Martin Wins Bass Fishing Event On Lake Guntersville

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Casey Martin of New Market, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 24 pounds even Saturday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Choo Choo Division event on Lake Guntersville. For his victory, Martin earned $3,963 plus a $2,000 bonus from Ranger and a $1,000 bonus from Evinrude.
“The lake is fishing tough for Guntersville standards,” said Martin, who said he is looking forward to the EverStart Series event on Guntersville that starts on Wednesday. “You only needed 13-plus pounds to get a check in this tournament, whereas in the past it would have taken at least 16 pounds. I was lucky that I was able to get a couple of nice bites early, and that is really what is going to be key at the EverStart this week — getting early bites. This win puts a lot of pressure on me. A lot of guys are watching me now. But it was nice to get the win.
Lake Guntersville BFL winner, Casey Martin of New Market, Ala.
“I caught a couple of nice bass early off a shad spawn using an Omega Swim Jig,” Martin continued. “The afternoon bite was pretty much non-existent. I went deep, about 12 feet, and caught a couple more solid 4- to 5-pounders late in the afternoon.
Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:
            2nd:   Ryan Ollard, Pell City, Ala., five bass, 21-13, $1,981
            3rd:   Jason Cooper, Shelbyville, Tenn., five bass, 21-2, $1,322
            4th:    Leon Knight, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 20-14, $925
            5th:    Joe Walters, Summertown, Tenn., five bass, 18-12, $793
            6th:    Bruce Neal, Lancaster, Ohio, five bass, 18-3, $727
            7th:    Dustin Evans, Eads, Tenn., five bass, 17-7, $660
            8th:    Corey Bradley, McDonald, Tenn., five bass, 17-6, $594
            9th:    Jason Tucker, Dutton, Ala., five bass, 17-1, $528
            10th: Brad Carroll, Hiram, Ga., five bass, 16-11, $462
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Lee Graves of Southside, Ala., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win $1,981 in the co-angler division.
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
            2nd:   Scooter Parish, Madison, Ala., five bass, 14-7, $991
            3rd:   Frelon Moore, Albertville, Ala., five bass, 13-7, $562
                     Jerry Nydam, Arab, Ala., five bass, 13-7, $562
            5th:    John Hayes, Haleyville, Ala., five bass, 13-1, $396
            6th:    Randy Brewington, Moulton, Ala., five bass, 12-12, $346
                     Charles Nails, Rainbow City, Ala., four bass, 12-12, $346
            8th:    Phillip Criss, Scottsboro, Ala., three bass, 12-2, $297
            9th:    Kibbee McCoy, Crossville, Tenn., five bass, 12-1, $264
            10th: Justin Sward, Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 11-15, $231
The next BFL Choo Choo Division tournament is the two-day super tournament scheduled for Sept. 15-16 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala. After this Choo Choo Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 4-6 Regional Championship on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Fla. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
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