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Updated: 4/18/2005

Hackney Falls, Stone New No. 1

For the third time this year, there's a new No. 1 angler in the world. This time it's Marty Stone, who narrowly missed winning this year's Bassmaster Angler of the Year race.

Stone no longer fishes the FLW Tour, but former No. 1 angler Greg Hackney does, and Hackney finished 46th at last week's Beaver Lake FLW, aka the Wal-Mart Open. That finish drops him down to 2nd in the world, though he's only 2.2 points behind Stone.

That's the double-edged sword of being a two-tour pro when it comes to the World Rankings. If you're fishing well on both tours – which basically means more events – you can climb higher than someone fishing fewer events (i.e., one tour). But if not, you can fall, as Hackney did this week.

And while a 46th isn't terrible, there's no room even for hiccups at the top. Other notable Top 10 movement:

> Skeet Reese and Kevin VanDam each move up one spot to 3rd and 4th in the world, respectively, but both are still double-digit points behind Stone and Hackney.

> An 83rd at Beaver helps Aaron Martens fall two spots to 5th in the world.

> David Walker finished below 100th at Beaver, but still holds onto his 6th World Rankings. However, he lost 13 points vs. the last edition of the rankings, and there also might be a slight lag in him falling.

> A few BASS-only anglers move up, including Stacey King, who moves up four slots into 9th.

> Brent Chapman finished 11th at Beaver, but doesn't move from 10th.

Other Notable Movement

> Dean Rojas falls from 9th to 14th after a 71st at Beaver.

> FLW Tour angler Matt Herren, who is fishing well this year and is now 2nd in the FLW Tour points, climbs one spot to 19th.

> A 3rd at Beaver helps Alton Jones stop his downward slide, and he moves up four spots to 23rd.

> Beaver got the better of Dave Lefebre again, and that helps him fall 14 slots from 14th into 28th.

Note: Only the remaining two FLW Tour regular-season events, the Bassmaster Classic and the FLW Tour Championship remain as World Rankings-counted events before the inaugural Cabela's Top Gun Championship in August. Only the Top 25 in the world plus the two tour Anglers of the Year, if not already in that 25, will qualify.

