Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Casey Martin Smashed 40 Pound Limit to Win by 20 pounds.

Casey Martin of New Hope, Alabama, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 40 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the first T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division event of 2017 on Lake Guntersville. Martin’s catch was the second-largest single-day limit to ever be weighed in at a BFL event, and the third-largest all-time across all FLW tournament circuits.
Casey Martin claims big win on G-Ville.
(Photo: FLW)
“It was pretty insane to weigh in those bass,” said Martin, who took home $6,859 for his win. “I’m still in disbelief. It happened so fast that it hasn’t really sunk in yet.”
Martin said he started out targeting both largemouth and smallmouth bass in different areas, and was able to put together a limit fairly quick.
“At that point, I figured I had enough weight to earn my entry fee back,” said Martin. “So, I decided to swing for the fence at that point and run to some deeper water, near causeways. They can be good this time of year.
“I came across a school of fish at one point, looked at my graph and it was lighting up,” continued Martin. “I caught one bass that was close to 7 pounds, and within 10 minutes I had three more in the boat – a 9-pounder, and two in the 8-pound range.
Martin said he used a Picasso Double Barrel ½-ounce underspin with a 4-inch Smoky Shad-colored Z-Man DieZel Minnowz to catch all but the 9-pounder. For that, he said he used a swimbait on a 3/4-ounce Freedom Tackle Hydra Hybrid Jig.
“Later on I made a run to an area near Goose Pond and caught another 7-pounder out of some grass on a Rat-L-Trap,” said Martin. “I didn’t think I had 40 pounds, I thought I only had 33 or 34. I’ve seen those kinds of limits come in at BFL tournaments before.”
Martin said he still didn’t believe how heavy his limit was until the moment his weight was announced.
“I put them on the scale and the weighmaster had his hand on it, so I figured the number would come down into the thirties,” said Martin. “But it stopped moving and the screen said 40 pounds. I don’t think things could have gone any better – it was the perfect day.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
               1st:          Casey Martin, New Hope, Ala., five bass, 40-11, $4,859 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
               2nd:         Marshall Deakins, Dunlap, Tenn., five bass, 21-5, $2,005
               3rd:          Dennis Barnes, Boaz, Ala., five bass, 21-4, $1,336
               4th:          Harold Wilson, Canton, Ga., five bass, 18-12, $935
               5th:          Jim Leary, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 18-10, $802
               6th:          Josh Butler, Athens, Ala., five bass, 17-5, $735
               7th:          Derek Remitz, Grant, Ala., five bass, 17-0, $668
               8th:          Douglas Webster, Pinson, Ala., five bass, 15-0, $568
               8th:          Will Blount, Andalusia, Ala., five bass, 15-0, $768
               10th:        Greg Lamb, Harrison, Tenn., five bass, 14-12, $468

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