Saturday, January 30, 2010

Clewiston's Martin Richer By $50,000

Scott Martin Wins $50,000 In FLW Fishing Tournament

OKEECHOBEE, Fl -– Fishing pro Scott Martin of Clewiston caught a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win $50,000 in the FLW Series Eastern Division tournament on Lake Okeechobee with a four-day catch of 20 bass weighing 71-9.

The catch gave him the win by a 2-pound, 3-ounce margin over John Cox of Debary, Fla., who caught a total of 20 bass weighing 69-6 and earned $20,000.

"I'm about to cry after this one,'' said Martin, who has won more than $1 million in FLW Outdoors events. ''It's an amazing feeling. I've lived here my whole life and I fished my first FLW tournament here and I've been fairly successful here and been in the top 10 a few times. But to win one and keep it here on the lake is awesome. For the city of Okeechobee and the city of Clewiston and all the communities around the lake … it's unbelievable.''

Martin said he returned to the area he fished all week and again had it to himself. He said he slowed down and picked the area apart and relied on GPS to cover different trails through grass than he fished the previous three days. Martin said he retrieved the baits steadily on the surface in heavily matted areas.

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