Florida anglers nets $600,000 payday after
claiming Cup victory on Lake Ouachita 14.Aug.2011
SPRINGS, Ark. – National Guard pro Scott Martin of
Clewiston, Fla., crossed the stage with a five-bass limit
weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces Sunday to claim the title of
Forrest Wood Cup champion on Lake Ouachita. Martin, with a
four-day total of 20 bass for 61-1, won by a 4-pound, 10-ounce
margin over EverStart pro Randall Tharp of Gardendale, Ala., who
caught five bass weighing 15-1 for a four-day total of 20 bass
weighing 56-7, which was good for $100,000. Sunday’s final
weigh-in marked the finale of the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup, which
featured 58 of the world’s best professional bass anglers.
Martin won $600,000 plus a $1,000 Power-Pole bonus.
“A four-day event of this magnitude is stressful to deal with,
especially when you’re close to the top most of the days,” said
Martin, who boosted his FLW Outdoors earnings to more than $1.8
million with the win. “I had to play a mind trick on myself and
pretend like tomorrow was the final day and today was the cut
day I was going to try to catch a big bag.
“I think the biggest factor when you win a tournament is
confidence,” Martin added. “The first day of the tournament I
caught a couple of real big fish right off the bat and I told my
partner, ‘I can win the tournament in this spot.’ Lo and behold,
that’s exactly what happened.”
Martin said he fished main lake areas around Bird Island,
Pollard Creek and Mountain Harbor to claim his title. Martin
keyed in on an area that was holding 4- and 5-inch shad in 23 to
27 feet of water. The area featured brush piles, but Martin said
the key was the wind that was keeping the shad near the brush
piles for the feeding bass. He said any brush piles that he
found that didn’t have baitfish in the area didn’t produce the
healthier bass he used to fill his limits.
“If you looked at this particular spot on a map you would never
think it would be a fantastic place,” Martin said. “As a matter
of fact, I found it by accident. I was graphing and looking for
bait, and as I went through this area and not really thinking I
was going to find anything, my graph lit up real well and I saw
all the bait. I turned around and started fishing through it.”
Martin said he used three main rigs during the tournament, all
of which were anchored by Kistler rods. On his swimbait rig,
Martin used a 7-foot, 10-inch Z-Bone model rod and an Abu Garcia
Revo Premier reel with 10-pound-test Seaguar line. The bait was
a Gary Yamamoto swimbait on the back of a Sworming Hornet Fish
Head Spin or a hollow belly swimbait on a 7/16-ounce head
slow-rolled in deep water.
“Any time you fish a swimbait, the size of the line makes a big
difference,” Martin said. “If the diameter’s too thick, the
bait’s not going to get down to the proper depth and stay
Martin’s 10-inch ribbontail worm setup was a 7-foot, 6-inch
Z-Bone model rod and an Abu Garcia Revo Premier reel with
12-pound-test Seaguar line. Martin fished the worm with a
3/8-ounce weight and 5/0 worm hook.
Martin said he caught a few fish during the first three days of
competition on a drop-shot rig consisting of a 7-foot Z-Bone
model rod and a Shimano Stradic reel with 10-pound-test
Spiderwire line and an 8-pound-test Seaguar leader. The hook was
a 1/0 with a 5/16-ounce tungsten weight, and Martin tipped the
rig with a Morning Dawn-colored RoboWorm or a watermelon
candy-colored finesse worm. Martin said he dyed the tail tips
Rounding out the top 10 pros for the Forrest Wood Cup are:
3rd: National Guard pro Mark Rose, Marion, Ark., 20 bass, 50-15,
4th: Chevy pro Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash., 18 bass, 48-10,
5th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 17 bass, 47-5, $50,000
6th: Todd Auten, Lake Wylie, S.C., 19 bass, 46-2, $45,000
7th: Cody Meyer, Grass Valley, Calif., 20 bass, 44-7, $40,000
8th: Andy Montgomery, Grover, N.C., 17 bass, 42-11, $35,000
9th: Castrol pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 18 bass, 42-7,
10th: Diet Mt. Dew pro Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla., 15
bass, 42-3, $25,000
Overall there were 39 bass weighing 81 pounds, 1 ounce caught by
pros Sunday. The catch included five five-bass limits.
