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Father and Son In Tight Battle
for Great Outdoor Games Bass Fishing Gold
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.-July 14, 2001 -
The father and son duo of Roland and Scott Martin headline a star-studded cast of B.A.S.S. pros that qualified on Saturday for the Bass Fishing finals at the ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Jeep.

Despite limited practice time, Martin, of Clewiston, Fla., had the day's top weight with five bass weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces. Others advancing to the finals include Martin's son Scott, who brought in 12-1; Peter Thliveros, Jacksonville, Fla., 11-10; Gary Klein, Weatherford, Texas, 11-6; and Clark Wendlandt, Cedar Park, Texas, 9-12.

"I spent two days on the water early in the week before traveling to the ICAST sport show in Las Vegas," said the elder Martin. "On the official practice day I flew back in, arriving at 3 a.m. and didn't catch much. Fortunately I came back today and hammered them."

Of the finalists, Thliveros and the Martins are keying on an area of milfoil in the northern area of the Saranac chain of lakes.

"All of the fish I caught were in the grass," explained Roland. "I caught fish using a topwater bait, spinnerbait and on a tube. The grass is the key to my success today."

"Dad and I share a lot of information," added Scott, "but I've got a few tricks up my sleeve for tomorrow."

The six elite anglers eliminated include: Woo Daves, Spring Grove, Va., 9-7; Tim Horton, Muscle Shoals, Ala., 7-15; Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark., 7-13; Steve Daniel, Clewiston, Fla., 4-7 and Randy Blaukat, Lamar, Mo., 3-1.

The five anglers will launch at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday for the finals where the competitors' weight will start back at zero. All competitors will take to the water in identically prepared Triton TR-21 boats powered by 225 horsepower Mercury outboards. The rigs which will be towed by Jeep Grand Cherokees will also be equipped with MotorGuide Trolling Motors and Lowrance electronics.

The ESPN Great Outdoor Games feature more than 250 competitors from 29 states and five countries competing for medals and prize money in four sport categories. The free-to-the-public event is July 12-15 in Lake Placid, NY. Television coverage begins July 26 on ESPN.

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