The third event at Ross Barnett would be a different story, though. Martin missed the event, which would give Dance some breathing room. Dance ended up the victor of the tournament and by the end of three tournaments, Dance would be in the lead for the new Bass Master Angler of the Year award by 7500 points.
Roland Martin would make his Bass Master tournament debut – which almost didn’t happen after he saw the weights posted at the Eufaula National in 1969. It took some cajoling from Ray Scott to get Martin to test the waters that year – Martin never looked back.