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Roland Martin

When Mr. Martin began his professional B.A.S.S. tournament, career in 1970, many people predicted that he’d win his first event. He didn’t…he finished second. He did, however, win the second B.A.S.S. tournament he ever fished: the 1970 Lake Seminole event and followed this with a second-place finish in the 3rd Bassmaster tournament in which he competed. No one, previously, had done this.

During his thirty-one year career, he has literally won it all. Along the B.A.S.S. tournament trail alone, he’s won 19 tournament titles; he’s been the B.A.S.S. “Angler-of-the-Year” 9-times, and both of these are records on the B.A.S.S. circuit.

Mr. Martin has also qualified for 24 Bassmaster Classics and finished in second place, a record 19 times.

In addition, he is credited with developing the term “pattern fishing” in 1969, a definition that he describes as, “the exact set of water conditions which attracts fish to that specific spot and to other similar spots all over the same body of water”.

While most fishermen know him by his outstanding tournament career, he also found the time to author many articles and books on bass fishing. The most famous of which is the one written in 1980, entitled, 101 Ways to Catch Bass, a book that was been taken to the lake by more bass fishermen than probably any information source ever written.

While this 61-year old has accomplished enough for two lifetimes, he shows no signs of slowing down, as evidenced by him recently qualifying for his 24th Bassmaster Classic appearance.

Inducted: 2001 (Founding Class)

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