Structure Fishing and Efficiency – Roland Martin

Roland Martin shows how he's attached a transducer to the trolling motor shaft to enable him to accurately track structure while fishing. Photo 1973 Bassmaster Fishing Annual.

Roland Martin shows how he’s attached a transducer to the trolling motor shaft to enable him to accurately track structure while fishing. Photo 1973 Bassmaster Fishing Annual.

In the last few weeks here on the Bass Fishing Archives we’ve talked a lot about Jason Lucas and his contributions to the sport of bass fishing. Lucas didn’t coin the phrase structure fishing – again that was Buck Perry – but he was one of, if not the, first anglers to preach fishing in deep water. Then came Perry in the mid-60s with his spoonplugging technique and the actual advent of the phrase, structure fishing.

Then in the early ‘70s a young blond kid joined the ranks of the Bassmaster tournament circuit and turned it on its ear. He touted fishing patterns and structure and won six of the first 10 Bassmaster Angler of the Year trophies. That angler was none other than Roland Martin. [Read more…]