Does Size Matter?
Written by Dave Mercer on February 11, 2011
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.