Tournament Series Feature Story
2019 Alabama Bass Trail Lake Martin Preview
with Caiden Sinclair and Ethan Flack
by Dan O’Sullivan
February 12, 2019 – Decatur, Ala. – The 2019 Alabama Bass Trail season is kicking off this weekend with the first event in the Southern Division set for February 16, at Lake Martin in Alexander City. Lake Martin has served as an early season event several times in the six season history of ABT, and each time, it has provided excitement and shown its potential as a strong history.
2016 was the first time that Lake Martin was on the Southern Division schedule, and Caiden Sinclair and Ethan Flack grabbed the victory with 16.66 pounds of Lake Martin bass. The team of college students paired up to beat some of the best teams in the state of Alabama by a half a pound.
The pair of friends said that things had worked out for them then. “We had found a really good bite because Caiden had fished with Hunter Gibson in a college event and done well,” they reported. “The conditions held and the bite kept going, and we were able to capitalize with the win.”
They said that they are hoping the same thing happens this week as well. “The conditions are close to what they were in 2016, and we feel pretty good about the potential,” they reported. “If things progress as they are, and we can find some of the same type of situations on the water, we like our chances.”
The pair revealed that they thought the weights would be strong, feeling like there would be a chance to eclipse what they had when they won in 2016. “It’s possible that it could take between 17-1/2 to 18 pounds to win this weekend,” they said. “It could also take 13 pounds to get a check, it should be a decent bite.”
They said that anglers would be able to select any number of techniques to get bites. “It should be a moving bait bite, with fish biting spinnerbaits, Chatterbaits and crankbaits,” they said. “But, with a strong spotted bass population, Shaky Heads and jigs are also going to be a factor.
“It’s going to be an interesting event to say the least.”
The first event of the 2019 Alabama Bass Trail Southern Division season at Lake Martin happens February 16 out of Alexander City, Ala. The mandatory pre-tournament registration and angler information meeting happens on Friday March 23 at the Central Alabama Community College’s Betty Carol Graham Technology Center located at 1675 Cherokee Rd. in Alexander City, AL 35010 with registration happening from 4:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. and the pre-tournament meeting beginning at 6:30 P.M. Takeoff and weigh-in occur at Wind Creek State Park at 4325 AL-128 Alexander City, AL 35010.
The sponsors of the 2019 Alabama Bass Trail include; Phoenix Bass Boats, Bill Penney Toyota, Garmin, Academy Sports & Outdoors, America’s First Federal Credit Union, Alabama Tourism Department, T-H Marine Supplies, Jack’s, Wedowee Marine, Buffalo Rock, Fish Neely Henry Lake.com, Alabama Power Company, Lew’s Fishing, AFTCO, YETI, Big Bit Baits, and E3 Apparel.
For information about Alabama Bass Trail and for complete tournament standings visit www.alabamabasstrail.org