The Walmart FLW – “Battle of Chickamauga”
From opening day Casey Martin led the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour Tennessee’s on Lake Chickamauga finishing with a weigh in of 30 pounds final-day victory, one of the heaviest finishes in FLW history and qualified him for the Forrest Wood Cup. Sunday July 30th ended “The battle of Chickamauga” with Martin in first place, Wesley Strader in 2nd place with a 22 pound, 4 ounce stringer and Michael Neal, owner of the Dayton Boat Dock, finishing the event in 3rd place with an average of more than 20 pounds per day. An amazing assemblage of limits for a summer bass tournament due in part to the amazing fishery that has been developed by the hard work of local anglers and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Fishing a ledge with 15 feet of water on top and drop off to 25 feet, Martin located a massive school of bass that allowed him to make the cut on day one. Martin’s arsenal of baits he used to catch most of his bass included a Picasso Bait Ball Extreme tipped with Gene Larew Sweet Swimmers at times and Zoom Swimmin Super Fluke Juniors (albino color) at other times. His top rig was reported to be Strike King Shadalicious (blue gizzard color) and Basstrix swimbaits on the bottom of the 13 swimbait rig but only the bigger three on bottom had hooks keeping the rig in compliance with Tennessee regulations.
By day three the school of fish that had been so productive on the ledge pattern had slightly disbursed and Martin changing tactic to a spinning rod and a drop-shot, consisting of a 3/8-ounce weight, a green pumpkin Roboworm on 10-pound-test line. Martin turned the school of massive bass back on. Ledge fishing paid off for Casey pulling a massive 8 pound, 5 ounce bass off the ledge. his biggest fish of the event. Other baits that Martin used to catch bass included a 3/4-ounce Omega football jig and a Strike King 10XD crankbait making his victory not just another A rig win, Martin reported that by day they the bass would not touch the rig, and only 12 out of the 20 bass weighed in were caught on the rig. Martin’s four-day total weight of 103 pounds, 3 ounces, is second largest in FLW history. Martin brought home a check for $125,000 in his fourth FLW win and gave him a spot with 34 other pros that will compete in the FLW Tour at the upcoming Forrest Wood Cup on the Red River.
The FLW event at Dayton Tennessee hosted a fantastic turn out with entertainment and fun for everyone. The pros as well as the crowd faced the heat and humidity for the event hosted by Walmart. Fans lined up for autographs at the Expo, children took part in the activities while the crowd enjoyed the entertainment. Donna Bilbrey even had a chance to work the Minn Kota booth, one of her sponsors she represents with a field staff position. Here she demonstrates the Minn Kota Talon anchoring system to a fan. Dayton and Lake Chickamauga will also host her next LBAA event in July when it will be the ladies turn to take part in the competition for the big fish of the amazing fishery.
Congratulations to Casey Martin from Team Bilbrey Fishing on his amazing victory at the “Battle of Chickamauga”. I have followed his rooky career and his ability to pattern diverse water and to change tactics with conditions indicates to me that his future is promising for many years to come. In fact it was Casey that helped me to get the Team Bilbrey Web Site going by recommending me to Bass Pro Sites (Pro Sites Unlimited) for a provider. Here are some links to some other articles that I have written about Casey the last few months.
Be sure to follow Casey on Facebook and on his site at: http://caseymartinfishing.com/
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