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Updated: 9/17/2003

VanDam Still Best In World

Following are the State Farm-BassFan World Rankings as updated after the 2003 FLW Championship on the James River. These are the end-of-season rankings for 2003.

Bear in mind that FLW Tour anglers again have two championships in their scores (since the 2001 FLW Championship was cancelled) and some movement will occur because of that. Notable items:

> Kevin VanDam is No. 1 in the world for the second straight year. That means he has been fishing better than his peers for 4 consecutive years.

> Along with VanDam, Kelly Jordon was the only angler in the Top 5 to fish the FLW Championship, which likely helped him climb into the No. 2 slot.

> Tommy Biffle is back in the Top 10 at 7th.

> FLW Championship winner David Dudley has been gradually moving up in the rankings, and his win helps him crack the Top 10. He's now ranked 8th in the world.

> Clark Wendlandt is back in the Top 15 at 15th.

Also: As with every rankings update, counterintuitive movement can occur. This can be due to several factors, including: the tournament results dropped from 2 years ago (if applicable); and how anglers above and below an angler are fishing/adding/dropping.

Current Rankings - 9/17/2003

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Place Prior Start Angler City State Boat/Motor Points
31 40 54 Bill Chapman Salt Rock WV Bass Cat/Evinrude 102.228
169 171 Jimmi Leuthner Vernon VT 52.306
189 187 Mike Hicks Richmond VA 44.392
133 138 Rick Morris Bracey VA Falcon/Mercury 65.390
106 103 77 Curt Lytle Suffolk VA Ranger/Yamaha 74.783
101 128 John Crews, Jr. Salem VA Bass Cat/Mercury 76.194
8 23 59 David Dudley Lynchburg VA Ranger/Mercury 116.099
185 190 Shane Allman Sam Rayburn TX 45.888
182 178 Darren Wolf Longview TX 46.617
178 176 Randy Dearman Onalaska TX 48.161
150 154 Carl Svebek III Orange TX Ranger/Mercury 59.020
138 136 Yusuke Miyazaki Mineola TX Skeeter/Yamaha 63.569
136 130 51 Tommy Martin Hemphill TX Nitro/Mercury 63.846
109 101 Ben Matsubu Hemphill TX Legend/Mercury 73.888
97 96 76 Mark Pack Mineola TX Ranger/Yamaha 76.832
95 94 87 Jim Tutt Longview TX Ranger/Evinrude 77.258
65 63 Elton Luce, Jr. Brookeland TX Bass Cat/Mercury 87.817
63 50 21 Takahiro Omori Emory TX Ranger/Yamaha 88.682
61 58 34 Gary Yamamoto Mineola TX Legend/Yamaha 89.372
43 56 Mike Hawkes Sabinal TX Skeeter/Yamaha 97.256
35 25 13 Bud Pruitt Spring TX Skeeter/Yamaha 101.191
34 30 48 David Wharton Sam Rayburn TX Nitro/Mercury 101.443
27 26 11 Todd Faircloth Jasper TX Skeeter/Yamaha 103.218
15 20 7 Clark Wendlandt Cedar Park TX Ranger/Evinrude 112.049
11 10 Zell Rowland Montgomery TX Skeeter/Yamaha 113.852
4 4 18 Gary Klein Weatherford TX Triton/Mercury 128.786
3 2 8 Alton Jones, Sr. Waco TX Skeeter/Yamaha 133.120
2 3 23 Kelly Jordon Mineola TX Skeeter/Yamaha 136.017
147 149 Charles Ingram Santa Fe TN Ranger/Honda 60.191
114 120 Dwayne Horton Knoxville TN Ranger/Mercury 71.989
107 104 53 Craig Powers Rockwood TN Ranger/Yamaha 74.174
102 88 Jack L. Wade Knoxville TN Ranger/Evinrude 76.115
76 73 Tommy Stiles McMinnville TN Triton/Mercury 83.140
47 47 15 David Walker Sevierville TN Ranger/Evinrude 94.779
40 43 88 Andy Morgan Dayton TN Bullet/Evinrude 98.753
22 29 80 Wesley Strader Spring City TN Ranger/Evinrude 107.406
175 168 43 Carl Maxfield Summerville SC 49.128
152 155 Ricky Shumpert Lexington SC Stratos/Yamaha 58.673
105 98 85 Ray Sedgwick Cross SC Triton/Mercury 75.180
83 91 Anthony Gagliardi Prosperity SC Ranger/Evinrude 81.310
45 38 19 Davy Hite Ninety Six SC Phoenix/Evinrude 95.114
126 132 Jack Bell Kane PA Ranger/Evinrude 68.402
5 5 12 Jay Yelas Corvallis OR Ranger/Mercury 124.354
193 194 Jimmy Houston Cookson OK Ranger/Mercury 43.476
177 181 Jim Carnell Muskogee OK 48.223
172 175 82 Marty Fourkiller Cyril OK 50.124
148 151 Joel Baker Talala OK 59.741
135 135 Mark Tyler Vian OK Bass Cat/Mercury 65.037
108 113 Mark Goines Shady Point OK Ranger/Mercury 73.892
100 90 96 Ken Cook Meers OK Triton/Mercury 76.210
