
53 49 12 Harold Allen Shelbyville TX Skeeter/Yamaha 168.341
54 62 55 Randy Blaukat Joplin MO Ranger/Mercury 168.239
55 75 100 Lance Vick Mineola TX Skeeter/Yamaha 167.842
56 57 110 Greg Pugh Cullman AL Phoenix/Evinrude 167.707
57 59 69 Ricky Shumpert Lexington SC Stratos/Yamaha 164.895
58 66 104 Todd Faircloth Jasper TX Skeeter/Yamaha 163.719
59 61 115 Chad Grigsby Maple Grove MN Ranger/Mercury 163.567
60 87 83 Mark Rogers Naples FL Gambler/Mercury 163.236
61 44 38 Kenyon Hill Norman OK Triton/Yamaha 162.920
62 52 31 Matt Reed Madisonville TX Nitro/Mercury 162.664
63 84 75 Larry Nixon Bee Branch AR Ranger/Evinrude 162.353
64 64 78 Todd Ary Birmingham AL Ranger/Yamaha 161.840
65 50 48 Randy Howell Springville AL Triton/Mercury 161.794
66 72 90 George Cochran Hot Springs AR Ranger/Evinrude 161.559
67 68 99 John Crews, Jr. Salem VA Bass Cat/Mercury 160.863
68 17 11 Mark Kile Payson AZ Skeeter/Yamaha 160.401
69 58 63 Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville IL Phoenix/Mercury 160.371
70 67 42 Tracy Adams Wilkesboro NC Nitro/Mercury 160.111
71 73 81 Lee Bailey, Jr. Amston CT Legend/Mercury 160.040
72 89 108 Rick Clunn Ava MO Nitro/Mercury 160.017
73 76 87 O.T. Fears III Sallisaw OK Ranger/Mercury 159.531
74 56 57 Jeff Reynolds Platter OK Nitro/Mercury 159.480
75 90 36 David Wharton Sam Rayburn TX Nitro/Mercury 159.315
76 53 21 Jim Bitter Fruitland Park FL Ranger/Mercury 159.208
77 86 107 Jay Kendrick Ooltewah TN Triton/Mercury 158.842
78 80 58 Robert Lee Angels Camp CA Bass Cat/Mercury 158.633
79 74 79 Tom Mann, Jr. Buford GA Ranger/Evinrude 157.207
80 103 193 Art Ferguson III St. Clair Shores MI Triton/Mercury 156.150
81 77 85 Bernie Schultz Gainesville FL Ranger/Mercury 155.542
82 78 86 Wesley Strader Spring City TN Ranger/Evinrude 155.158
83 69 65 Ben Matsubu Hemphill TX Legend/Mercury 154.940
84 79 64 Andy Morgan Dayton TN Bullet/Evinrude 154.619
85 99 77 Mike Reynolds Modesto CA Ranger/Mercury 153.906
86 82 72 Mickey Bruce Buford GA Stratos 153.520
87 81 134 Mark Rizk Arab AL Champion/Mercury 152.229
88 113 126 Gerald Gostenik Dearborn MI Triton/Mercury 151.796
89 107 71 Dion Hibdon Sunrise Beach MO Ranger/Evinrude 150.602
90 88 76 Rob Kilby Hot Springs AR Ranger/Mercury 149.706
91 92 97 Koby Kreiger Bokeelia FL Ranger/Evinrude 149.522
92 71 54 Mark Menendez Paducah KY Skeeter/Yamaha 149.103
93 118 158 Stephen Browning Hot Springs AR Triton/Mercury 147.783
94 70 41 Brett Hite Phoenix AZ Ranger/Evinrude 147.540
95 93 130 Dale Teaney Williamsburg OH Ranger 147.103
96 97 122 Andre Moore Scottsdale AZ Legend/Evinrude 146.322
97 85 142 Robert Hamilton, Jr. Nashville TN Triton/Mercury 146.304
98 109 105 Charles Ingram Santa Fe TN Ranger/Honda 143.456
99 100 125 Chip Harrison, Jr. Bremen IN Ranger/Yamaha 143.332
100 101 84 Randy Alexander London KY 142.992
101 102 121 Chris Elliott Gloucester NC Ranger/Yamaha 142.797
102 96 91 Mike Wurm Hot Springs AR Ranger/Evinrude 142.615
103 105 98 Marcel Veenstra Brighton MI Ranger/Yamaha 142.537
104 115 103 Cody Bird Granbury TX Skeeter/Yamaha 142.364
105 120 168 Randy Yarnall Womelsdorf PA Triton/Mercury 142.161
106 104 51 Alvin Shaw State Road NC Ranger/Evinrude 141.887
107 106 92 Kevin Vida Clare MI Ranger/Yamaha 141.523
108 83 80 Ray Sedgwick Cross SC Triton/Mercury 141.443
109 108 66 Shad Schenck Waynetown IN Ranger/Mercury 141.170
110 112 74 Paul Elias Laurel MS Triton/Honda 140.902
111 122 194 Jimmy Houston Cookson OK Ranger/Mercury 140.782
112 114 70 Jimmy Millsaps Canton GA Ranger/Evinrude 139.859
113 94 59 Joe Thomas Milford OH Ranger/Evinrude 139.357
114 98 114 Yusuke Miyazaki Mineola TX Skeeter/Yamaha 137.855
115 117 73 Jason Kilpatrick Satsuma AL Ranger/Evinrude 137.762
116 126 127 Jack A. Gadlage Benton KY Ranger/Yamaha 137.654
117 111 112 Charlie Hartley Grove City OH Ranger/Mercury 137.120
118 91 82 Roland Martin Naples FL Nitro/Mercury 136.613
119 119 96 Keith Williams Conway AR Ranger/Yamaha 136.603
120 121 116 Jim Moynagh Carver MN Ranger/Yamaha 136.523
121 123 95 Chris McCall Jasper TX Legend/Evinrude 135.708
122 110 117 Curt Lytle Suffolk VA Ranger/Yamaha 135.186
123 137 166 Gary Yamamoto Mineola TX Legend/Yamaha 135.142
124 124 160 David Fritts Lexington NC Ranger/Evinrude 134.420
125 127 135 Toshinari Namiki Hachioji City Ranger/Yamaha 133.542
126 128 89 Mike Hawkes Sabinal TX Skeeter/Yamaha 133.292
127 95 53 Jack L. Wade Knoxville TN Ranger/Evinrude 133.116
128 131 156 Woo Daves Spring Grove VA Nitro/Mercury 132.826
129 165 Frank Ippoliti Mt. Airy MD Bass Cat/Mercury 132.641
130 116 118 Tim Loper Terry MS Bass Cat/Mercury 131.949
131 125 124 Sean Hoernke Magnolia TX Skeeter/Yamaha 131.927
132 129 151 Warren Wyman Calera AL Ranger/Mercury 131.577
