How Will the Anglers Be Compared?


I think most bass anglers are happy with the fact that there is so much coverage now. But still it’s only natural to want to compare the anglers from one tour to another, and that became more difficult in 2019 than in years past. It will be nice if we can figure out an even comparison model across these three tours. I’m hopeful will get this right.

Even still, many of us are not sure how you compare winning one event against another; or catching a big weight to catching a large number of bass. Or the fish catches from one event on a lake to another tour’s event on the same lake. Natural comparisons that are not so easily made anymore. Will fans try to cross-compare on varied formats?

For example, Terry Bolton documented that he caught more than 80 bass the first day on Sam Rayburn, and that he for sure had more than 200 pounds of bass that first day. That would be an amazing feat in the MLF format. But on day one, he weighed in five bass that went 20 pounds, 11 ounces on the FLW Tour.

It wasn’t even his best day of that event, which came the following day when he caught 40 or 50 bass but his best five weighed 33 pounds, 9 ounces. That might be the best catch of the season, at least on the FLW Tour and maybe better than any on the Elite Series tour.

Then Marty Robinson caught 56 pounds on the second day of the BPT on Lake Toho. That’s a big catch, but it’s also 34 bass. Then you look down the standings of that event on day one, Randall Tharp was in 7th place with 9 bass weighing 28-11. However his average weight was 3 pounds, 3 ounces and he had a big fish of 6 pounds, 4 ounces. So it appears by other tour formats, he had the best day at around 19 pounds.

There is no doubt that whoever wins the Bass Pro Tour this week will likely have more than 100 pounds. But there’s going to be a lot more bass than 20 in that count considering Randy Howell and Marty Robinson caught way more than 20 a piece on their first day.