Zero — My Hero
Zero has become a pretty big story here at the Delaware River this week. Whether you're talking about the six zeroes on Day 1, the 10 zeroes yesterday or the fact that Mike McClelland is the only Elite angler who's fished the Elites since its inception (2006) and never zeroed, it's become a big number.
Here are some things you probably didn't know about the empty set (zero) and the Elite Series.
The six zeroes on Day 1 at the Delaware did not set a record — not even close, in fact. That dubious title goes to Table Rock Lake in Missouri and the 2006 Elite event there. On the first day of that Elite tournament 20 anglers zipped — nearly 20 percent of the field. Brutal!
The Delaware's six zeroes on Day 1 is tied for fifth in angler futility.
Day 2 on the Delaware brought 10 more zeroes, but once again that's not close to the record. It ranks sixth. On Day 2 at the Sabine River last year there were 20 zeroes.
The total number of zeroes for the first two days on the Delaware was 16. That's a lot, but the record is more than twice that. Table Rock in 2006 and the Sabine River in 2013 each had 33 zeroes in the first two days.
And since we're in the midst of Day 3 now, you may be interested to learn that the record for Day 3 zips is eight … also at the Sabine last year.
The record for the finals (Day 4) is two. It's only natural that the number of zeroes would fall as the tournament progresses. For Day 3, the field is cut to 50 anglers. For Day 4, there are only 12 competitors. So, there are simply fewer chances to bomb.
What's more, as the field is reduced, the anglers who are struggling most are eliminated. Only the anglers catching fish pretty well are still competing, so zeroes are less frequent.
Finally, two anglers (Dave Smith and Jonathon VanDam) zeroed both days. As a result, they will earn no points for this tournament.