The top two spots in our tournament angler rankings remain the same, with Kevin Norling locked at #1 and Wade Strelic securing the 2nd slot. Kevin and Wade ensured they wouldn’t slide by following up their big San Diego Team Night Series win in April with a 2nd place on May 17th.
Because of their huge field sizes (both over 70 teams), those tournaments weigh heavily on the rankings. Wade threatened to jump to the top spot with a 2nd place in the final National Bass West Tournament of the season on May 3rd, fishing with his dad. But they stumbled with a near last place finish at El Capitan in the ABA tournament on May 31st.
Mike Walsh finds himself in 3rd this month, propelled upward by a win in the 29 team San Diego Team Day Series Tournament at El Capitan on May 10th. Walsh also fished the San Diego Team Night Series Tournament at El Capitan the following weekend, and while he landed in the middle of the pack, the additional tournament qualified him to meet our 6 tournament minimum to be eligible for the rankings.
John Blake came all the way up from outside the top 25 to land the 4th spot with his win in the night tournament on May 17th.
|1||Kevin Norling||1||2021||1st at SD Team Night Series Tournament at El Capitan in April and 2nd in May, both huge 70+ team fields. 2nd in NBW at Lower Otay in February. 5 top 10s in 8 tournaments fished, all in bigger fields.|
|2||Wade Strelic||2||1776||1st at SD Team Night Series Tournament at El Capitan in April and 2nd in May, both huge 70+ team fields. Won SD Team Day Series Tournament at El Capitan in March. Two wins in ABA tournaments at El Capitan, but small fields didn’t reward big ranking points.|
|3||Mike Walsh||NR||1462||5 top 10s in 6 tournaments fished including 4 top 5s. Won the SD Team Day Series Tournament at El Capitan in May.|
|4||John Blake||NR||1344||Won the 70 team SD Team Night Series Tournament at El Capitan on May 17th and a 14th out of 72 in the April event.|
|5||Noy Villayasane||7||1227||3rd out of 37 team Anglers Marine Tournament at El Capitan in February. 1st at SD Team Day Series Tournament El Capitan in February. 4th in SD Team Night Series Tournament at El Capitan in May.|
|6||Jimmy Huynh||10||1149||1st at SD Team Day Series Tournament El Capitan in February. 4th in SD Team Night Series Tournament at El Capitan in May.|
|7||Kevin Martin||3||1078||Scoring big points in the huge night tournament fields; 2nd at the first SD Team Night Series Tournament and a 7th in the next.|
|7||Mike Martin||3||1078||Scoring big points in the huge night tournament fields; 2nd at the first SD Team Night Series Tournament and a 7th in the next.|
|9||Tom Leedom||5||1077||Did damage in NBW Tournaments; 1st at El Capitan in November, 3rd at El Capitan in January, and 3 other top 15 finishes in good field sizes. 3 top 10s out of 7 events, but had a bad day at El Capitan in February with a 41st out of 48 in the SD Team Day Series.|
|10||Jon Strelic||6||1021||2nd in NBW Tournament at El Cap in May, 9th at Anglers Marine Tournament on El Capitan in February. Back to back 1sts in ABAs on El Capitan in April, setting records for limit sizes in competition. 1st at SD Team Day Series at El Capitan in March.|
|11||Gene Collins||NR||878||Won the 70 team SD Team Night Series Tournament at El Capitan on May 17th and a 14th out of 72 in the April event.|
|12||Rusty Salewske||8||823||2nd in Anglers Marine Tournament at El Capitan in February and top 10s in same series at Diamond Valley in January and Castaic in April. 41st out of 152 in FLW Series Pro Event at Havasu in January.|
|13||Scott Wingo||9||819||6 top 10s in 12 events fished this season. 1st in SD Team Day Series Tournament at Hodges in April.|
|14||Art Bailey||13||815||4th in SD Team Night Series Tournament at El Capitan in April. 3 top 10s in 7 events.|
|15||Trevor Lincoln||17||806||1st at Federation Tournament on El Capitan in January. Followed it up with 2 runner-up finishes; Otay in February and El Capitan in May. 1st in small 10 boat ABA field in May at Otay. 4th in SD Team Night Series Tournament at El Cap in April.|
|16||Art Berry||25||773||2nd at NBW on El Capitan in January and 3rd at NBW on El Capitan in May. 1st in ABA at El Capitan in February.|
|17||Greg Miser||NR||742||1st in NBW at Lower Otay in February.|
|18||Jimmy Young||19||720||2nd in SD Team Day Series Tournament at El Capitan in February. 4th in NBW El Capitan Tournament in May.|
|19||Jason Cloke||NR||719||1st in NBW January El Capitan Tournament.|
|20||Donald Riese||NR||707||4th in NBW February Lower Otay Tournament, 4th in February SD Team Day Series Tournament at El Capitan.|
|20||Donald Riese Jr||NR||707||4th in NBW February Lower Otay Tournament, 4th in February SD Team Day Series Tournament at El Capitan.|
|22||Marco Fenelli||18||686||2nds in ABA Tournaments; El Cap in February, El Cap on April 5th, and El Cap on April 19th. But a 3rd in larger SD Team Day Series Tournament at Hodges in April, and a 7th in much larger SD Team Night Series Tournament at El Capitan in April were worth much more in ranking points.|
|23||Roger Gordon||15||683||2nd in November El Capitan NBW tournament. 6th in February Lower Otay NBW.|
|23||Bob Palashewski||15||683||2nd in November El Capitan NBW tournament. 6th in February Lower Otay NBW.|
|25||Todd Holverson||14||681||2nd in February Anglers Marine tournament at El Capitan. 2nd in SD Team Series tournament at Hodges in April. Lots of top 10s.|
About the rankings
The SDFish.com Tournament Angler Computer Rankings are meant to quantify the success of an individual anglers tournament season. They are not based on opinion, or make any claim to decide who the best, or worst anglers are. They are based on an anglers’ performance, and their performance alone.
Which anglers are considered?
All anglers who fish a minimum of 6 qualified local tournaments so far this season have been included for consideration, and the top 25 are posted above.
Which tournaments are considered?
- 5 tournaments in the 2013/2014 National Bass West San Diego Region season (the March 8th tournament was not included, as no results are available due to a computer malfunction at National Bass West)
- 5 tournament in the 2014 American Bass Association San Diego Region season
- 3 tournament in the 2014 California Bass Federation Southern California Region season
- 3 tournament in the Anglers Marine Owners Invitational Series
- FLW Western Series Pro/Am at Lake Havasu
- FLW Western Series Pro/AM at the California Delta
- 4 tournament in the San Diego Team Series (Day) season
- 2 tournament in the San Diego Team Series (Night) season
How are the rankings formulated?
Each qualifying tournament is weighted based on the number of entries in the field. A proprietary formula awards points each finishing position for each individual angler (team tournaments score each angler independently) from the top down. Those points are then divided by the total number of tournaments an angler fishes, and a multiplier is applied to remove the decimals.
2014 Season Rankings
Rankings will be updated throughout the year, and a new set of rankings will be published at the start of every month including all qualified tournaments from the start of the 2014 season (includes some tournaments from 2013) through the previous month. See our 2014 tournament schedule for a full list of tournaments that’ll be considered for the angler rankings, excluding the club level tournaments.