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Updated: 1/22/2003

Yelas Jumps Into Top 10

After the Okeechobee BASSMASTER, Kevin VanDam remains ranked No. 1 -- by a lesser margin, but still almost 20 points.

No. 3 Mike Wurm continues to knock on the door of No. 2 Mark Davis, but for now Davis' finishes over 2001 and 2002 are holding him off.

Jay Yelas finished 33rd at Okeechobee, but catapults into 4th. That's partly because his excellent 2002 is catching up with him a little bit more. On the flip side, Rick Clunn's relatively poor season last year is likewise catching up with him, and he falls out of the Top 10 for the first time.

Other notable movement:

> Bud Pruitt and Kelly Jordon crack the Top 10, and Aaron Martens drops out.

> Bernie Schultz continues to climb and is now in 17th.

> Skeet Reese is now in 28th.

> Denny Brauer drops to 74th.

Notes:
- It's still the beginning of the season so there's still lots of movement.
- FLW Tour-only anglers and two-tour pros will have an opportunity to move up or down in the rankings based on how they fish this week.

Current Rankings - 1/22/2003

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Place Prior Start Angler City State Boat/Motor Points
200 199 Harmon Davis Marlow OK Ranger/Yamaha 34.293
199 Aaron A. Hastings Boonsboro MD Ranger/Evinrude 34.341
198 198 Ricky Green 34.360
197 197 Derrick Millirons Seale AL 34.510
196 183 Fred Bland Birmingham AL 34.559
195 158 Jerry Rhyne Denver NC 34.646
194 195 Eddie Woody N. Little Rock AR 35.027
193 Mark Rogers Naples FL Gambler/Mercury 35.593
192 193 Bobby Smith Box Springs GA 35.643
191 176 Dave Barnes, Sr. Weeks Mills ME 35.965
190 177 Lee Knight Mineola TX 35.991
189 191 Ralph Laster, Jr. Camdenton MO 36.227
188 190 William Smith, Jr. Somerset KY 37.410
187 143 Jerry Williams Conway AR 37.949
186 189 Shane Allman Sam Rayburn TX 38.093
185 188 Robert Beatty Clermont FL 38.127
184 173 Tommy Stiles McMinnville TN Triton/Mercury 38.509
183 185 Jack Bell Kane PA Ranger/Evinrude 38.693
182 184 Jim Taylor Orange Park FL 38.727
181 168 Art Ferguson III St. Clair Shores MI Triton/Mercury 38.772
180 153 Rick Morris Bracey VA Falcon/Mercury 38.835
179 Frank Scalish Cleveland Heights OH Legend/Mercury 38.984
178 169 Bill Wilcox Burleson TX 39.109
177 182 John Sisemore Farmington AR 39.160
176 187 Randy Dearman Onalaska TX 39.458
175 174 Danny Kirk Bartow GA Ranger 39.545
174 192 Lee Bailey, Jr. Amston CT Legend/Mercury 39.794
173 John Crews, Jr. Salem VA Bass Cat/Mercury 39.850
172 180 Cecil Kingsley Lawrence KS 40.027
171 179 Glenn Chappelear Acworth GA 40.127
170 178 Scott Martin Clewiston FL Ranger/Evinrude 40.167
169 133 Mark Hardin Jasper GA Ranger/Yamaha 40.592
168 164 Tom Dolin Palatine Bridge NY 40.725
167 175 Sean Stickler Ft. Lauderdale FL 40.843
166 166 Jim Murray, Jr. Arabi GA 41.375
165 151 Robert Graham Mooresville NC 41.917
164 149 Jeff Magee Mendenhall MS 42.658
163 171 David Lauer South Bend IN 42.677