Paul Mueller of Southbury, Conn., won the Co-angler Division on
Saturday with 13 bass weighing 28-7. The win earned Mueller
Coverage of the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup will be in high-definition
(HD) on VERSUS. “FLW Outdoors” will air Sept. 25 from 1 to 2
p.m. ET. “FLW Outdoors,” hosted by Jason Harper, is broadcast to
more than 500 million households worldwide.
Recent Tournament News...
Jan 30th 2010
FLW Win #4
Home sweet home: Scott Martin celebrates his first major win at
his waters Lake Okeechobee with his
wife and the rest of his family. (Photo by Rob Newell) It’s
Martin in the ‘home’ stretch!
National Guard pro mounts last-minute charge to win at
By Rob Newell - 30.Jan.2010
OKEECHOBEE, Fla. – If there is one thing Scott Martin of
Clewiston, Fla., has wanted in his fishing career more than
anything else, it’s been to win a major event on his home lake
at Lake Okeechobee.
He’s been close. There was a second-place finish, fourth place,
seventh place, eighth place and ninth place – all in FLW or BASS
competition – but never a first.
That all changed Saturday when Martin came from behind to take
advantage of a major stumble from three-day leader John Cox.
Cox carried nearly an 11-pound advantage into the final day. At
brought 20 pounds, 3 ounces to the scales for a four-day total
of 71-9; Cox brought just 7 pounds, 5 ounces for a four-day
total of 69-6. In the end, Martin clipped him by 2 pounds, 3
“This is surreal,” said Martin, who collected $50,000 for the
win. “It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been on tour 11 years
and had plenty of opportunities to win here and could never get
it done. To seal it today here, in front of all my friends and
family, is really, really special. This puts me at ease, knowing
I can compete at this level on this lake.”
From the beginning of the event, Martin led his targeted win
like a marksman leading a clay pigeon. And today he pulled the
trigger to hit his mark.
“One of the hardest lessons I’ve learned here after getting beat
in the past is that sight-fishing will eventually burn you in
multiple-day events on this lake,” Martin said.
Martin contends that sight-fishing is double trouble. For one,
it’s way too easy to get bogged down on a big fish or two,
wasting a day on fish that just burn up the clock and then
“I made that mistake twice last year and swore I’d never do it
again,” he explained.
Second, continually taking nest-guarding males from a productive
fishing area day after day removes the incentive for new females
to move into the area.
“Colonies of nesting males on this lake are the very things that
attract females to an area,” Martin explained. “Take the males,
and the females move on elsewhere.”
that knowledge in the back of his mind, Martin set a
tournament-winning strategy that revolved around catching big
females early in the morning on soft-plastic topwaters and
“For about an hour, right at first light, those big females in
those nesting areas will crush anything that comes around them,”
Martin explained. “But once the sun gets up, they lock on the
beds and become uninterested in eating.
“Don’t get me wrong; I did sight-fish some, especially yesterday
when I missed a bunch of big bites in my morning feeding window
and had to resort to catching males off the bed, but there was a
method to my madness – I was very selective in leaving males in
certain places with hopes that they would keep pulling in
When today dawned cloudy and windy with an approaching front,
Martin’s long-term strategy finally paid off. While other
sight-fishing pros were running out of fish and had the “lights”
turned off from dark clouds and wind, Martin’s big females were
thrashing his topwater plastics reeled over the surface. He had
led his target perfectly.
All week Martin focused on the west and east walls of Okeechobee
and the Rita Island area. He targeted the thickest Kissimmee
grass he could find, knowing that the more open fields would get
depleted by other competitors.
His main weapons were both a Lake Fork Live Magic Shad
(watermelon-red) and a Reaction Innovations Trixie Shark
(June-bug). Both soft plastics were impaled on a large 7/0
Trokar hook, tied to 65-pound-test Lake Fork Hybrid Braid and
cast on a 7-foot,
6-inch Kistler Helium extra-heavy-action rod.
