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
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
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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