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Data Overload: Guntersville

Every tournament has its favorites to win. Some look at local pros as the favorites. Others go by past performances. Yet others simply go on hunches.

We go by numbers, and we have plenty of them. Hence the series “Data Overload.”

Before every Majors event, we want to use our database of stats to figure out who really are the favorites at any given event. We want to know if locals really hold the edge, or if time of year makes a difference with certain pros. We don’t want opinions. Just stats.

Are you ready? Then let’s start crunching.

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Rankings Update, Anglers Shuffle

If there is one thing that is always true about the sport of tournament fishing, it’s that it is constantly changing. The same could be said about our World Rankings.

When we decided on a two-year time period, we didn’t want those years to start in January and end in December. We wanted it to be a revolving two years, meaning the rankings have the capability to change every day, just like the sport.

Check out the latest rankings, where Kevin VanDam has moved to No. 2, and various other anglers have shuffled with the dropping of a Majors event.

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Breaking Down KVD’s Ranking

Judging by the number of emails, comments and calls we have received since we launched, there seems to be a segment of the fishing population that isn’t convinced about our rankings … actually, make that one aspect of our rankings.

That Kevin VanDam is the No. 3 ranked angler in the world right now.

Like we said from the start, we weren’t looking to defy conventional wisdom or stir up a crazy debate. We simply wanted to create a fair and accurate ranking system, and that system ranked VanDam No. 3.

Baffling, surprising, crazy, downright idiotic – yeah, we have heard all these things from fans in regards to VanDam not being the top angler. But trust us, the numbers don’t lie. In fact, we’ll prove it.

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KVD Really No. 3? Yes

Let us start by saying that we were just as surprised as you.

Now, before ranting that there is no way KVD isn’t No. 1 or questioning our mental make ups, let us explain.

When we formulated our rankings, we weren’t looking to defy conventional wisdom or stir up a crazy debate. We simply wanted to create a fair and accurate ranking system; a system that used a simple formula much like how a baseball player’s batting average is calculated. Take the number of tournaments at a certain level an angler fishes over a set time period, figure out the percentage of anglers he or she beats in those tournaments, and the average percentage of anglers beaten determines the angler’s ranking.

Just as a baseball player with a .330 batting average for a season is technically a better hitter than one with a .320 batting average, the numbers don’t lie. They are simply fact. As is the fact that Kevin VanDam has beaten 77.8 percent of the field on average during the same two-year time span, which places him as – cue gasps and profanities – the third best angler in the sport right now.

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