It's not for everyone, but it is universal in that you can apply good concepts to all species, all waters.
I have to figure out how to make some good points without confrontation. I don't want to waste energy on negative - but do want to open some eyes.
Carefully read what I put about measuring an angler by fishing next to him = NOT on the opposite end of the lake. You can NOT measure someone by a different part of the lake precisely because the lake is different and there are good spots and poor spots.
If you also read my post, I say that the organizers of the tournament TRY to make it exactly the same for each angler, the same distance apart to try and keep it as fair as they possibly can. Organizers pegging matches will often take a great spot and try to keep it OUT of the competition or split it between two anglers at the very least.
Organizers often split the lake into sections so that an angler on the East end only fishes against 20 competitors in the East end of the lake to make it more level. West end anglers then have to compete with the fish in front of them which is different but all anglers get points for their finish - the same in each section. In good competitions, the anglers will fish two or three heats. Anglers can never have same sections and are rotated around the venue so they all have to fish the slow spot or the great spot only one time - this evens it out as much as possible. If you were to be fishing next to Mick all three heats you would know precisely how good you were stacked against his score. His score is a measuring stick for any angler - top to bottom, it doesn't matter what jigs they throw. Fishing next to him, then you would have statistical data, fished from similar water and then you could measure - then you you could form any opinion you wished. Numbers - Numbers - Weights - Weights don't lie.
Mick rarely used a 20' cane pole, but in fact used a 42' carbon fiber hollow tube put-over take-apart Italian pole from his friend - Milo much of the time although I get your point. Since Mick is a master at moving water and still water, with a 1st place World Championship medal in Ice fishing I think it would be unfair to most anglers in any condition, his casting skills and the ability to read waters are both amazing.
There is an Italian method that Mick is also an expert at - Bolognese. It is the art of presenting a fine bait in moving water using a pole/rod reel. It allows the angler to defy current and allows the angler to present baits in the most natural fashion. It is 1,000's of times [ based on physics and fish-catching ] more precise in catching fish than using lead against one's hook. I know what you were going for and I know what you meant, but I don't think we will ever pit the three anglers into a contest as i doubt two of them wish to compete and probably wouldn't have liked to be volunteered into a comparison - I could be wrong.
It would be great to get Mick back into a local competition - if that happens, I will invite everyone to at least watch. If you watched setup to finish and watched different heats - you would get a better idea. If you tried to fish next to him, you wouldn't learn anything because you would be watching your own line - hopefully. Who knows, maybe you would beat him. If he would agree to it and we could get the match participants to agree, we can sit anyone right next to Mick and then we can measure the weights. This is the only way to decide such crazy claims - there is no other way and debate is pointless.
I simply think you need to fish more with Mick - then you would get it.
I can invite you out fishing anytime, I will show you what I can. Our league fishes this Spring around Chicago- all are welcome to come out and watch or grab a spot. It truly is thrilling to watch the match unfold and watch the weigh-in. Side-by-side fishing, spectators can learn a lot and see a lot of things happen. I will have ore information on the league here: http://www.chicagolandfishing.com/f...t=85025&p=516594&hilit=league+fishing#p516594