000230631_original_650x650Pat Fisher was a professional angler awhile back. Then he wasn’t, and technically he’s still not. He hasn’t lost his ability to catch fish, though.

Fisher has been doing well at the local levels the past few seasons, but a new sponsor helped him step back up to the Minors. The result was a win at the FLW Costa Championship on Table Rock this past weekend.

In punching his ticket to the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup, Fisher bested some of the best locals (Zack Birge, Greg Bohannan, Travis Fox) and even the No. 1-ranked angler, Bryan Thrift. Beating Thirft may have had a bit of sweet revenge, as it was Thrift who came from behind to take the victory from Fisher at the Santee Cooper Costa earlier this season. As for his ranking, Fisher doesn’t qualify for the Two-Year Ranking, obviously, but his first year back in the Minors finishes with him ranked eighth overall in the One-Year Minors-Only Rankings.

Runner up Cody Bird is no slouch, himself, as his second place at Table Rock netted him a move up to 33rd in the Two-Year Minors-Only Ranking. Chris Jones finished fifth, and coincidently, he’s also ranked fifth overall in the Two-Year Minors-Only Ranking.

Now how about those Major-level anglers who fished the Championship? Bohannan is ranked 10th in the Minors after his top 10 at Table Rock. Birge is 20th, Fox is 70th and Thrift is 16th.

And with that, it’s done. Yes, the tournament season is still going on for lower-level anglers, but for the Major-level anglers, the FLW Tour event on Norris this past weekend served as the season finale. It certainly proved to be a tough one, and a drama-filled one, as James Watson hung on by ounces despite

Hmmm, where to begin? Do we start with Seth Feider crushing it on Lake Mille Lacs during the Elite Series Toyota Angler of the Year Championship? How about Gerald Swindle hanging on for his second Angler of the Year title? Or then there was Bryan Thrift doing what he does best, winning on Lake Norman

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