Tournament Fishing's Four-Letter Word: Part 2
A three-part series look at how competitive bass fishing has changed and evolved since the 1970s
In the first installment of "Tournament Fishing's Four-Letter Word," we covered a little of the history of big-time tournament fishing. Roland Martin was one of the sport's early superstars, and he dominated the sport like one else ever has or ever will.
Today's anglers lack Martin's considerable advantages over most of the rest of his competition. He was a professional fishing guide with thousands of hours on the water. He fished with the latest and best equipment and was better versed in its use than almost anyone else. He traveled the tour extensively and was experienced on a variety of different waters and water types — not just the water in his own backyard. He sought and got the best information from experts on the tournament waters.
And in doing these things, he was mostly alone. Few others had these advantages that Martin fought hard to get and keep. He out-worked, out-thought and out-fished his competition.
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