you know, i see mostly negative feedback on the decision from BASS about eliminating the the co-angler. did you stop to think that just maybe it was really kind of democratic and the decision was reached with input from the pro anglers themselves?
i don’t have any insider information, but i would wager a bet that those elite anglers were quizzed about their feelings on this issue and that the majority of them probably were in favor of it. this is how those guys make their living. some a lot better than others. i read in a book the other night that was written by Shaw Grigsby, and he stated that on the average, across the board….professional anglers win tournaments only 5-6% of the time…throughout their careers. do all the math, and average it out…. thats what it came to.
taking into consideration the date of publication was in 1998, here is a sample of the stats:
angler # of tourneys number and % won
Rick Clunn 234 12 / 5%
Larry Nixon 203 13 / 6%
Denny Brauer 176 10 / 5%
Gary Klein 180 7 / 3%
Roland Martin 209 9%
i guess what it boils down to…are you just mad because you dont get the chance to fish with a pro in Elite series tourneys and you know/think that you’re better than some on the circuit….OR is it because you just follow in behind the herd and do what the lead cow does?
a lot can be gleaned from watching a pro for a few days as an Elite Marshal and the cost is only a fraction of what it used to be. personally, i would love a chance to be put in a boat with a different pro for each of those few days, and see just how they work the situation…in particular, on my home lake. but thats just me.