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Martens Leads Elite Series Tournament on West Point Lake

Martens Leads Elite Series Tournament on West Point Lake Even as he moved up from fourth place into first on Friday at the West Point Lake tournament, Martens said he was mystified.
 

LAGRANGE, Ga. — With 24 pounds, 14 ounces of largemouth bass weighed over two days and a Bassmaster Elite Series lead in hand, Aaron Martens had good reason to feel he had a handle on West Point Lake bass.
 
He felt no such thing. Even as he moved up from fourth place into first on Friday at the West Point Lake tournament, Martens said he was mystified.
 
“On this place, I’m not sure about anything,” Martens said. “It is one of those lakes that humbles the best of the best, and when you don’t think it will happen, it happens. It’s hard here, so hard.”
 
From Leeds, Ala., Martens — a six-time Bassmaster winner, including the 2012 Elite Series postseason event — led the Battle by 1 ounce over Greg Vinson of Wetumpka, Ala. Vinson’s 24-13 two-day total kept him in second place, the same finish he had on Day 1.
 
Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Okla., was third with 23-3, trailing Martens by 1-11 — the size of one small spotted bass on West Point Lake, and perhaps the size of the fifth fish Biffle failed to bring to the scales for the second day in a row.
 
One ounce behind Biffle was Day 1 leader Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas. Combs weighed 7-4 Friday, a big fall from his first-day weight of 15-14, but good enough for fourth place. Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., took fifth place with a two-day total of 22-10.
 
Martens said his day was “nerve-wracking.”
 
“I moved a lot today, running-and-gunning, fished a lot of different spots, fished fast, fished slow,” he said. “I did everything I could.”
 
Martens said he caught bass on five different baits Friday “just fishing” for postspawners, a contrast to the bedding-bass bite he was on the first day, when he weighed 13-5 for fourth place.
 
Yet he tried for big bedders. His first stop of the morning was an area with spawning beds, and he caught a 2 1/2-pounder on his first cast. But after that, the beds yielded only small male bass of about 2 pounds.
 
He said he’d try the same area again Saturday to see if larger, game-changer females moved onto the beds again. But he’ll also go for the postspawners that helped him to his second-day lead as his best bet to win.
 
“But I might not catch a fish there again the rest of the week. It may have been a fluke deal. Maybe the wind was blowing just right, and I may have caught most of the good ones out of the school. I don’t know,” he said.
 
Vinson’s 9-3 weight of Friday was a marked difference from his Day 1 bag of 15-10, even though he worked the same pattern both days.
 
“I didn’t feel like the places where I caught them yesterday were going to replenish, so I’m really happy I caught a solid limit today running new water,” Vinson said Friday. “I didn’t get the big bite today.”
 
Vinson again weighed in all largemouth for his five-fish limit. He caught 10 keeper bass Friday, but no hoped-for big bass was among them.
 
“I kept thinking I would get it,” he said.
 
Biffle moved up from seventh place to claim third. Happy with his day, he still looked back with regret on two days of being one shy of a limit.
 
His day started slowly.
 
“It probably was 9:30 [a.m.], 10 o’clock when I caught the first one,” he said. “I was pretty happy because I knew that meant I was fishing tomorrow.”
 
Biffle meant he felt assured he’d make the Top 50 cut for Saturday’s competition. As it turned out, he was nowhere near falling out with 23-3. The 50th-place cut settled in at 14-3. Kelly Jordan of Palestine, Texas, took that last spot.
 
Friday’s largest bass, a 6-6, was brought in by Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C. The bass helped push him from 20th place on Day 1 into sixth place on Day 2. The 6-6, however, did not knock out the 6-12 largemouth weighed Thursday by Biffle as the tournament’s best bass so far. After four days, the largest fish will land the Carhartt Big Bass bonus of $1,000 plus $500 if the angler was wearing Carhartt clothing.
 
Martens won the $500 Livingston Leader Award presented by Livingston Lures to the pro in first place after two days.
 
For the event’s Berkley Heavyweight award of $500, Combs’ Day 1 bag of 15-14 remained the top contender. The largest bag of Day 2 was 14-6 by Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., who jumped from 40th into seventh place with 22-2 over two days.
 
The pros are after a first prize of $100,000 and an instant-in for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. They’re also are earning points toward a Classic qualification. The top pro in points at the end of the eight-event regular season will win the coveted Bassmaster Angler of the Year title.
 
