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August 14, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Luke Clausen of Spokane takes fourth place at the Forrest Wood Cup bass fishing event

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Chevy pro Luke Clausen of Spokane headed into the final day of the prestigious Forrest Wood Cup bass tournament at Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas, slightly out of the lead in second place, but ended the final day claiming fourth overall.

National Guard pro Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., finished the day with a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces to claim the title with a four-day total of 20 bass for 61-1, and won $600,000 plus a $1,000 Power-Pole bonus.

Martin just edged out by a 4-pound, 10-ounce margin over EverStart pro Randall Tharp of Gardendale, Ala., who caught five bass weighing 15-1 for a four-day total of 20 bass weighing 56-7, which was good for $100,000.

Clausen finished in fourth place with 18 bass, 48-10, and earned a nice prize of $55,000. National Guard pro Mark Rose of Marion, Ark., finished in third place with 20 bass, 50-15 and took home $60,000.

The finale featured 58 of the world’s best professional bass anglers.

Martin said he fished main lake areas around Bird Island, Pollard Creek and Mountain Harbor to claim his title.

Martin keyed in on an area that was holding 4- and 5-inch shad in 23 to 27 feet of water. The area featured brush piles, but Martin said the key was the wind that was keeping the shad near the brush piles for the feeding bass. He said any brush piles that he found that didn’t have baitfish in the area didn’t produce the healthier bass he used to fill his limits.

Martin said he used three main rigs during the tournament, all of which were anchored by Kistler rods. On his swimbait rig, Martin used a 7-foot, 10-inch Z-Bone model rod and an Abu Garcia Revo Premier reel with 10-pound-test Seaguar line. The bait was a Gary Yamamoto swimbait on the back of a Sworming Hornet Fish Head Spin or a hollow belly swimbait on a 7/16-ounce head slow-rolled in deep water.

Martin’s 10-inch ribbontail worm setup was a 7-foot, 6-inch Z-Bone model rod and an Abu Garcia Revo Premier reel with 12-pound-test Seaguar line. Martin fished the worm with a 3/8-ounce weight and 5/0 worm hook.

Martin said he caught a few fish during the first three days of competition on a drop-shot rig consisting of a 7-foot Z-Bone model rod and a Shimano Stradic reel with 10-pound-test Spiderwire line and an 8-pound-test Seaguar leader. The hook was a 1/0 with a 5/16-ounce tungsten weight, and Martin tipped the rig with a Morning Dawn-colored RoboWorm or a watermelon candy-colored finesse worm. Martin said he dyed the tail tips chartreuse.

Rounding out the top 10 are:

5th: Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 17 bass, 47-5, $50,000

6th: Todd Auten, Lake Wylie, S.C., 19 bass, 46-2, $45,000

7th: Cody Meyer, Grass Valley, Calif., 20 bass, 44-7, $40,000

8th: Andy Montgomery, Grover, N.C., 17 bass, 42-11, $35,000

9th: Castrol pro David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 18 bass, 42-7, $30,000

10th: Diet Mt. Dew pro Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla., 15 bass, 42-3, $25,000

Overall there were 39 bass weighing 81 pounds, 1 ounce caught by pros Sunday. The catch included five five-bass limits.

(Photo courtesy of Julie Huber, FLW Outdoors Communications Specialist)

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