BASSTrakk is wonderful technology. It keeps us in touch with the anglers while they’re on the water and gives us an idea of who’s doing well and who’s struggling. But part of getting the most out of BASSTrakk is knowing something about the anglers themselves. In my last post I mentioned that Edwin Evers tends to estimate his weights on the low side. If he says he has 10 pounds, he probably has 11, maybe even 12. Mike Iaconelli tends to overestimate. If he says he has 17 pounds, bet on the scales saying they weigh 15 1/2 or so. Aaron Martens on the other hand may be the most accurate of any Elite angler when it comes to guessing his weight — and he doesn’t even use a scale. He doesn’t need one. He has specially calibrated eyes after seeing so many bass over the years. It’s amazing how often his BASSTrakk weight matches up exactly with his actual weigh-in weight. The Natural is uncanny.
What this means in today’s competition is that if the weights are close, Evers is probably ahead because Martens’ weight will be on the money while Evers’ will be light. BASSTrakk will probably need to show Martens ahead by at least a pound before I’ll believe he has the lead.