Scott R. Martin from Clewiston Florida is one of the hottest and brightest stars in professional fishing today. Coming from a long family heritage of fishing and being the son of Roland Martin, the holder of many records in professional fishing and star of “Fishing with Roland Martin” that has been running for over 30 years, it was no surprise that Scott would follow the family legacy.
Since 1996, the Walmart FLW Tour has represented the highest level of tournament bass fishing in the FLW circuit of local and national events. The season consists of six tournaments where as many as 150 pros and as many co-anglers compete for as much as $125,000 and $25,000, respectively, per tournament. The top pro and co-angler from the point standings after the six qualifying tournaments win the FLW Tour Angler of the Year and Co-angler of the Year titles, respectively.
Well sorry guys I didn't keep up throughout the actual tournament days, crazy stuff around here …big bass flying out of the water all over the place…. Check this out, over 50 bags the first day of tournament over 20 pounds and the second day was virtually the same. I was fortunate enough to make the top 20 round or semi finals with a total weight of 44 lbs. 6 oz. for two days, that's over 22 pounds of bass a day and I was in only in 19th place. On the third day I knew I needed to catch a 25 pound bag of bass just to make the top 10 or final-round. I started the third day eager and excited about my opportunity, but was quickly let down after spending the first few hours not catching any good fish as I watched other anglers in the top 20 catching 6,7 and 8 pounds around me. Terry Scroggins and Glenn Brown were both catching them great, but I was getting the “Bobo” end of the deal as I call it. That's just how it goes sometimes… not as planned.
Well I just finished up three hard days of practice on Lake Okeechobee. I have been saying now for over six months that Lake Okeechobee is the best Lake in the country and this week proves it once again. The fishing here is seriously off the chart, every day in practice I could've had close to 30 pounds. But the problem is most of the other anglers are catching close to the same type weight every day as well. It's funny to see how whenever you go to a great Lake and good fishing how every body is enthusiastic and eager to get on the water, Lots of smiles around here. This tournament will end up boiling down to the guys that can make adjustments on the water based on pressure and wind direction, as this is the case every year on Lake Okeechobee. I feel good about this event but I feel like I'm a little too one dimensional going into this….. (sight fish sight fish sight fish), that's all I can put together. I feel like to really walk away to with this event I needed to develop another strong pattern like flipping the matted vegetation in the spawning areas. I have gotten a few bites doing this, but not a lot, so my confidence right now is mainly in sight fishing….. Scary!