94 100 Darrel Robertson Jay OK Ranger/Yamaha 77.688
88 79 93 O.T. Fears III Sallisaw OK Ranger/Mercury 78.964
66 60 Sam Newby Pocola OK Ranger/Yamaha 87.654
51 69 Harmon Davis Marlow OK Ranger/Yamaha 93.976
39 39 Jeff Kriet Ardmore OK Triton/Yamaha 99.275
16 14 56 Kenyon Hill Norman OK Triton/Yamaha 111.700
14 13 65 Edwin Evers Talala OK Nitro/Mercury 112.334
7 15 28 Tommy Biffle Wagoner OK Ranger/Mercury 117.077
173 174 Charlie Hartley Grove City OH Ranger/Mercury 49.818
123 115 Frank Scalish Cleveland Heights OH Legend/Mercury 68.590
86 78 Joe Thomas Milford OH Ranger/Evinrude 80.417
82 74 79 Dale Teaney Williamsburg OH Ranger 81.601
186 185 Tom Dolin Palatine Bridge NY 45.572
139 137 60 Pete Gluszek Franklinville NJ Bass Cat/Evinrude 62.766
60 57 33 Michael Iaconelli Pittsgrove NJ Bass Cat/Yamaha 89.440
58 67 52 Rick Lillegard Atkinson NH Ranger/Yamaha 90.634
197 198 Scott Browning Franklin NC 39.758
188 191 Robert Karbas, Jr. Wake Forest NC Ranger/Evinrude 45.197
132 139 Jeffrey Thomas Broadway NC Ranger/Yamaha 66.268
129 123 39 Marty Stone Linden NC Bass Cat/Mercury 67.835
124 119 86 Guy Eaker Cherryville NC Triton/Mercury 68.526
122 129 Chris Daniels Clayton NC Ranger 69.151
121 126 Ken Strickland Oak Ridge NC Ranger 69.611
117 127 David Cooke Davidson NC Ranger 70.686
93 83 17 David Fritts Lexington NC Ranger/Evinrude 77.766
85 77 62 Tracy Adams Wilkesboro NC Nitro/Mercury 80.596
75 76 25 Joel G. Richardson Kernersville NC Ranger/Yamaha 83.380
72 66 26 Chris Baumgardner Gastonia NC Ranger/Evinrude 83.872
64 62 Chris Elliott Gloucester NC Ranger/Yamaha 88.490
49 59 83 Alvin Shaw State Road NC Ranger/Evinrude 94.636
23 32 47 Todd Auten Gastonia NC Ranger/Mercury 106.314
10 9 42 Dustin Wilks Rocky Mount NC Skeeter/Yamaha 115.059
192 182 Jeff Magee Mendenhall MS 43.915
170 169 Tim Loper Terry MS Bass Cat/Mercury 51.491
42 51 16 Paul Elias Laurel MS Bass Cat/Honda 97.710
198 196 Tim Sainato Branson MO 38.666
191 192 Ralph Laster, Jr. Camdenton MO 44.233
165 157 91 Mark Tucker Kirkwood MO Bass Cat/Mercury 52.814
164 167 Eric Holt Galena MO Ranger/Yamaha 53.213
151 146 94 Chad Brauer Osage Beach MO Ranger/Evinrude 58.887
119 117 Stacey D. King Reeds Spring MO Nitro/Mercury 70.146
116 116 55 Denny Brauer Camdenton MO Ranger/Evinrude 71.172
99 87 Brian Snowden Reeds Springs MO Nitro/Mercury 76.394
91 97 Randall Hutson Washburn MO Ranger/Mercury 78.050
77 84 30 Randy Blaukat Joplin MO Ranger/Mercury 82.620
73 72 50 Guido Hibdon Gravois Mills MO Ranger/Evinrude 83.617
57 49 5 Rick Clunn Ava MO Nitro/Mercury 91.430
54 52 46 Dion Hibdon Sunrise Beach MO Ranger/Evinrude 92.244
32 36 27 John Sappington Willard MO Ranger/Evinrude 101.618
78 89 Jim Moynagh Carver MN Ranger/Yamaha 82.416
194 193 Art Ferguson III St. Clair Shores MI Triton/Mercury 41.859
184 179 Gerald Gostenik Dearborn MI Triton/Mercury 45.927
145 142 45 Kim Stricker Howell MI 60.556
96 86 Kevin Vida Clare MI Ranger/Yamaha 77.246
1 1 1 Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo MI Nitro/Mercury 148.204
155 156 Aaron A. Hastings Boonsboro MD Ranger/Evinrude 55.645
143 145 99 Frank Ippoliti Mt. Airy MD Bass Cat/Mercury 60.929
128 122 Danny Correia Marlboro MA Skeeter/Yamaha 67.937
187 188 Mark Sabbides Bastrop LA ProCraft 45.367
166 165 74 Sam Swett Covington LA Ranger/Evinrude 52.772
33 31 Roger Boler Slidell LA Skeeter/Yamaha 101.510
13 17 49 Greg Hackney Gonzales LA Phoenix/Mercury 112.623
113 102 97 Mike Auten Benton KY Skeeter/Yamaha 72.904
104 93 Jack A. Gadlage Benton KY Ranger/Yamaha 75.318
90 95 Randy Alexander London KY 78.619
69 80 Terry Bolton, Jr. Paducah KY Ranger/Evinrude 85.424
68 54 35 Kevin Wirth Crestwood KY Triton/Mercury 86.164
24 21 68 Mark Menendez Paducah KY Skeeter/Yamaha 105.942
18 19 57 Dan Morehead Paducah KY Ranger/Evinrude 109.341
195 195 James Sprague Kansas City KS 41.852
160 164 Cecil Kingsley Lawrence KS 54.120
19 12 14 Brent Chapman Lake Quivira KS Triton/Mercury 109.200
156 159 David Lauer South Bend IN 55.493
111 112 100 Chip Harrison, Jr. Bremen IN Ranger/Yamaha 73.151