162 146 Mike McClelland Bella Vista AR Ranger/Mercury 42.680
161 167 Rodger Beaver Leesburg GA 44.027
160 125 Danny Correia Marlboro MA Skeeter/Yamaha 44.147
159 170 Charlie Youngers Oviedo FL Triton/Mercury 44.260
158 148 Tim Sainato Branson MO 44.269
157 155 Stanley Mitchell Fitzgerald GA Ranger 44.391
156 165 Charles Ingram Santa Fe TN Ranger/Honda 44.403
155 162 David Cooke Davidson NC Ranger 44.560
154 139 95 Lendell Martin, Jr. Nacogdoches TX Ranger/Yamaha 44.600
153 150 Brett Hite Phoenix AZ Ranger/Mercury 44.629
152 138 Jack A. Gadlage Benton KY Ranger/Yamaha 45.183
151 159 Eric Holt Galena MO Ranger/Yamaha 45.227
150 194 J.T. Kenney Palm Bay FL Ranger/Mercury 45.360
149 157 Ken Strickland Oak Ridge NC Ranger 45.543
148 154 Carl Svebek III Orange TX Ranger/Mercury 46.293
147 136 Harold Allen Shelbyville TX Skeeter/Yamaha 46.363
146 130 Chris Elliott Gloucester NC Ranger/Yamaha 46.434
145 160 Doug Garrett Cabot AR 46.817
144 152 Jacky Hawthorne Yantis TX 46.843
143 181 Mike Hicks Richmond VA 47.206
142 137 Sandy Melvin Boca Grande FL Ranger/Yamaha 47.253
141 126 85 Ray Sedgwick Cross SC Triton/Mercury 47.490
140 100 94 Chad Brauer Osage Beach MO Ranger/Evinrude 48.080
139 145 Greg Carpenter Royal AR 48.460
138 102 96 Ken Cook Meers OK Triton/Mercury 48.586
137 131 Johnny Lesesne Blue Ridge GA 48.713
136 144 Jim Carnell Muskogee OK 48.793
135 142 Mike Surman Boca Raton FL Ranger/Evinrude 48.860
134 141 Roger Crafton Boca Grande FL Ranger/Evinrude 48.943
133 99 92 Basil E. Bacon Springfield MO 49.020
132 156 Woo Daves Spring Grove VA Nitro/Mercury 50.121
131 95 76 Mark Pack Mineola TX Ranger/Yamaha 50.145
130 135 Ricky Shumpert Lexington SC Stratos/Yamaha 50.493
129 129 90 Ron Shuffield Bismarck AR Ranger/Evinrude 50.908
128 132 Joe Don Setina Pittsburg TX 51.710
127 128 91 Mark Tucker Kirkwood MO Bass Cat/Mercury 52.080
126 172 Mark Rizk Arab AL Champion/Mercury 52.091
125 108 84 Tom Burns Carbondale IL Ranger/Mercury 52.245
124 119 Jeffrey Thomas Broadway NC Ranger/Yamaha 52.341
123 89 69 Tony Couch Buckhead GA Ranger 52.375
122 163 Cody Bird Granbury TX Skeeter/Yamaha 52.677
121 127 Dwayne Horton Knoxville TN Ranger/Mercury 52.991
120 124 Kelley Williamson Purdy MO 53.610
119 123 Rick Gasaway Kennesaw GA 53.643
118 140 Jack L. Wade Knoxville TN Ranger/Evinrude 53.759
117 85 66 Terry Baksay Easton CT Skeeter/Yamaha 54.221
116 90 74 Sam Swett Covington LA Ranger/Evinrude 54.292
115 121 Kevin Vida Clare MI Ranger/Yamaha 54.343
114 120 Shad Schenck Waynetown IN Ranger/Mercury 54.360
113 122 97 Mike Auten Benton KY Skeeter/Yamaha 54.804
112 97 72 Chet Douthit Clewiston FL 55.143
111 134 Stacey D. King Reeds Spring MO Nitro/Mercury 55.210
110 117 Joel Baker Talala OK 55.310
109 104 Terry Segraves Kissimmee FL Ranger/Evinrude 55.477
108 116 Andre Moore Scottsdale AZ Legend/Evinrude 55.560
107 111 Dave Smith Del City OK Ranger/Mercury 55.670
106 113 86 Guy Eaker Cherryville NC Triton/Mercury 55.908
