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VanDam Again No. 1 In World After 2003 Season

The 2003 tour regular seasons and championships are over, and once again Kevin VanDam remains the No. 1-ranked angler in the world.

It would be tough to find anyone to whom that was a big surprise since VanDam is and has been fishing at a pace that is so far above his peers it's a little scary: This is the third straight year (the State Farm-BassFan World Rankings are only 3 years old) that VanDam has been the best in the world – and he's never relinquished the No. 1 spot.

At one point during the season it looked like he would be overtaken. In April and May, VanDam posted his two worst finishes since mid-March (87th at the Clear Lake Bassmaster and 38th at the Lake Hamilton Bassmaster) and had just a 3 1/2-point lead in World Rankings points over Alton Jones. Jay Yelas was about 5 1/2 points away, and he and Jones were among those vying for BASS Angler of the Year.

But in the next five tour events, including both league championships, VanDam had three Top 10 finishes, a Top 20 and a 34th while Jones and Yelas didn't fish as well (or in some cases at all, on the FLW Tour). As a result, VanDam is back almost to where he started the season in the rankings, and now enjoys a double-digit points lead over No. 2-ranked Kelly Jordon – though it should be noted that VanDam's points lead, while still large, has dropped significantly (almost 8 points) from the start of the season.

After the tour regular seasons were over, he said: "This was probably the toughest year for me for several reasons. Weather-wise it was a real tough season to fish. We had a lot of abnormal conditions at the places we went, and at every Bassmaster event this year it rained.

"It also was tough competing in both tours for all the events (15 possible events, from Florida to California). It was physically and mentally – probably more mentally – taxing. I have a routine I like to go through to be prepared for a tournament, and it takes time. But this year we had no rest period, no time to get set for the next one.

"And when you have a wife and two young kids at home wondering where dad is, that doesn't make it any easier," he noted. "So this season I didn't have the focus I normally have. It was the worst season I've ever had."

How does it feel being the No. 1 angler in the world? Does he feel any pressure to stay there?

"I really don't," VanDam said. "I just go out and try to win every time. Sometimes I miss the mark by a long way, which would hurt your standing in the world rankings, but I'm not really focused on that. You can't let that change the way you fish.

"Winning tournaments is a lot more important than where you're ranked, and the reality is that it's hard to win. Only one guy out of 175 guys will win every time we go out there, and if you start fishing conservatively you're not going to get there.

"At the beginning of my career I worried about cashing a check," he noted. "That helps you with the year-end standings, but it doesn't help you on the money list, that's for sure. Now I'm more mature, I guess, so I can take chances and take a shot at winning."

He reiterated that "most of the time you're going to fail. But occasionally the moon and the stars line up and it's your turn."

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MOVEMENT AFTER THE FLW CHAMPIONSHIP

Following are the State Farm-BassFan World Rankings as updated after the 2003 FLW Championship on the James River. 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.

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START OF SEASON VS. END OF SEASON

Top 10 in the World

Start of Season (blue means still in the Top 10)

1. Kevin VanDam – Kalamazoo, MI – 156.440

2. Mark Davis – Mt. Ida, AR – 136.980

3. Aaron Martens – Castaic, CA – 131.035

4. Larry Nixon – Bee Branch, AR – 129.902

5. Rick Clunn – Ava, MO – 126.560

6. Mike Wurm – Hot Springs, AR – 122.379

7. Clark Wendlandt – Cedar Park, TX – 121.370

8. Alton Jones – Waco, TX – 120.238

9. Dean Rojas – Lk. Havasu City, AZ – 119.386

10. Tim Horton – Muscle Shoals, AL – 118.564

End of Season (current)

1. Kevin VanDam – Kalamazoo, MI – 148.204

2. Kelly Jordon – Mineola, TX – 136.017

3. Alton Jones – Waco, TX – 133.12

4. Gary Klein – Weatherford, TX – 128.786

5. Jay Yelas – Tyler, TX – 124.354

6. Tim Horton – Muscle Shoals, AL – 119.679

7. Tommy Biffle – Wagoner, OK – 117.077

8. David Dudley – Manteo, NC – 116.099

9. Mark Davis – Mt. Ida, AR – 115.581

10. Dustin Wilks – Enfield, NC – 115.059

Notable:

> The most consistent (consistently high-finishing) pros in the world for at least the last 2 years are Kevin VanDam, Alton Jones, Tim Horton and Mark Davis.

