LAKE MARTIN, Ala. – Lake Martin lived up to its reputation of being a tough, infertile lake. Conditions for the tournament were the best central Alabama had seen in weeks. Air temps starting out at freezing and warmed throughout the day to upper 50s and low 60s; it made for an enjoyable day on the lake. The water temps were still a bit on the chilly side, barely cracking 50 degrees by the end of the day. Lake Martin is known for crystal clear water; however, on this day, the water ranged from muddy to very muddy with low visibility.
Fishing was tough for most anglers but a few found the kicker fish needed to anchor a competitive bag for Lake Martin. The majority of the anglers weighed in limit bags of 5 fish that weighed 7-9 pounds. The heaviest weights were anchored by big fish averaging 4 pounds with the largest of the tournament being a 7.62 largemouth closely followed by a 6.14 largemouth. The heaviest bass were found shallow in prespawn patterns around structure. Most were caught on small shallow running crankbaits and lipless rattlebaits. See FULL RESULTS.