“It looks like a pregnant guppy, has better moves than a hopped-up go-go dancer, costs even more than a prime cut New York Strip and with it, bass fishing professionals, that can find one, are winning big dollars.”
We’ve got the best bass fishermen in the world on this plane. You wouldn’t expect the World Series to be played on a Little League ball yard. Neither would you expect the World Championship of Bass Fishing to be held in a fish hatchery.
“Pete Henson is the most famous hole fisherman of all. He stayed on one spot so long, a barge boat driver mistook him for a channel marker. Pete moved the third day of the tournament, and the channel boat operator ran aground.”
The 1971 Bassmaster season, or as they used to call it, “The Society’s Tournament Trail,” became the second such season where an angler would be recognized for consistency throughout the year. This title, as called out in the 1971 Nov/Dec issue of Bassmaster Magazine, was the Point Scoring Crown, known today as the Angler of the Year award.
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.