For the first time today, Aaron Martens is fishing a bank that has no observers standing on it. He's left the Nelson Park Marina area, gone south under Lost Bridge and pulled up to a tree-lined bank in Basin #1. The move immediately paid off with a keeper, but it was barely over 14 inches, so Martens didn't waste any time seeing if it could help him by an ounce or two. He tossed it back. Although the background has changed, his pattern has not; he's casting to riprap-lined banks.
Aaron Martens just caught a 3 1/2-pound bass that filled out his limit.
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Evers just sacked a 2, maybe 2 1/4-pounder in dramatic fashion. He set the hook, muttered something about it being a good fish, then it led him clear around the boat, as spectators shouted encouragement. After circling the boat and dodging the two cameramen in his Nitro, Evers’ fish dove into a brushpile, surfaced, then began thrashing around violently. He grabbed the line and inched the boat closer as the fish fought for its freedom, but Evers managed to get a thumb in its mouth, which elicited whoops and hollers from everyone. It was quite a scene!
Aaron Martens is fishing right near the area where he took off this morning.
We just got wind of some very interesting news. Evers just told his cameraman a story about his fuel situation, who related it to us. Yesterday, when Evers put his boat on the trailer, his fuel gauge read 33 percent. When he put in this morning, the level read 10 percent. We don’t know how. After he made his run up here, it read zero. Yikes. We hope it’s just a malfunction with the sensor. Anyhow, Evers is still catching short fish maybe three in the last half hour or so.
As you can see from this photo, Aaron Martens' fishing philosophy today seems to be "the more people watching, the merrier." Martens might be feeling some pressure now, knowing that Edwin Evers is hanging right with him, but he obviously doesn't mind fishing in front of an audience.
Aaron Martens has moved back to the west side of Lake Decatur, near today's take-off site. We've got some musical background now to our "Martens Watch." The Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" greeted us upon arrival, and now we're bouncing along to "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge. And in this boat, there's no evidence that white men can dance.