The four-day event continues Saturday, when 50 pros who survived Friday’s cut will return to West Point Lake. The pros will launch at 6:40 a.m. each day from Pyne Road Park (4481 Roanoke Road, LaGrange, GA 30240). Beginning at 3:15 p.m., weigh-ins will be at the same location.
 
Fans are invited to the launch and weigh-in, as well as to the Bassmaster Elite Series Expo, which features products and activities by Elite Series sponsors; free demo rides in Nitro, Skeeter and Triton bass rigs powered by Mercury and Yamaha engines; Dixie Dock Dogs, a dog-jumping competition; and much more.
 
At Pyne Road Park next to the weigh-in site, the Expo opens at noon. All Bassmaster events are free and open to the public.
 
 
 2013 West Point Lake Tournament 5/2-5/5
 
West Point Lake, La Grange  GA.
 
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2
 
 
 
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts
 
 
1.  Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               10  24-14  100
 
  Day 1: 5   13-05     Day 2: 5   11-09  
 
2.  Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL            10  24-13   99
 
  Day 1: 5   15-10     Day 2: 5   09-03  
 
3.  Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK              8  23-03   98
 
  Day 1: 4   12-10     Day 2: 4   10-09  
 
4.  Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          10  23-02   97
 
  Day 1: 5   15-14     Day 2: 5   07-04  
 
5.  Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              10  22-10   96
 
  Day 1: 5   13-00     Day 2: 5   09-10  
 
6.  Casey D Ashley         Donalds, SC             10  22-07   95
 
  Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   13-08  
 
7.  Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              10  22-02   94
 
  Day 1: 5   07-12     Day 2: 5   14-06  
 
8.  Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ    10  21-14   93
 
  Day 1: 5   10-04     Day 2: 5   11-10  
 
9.  Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                 10  21-11   92
 
  Day 1: 5   07-11     Day 2: 5   14-00  
 
10. Pete Ponds             Madison, MS             10  21-11   91
 
  Day 1: 5   08-11     Day 2: 5   13-00  
 
11. Chris Zaldain          San Jose, CA            10  21-08   90
 
  Day 1: 5   08-12     Day 2: 5   12-12  
 
12. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS               10  21-06   89
 
  Day 1: 5   14-02     Day 2: 5   07-04  
 
13. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID            10  21-05   88
 
  Day 1: 5   11-05     Day 2: 5   10-00  
 
14. Davy Hite              Ninety Six, SC          10  21-04   87
 
  Day 1: 5   09-09     Day 2: 5   11-11  
 
15. Hank Cherry            Maiden, NC              10  21-00   86
 
  Day 1: 5   12-04     Day 2: 5   08-12  
 
16. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC               10  20-09   85
 
  Day 1: 5   12-10     Day 2: 5   07-15  
 
17. Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC          10  20-09   84
 
  Day 1: 5   10-07     Day 2: 5   10-02  
 
18. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA          6  20-07   83
 
  Day 1: 3   10-13     Day 2: 3   09-10  
 
19. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           10  19-08   82
 
  Day 1: 5   08-03     Day 2: 5   11-05  
 
20. Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR           10  19-01   81
 
  Day 1: 5   09-12     Day 2: 5   09-05  
 
21. Fletcher Shryock       Newcomerstown, OH       10  18-13   80
 
  Day 1: 5   05-08     Day 2: 5   13-05  
 
22. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX                7  18-09   79
 
  Day 1: 5   09-11     Day 2: 2   08-14  
 
23. John Crews             Salem, VA                9  18-01   78
 
  Day 1: 4   10-06     Day 2: 5   07-11  
 
24. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          10  18-00   77
 
  Day 1: 5   06-09     Day 2: 5   11-07  
 
25. Jami Fralick           Martin, SD              10  17-10   76
 
  Day 1: 5   08-14     Day 2: 5   08-12  
 
26. Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC          10  17-08   75
 
  Day 1: 5   06-06     Day 2: 5   11-02  
 
27. Rick Morris            Lake Gaston, VA         10  17-05   74
 
  Day 1: 5   07-13     Day 2: 5   09-08  
 
28. Gary Klein             Weatherford, TX         10  17-03   73
 
  Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 5   08-12  
 
29. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              10  16-15   72
 
  Day 1: 5   06-07     Day 2: 5   10-08  
 
30. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             10  16-12   71
 
  Day 1: 5   09-04     Day 2: 5   07-08  
 
31. Kevin Short            Mayflower, AR            9  16-10   70
 
  Day 1: 4   07-04     Day 2: 5   09-06  
 
32. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO        10  16-10   69
 
  Day 1: 5   08-11     Day 2: 5   07-15  
 
33. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              10  16-08   68
 