> Anglers who started the season ranked in the Top 20 and who are still there include Gary Klein (was 18th), Jay Yelas (was 12th), Clark Wendlandt (was 7th, now 15th), Mike Wurm (was 6th, now 17th) and Brent Chapman (was 14th, now 19th).

> Texas still dominates the Top 10 with three anglers, but for the first time ever North Carolina has two anglers in the Top 10.

Biggest Moves Up

2. Kelly Jordon (from 23rd)

7. Tommy Biffle (from 28th)

8. David Dudley (from 59th)

10. Dustin Wilks (from 42nd)

11. Zell Rowland (from below 100)

13. Greg Hackney (from 49th)

14. Edwin Evers (from 65th)

16. Kenyon Hill (from 56th)

18. Dan Morehead (from 57th)

21. Ron Shuffield (was 90th)

22. Wesley Strader (was 80th)

24. Mark Menendez (was 68th)

38. Shaw E. Grigsby, Jr. (was 89th)

40. Andy Morgan (was 88th)

Notable:

> The higher an angler gets in the rankings, the tougher it is to move up because everyone around you is fishing well.

> Rowland, who had the biggest jump, came "from below 100" as the rankings only went to 100 at the start of the season. Now the Top 200 anglers in the world are ranked.

Biggest Falls

25. Dean Rojas (was 9th)

28. Aaron Martens (was 3rd)

29. Larry Nixon (was 4th)

35. Bud Pruitt (was 13th)

45. Davy Hite (was 19th)

47. David Walker (was 15th)

57. Rick Clunn (was 5th)

Notable:

> Rojas, Martens, Nixon, Hite and Clunn – all two-tour pros – did poorly on the Bassmaster Tour this year.

> Pruitt started off the season well and was ranked in the Top 10 at one point, but bottomed out at the end.

> Walker wasn't as consistent as Pruitt, but followed a similar path. Three finishes below 100th and one 99th didn't help.

Best Debuts

The best debuts on the rankings, meaning the pros who accumulated 2 years' worth of tour finishes this year, are:

12. John Murray – Phoenix, AZ – Skeeter/Mercury

33. Roger Boler – Slidell, LA – Skeeter/Yamaha

41. Andre Moore – Scottsdale, AZ – Ranger/Evinrude

43. Mike Hawkes – Sabinal, TX – Nitro (no motor sponsor)

51. Harmon Davis – Marlow, OK – Ranger/Yamaha

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State Farm-BassFan.com World Rankings -- Final 2003

(all fields separated by 5 spaces)

