The fishing on the Delaware has been bad, but not the worst of all time…and not as far as Elite history goes.
On Day 1 the bassing average (the average number of fish brought to the scales by a competitor) was 2.85. Historically, the daily average (all four days) is around 4.50 and anything under 4.00 is low. Before this event, there had only been nine times when the Day 1 bassing average was below 4.00. The Delaware River gave the Elites the third toughest opening round in history. Only Table Rock in 2006 (with a bassing average of 2.07) and the Sabine River in 2013 (2.38) were worse.
Things got even tougher on the Delaware on Day 2 when the bassing average fell to 2.58. Again, that's the third lowest mark ever behind the Sabine in 2013 (2.37) and Table Rock in 2006 (2.51).
On Day 3, things got tougher yet, and the bassing average dropped to 2.56. It might not seem like a big drop, but fishing—actually catching—usually gets better as a tournament goes along, the field is reduced and the anglers who aren't successful are eliminated. Here at the Delaware, guys are running out of fish and catch rates are going down. Yesterday's bassing average ties for the worst ever on Day 3 of an Elite event (with Table Rock in 2006). It was even worse than last year at the Sabine River.
Only seven anglers limited each of the first two days. After three days, just three anglers have done it—Iaconelli, Bill Lowen and Scott Rook. Not coincidentally, they rank first, second and third going into the finals.