G-Man on Logan Martin

Logan Martin Lake, Alabama
Located east of Birmingham, Ala., Logan Martin Lake was built in 1965 on the Coosa River.

Lake Guntersville has gained such widespread notoriety that some of Alabama’s other stellar bass reservoirs tend to be overlooked. If you like getting bit on a regular basis, be sure to put Logan Martin Lake on your hit list. A 2007 survey revealed that Logan Martin ranked first in angler success and third in pounds of bass landed per day.

Bass weighing 5 pounds or more are hard to come by here, but you’ll enjoy fast action with keeper largemouth and spotted bass. Logan Martin is one of the lakes where Bassmaster Elite Series standout Gerald “G-Man” Swindle learned the bass fishing fundamentals that have served him so well.

As a teen, Swindle fished Logan Martin often with his father. In his early 20s, he dated a girl whose family had a vacation trailer overlooking the lake. He called on his sweetheart there almost every weekend for four years, which gave him an excuse to fish Logan Martin.

Located east of Birmingham, Logan Martin was built in 1965 on the Coosa River. It stretches 48 1/2 miles from the Logan Martin Dam upstream to the Neely Henry Dam. Nicknamed “Lake of a Thousand Coves,” this sprawling reservoir has 275 miles of shoreline.

“Logan Martin hasn’t changed much over the years,” Swindle says. “I’m really looking forward to fishing the Bassmaster Southern Open there in May.”

Although Swindle is tight-lipped about where and how he’ll be fishing Logan Martin during the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open, he’s happy to pass along tips for fishing here in April.

Slow Jerking Red Points

Elite Series pro Gerald Swindle cut his angling teeth on Alabama's Logan Martin Lake.Elite Series pro Gerald Swindle cut his angling teeth on Alabama's Logan Martin Lake.
Early April is the tail end of a prespawn pattern that usually begins in February. This is when the bass stage on main-lake red clay points on the lower, clearer end of Logan Martin. The points around Rabbit Branch are a good place to start, Swindle points out.

“Hard red clay is a dominant factor at Logan Martin,” Swindle says. “The lake doesn’t have grass like Guntersville does.”

Concentrate on the ends of clay points that break off from about 6 to 12 feet, Swindle advises. His go-to bait at this time is Lucky Craft’s 1/2-ounce Slender Pointer 112MR suspending jerkbait in the pearl ayu pattern.

Swindle slings the Slender Pointer with a 7-foot medium action Quantum Exo rod matched with 10-pound Sunline Shooter fluorocarbon. A Quantum 6.6:1 gear ratio Exo reel handles 95 percent of his bass fishing chores. Swindle seines the ends of the red clay points, working the jerkbait with a twitch-twitch, pause cadence.

“Don’t overfish the bait,” Swindle stresses. “A more subtle presentation gets more bites. I let the bait pause four to 15 seconds between twitches.”