Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Slate Drakes
2. Little Yellow Stoneflies (Summer Stones)
3. Needle Stoneflies
4. Mahogany Duns
5. Little Yellow Quills
Most available - Other types of food:
6. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
7. Inch Worms
My first "Whatever Hits Me" Article
Yesterday, I changed the format for daily articles to the above new schedule and the
first thing I noticed this morning was the first article I needed to write under the new
schedule was the "whatever hits me" article. Nothing hit me this morning. I went back
and read yesterday's article to try to refresh my mind and this hit me. Yesterday I
wrote the following:
There's one thing I learned many years ago about fishing. You don't usually have to
ask to get an opinion about anything to do with fishing.
As soon as I read that this morning, a perfect example of that hit me. Here's the story.
I fished the national B.A.S.S. pro circuit from 1975 to 1980. The all time top winner of
tournaments at that time was Roland Martin. While living in Mobile, Alabama, in
1979-82, I found that I was fishing for saltwater species far more than bass, so I
stopped fishing the BASS circuit in July of 1980, and begin what became the first ever
national syndicated TV series on saltwater fishing.
At the time of this story which took place in 1988, I hadn't seen Roland since 1986
when he had invited me to do a TV program with him on his "Fishing with Roland
Martin" ESPN TV series. He wanted to do a saltwater program, so I set a trip up using
a couple of one of my sponsors large yachts. One was for a remote cameraman, his
wife Mary Ann, and son Scott Martin, who currently has his own TV show. The other, a
63 foot sportfisher, was for the camera crew and us to fish from. By the way, we
caught several sailfish and some large hammerhead shark.
In 1988, I read in a magazine where Roland would be doing a bass fishing seminar for
some local bass clubs in Birmingham, Alabama, at the same time I was going to be in
the area visiting my family. I called Roland and set it up to meet him for dinner and
some cocktails after the seminar. He insisted I come to his seminar where we could
meet and go from there. He put on a very good bass fishing program for a large crowd
of bass club members from several different clubs in central Alabama.
After his finished the seminar, he hung around for what was suppose to be about thirty
minutes for signing autographs and talking to individual anglers. It turned into an hour
and a half ordeal. I was shocked at how this part of it went. Of course, I knew how
fishermen loved to talk about their own success and catches. I had been well aware of
that for several years. What I didn't realize, was this. In about seventy-five or more
percent of the cases where guys came up to Roland to meet him in person, the
majority of the time they spent with him (probably two to four minutes each on the
average with sometimes with two or three guys at a time ) was taken up by them telling
Roland about their own success with club tournaments, big catches and big fish
stories. Very few asked Roland anything.
Roland was the top bass angler in the history bass fishing at the time, winning 19
tournaments (only 6 held per year) and had won 6 BASS angler of the year awards.
He still is he most innovative angler I have ever known. In short, Roland does his own
thing and has always created fishing methods rather than followed anyone. I had to sit
there and listen to what amounted to mostly idiots who wanted to tell Roland their own
success stories. Not only that, but to top it off, several told him if he ever came to
central Alabama, they would be glad to help him out. Little did the idiots know, Roland
had fished all the lakes and rivers in Alabama and most of them many times. He lived
in Montgomery for sometime. He had fished numerous bass tournaments in Alabama
and even won some of them fishing against 300 man fields of professional anglers.
Little did they know, Roland pays absolutely no attention to anyone telling him what to
do on any lake anywhere. He always just nods, thanks them, and instantly forgets what
they have to say.
At that meeting, he would just listen to them, congratulate them and try to get to the
next person wanting to tell him their story. Yes, there were a few that were not that
stupid and were nice guys, but what got me, was the fact the majority were complete
idiots in that respect.
There wasn't a person in the crowd, including me, that knew a third of what Roland
knew about bass fishing and/or that could come close to catching more bass than
him. He had proven that beating the top local guides and bass club anglers from coast
to coast for several years prior to then. Even so, more than half of them wanted to
help him out, of course, only trying to insinuate they knew more about their waters
than him. To finish this, in short, it consisted mostly of a crowd of egotistical
This article, written by Bernie Schultz, compares Roland to Other Bass Anglers
Roland's TV Series
Hum, I just thought of another fishing tale. Bernie Schultz, an old buddy of mine, and
his fishing partner caught a large blue marlin on the shallow water flats of the Florida
Keys from a flats boat.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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