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ND’s Brother Martin

Martin to compete in Big Bass Junior Championship

It’s a long way from the Atchafalaya Basin in south Louisiana to the Pend Oreille River in northern Idaho.
Notre Dame’s Bryant “Brother” Martin, who just two weeks ago was casting for bass in America’s last great overflow swamp some 30 miles from his home in Crowley, is discovering that this week.
Martin, a Notre Dame student who earlier this year was named to the B.A.S.S Louisiana All-State bass fishing team, boarded a plane in New Orleans along with his parents Thursday morning and headed for the great Northwest where he will take part in the B.A.S.S.Big Bass Junior Championship on Saturday.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” said Martin. “It will be something different from any tournament I’ve ever fished.
“There’s not a lot about the lake on the Internet and the weather is supposed to really be something.”
The weather forecast for the area calls for 100 percent rain and temperatures in the mid-30s to low 40s. Snow is forecast for Sunday.
“I’ve fished in the rain in the 40s, but never in the 30s,” he said. “I’m bringing a lot of warm clothes, for sure.”
Martin, a senior at Notre Dame, will compete along with another 47 high school anglers from across the country - one from each state - in a one-day event that will conclude at 3 p.m. CST Saturday.
The final weigh-in will be streamed live on Bassmaster.com.
The format calls for anglers to be paired with boat captains from local bass clubs, along with one other competitor. The eventual winner will receive a fully-rigged $30,000 Margay bass boat. The boat is one of nearly $250,000 in prizes that will be handed out.
“I’ll just have to see what it looks like once I get there since there isn’t much information available,” he said. “But, yeah, I’m excited about it.”
Martin qualified for the tournament during an eight-month competition that was open to all high school anglers in Louisiana from January to August. The winner was determined by the angler who caught the biggest bass, which Martin did with a 5.75 pounder that he landed this past summer at Henderson Lake.

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