Cabela's Top Gun Championship is the only
world championship in professional bass fishing.
It is the only tournament in the world that only the
world's best professional anglers are eligible to fish.
The Top 25 anglers in the world according
to the State
Farm World Rankings after the 2005 Bassmaster
and FLW tour seasons will qualify, along with the 2005
tour Anglers of the Year if they are not
already in the Top 25 in the world.
That's it. You're that good or you don't
make it. If an angler in the Top 25 can't attend and
the field is less than 25 anglers, BassFan will only
go down as far as 30th in the world to fill a field
This is significantly different than
the Bassmaster Classic and the FLW Tour Championship.
While both those championships are big and important,
they do not field the best anglers in the world - as
determined by performance alone.
• The Classic is really a BASS
members championship: everyone from weekend anglers
to AAA (Open) anglers to Tour anglers to top money-winners
(Elite 50s) can qualify. It does not field the world's
best professional tour-level anglers.
• The FLW Tour Championship does
field only the best anglers from the FLW Tour, but it
obviously excludes anglers who only fish the Bassmaster
The State Farm World Rankings rank top
professional anglers from both major tours: the Bassmaster
Tour and the FLW Tour. In other words, anglers who fish
either one or both tours are ranked. Drawing from this
list is the only way to conduct a true championship
of the world's top bass-fishing pros.
The Cabela's Top Gun Championship is
this event. It is the first and only true Super Bowl-like
event in bass fishing in that it pits the best anglers
against each other, regardless of whether they come
from the "National Football Conference" (BASS)
or the "American Football Conference" (FLW
It also has the most exclusive field
in the sport. The winner will be crowned the best in
the sport...the first true world champion...the
Top Gun for 2005.