79 110 Shad Schenck Waynetown IN Ranger/Mercury 82.394
56 48 81 Wes Thomas Hanover IN Ranger 91.705
161 152 84 Tom Burns Carbondale IL Ranger/Mercury 53.980
199 199 Glenn Chappelear Acworth GA 38.230
190 189 Michael Johnson Talking Rock GA Skeeter/Yamaha 44.315
171 173 Jim Murray, Jr. Arabi GA 51.117
168 161 Johnny Lesesne Blue Ridge GA 52.549
167 170 Rick Gasaway Kennesaw GA 52.560
157 162 Mark Hardin Jasper GA Ranger/Yamaha 54.979
131 134 69 Tony Couch Buckhead GA Ranger 66.902
110 107 Danny Kirk Bartow GA Ranger 73.158
103 105 Allen Armour Norcross GA Ranger 75.479
92 99 98 Donald Eaton Covington GA Ranger 77.803
84 85 41 Mickey Bruce Buford GA Stratos 81.046
80 109 61 Jimmy Millsaps Canton GA Ranger/Evinrude 82.268
55 65 Stanley Mitchell Fitzgerald GA Ranger 92.025
50 44 44 Tom Mann, Jr. Buford GA Ranger/Evinrude 94.353
48 41 37 Pat Fisher Dacula GA Ranger/Yamaha 94.763
196 197 Sean Stickler Ft. Lauderdale FL 39.783
174 172 Charlie Youngers Oviedo FL Triton/Mercury 49.720
162 158 Terry Segraves Kissimmee FL Ranger/Evinrude 53.586
154 150 78 Steve Daniel Clewiston FL Triton/Mercury 56.113
149 148 Mark Rogers Naples FL Gambler/Mercury 59.487
141 144 Robert Beatty Clermont FL 61.541
127 118 32 Chuck Economou Redington Bch. FL 67.990
125 131 Sandy Melvin Boca Grande FL Ranger/Yamaha 68.517
118 121 J.T. Kenney Palm Bay FL Ranger/Mercury 70.453
112 114 67 Koby Kreiger Bokeelia FL Ranger/Evinrude 72.998
81 81 Roger Crafton Boca Grande FL Ranger/Evinrude 81.816
71 70 Jim Bitter Fruitland Park FL Ranger/Mercury 83.910
70 61 24 Bernie Schultz Gainesville FL Ranger/Mercury 85.083
67 71 Mike Surman Boca Raton FL Ranger/Evinrude 87.572
46 45 Scott Martin Clewiston FL Ranger/Evinrude 94.818
38 33 89 Shaw E. Grigsby, Jr. Gainesville FL Triton/Mercury 99.548
36 28 38 Peter Thliveros Jacksonville FL Ranger/Mercury 101.142
20 16 29 Roland Martin Naples FL Nitro/Mercury 109.047
153 153 66 Terry Baksay Easton CT Skeeter/Yamaha 57.841
59 53 Ish Monroe Hughson CA Ranger/Yamaha 89.974
53 46 Robert Lee Angels Camp CA Bass Cat/Mercury 92.910
26 24 58 Skeet Reese Auburn CA Ranger/Mercury 103.532
130 124 Brett Hite Phoenix AZ Ranger/Mercury 67.479
41 42 Andre Moore Scottsdale AZ Legend/Evinrude 98.357
25 27 9 Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City AZ Blazer/Suzuki 103.687
12 8 John Murray Phoenix AZ Ranger/Mercury 113.622
200 200 John Sisemore Farmington AR 37.981
181 184 Greg Carpenter Royal AR 47.298
180 177 Doug Garrett Cabot AR 47.596
176 180 Eddie Woody N. Little Rock AR 48.976
159 163 Jerry Williams Conway AR 54.224
146 141 75 Keith Green Arkadelphia AR 60.443
144 147 Jim Nolan Bull Shoals AR Ranger/Evinrude 60.600
142 143 63 Mark Rose Marion AR Ranger/Mercury 61.404
134 125 22 Scott Rook Little Rock AR Ranger/Mercury 65.107
115 108 Mike McClelland Bella Vista AR Ranger/Mercury 71.881
89 82 40 Stephen Browning Hot Springs AR Triton/Mercury 78.922
87 111 Wesley Burnett Hot Springs AR Ranger/Yamaha 79.557
62 68 36 George Cochran Hot Springs AR Ranger/Evinrude 88.977
52 64 71 Rob Kilby Hot Springs AR Ranger/Mercury 92.955
44 55 70 Keith Williams Conway AR Ranger/Yamaha 95.869
29 37 4 Larry Nixon Bee Branch AR Ranger/Evinrude 102.461
21 18 90 Ron Shuffield Bismarck AR Ranger/Evinrude 108.992
17 11 6 Mike Wurm Hot Springs AR Ranger/Evinrude 110.587
9 7 2 Mark Davis Mt. Ida AR Skeeter/Yamaha 115.581
183 186 Rickie Harp Cottondale AL Triton/Mercury 46.102
179 183 Roger Schofield Killen AL 48.105
163 166 Johnny McCombs Mount Olive AL 53.492
158 160 Greg Pugh Cullman AL Phoenix/Evinrude 54.270
140 140 Mark Rizk Arab AL Champion/Mercury 62.272
137 133 Warren Wyman Calera AL Ranger/Mercury 63.707
120 106 64 Kotaro Kiriyama Moody AL Bass Cat/Yamaha 69.818
98 92 73 Dalton Bobo Northport AL Triton 76.511
74 75 Steve Kennedy Auburn AL Bass Cat/Yamaha 83.551
37 35 31 Randy Howell Guntersville AL Triton/Mercury 100.179
30 22 20 Gerald Swindle Warrior AL Triton/Mercury 102.402
28 34 3 Aaron Martens Leeds AL Phoenix/Mercury 102.777
6 6 10 Tim Horton Muscle Shoals AL Nitro/Mercury 119.679

