FLW Press Release
DAYTON, Tenn. – Casey Martin made the drive from Guntersville, Ala., to Dayton, Tenn., with one goal in mind for the final Walmart FLW Tour qualifier of the season – make the Forrest Wood Cup. It was a tall task as the rookie pro sat in 54th place in the standings and would need to make the top-10 cutoff. Now that he’s done that, Martin has set his sights higher – this time on the $125,000 first-place purse.
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away from the pack.
“I almost left,” said Martin. “Then I idled around one more time to see if they were still on the graph and they were.”
Martin finally trigged the school with a drop-shot, Roboworm (green pumpkin) and 10-pound Seguar Invizx line, something he hasn’t used all week. During the opening round the fish were crushing his Picasso School-E Rig, 3/4-ounce Omega football jig and Strike King 10XD crankbait. Today, four of his five weigh fish came on the drop-shot, the other on the School-E Rig.
“They didn’t leave, you just have to adjust with them and figure out how to catch them. Today, the key adjustment was switching to a spinning rod and a drop-shot.”
Martin had a few flurries, but described the day overall as a “grind.” Whatever it was, the official result was 23 pounds, 3 ounces, including one that weighed approximately 7 pounds. With one day remaining, he’ll start with a 10-pound lead.
“I never touched my big-fish spot today, the spot I caught the 6 and the 7-11 yesterday. I need to have something saved in case the mega-school won’t fire.”
Martin did visit one other area, but it was vacant. While his lead looks nearly insurmountable, he’s essentially relying on two schools. What he calls the mega-school, is a shell-laden ledge that drops from 15 feet to 25 feet of water.
“I’m going to spend a lot of time on my first spot again tomorrow. I could stay there all day; there are so many fish and seems you get two or three bites every once in a while. But the pressure is taking its toll and they’re getting hard to catch. I think they are getting accustomed to seeing the same thing over and over.”