Rank Name Hometown WR Points

1. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, MI 148.204

2. Kelly Jordon Mineola, TX 136.017

3. Alton Jones Waco, TX 133.120

4. Gary Klein Weatherford, TX 128.786

5. Jay Yelas Tyler, TX 124.354

6. Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 119.679

7. Tommy Biffle Wagoner, OK 117.077

8. David Dudley Manteo, NC 116.099

9. Mark Davis Mt. Ida, AR 115.581

10. Dustin Wilks Enfield, NC 115.059

11. Zell Rowland Montgomery, TX 113.852

12. John Murray Phoenix, AZ 113.622

13. Greg Hackney Oak Ridge, LA 112.623

14. Edwin Evers Mannsville, OK 112.334

15. Clark Wendlandt Cedar Park, TX 112.049

16. Kenyon Hill Norman, OK 111.700

17. Mike Wurm Hot Springs, AR 110.587

18. Dan Morehead Paducah, KY 109.341

19. Brent Chapman Shawnee, KS 109.200

20. Roland Martin Clewiston, FL 109.047

21. Ron Shuffield Bismarck, AR 108.992

22. Wesley Strader Spring City, TN 107.406

23. Todd Auten Gastonia, NC 106.314

24. Mark Menendez Paducah, KY 105.942

25. Dean Rojas Grand Saline, TX 103.687

26. Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 103.532

27. Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 103.218

28. Aaron Martens Castaic, CA 102.777

29. Larry Nixon Bee Branch, AR 102.461

30. Gerald Swindle Hayden, AL 102.402

31. Bill Chapman Salt Rock, WV 102.228

32. John Sappington Wyandotte, OK 101.618

33. Roger Boler Slidell, LA 101.510

34. David Wharton Sam Rayburn, TX 101.443

35. Bud Pruitt Spring, TX 101.191

36. Peter Thliveros Jacksonville, FL 101.142

37. Randy Howell Trussville, AL 100.179

38. Shaw E. Grigsby, Jr. Gainesville, FL 99.548

39. Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 99.275

40. Andy Morgan Dayton, TN 98.753

41. Andre Moore Scottsdale, AZ 98.357

42. Paul Elias Pachuta, MS 97.710

43. Mike Hawkes Sabinal, TX 97.256

44. Keith Williams Conway, AR 95.869

45. Davy Hite Prosperity, SC 95.114

46. Scott R. Martin Clewiston, FL 94.818

47. David Walker Sevierville, TN 94.779

48. Pat Fisher Stone Mntn., GA 94.763

49. Alvin Shaw State Road, NC 94.636

50. Tom Mann, Jr. Buford, GA 94.353

51. Harmon Davis Marlow, OK 93.976

52. Rob Kilby Hot Springs, AR 92.955

53. Robert Lee Angels Camp, CA 92.910

54. Dion Hibdon Stover, MO 92.244

55. Stanley Mitchell Fitzgerald, GA 92.025

56. Wes Thomas Hanover, IN 91.705

57. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 91.430

58. Rick Lillegard Atkinson, NH 90.634

59. Ish Monroe Phoenix, AZ 89.974

60. Michael Iaconelli Woodbury Hts., NJ 89.440

61. Gary Yamamoto Mineola, TX 89.372

62. George Cochran Hot Springs, AR 88.977

63. Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 88.682

64. Chris Elliott Raleigh, NC 88.490

65. Elton Luce, Jr. Nederland, TX 87.817

66. Sam Newby Pocola, OK 87.654

67. Mike Surman Boca Raton, FL 87.572

68. Kevin Wirth Crestwood, KY 86.164

69. Terry Bolton, Jr. Paducah, KY 85.424

70. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 85.083

71. Jim Bitter Fruitland Park, FL 83.910

72. Chris Baumgardner Gastonia, NC 83.872

73. Guido Hibdon Gravois Mills, MO 83.617

74. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 83.551

75. Joel G. Richardson Kernersville, NC 83.380

76. Tommy Stiles McMinnville, TN 83.140

77. Randy Blaukat Lamar, MO 82.620

78. Jim Moynagh Carver, MN 82.416

79. Shad Schenck Waynetown, IN 82.394

80. Jimmy Millsaps Canton, GA 82.268

81. Roger Crafton Boca Grande, FL 81.816

82. Dale Teaney Williamsburg, OH 81.601

83. Anthony Gagliardi Prosperity, SC 81.310

84. Mickey Bruce Buford, GA 81.046

85. Tracy Adams Wilkesboro, NC 80.596

86. Joe Thomas Milford, OH 80.417

87. Wesley Burnett Hot Springs, AR 79.557

88. O.T. Fears III Sallisaw, OK 78.964

89. Stephen Browning Hot Springs, AR 78.922

90. Randy Alexander London, KY 78.619

91. Randall Hutson Washburn, MO 78.050

92. Donald Eaton Covington, GA 77.803

93. David Fritts Lexington, NC 77.766

94. Darrel Robertson Jay, OK 77.688

95. Jim Tutt Longview, TX 77.258

96. Kevin Vida Clare, MI 77.246

97. Mark Pack Mineola, TX 76.832

98. Dalton Bobo Northport, AL 76.511

99. Brian Snowden Springfield, MO 76.394