  Day 1: 5   07-12     Day 2: 5   08-12  
 
34. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX               9  16-07   67
 
  Day 1: 4   04-12     Day 2: 5   11-11  
 
35. Kenyon Hill            Norman, OK              10  16-07   66
 
  Day 1: 5   07-01     Day 2: 5   09-06  
 
36. Timmy Horton           Muscle Shoals, AL        9  16-06   65
 
  Day 1: 5   07-07     Day 2: 4   08-15  
 
37. Fred Roumbanis         Bixby, OK               10  15-15   64
 
  Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   07-05  
 
38. Kurt Dove              Del Rio, TX             10  15-14   63
 
  Day 1: 5   07-12     Day 2: 5   08-02  
 
39. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN            8  15-12   62
 
  Day 1: 3   04-06     Day 2: 5   11-06  
 
40. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ         10  15-04   61
 
  Day 1: 5   08-01     Day 2: 5   07-03  
 
41. Nate Wellman           Newaygo, MI             10  15-01   60
 
  Day 1: 5   08-00     Day 2: 5   07-01  
 
42. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR         10  15-00   59
 
  Day 1: 5   07-15     Day 2: 5   07-01  
 
43. Matt Reed              Madisonville, TX        10  14-15   58
 
  Day 1: 5   07-09     Day 2: 5   07-06  
 
44. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL              9  14-14   57
 
  Day 1: 4   06-03     Day 2: 5   08-11  
 
45. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR         10  14-13   56
 
  Day 1: 5   07-04     Day 2: 5   07-09  
 
46. Scott Ashmore          Broken Arrow, OK        10  14-10   55
 
  Day 1: 5   06-07     Day 2: 5   08-03  
 
47. Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX               7  14-09   54
 
  Day 1: 2   04-01     Day 2: 5   10-08  
 
48. Clark Reehm            Shreveport, LA          10  14-05   53
 
  Day 1: 5   07-11     Day 2: 5   06-10  
 
49. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL        10  14-04   52
 
  Day 1: 5   07-14     Day 2: 5   06-06  
 
50. Kelly Jordon           Palestine, TX            9  14-03   51
 
  Day 1: 4   05-13     Day 2: 5   08-06  
 
51. John Murray            Phoenix, AZ             10  14-01   50
 
  Day 1: 5   07-03     Day 2: 5   06-14  
 
52. Jason Quinn            Lake Wylie, SC          10  13-15   49
 
  Day 1: 5   06-03     Day 2: 5   07-12  
 
53. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL               9  13-15   48
 
  Day 1: 5   07-06     Day 2: 4   06-09  
 
54. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL          9  13-14   47
 
  Day 1: 4   05-07     Day 2: 5   08-07  
 
55. Bobby Lane             Lakeland, FL             9  13-13   46
 
  Day 1: 4   06-03     Day 2: 5   07-10  
 
56. Jonathon VanDam        Kalamazoo, MI           10  13-12   45
 
  Day 1: 5   05-12     Day 2: 5   08-00  
 
57. Zell Rowland           Montgomery, TX           6  13-10   44
 
  Day 1: 2   03-03     Day 2: 4   10-07  
 
58. Boyd Duckett           Demopolis, AL            9  13-10   43
 
  Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 4   04-11  
 
59. Jared Miller           Norman, OK               8  13-10   42
 
  Day 1: 3   05-07     Day 2: 5   08-03  
 
60. Casey Scanlon          Lenexa, KS              10  13-10   41
 
  Day 1: 5   05-11     Day 2: 5   07-15  
 
61. Randy Howell           Springville, AL          9  13-06   40
 
  Day 1: 4   06-00     Day 2: 5   07-06  
 
62. Derek Remitz           Grant, AL               10  13-05   39
 
  Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   04-11  
 
63. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL            8  13-05   38
 
  Day 1: 5   07-15     Day 2: 3   05-06  
 
64. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK             10  13-05   37
 
  Day 1: 5   05-09     Day 2: 5   07-12  
 
65. Matt Herren            Trussville, AL          10  13-02   36
 
  Day 1: 5   05-10     Day 2: 5   07-08  
 
66. James Elam             Tulsa, OK               10  13-02   35
 
  Day 1: 5   05-11     Day 2: 5   07-07  
 
67. David Smith            Del City, OK            10  13-00   34
 
  Day 1: 5   06-04     Day 2: 5   06-12  
 
68. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL              7  12-15   33
 
  Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 2   03-10  
 
69. Charlie Hartley        Grove City, OH           8  12-14   32
 
  Day 1: 3   03-00     Day 2: 5   09-14  
 
70. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK            7  12-12   31
 
  Day 1: 2   04-00     Day 2: 5   08-12  
 
71. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL            9  12-09   30
 
  Day 1: 4   05-06     Day 2: 5   07-03  
 
72. Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY            8  12-02   29
 
  Day 1: 3   05-03     Day 2: 5   06-15   
 
73. Chad Pipkens           Holt, MI                10  12-02   28
 
  Day 1: 5   06-09     Day 2: 5   05-09  
 
74. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL           9  11-15   27
 
  Day 1: 4   04-12     Day 2: 5   07-03  
 
75. Kevin Hawk             Guntersville, AL         8  11-13   26
 
  Day 1: 5   07-13     Day 2: 3   04-00  
 
76. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR         10  11-11   25
 
  Day 1: 5   04-15     Day 2: 5   06-12  
 
77. David Walker           Sevierville, TN          6  11-02   24
 
  Day 1: 5   09-07     Day 2: 1   01-11  
 
78. Jason Williamson       Aiken, SC                8  10-14   23
 
  Day 1: 5   07-00     Day 2: 3   03-14  
 
79. Kotaro Kiriyama        Moody, AL                9  10-12   22
 
  Day 1: 5   06-04     Day 2: 4   04-08  
 
80. Jeremy Starks          Scott Depot, WV          9  10-10   21
 
  Day 1: 5   05-11     Day 2: 4   04-15  
 
81. Billy McCaghren        Mayflower, AR            8  10-06   20
 
  Day 1: 5   07-10     Day 2: 3   02-12  
 
82. Michael Simonton       Fremont, OH              5  10-03   19
 
  Day 1: 2   06-04     Day 2: 3   03-15  
 
83. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS         7  10-02   18
 
  Day 1: 5   05-12     Day 2: 2   04-06  
 
84. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA             6  10-00   17
 
  Day 1: 5   08-06     Day 2: 1   01-10  
 
85. Morizo Shimizu         Osaka JAPAN              6  09-11   16
 
  Day 1: 5   08-00     Day 2: 1   01-11  
 
86. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                  6  09-05   15
 
  Day 1: 5   08-05     Day 2: 1   01-00  
 
87. Matt Greenblatt        Port St Lucie, FL        7  09-05   14
 
  Day 1: 2   02-12     Day 2: 5   06-09  
 
88. Shaw E Grigsby Jr.     Gainesville, FL          7  08-11   13
 
  Day 1: 5   06-15     Day 2: 2   01-12  
 
89. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL            7  08-10   12
 
  Day 1: 5   05-10     Day 2: 2   03-00  
 
90. Josh Bertrand          Gilbert, AZ              5  08-07   11
 
  Day 1: 1   01-03     Day 2: 4   07-04  
 
91. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS               6  07-14   10
 
  Day 1: 2   02-01     Day 2: 4   05-13  
 
92. Dennis Tietje          Roanoke, LA              6  07-13    9
 
  Day 1: 5   05-09     Day 2: 1   02-04  
 
93. Chip Porche            Bixby, OK                4  07-12    8
 
  Day 1: 3   04-14     Day 2: 1   02-14  
 
94. Brandon Card           Caryville, TN            5  07-06    7
 
  Day 1: 2   02-08     Day 2: 3   04-14  
 
95. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA        3  07-04    6
 
  Day 1: 3   07-04     Day 2: 0   00-00  
 
96. BJ Haseotes            Centerville, MA          5  07-03    5
 
  Day 1: 4   05-06     Day 2: 1   01-13  
 
97. Grant Goldbeck         Boerne, TX               4  06-00    4
 
  Day 1: 2   02-03     Day 2: 2   03-13  
 
98. J Todd Tucker          Moultrie, GA             4  05-03    3
 
  Day 1: 4   05-03     Day 2: 0   00-00  
 
99. Jamie Horton           Centerville, AL          3  03-10    2
 
  Day 1: 3   03-10     Day 2: 0   00-00  
 
100. Kevin Ledoux           Choctaw, OK              4  03-07    1
 
  Day 1: 3   02-07     Day 2: 1   01-00  
 
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Totals
 
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 
 1        69       441       729-11
 
 2        67       412       733-06
 
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         136       853      1463-01
 

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