Does Size Matter?

Written by Dave Mercer on February 11, 2011

Does Size Matter?

By Pete Robbins

Yesterday’s top feature on BassFan pointed out that Mike McClelland is 5 foot, 7 inches tall. I’m glad they didn’t list him as 5’7” and 3/8, or some such nonsense. That type of excessive precision has always seemed to me to demonstrate insecurity, like the kid who proclaims himself “5 and three-quarters.”

For me, it raised a simple question: Does fishing favor those blessed with height?

Looking back at the last ten Classics, eight have been won by anglers over six feet tall. That’s eight wins by six anglers. Boyd Duckett at 6’3” was the tallest, but if you take KVD’s 6’0” height and 3 wins he gets 18 feet of credit.

The last time someone under six feet tall won it was Takahiro Omori in 2004. Ike (5’11”) won it the year before. After that, official playing weights and heights get a little hazy, but guys like Denny Brauer, Davy Hite, George Cochran and Mark Davis certainly fall into the “over” camp.

So, is it less likely that the vertically-challenged will win? What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a shorter angler? Let me know what you think by leaving a comment.

This Blog was written but Facts of Fishing blogger & all round good guy Pete Robbins.

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  • Christopher Barr

    I’m 6′ 1″. Last year I caught my largest largy and smally so far in this crazy life, having my average Bass caught at around 2 1/2lbs for the year. It was a good year, I think I must have caught about 120-150 Bass. It was fun. Best year yet.

    So either it was my height (unlikely :P ) or it was the fact that i’ve been watching Daves shows consistantly paying close attention to his details (with bass fishing) and I read his book, all in all I learned not to depend on one lure in general. I was a big top-water freak, its all i threw until this year. I’d try sinkos and a couple cranks, spoons, I was givener everything I had and paid attention to what they wanted.

    So bottom line I think knowledge growth + time/Dave being a good mentor plays the biggest part of your success when it comes to fishing…

    …and thats the facts (Q Daves laugh)


    Chris (The Ottawa Valley ON. Canada)

  • matt

    i think taller people get a better “birds eye view”