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geared towards winning even if it means occasionally coming up empty. “We fish about 100% alike,” states Richard. “In all honesty, I might even fish a little more ag- gressively than he does. We go with bigger baits and we don’t play numbers. That’s what set my dad apart in the 80’s and 90’s. It’s fishing the fish that are going to get you a paycheck.”

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developed their own styles very different from that of their fathers. “I’m West Coast biased in my tech- niques, using really heavy line and really light line, and he’s sort of in-between,” Troy Lindner comments. “I’m either fishing 6- or 8-lb test or 25- or 60-lb braid and he’s usu- ally fishing 12- or 14-lb test. “We both fish fast,” adds Troy, “even if it’s with something like an aggressive fi- nesse approach. It’s one or two casts and then gone. That’s the way he fishes and fishing behind him for a lot of years, I’ve probably picked that up as well.” “In my heyday, I was running and gun- ning,” Roland Martin remarks. “I was gam- bling. I would change gears and go com- pletely away from my Day One pattern and I won several tournaments that way. Scott has done the same thing.” Scott Martin notes that while his fa- ther, Roland, is old-school in his presenta- tions, he’s opted for a high-tech approach to bass fishing. The elder Martin corrobo- rates this, noting Scott’s proficiency with GPS and positioning the boat using the front and rear depth finders is the best he’s ever seen. Their different approaches were high- lighted by a recent fishing trip. “We were fishing Lake Lanier for Ultimate Match Fishing,” Scott relates. “He’s got his boat, I’ve got my boat. He has this big, gigantic, heavy-looking flipping stick, 25-lb fluores- cent blue mono, a big jig that’s looks like some nasty old squirrel, and an Uncle Josh pork chunk. His jars of pork chunks are rusted shut, and I told him they’re so old, he could maybe buy more off eBay. I’m using my high-tech stuff, my Kistler rods

and fluorocarbon, and he still caught more bass than me.” The Brauers, on the other hand, are extremely similar in their approaches. Both excel at jig fishing, flipping and pitch- ing. Sixty year old Denny Brauer of Cam- denton, Missouri notes just how much his style matches that of his son, Chad: “Peo- ple would see us on the water and totally mistake one for the other. Even the pro- file, how we stand and fish in the boat, are almost identical. We used to run identical boats before the wrapped-boat situation started and people could not tell who it re- ally was.” Like his father, Richard Dobyns pre- fers a fast approach to bass angling that’s

To make it as a professional bass an- gler, you not only have to be able to catch fish; you also have to attract sponsors. Roland Martin relates this piece of advice he gave to Scott more than a decade ago: “When he was 21 or 22, I said to him, ‘you know, son, fishing and guiding are fine and even winning tournaments is fine, but your real value to the industry is your ability to communicate to sponsors.’” And the bass business has been good to Scott Martin. He even has his own na- tionally-televised fishing show on the Ver- sus Network, “Scott Martin Fishing Chal- lenge.” Nevertheless, he freely gives credit to the inroads made by his father: “It al- lows people to give me the five minutes to present myself to sponsors. It takes longer for others to get the right contacts.” Chad Brauer echoes a similar senti- ment, confirming that growing up around the sport made it easier for him to approach and attract business people. However, a famous last name alone isn’t enough to assure success. “Sponsors aren’t going to help you all that much until you’ve proven yourself,” Chad comments. “They’re not go- ing to do much just on a name because un-

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