Current Rankings - 4/18/2005

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Place Prior Start Angler City State Boat/Motor Points
1 2 24 Marty Stone Linden NC Bass Cat/Mercury 240.015
2 1 6 Greg Hackney Gonzales LA Phoenix/Mercury 237.851
3 4 3 Skeet Reese Auburn CA Ranger/Mercury 223.641
4 5 1 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo MI Nitro/Mercury 219.482
5 3 23 Aaron Martens Leeds AL Phoenix/Mercury 216.885
6 6 25 David Walker Sevierville TN Ranger/Evinrude 211.091
7 8 35 Terry Scroggins San Mateo FL Triton/Yamaha 209.688
8 7 101 Mark Tucker Kirkwood MO Bass Cat/Mercury 207.368
9 13 39 Stacey D. King Reeds Spring MO Nitro/Mercury 206.261
10 10 8 Brent Chapman Lake Quivira KS Triton/Mercury 203.977
11 12 16 Edwin Evers Talala OK Nitro/Mercury 200.058
12 11 7 Takahiro Omori Emory TX Ranger/Yamaha 199.419
13 19 44 Brian Snowden Reeds Springs MO Nitro/Mercury 199.254
14 9 13 Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City AZ Blazer/Suzuki 198.018
15 15 26 Ron Shuffield Bismarck AR Ranger/Evinrude 197.639
16 17 27 Kevin Wirth Crestwood KY Triton/Mercury 195.902
17 16 18 Tim Horton Muscle Shoals AL Nitro/Mercury 193.659
18 21 60 Jeff Kriet Ardmore OK Triton/Yamaha 192.759
19 20 46 Matt Herren Trussville AL Skeeter/Yamaha 191.877
20 18 113 Scott Rook Little Rock AR Ranger/Mercury 190.442
21 31 28 Michael Iaconelli Pittsgrove NJ Bass Cat/Yamaha 189.903
22 22 68 Jason Quinn Clover SC Legend/Mercury 188.995
23 27 4 Alton Jones, Sr. Waco TX Skeeter/Yamaha 186.308
24 24 29 Jay Yelas Corvallis OR Ranger/Mercury 185.937
25 30 61 Luke Clausen Otis Orchards WA Ranger/Mercury 185.593
26 32 32 Davy Hite Ninety Six SC Phoenix/Evinrude 184.116
27 25 56 Anthony Gagliardi Prosperity SC Ranger/Evinrude 184.082
28 14 52 Dave Lefebre Erie PA Ranger/Mercury 183.080
29 35 17 Zell Rowland Montgomery TX Skeeter/Yamaha 180.220
30 41 40 Chad Brauer Osage Beach MO Ranger/Evinrude 178.726
31 34 111 Tommy Martin Hemphill TX Nitro/Mercury 178.036
32 26 45 Tommy Biffle Wagoner OK Ranger/Mercury 177.564
33 29 30 Dan Morehead Paducah KY Ranger/Evinrude 174.620
34 37 57 Jeff Reynolds Platter OK Nitro/Mercury 174.360
35 40 2 Mark Davis Mt. Ida AR Skeeter/Yamaha 173.902
36 47 58 Robert Lee Angels Camp CA Bass Cat/Mercury 173.228
37 42 72 Mickey Bruce Buford GA Stratos 171.738
38 28 10 Kelly Jordon Mineola TX Skeeter/Yamaha 171.308
39 38 5 Gerald Swindle Warrior AL Triton/Mercury 170.519
40 46 90 George Cochran Hot Springs AR Ranger/Evinrude 169.914
41 53 94 Guy Eaker Cherryville NC Triton/Mercury 169.105
42 64 37 Denny Brauer Camdenton MO Ranger/Evinrude 167.933
43 44 Darryl Burkhardt Gresham OR Triton/Yamaha 167.635
44 59 87 O.T. Fears III Sallisaw OK Ranger/Mercury 167.484
45 48 34 David Dudley Lynchburg VA Ranger/Mercury 167.408
46 33 43 Ish Monroe Hughson CA Ranger/Yamaha 166.685
47 23 19 Mike Surman Boca Raton FL Ranger/Evinrude 166.409
48 58 42 Tracy Adams Wilkesboro NC Nitro/Mercury 165.946
49 39 50 Scott Martin Clewiston FL Ranger/Evinrude 165.520
50 36 78 Todd Ary Birmingham AL Ranger/Yamaha 165.183
51 63 134 Mark Rizk Arab AL Champion/Mercury 165.009
52 49 47 Jimmy D. Mize Ben Lomond AR Triton/Mercury 164.256
