“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.”
“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.
Scott made a decree at the beginning of ‘72 that all B.A.S.S. events would be “Catch and Release” events. He invested in the production of a 525-gallon aerated livewell, which he coined “Big Blue,” and each fish that came to the dock would be promptly weighed and placed into Big Blue so they could later be released.
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.