With no more tournaments on the schedule for the month of June, we’re posting our July rankings a few days early. These is also the first rankings update since March, so quite a bit has changed since then. The March update included a possible 12 tournaments, while this update includes a possible 25 tournaments on the schedule (scroll to the bottom of the post to see exactly which tournaments are included). 75 anglers fished at least 6 tournaments to meet the minimum required for this update.
With a big win in the San Diego Team Day Series Tournament at Lake Hodges in May, Tom Leedom has jumped from 3rd in March to top this month’s list. He jumped ahead of his NBW partner Keith Gunsauls who remains in 2nd. Kevin Norling, who has owned the top spot in the rankings for over a year, fell to 3rd with a string of poor finishes in the San Diego Team Night Series, events that played a big part in him earning the top spot in the rankings for 2014.
Marco Fenelli makes his first appearance in the top 5 with a solid NBW season, including a win in December at El Capitan and another win at Lake Hodges in May in the aforementioned San Diego Team Day Series Tournament where he and Leedom partnered up.
“Out of towners” George and Michael Kramer have moved firmly into the top 10 and sit in 6th place. The father/son team from Lake Elsinore have fished the minimum of 6 tournaments, including all 5 of the San Diego Team Day Series Tournaments. After a highly acclaimed career as an outdoor writer, with a strong emphasis on tournament bass fishing in the west that landed him in the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in 2012, George Kramer is now beating anglers he’s featured in his annual “California Top 40 Bass Anglers List”.
|Rank||Angler||Points||Fished||Avg S.O.F.||Avg Finish|
|52||Donald Riese Sr.||430||15||52.5||19.9|
|55||Donnie Riese Jr.||426||14||53.1||20.4|
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 angler’s 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 all anglers who met that minimum are shown. The minimum is set at 1/4th of the total amount (rounded up or down) of tournaments included to date. There were 25 possible tournaments included in these rankings.
Which tournaments are considered in this set of rankings?
- 6 tournaments in the 2014/2015 National Bass West San Diego Region season
- 1 Anglers Marine Owners Invitational
- 3 California Bass Federation Tournaments
- 2 FLW Rayovac Series Pro Tournaments (Havasu in February)
- 5 American Bass Association Tournaments
- 5 San Diego Team Day Series Tournaments
- 3 San Diego Team Night Series Tournaments
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.
Pro tournaments will award double points, and season-end team tournament championships (TOCs) will be worth 1.5x points.
*Strength of finish is the percentile of the result based on the amount of teams or participants, the lower the better. A 2nd place finish with 50 teams would have a strength of finish of “4” while a 2nd place finish with only 20 teams would be a strength of finish of “10.” While the result is the same, a 2nd, the first scenario is a significantly better finish since it required beating an additional 30 teams. The SDFish.com ranking formula uses strength of finish instead of a simple result in the standings to determine ranking points.