105 112 89 Shaw E. Grigsby, Jr. Gainesville FL Triton/Mercury 56.067
104 86 Charlie Hartley Grove City OH Ranger/Mercury 56.310
103 115 Darrel Robertson Jay OK Ranger/Yamaha 56.360
102 114 Randy Alexander London KY 56.460
101 147 Jeff Kriet Ardmore OK Triton/Yamaha 56.666
100 109 Anthony Gagliardi Prosperity SC Ranger/Evinrude 57.210
99 107 Joe Thomas Milford OH Ranger/Evinrude 57.323
98 110 Ish Monroe Hughson CA Ranger/Yamaha 57.667
97 105 Jim Moynagh Carver MN Ranger/Yamaha 57.927
96 106 Ben Matsubu Hemphill TX Legend/Mercury 58.141
95 101 Terry Bolton, Jr. Paducah KY Ranger/Evinrude 59.082
94 70 57 Dan Morehead Paducah KY Ranger/Evinrude 59.737
93 98 Chris Daniels Clayton NC Ranger 59.743
92 79 78 Steve Daniel Clewiston FL Triton/Mercury 60.807
91 94 Randall Hutson Washburn MO Ranger/Mercury 61.127
90 103 82 Marty Fourkiller Cyril OK 61.391
89 78 Brian Snowden Reeds Springs MO Nitro/Mercury 61.601
88 93 Johnny McCombs Mount Olive AL 61.743
87 92 99 Frank Ippoliti Mt. Airy MD Bass Cat/Mercury 62.227
86 64 52 Rick Lillegard Atkinson NH Ranger/Yamaha 62.680
85 91 98 Donald Eaton Covington GA Ranger 62.810
84 118 Zell Rowland Montgomery TX Skeeter/Yamaha 63.083
83 69 63 Mark Rose Marion AR Ranger/Mercury 63.894
82 96 Allen Armour Norcross GA Ranger 64.010
81 88 88 Andy Morgan Dayton TN Bullet/Evinrude 64.410
80 84 Elton Luce, Jr. Brookeland TX Bass Cat/Mercury 64.874
79 57 41 Mickey Bruce Buford GA Stratos 65.264
78 87 87 Jim Tutt Longview TX Ranger/Evinrude 65.293
77 73 100 Chip Harrison, Jr. Bremen IN Ranger/Yamaha 65.299
76 81 Sam Newby Pocola OK Ranger/Yamaha 66.593
75 80 83 Alvin Shaw State Road NC Ranger/Evinrude 66.993
74 54 55 Denny Brauer Camdenton MO Ranger/Evinrude 67.117
73 83 73 Dalton Bobo Northport AL Triton 67.593
72 77 81 Wes Thomas Hanover IN Ranger 67.677
71 74 80 Wesley Strader Spring City TN Ranger/Evinrude 68.091
70 71 79 Dale Teaney Williamsburg OH Ranger 68.660
69 82 93 O.T. Fears III Sallisaw OK Ranger/Mercury 68.859
68 61 60 Pete Gluszek Franklinville NJ Bass Cat/Evinrude 69.259
67 59 56 Kenyon Hill Norman OK Triton/Yamaha 69.362
66 75 Jim Bitter Fruitland Park FL Ranger/Mercury 69.931
65 46 43 Carl Maxfield Summerville SC 70.914
64 53 45 Kim Stricker Howell MI 71.024
63 68 65 Edwin Evers Talala OK Nitro/Mercury 71.366
62 65 61 Jimmy Millsaps Canton GA Ranger/Evinrude 71.379
61 56 51 Tommy Martin Hemphill TX Nitro/Mercury 72.229
60 60 68 Mark Menendez Paducah KY Skeeter/Yamaha 72.778
59 67 70 Keith Williams Conway AR Ranger/Yamaha 72.810
58 66 71 Rob Kilby Hot Springs AR Ranger/Mercury 72.883
57 55 77 Curt Lytle Suffolk VA Ranger/Yamaha 73.227
56 76 John Murray Phoenix AZ Ranger/Mercury 73.637
55 72 64 Kotaro Kiriyama Moody AL Bass Cat/Yamaha 74.301
54 63 62 Tracy Adams Wilkesboro NC Nitro/Mercury 74.693
53 62 48 David Wharton Sam Rayburn TX Nitro/Mercury 74.731
52 45 47 Todd Auten Gastonia NC Ranger/Mercury 76.505
51 58 59 David Dudley Lynchburg VA Ranger/Mercury 76.598