100. Ken Cook Meers, OK 76.210

101. John Crews, Jr. Jetersville, VA 76.194

102. Jack L. Wade Knoxville, TN 76.115

103. Allen Armour Norcross, GA 75.479

104. Jack A. Gadlage Logandale, NV 75.318

105. Ray Sedgwick Cross, SC 75.180

106. Curt Lytle Suffolk, VA 74.783

107. Craig Powers Rockwood, TN 74.174

108. Mark Goines Shady Point, OK 73.892

109. Ben Matsubu Mineola, TX 73.888

110. Danny Kirk Bartow, GA 73.158

111. Chip Harrison, Jr. Bremen, IN 73.151

112. Koby Kreiger Osceola, IN 72.998

113. Mike Auten Benton, KY 72.904

114. Dwayne Horton Knoxville, TN 71.989

115. Mike McClelland Springdale, AR 71.881

116. Denny Brauer Camdenton, MO 71.172

117. David Cooke Davidson, NC 70.686

118. J.T. Kenney Frostburg, MD 70.453

119. Stacey D. King Reeds Spring, MO 70.146

120. Kotaro Kiriyama New Milford, NJ 69.818

121. Ken Strickland Oak Ridge, NC 69.611

122. Chris Daniels Clayton, NC 69.151

123. Frank Scalish Cleveland, OH 68.590

124. Guy Eaker Cherryville, NC 68.526

125. Sandy Melvin Boca Grande, FL 68.517

126. Jack Bell Kane, PA 68.402

127. Chuck Economou Redington Bch., FL 67.990

128. Danny Correia Marlboro, MA 67.937

129. Marty Stone Linden, NC 67.835

130. Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ 67.479

131. Tony Couch Buckhead, GA 66.902

132. Jeffrey Thomas Broadway, NC 66.268

133. Rick Morris Virginia Beach, VA 65.390

134. Scott Rook Little Rock, AR 65.107

135. Mark Tyler Concord, CA 65.037

136. Tommy Martin Hemphill, TX 63.846

137. Warren Wyman Castaic, CA 63.707

138. Yusuke Miyazaki Mineola, TX 63.569

139. Pete Gluszek Franklinville, NJ 62.766

140. Mark Rizk Redding, CA 62.272

141. Robert Beatty Clermont, FL 61.541

142. Mark Rose Marion, AR 61.404

143. Frank Ippoliti Mt. Airy, MD 60.929

144. Jim Nolan Bull Shoals, AR 60.600

145. Kim Stricker Howell, MI 60.556

146. Keith Green Arkadelphia, AR 60.443

147. Charles Ingram Santa Fe, TN 60.191

148. Joel Baker Talala, OK 59.741

149. Mark Rogers Naples, FL 59.487

150. Carl Svebek III Sam Rayburn, TX 59.020

151. Chad Brauer Osage Beach, MO 58.887

152. Ricky Shumpert Lexington, SC 58.673

153. Terry Baksay Monroe, CT 57.841

154. Steve Daniel Clewiston, FL 56.113

155. Aaron A. Hastings Boonsboro, MD 55.645

156. David Lauer South Bend, IN 55.493

157. Mark Hardin Canton, GA 54.979

158. Greg Pugh Cullman, AL 54.270

159. Jerry Williams Conway, AR 54.224

160. Cecil Kingsley Lawrence, KS 54.120

161. Tom Burns Carbondale, IL 53.980

162. Terry Segraves Kissimmee, FL 53.586

163. Johnny McCombs Mount Olive, AL 53.492

164. Eric Holt Galena, MO 53.213

165. Mark Tucker Kirkwood, MO 52.814

166. Sam Swett Covington, LA 52.772

167. Rick Gasaway Kennesaw, GA 52.560

168. Johnny Lesesne Blue Ridge, GA 52.549

169. Jimmi Leuthner Vernon, VT 52.306

170. Tim Loper Terry, MS 51.491

171. Jim Murray, Jr. Arabi, GA 51.117

172. Marty Fourkiller Cyril, OK 50.124

173. Charlie Hartley Grove City, OH 49.818

174. Charlie Youngers Oviedo, FL 49.720

175. Carl Maxfield Summerville, SC 49.128

176. Eddie Woody N. Little Rock, AR 48.976

177. Jim Carnell Muskogee, OK 48.223

178. Randy Dearman Onalaska, TX 48.161

179. Roger Schofield Killen, AL 48.105

180. Doug Garrett Cabot, AR 47.596

181. Greg Carpenter Royal, AR 47.298

182. Darren Wolf Longview, TX 46.617

183. Rickie Harp Cottondale, AL 46.102

184. Gerald Gostenik Dearborn, MI 45.927

185. Shane Allman Sam Rayburn, TX 45.888

186. Tom Dolin Palatine Bridge, NY 45.572

187. Mark Sabbides Bastrop, LA 45.367

188. Robert Karbas, Jr. Wake Forest, NC 45.197

189. Mike Hicks Richmond, VA 44.392

190. Michael Johnson Talking Rock, GA 44.315

191. Ralph Laster, Jr. Camdenton, MO 44.233

192. Jeff Magee Mendenhall, MS 43.915

193. Jimmy Houston Cookson, OK 43.476

194. Art Ferguson III St. Clair Shores, MI 41.859

195. James Sprague Kansas City, KS 41.852

196. Sean Stickler Ft. Lauderdale, FL 39.783

197. Scott Browning Franklin, NC 39.758

198. Tim Sainato Branson, MO 38.666

199. Glen Chappelear Acworth, GA 38.230

200. John Sisemore Farmington, AR 37.981



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