I thought some of you might find this interesting. I spent several years collecting tens of thousands of data points on freshwater predator fish catches from a variety of sources. Much of the data was tied to bass fishing. I combined the data with detailed location specific weather information and then ran statistics on it to determine which variables had the biggest impact on catch rates. I published the findings in a book I recently wrote. You can find it on Amazon under the title “High Percentage Fishing.”
The first half of the book examines big bass wisdom from Doug Hannon (the bass professor), John Hope (tracking studies) and Bill Murphy (famed west coast trophy hunter). It compares and contrasts their different views on big bass behavior and ultimately attempts to bring them together. The second half of the book is about the findings from the data analysis. It covers everything from the best times to fish, lure selection, impact of weather, the moon, and fishing pressure. In one section I slice and dice all 500+ Texas ShareLunker catches as well. I like to think of it as the "Sabermetrics" of bass fishing.
Some of the findings are pretty darn interesting in my opinion. It has definitely changed the way I fish. Happy to answer any questions if you have them.
"Bragging may not bring happiness, but no man having caught a large fish goes home through an alley." -A.L.