50 43 39 Marty Stone Linden NC Bass Cat/Mercury 77.978
49 51 50 Guido Hibdon Gravois Mills MO Ranger/Evinrude 78.993
48 50 54 Bill Chapman Salt Rock WV Bass Cat/Evinrude 80.110
47 49 53 Craig Powers Rockwood TN Ranger/Yamaha 80.510
46 34 32 Chuck Economou Redington Bch. FL 81.322
45 32 30 Randy Blaukat Joplin MO Ranger/Mercury 81.461
44 28 26 Chris Baumgardner Gastonia NC Ranger/Evinrude 82.060
43 37 36 George Cochran Hot Springs AR Ranger/Evinrude 82.408
42 41 38 Peter Thliveros Jacksonville FL Ranger/Evinrude 82.765
41 52 40 Stephen Browning Hot Springs AR Triton/Mercury 83.236
40 42 49 Greg Hackney Gonzales LA Phoenix/Mercury 84.010
39 39 44 Tom Mann, Jr. Buford GA Ranger/Evinrude 84.014
38 44 42 Dustin Wilks Rocky Mount NC Skeeter/Yamaha 84.207
37 26 27 John Sappington Willard MO Ranger/Evinrude 84.226
36 48 75 Keith Green Arkadelphia AR 84.524
35 40 46 Dion Hibdon Sunrise Beach MO Ranger/Evinrude 85.323
34 27 28 Tommy Biffle Wagoner OK Ranger/Mercury 86.293
33 30 22 Scott Rook Little Rock AR Ranger/Mercury 87.576
32 31 31 Randy Howell Guntersville AL Triton/Mercury 87.740
31 47 67 Koby Kreiger Bokeelia FL Ranger/Evinrude 89.293
30 38 35 Kevin Wirth Crestwood KY Triton/Mercury 89.427
29 33 37 Pat Fisher Dacula GA Ranger/Yamaha 90.277
28 36 58 Skeet Reese Auburn CA Ranger/Mercury 90.347
27 21 19 Davy Hite Ninety Six SC Phoenix/Evinrude 92.546
26 29 33 Michael Iaconelli Pittsgrove NJ Bass Cat/Yamaha 94.430
25 25 21 Takahiro Omori Emory TX Ranger/Yamaha 94.582
24 35 29 Roland Martin Naples FL Nitro/Mercury 97.009
23 23 25 Joel G. Richardson Kernersville NC Ranger/Yamaha 98.901
22 24 34 Gary Yamamoto Mineola TX Legend/Yamaha 99.301
21 22 17 David Fritts Lexington NC Ranger/Evinrude 100.662
20 15 9 Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City AZ Blazer/Suzuki 100.857
19 16 11 Todd Faircloth Jasper TX Skeeter/Yamaha 104.959
18 19 16 Paul Elias Laurel MS Bass Cat/Honda 105.012
17 20 24 Bernie Schultz Gainesville FL Ranger/Mercury 106.252
16 14 18 Gary Klein Weatherford TX Triton/Mercury 106.620
15 10 20 Gerald Swindle Warrior AL Triton/Mercury 107.178
14 9 5 Rick Clunn Ava MO Nitro/Mercury 110.951
13 18 10 Tim Horton Muscle Shoals AL Nitro/Mercury 110.996
12 4 3 Aaron Martens Leeds AL Phoenix/Mercury 112.945
11 12 8 Alton Jones, Sr. Waco TX Skeeter/Yamaha 114.135
10 13 23 Kelly Jordon Mineola TX Skeeter/Yamaha 114.952
9 8 14 Brent Chapman Lake Quivira KS Triton/Mercury 115.292
8 17 13 Bud Pruitt Spring TX Skeeter/Yamaha 116.068
7 7 15 David Walker Sevierville TN Ranger/Evinrude 118.073
6 6 7 Clark Wendlandt Cedar Park TX Ranger/Evinrude 118.870
5 5 4 Larry Nixon Bee Branch AR Ranger/Evinrude 120.322
4 11 12 Jay Yelas Corvallis OR Ranger/Mercury 120.481
3 3 6 Mike Wurm Hot Springs AR Ranger/Evinrude 124.805
2 2 2 Mark Davis Mt. Ida AR Skeeter/Yamaha 125.463
1 1 1 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo MI Nitro/Mercury 144.455

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