Gaston Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Martin

Gaston Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Martin Gaston Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Martin

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (March 11, 2019) – Boater David Gaston of Sylacauga, Alabama, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lake Martin. Gaston took home $6,956 for his efforts.


“I fished shallow brush piles in 2 to 3 feet of water in Madwin and Sandy creeks,” said Gaston, who earned his second career victory on Lake Martin in BFL competition. “I worked areas in both creeks, and hit probably 40 different brush piles. I would pull up and flip them 5 or 6 times, and then move on.”


Gaston said he caught eight or nine keepers throughout the day, using a black and blue-colored D&L Baby Advantage Casting jig with a Strike King Menace Rage Tail Craw of the same color. He also weighed one off of a Delta Red-colored Strike King 1.5 KVD HC Silent square-billed crankbait. He used P-Line 20-pound-test Tactical Fluorocarbon line, which he said ended up being a crucial part of his catch.


“They were really subtle bites. They didn’t thump the bait, they kind of just picked it up and held onto it and the sensitivity of the line helped me feel them.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          David Gaston, Sylacauga, Ala., five bass, 16-15, $4,956 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Marty Giddens, Cropwell, Ala., five bass, 15-0, $1,878

               3rd:          Jimmy Miller, Eclectic, Ala., five bass, 13-7, $1,253

               4th:          Dallas Weldon, Tallassee, Ala., five bass, 13-2, $876

               5th:          Terry Fisher, Jacksonville, Fla., five bass, 13-1, $751

               6th:          Steven Ingram, Tallassee, Ala., five bass, 12-11, $689

               7th:          Robert Pelt II, Montgomery, Ala., five bass, 12-7, $726

               8th:          Terry Tucker, Gadsden, Ala., five bass, 12-1, $563

               9th:          Ken Walters, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 12-0, $501

               10th:        Christopher Jones, Midfield, Ala., five bass, 11-10, $416

               10th:        Michael Purvis, Canton, Ga., five bass, 11-10, $416 

Dusty Robinson of Eclectic, Alabama, caught a 6-pound, 10-ounce largemouth – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $490. Robert Hays of Elmore, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $1,959 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 4 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Robert Hays, Elmore, Ala., five bass, 12-4, $1,959

               2nd:         Roman Robinson, Steele, Ala., five bass, 11-15, $929

               3rd:          Michael Ingram, Cropwell, Ala., five bass, 11-13, $619

               4th:          Ty Story, Prattville, Ala., five bass, 11-5, $484

               5th:          Gary Marlowe, Montgomery, Ala., five bass, 11-3, $614

               6th:          William Jackson, Sharpsburg, Ga., five bass, 10-15, $341

               7th:          John Bryan, Carrollton, Ga., five bass, 10-13, $310

               8th:          Franklin McCutcheon, Jacksonville, Ala., five bass, 10-8, $279

               9th:          Ray Puckett, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 10-5, $232

               9th:          Michael Smith, Piedmont, S.C., five bass, 10-5, $232

Marlowe caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $242.

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