When he did sight-fish, Martin used a Lake Fork Baby Hyperfreak
creature bait (white) teamed with a tungsten 1/2-ounce weight.
He tied it to 20-pound-test Lake Fork FHP (Fluoro-Hybrid Pro).
Martin also credited his double Power-Pole system for his
success this week.
“There’s no way I would have won without the twin Power-Poles,”
he said. “Being able to stop your boat and hold its position at
any angle in any wind is an advantage that’s unbeatable. I can’t
tell you how many more fish I catch because I can stop on dime
and fish a hole or a bed or where a fish just blew up without
drifting all on top of the spot or having to blow the area out
with my trolling motor and spook the fish. Power-Poles are a
must-have in my book.”
In all, this is Martin’s fourth major FLW title. His other wins
include two FLW Tour titles on Lake Champlain and one on the
Thrice is nice for Martin
Florida pro wins third FLW Tour event
FLW TOUR Victory #3
By Brett Carlson - 12.Jul.2009
N.Y. – When Scott Martin came across a series of offshore rock
piles in practice, he stopped to investigate. These isolated
sweet spots, located on a Missisquoi Bay flat, were loaded with
largemouth bass hiding in a mix of healthy grass, and Martin
thought they could potentially go the distance. Clark Wendlandt,
however, had no intentions of winning the tournament. His sights
were set on becoming the first to win three Angler of the Year
Both pros had their game plans come to fruition on day four of
the Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Champlain. For Martin it was
special because he was fishing with a heavy heart this week as
his maternal grandmother passed away the day before the
tournament began. He said he dedicated his third FLW Tour title
to her and could feel her presence with him on the water. After
weighing in four bass, Martin needed one more keeper to knock
off Anthony Gagliardi.
He looked into his bag, reached down for his fifth fish and
said, “She wasn’t just a top-10 grandma, she was a championship
The Clewiston, Fla., native later elaborated on the win.
“I have such a peace about this,” said Martin, the son of
legendary angler Roland Martin. “If I could keep
this confidence and peace the rest of my life, I think I could
win every tournament. What I envisioned this week was flying to
Oklahoma (site of funeral arrangements) with a trophy in hand.
Hopefully that will provide some joy in a sorrow time.”
Of Martin’s three victories, two have came on Champlain, the
other on the Pascagoula River. In 2004, the National Guard pro
sight-fished exclusively for spawning smallmouths. Since that
tournament, no angler has won a tour-level event on Champlain
with entirely smallmouths. He located some bedding brown bass
this week, but he caught and weighed only one of them. Instead,
smallies were a backup for his brilliant largemouth strategy.
Sitting in 5 to 8 feet of water, Martin’s postspawn fish were
gravitating to a healthy mix of milfoil and eelgrass. Martin
said the grass was critical because Lake Champlain and the
Adirondacks region have experienced a cool and wet spring. The
grass Martin found was about the best the northern portion of
the lake had to offer.
His three main baits were a Texas-rigged Berkley Chigger Craw
(green-pumpkin), a Lucky Craft Fat CB B.D.S. 3 crankbait
(Tennessee shad) and a Strike King Series 5 crankbait. On the
crankbaits, he tied 12-pound Trilene 100% fluorocarbon line and
he used the same line, but in 17-pound-test, on the creature
bait, which was pegged
a 3/8-ounce Tru Tungsten weight.
During the two-day opening round, Martin said half the fish came
on the Chigger Craw and half on the crankbaits. On day three,
the percentage moved to 75-25 in favor of the crankbait, and on
the final he estimated it was 90-10.
“It seemed like the bigger fish wanted the moving baits as the
tournament progressed. I used the crankbait as a search tool as
a way to find them and get them going, and then I thoroughly
through the area with the Chigger Craw.”
Martin finished the final round with a total weight of 36
pounds, 4 ounces – superseding his 2004 winning weight of 32-8.
The latest $125,000 check put his career earnings with FLW
Outdoors past the $1 million mark.
“They’re all special,” Martin said of his victories. “This puts
me in a class with only a few other guys.”
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