BASS Fishing's Best
To Weigh-In Next Week
In ESPN's Great Outdoor Games
Masters Classic Contenders Prepare For Tune-up At Lake Placid
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (July
5, 2001) --- With
the BASS Masters Classic quickly approaching, anglers in this
year's field are focusing all of their attention on fishing's
premier event. Or are they?
Several of this year's
competitors will be fishing in the ESPN Great Outdoor Games just
18 days before the start of the Classic. The ESPN Great Outdoor
Games presents 17 different outdoor competitions in four categories
including timber sports, sporting dogs, shooting sports and fishing.
The outdoor extravaganza will take place over four days from
July 12-17 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The BASS Masters Classic,
fishing's biggest event, will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana
Legendary nine-time B.A.S.S.
Angler of the Year Roland Martin will be one of those taking
part in both events.
"I'm excited about
participating," said Martin. "It is a great event and
my son Scott (Silver Medalist at the 2000 EGOG) really enjoyed
With the event taking place
so close to the Classic many would think that an angler would
want to concentrate solely on the Classic rather than fishing
on a vastly different fishery such as Lake Placid, but Martin
"While it is good
to be on the water fishing anytime," he explained. "It
is definitely not good to take a month off the water before a
competition. The only problem that I'm having with the Great
Outdoor Games is finding time to practice because of a promotional
engagement during the practice period."
Martin, who at 61 will
be the oldest person in this year's Classic field, has accomplished
just about everything the sport has to offer. How would a Great
Outdoors Game Gold Medal rate?
"I would certainly
love to win a gold medal," said Martin. "I think it's
a big deal, it would definitely go on my bio sheet. At this point
in my career, I definitely don't have to win it, but after my
recent induction into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, I've gotten
more reflective on my career and a Gold Medal would be great."
Having watched the sport
of bass fishing since the early days, what does Martin think
of its future?
"I think that the
marriage of B.A.S.S. and ESPN is great. It will allow the sport
to grow and to garner more attention than it has in the past.
The exposure that an event like the Great Outdoor Games brings
can help young anglers a lot, like it did for my son. He go a
lot of exposure after last year's event."
In addition to Martin,
other anglers in both the BASS Masters Classic and the EGOG include
defending BASS Masters Classic Champion Woo Daves, 2000 B.A.S.S.
Angler of the Year Tim Horton, four-time BASS Masters Classic
Champion Rick Clunn, Randy Blaukat, Peter Thliveros and Clark
Wendlandt. Thliveros claimed the Gold Medal at last years inaugural
Other anglers competing
in the ESPN Great Outdoor Games include: 2000 Bronze Medalist
Steve Daniel, 2-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year Gary Klein and
1983 BASS Masters Classic Champion Larry Nixon.
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