53 73 65 Ben Matsubu Hemphill TX Legend/Mercury 163.129
54 54 38 Kenyon Hill Norman OK Triton/Yamaha 162.209
55 70 81 Lee Bailey, Jr. Amston CT Legend/Mercury 161.345
56 57 55 Randy Blaukat Joplin MO Ranger/Mercury 161.044
57 55 9 Gary Klein Weatherford TX Triton/Mercury 160.705
58 61 104 Todd Faircloth Jasper TX Skeeter/Yamaha 160.675
59 43 62 Chris Baumgardner Gastonia NC Ranger/Evinrude 160.623
60 91 73 Jason Kilpatrick Satsuma AL Ranger/Evinrude 160.231
61 45 69 Ricky Shumpert Lexington SC Stratos/Yamaha 160.110
62 51 33 John Murray Phoenix AZ Ranger/Mercury 159.531
63 69 22 Dustin Wilks Rocky Mount NC Skeeter/Yamaha 159.464
64 87 51 Alvin Shaw State Road NC Ranger/Evinrude 159.425
65 62 99 John Crews, Jr. Salem VA Bass Cat/Mercury 158.148
66 74 110 Greg Pugh Cullman AL Phoenix/Evinrude 158.115
67 71 75 Larry Nixon Bee Branch AR Ranger/Evinrude 157.868
68 60 97 Koby Kreiger Bokeelia FL Ranger/Evinrude 157.801
69 66 115 Chad Grigsby Maple Grove MN Ranger/Mercury 157.146
70 75 67 Mark Tyler Vian OK Bass Cat/Mercury 157.102
71 96 122 Andre Moore Scottsdale AZ Legend/Evinrude 155.804
72 67 Kevin Short Mayflower AR Bass Cat/Mercury 155.784
73 80 64 Andy Morgan Dayton TN Bullet/Evinrude 155.672
74 85 103 Cody Bird Granbury TX Skeeter/Yamaha 155.245
75 72 85 Bernie Schultz Gainesville FL Ranger/Mercury 154.908
76 82 36 David Wharton Sam Rayburn TX Nitro/Mercury 154.404
77 68 108 Rick Clunn Ava MO Nitro/Mercury 153.591
78 77 48 Randy Howell Guntersville AL Triton/Mercury 153.469
79 78 49 Bud Pruitt Spring TX Skeeter/Yamaha 153.150
80 79 160 David Fritts Lexington NC Ranger/Evinrude 152.548
81 56 135 Toshinari Namiki Hachioji City Ranger/Yamaha 152.150
82 100 83 Mark Rogers Naples FL Gambler/Mercury 152.088
83 106 133 Jeremiah Kindy Benton AR 150.525
84 52 86 Wesley Strader Spring City TN Ranger/Evinrude 150.507
85 83 91 Mike Wurm Hot Springs AR Ranger/Evinrude 150.463
86 103 158 Stephen Browning Hot Springs AR Triton/Mercury 150.458
87 86 31 Matt Reed Madisonville TX Nitro/Mercury 150.409
88 65 125 Chip Harrison, Jr. Bremen IN Ranger/Yamaha 150.168
89 84 71 Dion Hibdon Sunrise Beach MO Ranger/Evinrude 149.800
90 88 20 Shaw E. Grigsby, Jr. Gainesville FL Triton/Mercury 149.703
91 50 15 Clark Wendlandt Cedar Park TX Ranger/Evinrude 148.891
92 95 79 Tom Mann, Jr. Buford GA Ranger/Evinrude 148.886
93 76 14 Peter Thliveros Jacksonville FL Ranger/Evinrude 147.202
94 98 76 Rob Kilby Hot Springs AR Ranger/Mercury 146.432
95 92 77 Mike Reynolds Modesto CA Ranger/Mercury 145.870
96 104 12 Harold Allen Shelbyville TX Skeeter/Yamaha 145.561
97 97 70 Jimmy Millsaps Canton GA Ranger/Evinrude 145.108
98 101 127 Jack A. Gadlage Benton KY Ranger/Yamaha 145.083
99 140 92 Kevin Vida Clare MI Ranger/Yamaha 144.931
100 90 89 Mike Hawkes Sabinal TX Skeeter/Yamaha 144.845
101 93 63 Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville IL Phoenix/Mercury 143.689
102 112 171 Rick Morris Bracey VA Falcon/Mercury 143.308
103 118 114 Yusuke Miyazaki Mineola TX Skeeter/Yamaha 143.098
104 81 193 Art Ferguson III St. Clair Shores MI Triton/Mercury 142.943
105 105 207 Frank Scalish Cleveland Heights OH Legend/Mercury 142.773
106 123 80 Ray Sedgwick Cross SC Triton/Mercury 142.483
