The third piece of our angling triangle is Rocky Point. While Tanner's Creek and Madison are likely tougher fisheries, the BFLs simply haven't made either of those a regular enough stop to generate much worthwhile data. However, that's not a problem with Rocky Point, which has been on the Hoosier Division schedule, often twice a year, for the past 15 years, as far back as FLW records are searchable. In recent years, it seems like Rocky Point has become the locale of choice for the season ending Super Tournament, also.
As you might expect, weights down on the river are lower than at either Patoka or Monroe. A quick look at the graph reveals the best days down there have been well in the past, likely around the mid to late 1990s. Ever since, the trend at all positions has been downward. Only in the past two seasons have we seen a slight uptick in weights. Whether that's an anomaly or a trend is yet to be determined. Hopefully, the river might be rebounding.
As for weights, you'll need an average of 11 pounds in order to have a shot at winning, as that weight would have won half of all one-day events held, and is both the median and the average for winners. If you can manage to bump that a couple ounces north of 12 pounds, you'll have a better than 80 percent chance of winning any given event. To make the Top 10, you're going to need about 6.5 pounds most days, and 4.5 pounds will get you a Top 25 finish.
To give you a little perspective, and to reinforce the point John DeVries was trying to make in his recent commentary post about the Michigan Division, the average winning Rocky Pt. weight of 11 pounds (or for that matter, the aforementioned 12 pounds) would not have been enough to even break the Top 50 in ANY Michigan Div. BFL event held this year (all were on St. Clair or the Detroit R.). Instead, that weight would get you about 80th place in most events. It usually takes about 13.5 pounds to make the Top 50 up there.
So browse the data and use it to strategize next year instead of going in blind. Indiana fisheries are fairly consistent from year to year, at least on our larger and more popular tournament venues.