(Editors: Following are highlights of movement in the State Farm-BassFan.com World Rankings as updated after last week's Wheeler Lake FLW Tour event. Now the rankings have extra significance in that the Top 25-ranked anglers in the world will qualify for the inaugural Cabela's Top Gun Championship. Top Gun will be held in Ft. Worth, Texas on Eagle Mountain Lake.)
Highlights this week:
> Greg Hackney displaces Marty Stone as the No. 1 angler in the world.
After last week's FLW Tour event on Alabama's Wheeler Lake, Greg Hackney once again takes over as the No. 1-ranked angler in the world.
In the last edition of the State Farm World Rankings, Hackney had only been a little over 2 World Rankings points behind former No. 1 angler Marty Stone. But a 4th at Wheeler – Hackney's third Top 5 in four events and his fourth Top 20 in five events – puts him almost 7 points ahead of Stone, who is now 2nd in the world.
To remain the No. 1 angler in the world through the end of the season, Hackney will have to perform well at four more events: the one remaining regular-season FLW Tour event (on the Potomac River in June), and the three championships in July and August: the FLW Tour Championship in mid-July, the Bassmaster Classic in late July and the Cabela's Top Gun Championship in mid-August.
Stone will have two shots to get the No. 1 position back: the Classic and Top Gun. But he also has Skeet Reese, Kevin VanDam and Aaron Martens – who remain 3rd, 4th and 5th in the world, respectively – behind him.
Other notable movement:
> A 35th at Wheeler helps Takahiro Omori move back into the Top 10 at 10th.
> Mike Iaconelli finally got out of his cycle this year of good BASS finishes and horrible FLW ones. This week he climbs nine slots to 12th in the world.
> A 17th at Wheeler helps South Carolina's Anthony Gagliardi, who is having a good year, also climb nine slots to 18th in the world.
> A 21st at Wheeler helps Pennsylvania's Dave Lefebre move up eight spots to 20th in the world.
> Wheeler winner Alvin Shaw jumps 34 spots to 30th in the world.
> A 7th at Wheeler helps Michigan's Chad Grigsby jump 35 spots to 34th in the world.
> A 5th at Wheeler is Toshinari Namiki's third Top 5 in three events, including a win at the Ouachita River FLW. This week he jumps way up (37 spots) to 44th in the world.
> Indiana's Chip HaGagclis tititlas2ump