The first time I came across the Action Lures Breathing Worm was around 1978. They were hanging on the wall at the shop I worked at – already having a number of birthdays there – collecting dust.
In the article, “Season at a Glance: 1971 Bassmaster Trail – Part One,” there was a little confusion as to the AOY and Classic titles. Harold Sharp was kind enough to direct me to the article that defined the AOY.
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.