107 94 166 Gary Yamamoto Mineola TX Legend/Yamaha 142.431
108 109 53 Jack L. Wade Knoxville TN Ranger/Evinrude 142.101
109 117 119 Mike Auten Benton KY Skeeter/Yamaha 141.473
110 111 105 Charles Ingram Santa Fe TN Ranger/Honda 140.792
111 121 142 Robert Hamilton, Jr. Nashville TN Triton/Mercury 140.167
112 124 188 Jarrett Edwards Page AZ Triton/Mercury 139.776
113 114 21 Jim Bitter Fruitland Park FL Ranger/Mercury 139.471
114 113 132 Mark Rose Marion AR Ranger/Mercury 139.320
115 128 Frank Ippoliti Mt. Airy MD Bass Cat/Mercury 138.962
116 134 210 J.T. Kenney Palm Bay FL Ranger/Mercury 138.921
117 99 74 Paul Elias Laurel MS Bass Cat/Honda 137.587
118 119 82 Roland Martin Naples FL Nitro/Mercury 137.152
119 110 112 Charlie Hartley Grove City OH Ranger/Mercury 137.035
120 115 107 Jay Kendrick Grant AL Triton/Mercury 136.929
121 120 98 Marcel Veenstra Brighton MI Ranger/Yamaha 136.713
122 107 84 Randy Alexander London KY 135.852
123 116 126 Gerald Gostenik Dearborn MI Triton/Mercury 135.481
124 143 41 Brett Hite Phoenix AZ Ranger/Mercury 135.362
125 150 95 Chris McCall Jasper TX Legend/Evinrude 135.178
126 133 191 Kotaro Kiriyama Moody AL Bass Cat/Yamaha 134.863
127 127 195 Robert Karbas, Jr. Wake Forest NC Ranger/Evinrude 134.695
128 122 129 Todd Auten Gastonia NC Ranger/Mercury 134.558
129 129 59 Joe Thomas Milford OH Ranger/Evinrude 133.920
130 144 88 Brooks Rogers Quitman TX Skeeter/Yamaha 133.249
131 141 141 Dwayne Horton Knoxville TN Ranger/Mercury 132.917
132 131 181 Chris Daves Spring Grove VA Nitro/Mercury 131.724
133 174 136 Darrel Robertson Jay OK Ranger/Yamaha 131.463
134 136 217 Steve Sennikoff Forney TX Triton/Mercury 130.610
135 152 164 Brennan Bosley Benton AR Ranger/Yamaha 130.538
136 89 121 Chris Elliott Gloucester NC Ranger/Yamaha 129.588
137 125 138 Joel G. Richardson Kernersville NC Ranger/Yamaha 128.657
138 162 149 Mark Pack Mineola TX Ranger/Yamaha 128.477
139 132 130 Dale Teaney Williamsburg OH Ranger 127.775
140 145 Norio Tanabe Tokyo 126.358
141 146 208 Pete Gluszek Franklinville NJ Bass Cat/Evinrude 125.977
142 126 116 Jim Moynagh Carver MN Ranger/Yamaha 125.797
143 156 173 Tom Monsoor La Crosse WI Ranger/Mercury 125.751
144 157 167 Mike O'Shea Thousand Oaks CA Ranger/Mercury 125.744
145 147 205 Johnny Lesesne Blue Ridge GA 125.250
146 149 102 Pete Ponds Madison MS Ranger/Mercury 124.680
147 135 140 Morizo Shimizu Osaka Champion/Mercury 124.580
148 137 117 Curt Lytle Suffolk VA Ranger/Yamaha 124.035
149 108 96 Keith Williams Conway AR Ranger/Yamaha 124.011
150 102 165 Steve Kennedy Auburn AL Bass Cat/Yamaha 123.430
151 153 124 Sean Hoernke Magnolia TX Skeeter/Yamaha 123.279
152 139 194 Jimmy Houston Cookson OK Ranger/Mercury 122.077
153 163 118 Tim Loper Terry MS Bass Cat/Mercury 121.542
154 165 190 Ken Cook Meers OK Triton/Mercury 121.038
155 151 168 Randy Yarnall Womelsdorf PA Triton/Mercury 120.789
156 155 220 Mike Hicks Richmond VA 120.687
157 170 156 Woo Daves Spring Grove VA Nitro/Mercury 118.284
158 160 204 Doug Garrett Cabot AR 118.170
159 161 148 Tony Couch Buckhead GA Ranger 117.650
160 184 176 Charlie Weyer West Hills CA Triton/Mercury 117.504
161 166 144 Jim Tutt Longview TX Ranger/Evinrude 117.290
