BassFan World Rankings

VanDam Still No. 1; Ehrler, Reese Battle For No. 2 Two Arizona Anglers In Top 50: Rojas, Murray

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Following are the BassFan World Rankings as updated after the Guntersville Bassmaster Elite Series (and at AZBW press time):

Kevin VanDam, who finished 20th at Guntersville, remains firmly fixed in the No. 1 position with about the same lead he enjoyed prior to the event. Again, he seems untouchable.

Brent Ehrler, an FLW Tour pro, didn't fish Guntersville, but his hold on the second-place spot has slipped considerably.

Skeet Reese finished second at Guntersville, which helps him move up a spot to third, where he's less than a half-point behind Ehrler. Reese's runner-up finish was his third Top 10 this season (out of five events), and he's poised to make a serious run at his second Angler of the Year (AOY) title in three years. Note that Ehrler leads the FLW Tour AOY race.

Guntersville winner Aaron Martens climbs four spots to a rank of fourth in this edition. Overall, Martens has been fishing very well.

Despite an 11th at Guntersville, Todd Faircloth slips two spots to fifth. His drop is largely due to the ascendance of Martens and Reese.

Mike Iaconelli continues his tear and after a fourth at Guntersville climbs two more spots to seventh. Ike's stat sheet includes seven Top 10s in the last nine tour-level events he's fished. What continues to hurt him, though, is his 2007 slump. Those slump finishes are dropping off one-by-one, but he won't be out of the woods until the end of this season.

Mike McClelland stumbled through Dardanelle, Wheeler and Smith Mt. But a seventh at Guntersville helps him regain ground, and he improves four spots in this edition to land back inside the Top 10 at eighth.

Dean Rojas' finishes the past two years have been all over the map. Alongside several Top 10s, he's also posted forgettable finishes in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Yes, he finished 47th at Guntersville, but slips only three spots and is still inside the Top 10 at ninth.

The 10th- through 15th-place spots are all occupied by FLW Tour pros whose most recent stop was the Wal-Mart Open at Beaver Lake in Arkansas. Respectively, they are Andy Morgan, David Dudley, Anthony Gagliardi, Jacob Powroznik, Luke Clausen and Clark Wendlandt. World Rankings – Top 100

Place Angler City State Boat/Motor Points

1 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo MI Nitro/Mercury 237.680

2 Brent Ehrler Redlands CA Ranger/Yamaha 203.470

3 Skeet Reese Auburn CA Champion/Mercury 203.032

4 Aaron Martens Leeds AL Triton/Mercury 201.098

5 Todd Faircloth Jasper TX Skeeter/Yamaha 200.711

6 Alton Jones Waco TX Skeeter/Yamaha 192.579

7 Michael Iaconelli Voorhees NJ Bass Cat/Yamaha 187.591

8 Mike McClelland Bella Vista AR Champion/Mercury 187.183

9 Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City AZ Skeeter/Yamaha 185.010