133 141 204 Doug Garrett Cabot AR 131.213
134 132 129 Todd Auten Gastonia NC Ranger/Mercury 130.869
135 164 171 Rick Morris Lake Gaston VA Triton/Mercury 129.993
136 153 207 Frank Scalish Cleveland Heights OH Legend/Mercury 129.425
137 145 140 Morizo Shimizu Osaka Champion/Mercury 129.286
138 144 120 Tommy Stiles McMinnville TN Triton/Mercury 129.177
139 133 132 Mark Rose Marion AR Ranger/Mercury 128.856
140 152 188 Jarrett Edwards Page AZ Triton/Mercury 128.802
141 163 208 Pete Gluszek Franklinville NJ Bass Cat/Evinrude 128.642
142 130 123 Roger Boler Slidell LA Skeeter/Yamaha 128.571
143 135 162 Steve Daniel Clewiston FL Triton/Mercury 127.519
144 138 119 Mike Auten Benton KY Skeeter/Yamaha 127.397
145 136 106 Carl Svebek III Siloam Springs AR Ranger/Evinrude 127.185
146 159 220 Mike Hicks Richmond VA 127.060
147 155 181 Chris Daves Spring Grove VA Nitro/Mercury 126.962
148 139 133 Jeremiah Kindy Benton AR 125.235
149 140 155 Terry Bolton, Jr. Paducah KY Ranger/Evinrude 124.879
150 142 165 Steve Kennedy Auburn AL Ranger/Yamaha 124.048
151 143 148 Tony Couch Buckhead GA Ranger 123.877
152 146 149 Mark Pack Mineola TX Ranger/Yamaha 122.726
153 147 138 Joel G. Richardson Kernersville NC Ranger/Yamaha 122.691
154 160 177 Sam Swett Covington LA Ranger/Evinrude 122.480
155 134 88 Brooks Rogers Quitman TX Skeeter/Yamaha 121.382
156 148 128 Mark Hardin Jasper GA Ranger/Yamaha 121.192
157 151 184 Terry Segraves Kissimmee FL Ranger/Evinrude 120.909
158 149 141 Dwayne Horton Knoxville TN Ranger/Mercury 120.211
159 172 191 Kotaro Kiriyama Moody AL Bass Cat/Yamaha 120.085
160 150 139 Jerry Williams Conway AR 120.032
161 154 173 Tom Monsoor La Crosse WI Ranger/Mercury 117.666
162 161 102 Pete Ponds Madison MS Ranger/Mercury 117.503
163 158 159 Chuck Economou Redington Bch. FL 117.273
164 156 164 Brennan Bosley Benton AR Ranger/Yamaha 116.675
165 191 217 Steve Sennikoff Forney TX Triton/Mercury 115.963
166 162 109 Elton Luce, Jr. Brookeland TX Bass Cat/Mercury 115.553
167 170 152 Tim Carroll Owasso OK Skeeter/Yamaha 113.340
168 Bink Desaro Boise ID Triton/Mercury 111.698
169 168 144 Jim Tutt Longview TX Ranger/Evinrude 110.826
170 169 195 Robert Karbas, Jr. Wake Forest NC Ranger/Evinrude 110.760
171 179 210 J.T. Kenney Palm Bay FL Ranger/Mercury 109.956
172 171 178 Guido Hibdon Gravois Mills MO Ranger/Evinrude 109.741
173 173 170 Billy Bowen, Jr. Ocala FL Ranger/Evinrude 109.404
174 157 187 Tom Burns Carbondale IL Ranger/Mercury 109.159
175 192 205 Johnny Lesesne Blue Ridge GA 109.090
176 174 199 Sandy Melvin Boca Grande FL Ranger/Yamaha 108.745
177 175 146 Pat Fisher Dacula GA Ranger/Yamaha 108.590
178 180 197 Byron Velvick Del Rio TX Triton/Mercury 107.723
179 176 174 Randy Dearman Onalaska TX 107.528
180 177 196 Jim Carnell Muskogee OK 106.914
181 166 172 Kyle Mabrey McCalla AL 106.216
182 183 215 Homer Humphreys, Jr. Minden LA Bass Cat/Mercury 106.021
183 167 167 Mike O'Shea Thousand Oaks CA Ranger/Mercury 104.900
184 182 198 Jim Nolan Bull Shoals AR Ranger/Evinrude 104.196
185 184 185 Masaki Shimono Shiga-Pref Ranger 102.725
186 185 143 Ken Strickland Oak Ridge NC Ranger 102.544
187 186 212 Craig Powers Rockwood TN Ranger/Yamaha 102.080
188 187 136 Darrel Robertson Jay OK Ranger/Yamaha 102.006
189 178 190 Ken Cook Meers OK Triton/Mercury 101.457
190 188 137 Harmon Davis Marlow OK Ranger/Yamaha 100.717
191 189 186 Sam Newby Pocola OK Ranger/Yamaha 99.267
192 181 218 Eric Nethery Acworth GA 97.394
193 190 176 Charlie Weyer West Hills CA Triton/Mercury 96.550
194 198 189 Terry Baksay Easton CT Skeeter/Yamaha 93.926
195 193 200 David Lauer South Bend IN 92.736
196 194 Rick Marsh High Point NC 91.539
197 195 147 Rick Lillegard Atkinson NH Ranger/Yamaha 90.822
198 196 183 David Cooke Davidson NC Ranger 90.585
199 197 206 Jack Bell Kane PA Ranger/Evinrude 90.169
200 199 154 Mark Goines Shady Point OK Ranger/Mercury 89.573
201 200 209 Russ Moran Murfreesboro TN Stratos/Evinrude 85.240
202 201 222 Al Gagliarducci Agawam MA 76.455
203 202 223 Mike Leblanc Colchester VT Ranger 75.635
204 203 Chic Aydelette Thomasville NC 74.678
205 204 227 Bobby Curtis Siloam Springs AR Ranger/Evinrude 73.236
206 205 216 Jody Cordell Flowery Branch GA Ranger/Mercury 70.703
207 206 224 Kim Stricker Howell MI 67.264
208 207 230 Dave Smith Del City OK Ranger/Mercury 60.366
209 208 211 Wes Thomas Hanover IN Ranger 55.455
210 209 229 Nick Gainey Charleston SC 53.230
211 210 237 Glenn Chappelear Acworth GA 52.055
212 211 236 Robert Pearson Oak Hill VA Ranger/Evinrude 49.883
213 212 Gary Riffle Paris TX 48.697
214 213 232 Allen Cauthen Lancaster SC Ranger/Honda 46.403
215 214 239 Lewis Denney Indian Mound TN 44.544
216 215 235 Rich Tauber Hollywood CA Phoenix/Yamaha 38.888

