The Top 5 in the Bassmaster World Rankings remained unchanged and there was only minor shuffling among the Top 10 in the post-Bassmaster Classic edition. Reigning B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year (AOY) Brent Chapman is still in the No. 1 slot, with FLW Tour standouts Bryan Thrift and David Dudley occupying the next two positions.
Ott DeFoe and Todd Faircloth round out to the Top 5. Kevin VanDam, who’s held the top position for longer and more often than any other angler since the inception of the Rankings in 2001, is up one place to 6th in the newest edition, having swapped positions with Andy Morgan. The same thing occurred in the 9th and 10 spots, where Randall Tharp and Terry Scroggins traded places.
Classic champion Cliff Pace moved up nine slots to 27th and runner-up Brandon Palaniuk gained seven positions to 37th. Mike Iaconelli, another former No. 1 who’s coming off a sub-par Elite Series season in 2012, is back inside the Top 50 as his 4th-place showing in Tulsa bumped him 14 places to No. 37.
The next event that will impact the Rankings is this week’s FLW Tour event at Lewis Smith Lake.
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