10 Andy Morgan Dayton TN Bass Cat/Evinrude 183.447

11 David Dudley Lynchburg VA Ranger/Yamaha 180.544

12 Anthony Gagliardi Prosperity SC Ranger/Evinrude 180.113

13 Jacob Powroznik Prince George VA Ranger/Yamaha 178.060

14 Luke Clausen Spokane WA Ranger/Yamaha 176.089

15 Clark Wendlandt Cedar Park TX Ranger/Yamaha 174.868

16 Gary Klein Weatherford TX Triton/Mercury 173.510

17 Michael Bennett Lincoln CA Ranger/Yamaha 173.254

18 Edwin Evers Talala OK Nitro/Mercury 172.645

19 Fred Roumbanis Bixby OK Triton/Mercury 171.812

20 Mark Menendez Paducah KY Skeeter/Yamaha 171.354

21 Greg Hackney Gonzales LA Triton/Mercury 169.988

22 Brent Chapman Lake Quivira KS Triton/Mercury 169.058

23 Bryan Thrift Shelby NC Ranger/Yamaha 168.318

24 Kevin Wirth Crestwood KY Triton/Mercury 167.593

25 Randy Howell Springville AL Triton/Mercury 167.424

26 Boyd Duckett Demopolis AL Triton/Mercury 165.797

27 Casey Ashley Donalds SC Triton/Mercury 165.207

28 Terry Scroggins San Mateo FL Triton/Mercury 164.733

29 Jerry Green Cullman AL Ranger/Evinrude 163.531

30 Shinichi Fukae Osaka JP Ranger/Yamaha 163.363

31 Bobby Lane Lakeland FL Skeeter/Yamaha 162.932

32 Kelly Jordon Mineola TX Skeeter/Yamaha 161.847

33 Bill Lowen Cincinnati OH Skeeter/Yamaha 161.341

34 Tommy Biffle Wagoner OK Ranger/Mercury 160.699

35 Alvin Shaw State Road NC Ranger/Evinrude 160.347

36 Shaw E. Grigsby, Jr. Gainesville FL Triton/Mercury 159.363

37 Kenyon Hill Norman OK Triton/Mercury 159.065

38 Tim Horton Muscle Shoals AL Nitro/ProCraft/Mercury 158.712

39 Ron Shuffield Bismarck AR Ranger/Yamaha 157.858

40 Kotaro Kiriyama Moody AL Bass Cat/Yamaha 157.550

41 Ott DeFoe Knoxville TN Ranger/Yamaha 156.391

42 Matthew Herren Trussville AL Skeeter/Yamaha 156.262

43 Dave Wolak Wake Forest NC Ranger/Yamaha 155.453

44 Bradley Hallman Norman OK Skeeter/Yamaha 154.449

45 Mark Davis Mt. Ida AR Skeeter/Yamaha 154.040

46 John Murray Phoenix AZ Ranger/Mercury 153.788

47 Kevin Short Mayflower AR Bass Cat/Mercury 152.904

48 Mike Hawkes Sabinal TX Skeeter/Yamaha 152.728

49 Steve Kennedy Auburn AL Ranger/Yamaha 152.568

50 Dan Morehead Paducah KY Ranger/Evinrude 152.329

51 Jason Williamson Aiken SC Triton/Mercury 152.031

52 Mark Hardin Jasper GA Ranger/Yamaha 151.685

53 Chris Baumgardner Gastonia NC Ranger/Yamaha 151.555

54 Dustin Wilks Rocky Mount NC Skeeter/Yamaha 151.426

55 Koby Kreiger Okeechobee FL Ranger/Evinrude 150.884

56 Cliff Pace Petal MS Skeeter/Yamaha 150.849

57 Brian Snowden Reeds Springs MO NItros/Mercury 150.574

58 Jami Fralick Martin SD Nitro/Mercury 150.141

59 Art Ferguson III St. Clair Shores MI Triton/Mercury 149.419

60 J.T. Kenney Palm Bay FL Ranger/Yamaha 147.996

61 Terry Bolton, Jr. Paducah KY Ranger/Yamaha 147.995

62 David Walker Sevierville TN Ranger/Evinrude 147.785

63 Denny Brauer Camdenton MO Ranger/Evinrude 147.502

64 Andy Montgomery Blacksburg SC Ranger/Evinrude 147.255

65 Byron Velvick Del Rio TX Triton/Mercury 147.079

66 Davy Hite Ninety Six SC Triton/Evinrude 146.814

67 Brandon Coulter Knoxville TN Skeeter/Yamaha 146.703

68 Jay Yelas Corvallis OR Ranger/Yamaha 146.439

69 Greg Pugh Cullman AL Ranger/Evinrude 146.211

70 Larry Nixon Bee Branch AR Stratos/Evinrude 145.593

71 Mark Tucker Kirkwood MO Bass Cat/Mercury 145.165

72 Scott Suggs Alexander AR Ranger/Yamaha 144.849

73 Terry Baksay Monroe CT Skeeter/Yamaha 144.505

74 James Niggemeyer Van TX Bass Cat/Mercury 144.503

75 Matthew Sphar Pavilion NY Bass Cat/Mercury 144.007

76 Mark Rose Marion AR Ranger/Yamaha 143.927

77 Scott Rook Little Rock AR Ranger/Mercury 143.688

78 Matt Reed Madisonville TX Nitro/Mercury 143.293

79 Sean Hoernke Magnolia TX Skeeter/Yamaha 142.989

80 Bernie Schultz Gainesville FL Ranger/Mercury 142.827

81 Ramie Colson, Jr. Cadiz KY Ranger/Yamaha 142.394

82 Tracy Adams Wilkesboro NC Ranger/Evinrude 141.617

83 Jeff Kriet Ardmore OK Triton/Mercury 140.945

84 Ish Monroe Hughson CA Ranger/Yamaha 140.838

85 Randy Blaukat Jasper MO Ranger/Yamaha 140.271

86 Stephen Browning Hot Springs AR Triton/Mercury 140.267

87 Terry Butcher Talala OK Bass Cat/Mercury 140.151

88 Gabriel Bolivar Oceanside CA Ranger/Evinrude 140.049

89 John Devere Berea KY Ranger/Yamaha 140.032

90 Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande CA Skeeter/Yamaha 139.852

91 Gerald Swindle Hayden AL Triton/Mercury 139.800

92 Vic Vatalaro Kent OH Ranger/Yamaha 139.507

93 Chris Lane Winter Haven FL Legend/Mercury 139.459

94 Bryan Hudgins Orange Park FL Ranger/Mercury 138.929

95 Rick Clunn Ava MO Nitro/Mercury 138.612

96 Scott R. Martin Clewiston FL Ranger/Evinrude 137.914

97 Takahiro Omori Emory TX Ranger/Yamaha 137.470

98 Rick Morris Lanexa VA Triton/Mercury 136.422

99 Marty Stone Linden NC Bass Cat/Mercury 135.450

100 Jim Moynagh Carver MN Ranger/Yamaha 135.244

Editor’ Note: World Rankings are not a subjective poll, "power index," or "power rankings." The BassFan World Rankings are statistical (objective) World Rankings of professional bass anglers. Like all world rankings in all sports, the World Rankings also use performance data over multiple years, as that is the only way to gauge consistency. And, because of the non-standard nature of pro bass tournaments, the BassFan World Rankings methodology is at least as complex as world-rankings methodologies used in other sports. If you have any questions about this, please email


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