About the World Rankings

The BassFan World Rankings are the only statistical, multi-year, comprehensive rankings of the world's best professional bass anglers, and are the official World Rankings of the sport.



Why

The BassFan World Rankings were created in 2001 to answer a simple question — who is the best professional bass angler in the world ?— and to give fishing fans a way to track their favorite pros, as well as to show the non-fishing world that consistently catching fish isn't "just luck."


While the two leagues — ESPN-owned BASS and FLW Outdoors - have their own single-year point races (called Angler of the Year races, which are not rankings), and "power rankings" are starting to crop up in the sport, these are not World Rankings. World Rankings in all professional sports are complex, multi-year statistical endeavors simply because that's the only way to accurately and fairly show consistent performance over time.


Until BassFan did it, no one produced a statistical, multi-year ranking system for professional bass fishing using results from the top tours. These used to be the Bassmaster Tour and the FLW Tour, but as of January 2005 are the Bassmaster Elite Series, the Bassmaster Majors, the FLW Tour and the FLW Series. The BassFan World Rankings will also include results from other competitive (i.e., non-exhibition) tournaments that feature the world's top pros, like the Top Gun Championship.



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  • As with all World Rankings in all sports, the methodology used in the BassFan World Rankings calculation will change over time based on feedback from interested parties.
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