Davis on top at St. Clair Elite, Martens on top AoY race
Aug 23rd, 2013 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Aug 23rd, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Former Bassmaster Classic champ and Yamaha pro Mark Davisfrom Mount Ida, Arkansasslid up one spot today to take the lead with a total of 42 pounds 11 ounces atthe Plano Championship Chase Bassmaster Elite Series event at Lake St. Clair out of Detroit, Michiganafter Day 2. Brutal runs were part of Davis’program as they were for Mercury pro Aaron Martens of Leeds, Alabama, who movedup one spot to second with a two-day bag of 41 pounds, 7 ounces.
Martens move up also placed him in charge to take the coveted Angler of the Year (AoY) title. Bassmaster fans will find out tomorrow if Martens takes his second AoY.
Rounding out the Top 5 were Shimano pro Kotaro Kiriyama ofMoody, Alabama, with 40 pounds 7ounces, Power-Pole pro Chris Lanefrom Guntersville, Alabama,weighing 39 pounds 10 ounces, and Ranger pro Keith Combs of Huntington, Texas,with 39 pounds 10 ounces.
Davis is notsure where he is fishing.
“I’m fishing one little spot that is on my GPS,” said Davis. “It’s out in Lake Erie. I couldn’t tell ya where it’s. It’s a long way out there. A lot of the younger fellas are telling me it’s not like me making such a long run. It is a big gamble, but I have a lot of confidence in my equipment to get me there and back.
“I’m not superstitious, but if you brag too much it can have a negative impact. I can tell you I jumped a 6-pounder off. I’m on the right fish to win. I’m not saying I’m gonna win, but I’m on the right fish.”
Martens had a slower day.
“I had about half the bites today,” said Martens. “It was a lot slower today. I caught about eight or nine keepers.
“It blew hard out there today for about three or four hours. My feet were really wet. There were a lot of white caps out there.
“When you are smallmouth fishing those fish can move. It is hard to say if that is what happened today or if the big schools of big fish are still there.”
The AoY is on Martens’ mind.
“I try not to think about the Angler of the Year,” said Martens. “I can’t back off at all. I worked out a couple of weeks to get in shape for this. Lots of core exercises.”