I had a thought about the greatest angler of all time. When that is said one naturally thinks of King Kong himself KVD. Now I want to stop right there. As I continue remember I am a Michigan boy born and raised KVD is one of our own. I am also not saying he is not the greatest angler of all time.
I fish from a 1979 Ranger bass boat. The boat at one time was the greatest thing on the water, not anymore. The 21ft bass boat loaded with side imaging, Power Poles and Hydro wave are the greatest now.
So with that said I come to my point. Hank Parker won the 1979 Bass Master Classic fishing from a Ranger boat. My guess something like what I fish from today. No side imaging no Power Poles and I bet it only held 12 gallons of gas like mine does now. They were only rated for 115 hp motors.
I think of guys making long runs now, if an angler was to make a long run in 1979 how many times would they have to stop for gas? Those boats also don’t handle the greatest in wind. Plus let’s be realistic the trolling motor has come a long way in 30 years I am not sure but I doubt that they had 101 lb trolling motors back then.
What I am getting at is KVD really the best? He has better equipment then guys like Hank Parker did. Could KVD accomplish what he has in a 1979 bass boat? It seems to me that stats are what we look at. However shouldn’t the equipment that is available be considered too? Rods and reels have also come a long way as well.
Like I said from the start I am not saying KVD is not the greatest angler, but when we look at the bigger picture I have some questions. Maybe if Hank Parker had not retired at such a young age the scope of things would be different.
I wish we could put KVD in an old bass boat and have him and Hank Parker and other older bass anglers go at like Roland Martin and Bill Dance. Remember in the new Rocky movie when they do the virtual matchup that’s what we need, a virtual matchup between them.