About the World Rankings

The BassFan World Rankings are the only statistical, multi-year, comprehensive rankings of the world's best professional bass anglers, and are the official World Rankings of the sport.



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.


Until BassFan did it, no one produced a statistical, multi-year ranking system for professional bass fishing using results from the top tours. These used to be the Bassmaster Tour and Majors along with the FLW Tour and FLW Series, but as of January 2011 are the Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tour. The BassFan World Rankings will also include results from other competitive (i.e., non-exhibition) tournaments that feature the world's top pros, like the Bassmaster Classic and Forrest Wood Cup.



How

Here's a brief overview of what's involved in calculating the BassFan World Rankings. (For confidentiality reasons, the proprietary methodology won't be discussed in detail.)


  • The rankings are based on angler performance in top-level B.A.S.S. and FLW events. These events are the top ones in the sport and attract the top fishermen.
  • Events are weighted based on strength of field (calculated using the BassFan World Rank of everyone in the field) and size of field, meaning that it's easier to do well in smaller-field events than larger-field ones.
  • Bonus points are given for winning and for placing in the top 10 percent in all regular-season events. No bonuses are given for league Angler of the Year awards, points or standings because that data is already accounted for in the World Rankings methodology.
  • Championships are treated differently than regular-season tournaments.
  • The BassFan World Rankings methodology ensures that anglers who fish only one circuit are not at a disadvantage verus anglers who fish more than one. Rather, anglers who fish more events have more chances to do better (or worse) than anglers who fish fewer events. A simple example: six 5th-place finishes are better than three, and four 100th-place finishes are worse than two.
  • The rankings use data from the current and immediately prior years only (a rolling 2-calendar year cycle), and are updated after each major tournament.
  • The rankings are not an indication of who is/was the best bass angler ever. That is not a World Rankings. It's a list.
  • As with all World Rankings in all sports, the methodology used in the BassFan World Rankings calculation will change over time based on feedback from interested parties.
  • Bassmaster Opens, FLW Series (formerly Stren/EverStart) and Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament data are not included in the BassFan World Rankings because these are "minor-league" or "triple-A" events.

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