Numbers tell a story … especially in the sports world. For decades, writers, announcers and fans have used numbers to evaluate their favorite athletes, to support or oppose them for various honors and awards and to argue about their place in history. Professional fishing has mostly been an exception. Statistics have seldom been used to write or talk about anglers except for the basics — pounds and ounces, tournament wins, prize money. Assessing anglers across different eras, with different creel limits and different tournament formats has looked less like comparing apples and oranges than comparing apples to almonds.
All captions: Ken Duke