162 142 199 Sandy Melvin Boca Grande FL Ranger/Yamaha 117.081
163 159 177 Sam Swett Covington LA Ranger/Evinrude 116.207
164 138 139 Jerry Williams Conway AR 116.112
165 Dale Evans Ridgeville SC 115.140
166 154 106 Carl Svebek III Orange TX Ranger/Mercury 114.957
167 148 66 Shad Schenck Waynetown IN Ranger/Mercury 114.895
168 164 162 Steve Daniel Clewiston FL Triton/Mercury 113.650
169 168 155 Terry Bolton, Jr. Paducah KY Ranger/Evinrude 113.130
170 171 215 Homer Humphreys, Jr. Minden LA Bass Cat/Mercury 112.822
171 158 159 Chuck Economou Redington Bch. FL 111.557
172 190 128 Mark Hardin Jasper GA Ranger/Yamaha 111.130
173 185 178 Guido Hibdon Gravois Mills MO Ranger/Evinrude 110.752
174 179 197 Byron Velvick Boerne TX Triton/Mercury 110.447
175 178 120 Tommy Stiles McMinnville TN Triton/Mercury 109.252
176 180 152 Tim Carroll Owasso OK Skeeter/Yamaha 109.117
177 188 Bink Desaro Boise ID Triton/Mercury 108.645
178 167 184 Terry Segraves Kissimmee FL Ranger/Evinrude 107.962
179 177 163 David Mansue Robbinsville NJ Skeeter/Yamaha 107.829
180 173 123 Roger Boler Slidell LA Skeeter/Yamaha 107.695
181 169 146 Pat Fisher Dacula GA Ranger/Yamaha 106.409
182 183 212 Craig Powers Rockwood TN Ranger/Yamaha 106.099
183 182 189 Terry Baksay Easton CT Skeeter/Yamaha 104.348
184 175 109 Elton Luce, Jr. Brookeland TX Bass Cat/Mercury 103.424
185 172 196 Jim Carnell Muskogee OK 102.590
186 196 198 Jim Nolan Bull Shoals AR Ranger/Evinrude 100.332
187 191 186 Sam Newby Pocola OK Ranger/Yamaha 100.109
188 198 137 Harmon Davis Marlow OK Ranger/Yamaha 99.656
189 197 Rick Marsh High Point NC 98.845
190 193 172 Kyle Mabrey McCalla AL 98.049
191 186 200 David Lauer South Bend IN 97.276
192 181 170 Billy Bowen, Jr. Ocala FL Ranger/Evinrude 94.571
193 192 174 Randy Dearman Onalaska TX 93.915
194 194 185 Masaki Shimono Shiga-Pref Ranger 93.684
195 187 187 Tom Burns Carbondale IL Ranger/Mercury 88.322
196 189 209 Russ Moran Murfreesboro TN Stratos/Evinrude 84.719
197 202 143 Ken Strickland Oak Ridge NC Ranger 83.116
198 195 154 Mark Goines Shady Point OK Ranger/Mercury 79.449
199 200 183 David Cooke Davidson NC Ranger 75.750
200 201 147 Rick Lillegard Atkinson NH Ranger/Yamaha 74.250
201 205 Chic Aydelette Thomasville NC 73.595
202 199 227 Bobby Curtis Siloam Springs AR Ranger/Evinrude 72.387
203 204 222 Al Gagliarducci Agawam MA 70.499
204 213 216 Jody Cordell Flowery Branch GA Ranger/Mercury 67.580
205 203 206 Jack Bell Kane PA Ranger/Evinrude 64.917
206 207 237 Glenn Chappelear Acworth GA 63.032
207 212 Gary Riffle Paris TX 63.020
208 209 230 Dave Smith Del City OK Ranger/Mercury 60.554
209 206 236 Robert Pearson Oak Hill VA Ranger/Evinrude 58.338
210 208 223 Mike Leblanc Colchester VT Ranger 56.757
211 210 224 Kim Stricker Howell MI 52.793
212 211 239 Lewis Denney Indian Mound TN 49.387
213 214 211 Wes Thomas Hanover IN Ranger 39.288
214 215 229 Nick Gainey Charleston SC 35.706
215 216 235 Rich Tauber Hollywood CA Phoenix/Yamaha 32.761

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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 - B.A.S.S. 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.


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