Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., the reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion, landed a wire-to-wire win on the Potomac River to take the FLW Tour title.
His four-day total of 66 pounds, 6 ounces edged out second-place finisher Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala. to take the top prize of $126,000. The win boosted Martin’s career winnings past the $2 million mark.
Martin now has five Tour-level victories.
Martin said he fished excruciatingly slowly and picked apart grass beds with a Bruiser Baits paddle tail worm. He said he wouldn’t catch a fish for 20 minutes and then he would catch one that would allow him to replace his smallest fish in his limit and increase his weight by 4 or 5 ounces. Then he would repeat the process.
“You feel like a caged animal,” Martin said. “Because you’re sitting in this one little spot flipping into every little hole you can.
Clark Wendlandt of Leander finished seventh with 61 pounds, 11 ounces.