In a format like we have here at All-Star Week it makes sense that the guys who always seem to catch ‘em — the guys with the highest bassing averages — will have an advantage. After all, if they catch more bass on average than their Elite Series counterparts, it probably means they figure things out faster, zero-in on good patterns more quickly and generally find ways to get it done.
So who’s the best at putting together a limit in 2012? Two all stars limited every day they were on the water in 2012 — Angler of the Year Brent Chapman and 2004 AOY Gerald Swindle. When it comes to putting bass in the boat, they were right at the top this season (Shaw Grigsby and Scott Rook also limited every day they competed). The rest of the all stars weren’t far behind.
Ott DeFoe and Terry Scroggins tied for fifth among all Elite anglers with a 4.9630 bassing average. They both limited every day but one and had four bass on that day. Randy Howell ranked seventh at 4.9615, while Aaron Martens was eighth at 4.9583. Todd Faircloth was also in the top 10 at 4.9231. (This morning he smiled as he asked if today’s competition would affect his bassing average. I told him it would not since this is a special postseason event. He’s one of the very best at consistently bringing a limit to the scales and it shows in his consistently high AOY finishes.)
The rest of the all stars? Edwin Evers was 11th (4.9167), Skeet Reese was 16th (4.8750), KVD was 22nd (4.8400), Mike Iaconelli was 25th (4.8095) and Matt Herren was 28th (4.8000).
That’s obviously not much difference between the top (Chapman and Swindle) and the bottom (Herren), but remember two things: (1) These guys are the cream of the crop this year, and (2) the difference between a superstar .300 hitter in baseball and a journeyman .250 hitter is just five percent! The little things can mean a lot.