“Being in the lead, I did look over my shoulder a lot to see who the challengers were behind me. But you can’t dwell on that. No matter what happens or who was behind me, I knew I still had to catch a good limit each day. I knew I couldn’t be worrying about who was behind me.”
“As I got in the back of the cove, I saw some fallen brush and stick-ups, He said. “This was too much, it looked just like Eufaula Oklahoma, ‘Spinnerbait Heaven.’ Without any hesitation, I picked up the S.O.B. (Small Okiebug) and for the next two hours had a ball.”
To summarize Martin’s achievements for the 1972 season, he placed in the Top-4 in each of six events, he won two events, he won his second AOY in a row and in doing it, he accumulated 203 out of a possible 210 points. He made his 17th straight check from B.A.S.S. and bumped his all-time earnings up to $21,175 – second only to Bill Dance’s $21,490.