2012 Elite Series Mississippi River Rumble Mississippi River - La Crosse, WI, Jun 21 - 24, 2012

A big one, but not a bass

10:53 am CDT, Jun 24, 2012 | By Steve Wright

Aaron Martens broke his streak of small fish catches with a big one, but it was the wrong species.


"That might be the biggest walleye I've ever caught," Martens said as he tossed it back in the river. It looked to be in the 6- to 8-pound class.


Martens caught it on the big flutter spoon that he's been throwing intermittently today. James Overstreet and I just witnessed the reasoning behind the use of that bait — a big ball of 6-inch-long gizzard shad that got pushed to the surface near our boat. We saw the flash of a bass feeding underneath the school.


This section of the Black River has an abundance of bait in it, something Martens has mentioned often during the tournament.

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