Roland Martin (fisherman)
Roland Martin is a professional sport fisherman. Martin is host of Fishing with Roland Martin on the NBCSN television channel.
Fishing in 291 tournaments, Martin's BASSMASTER career includes the following achievements – 19 tournaments won, 9 B.A.S.S. Angler-of-the-Year titles, nearly 100 Top Ten finishes, and 25 appearances in bass fishing's world championship event, the Bassmaster Classic. Also a record, he has 19 second place BASS finishes. His career tournament winnings exceeded one million dollars in 2004.
Roland Martin was the first professional bass fisherman to be inducted into all three Halls of Fame (IGFA Hall of Fame, Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame).
In a July 2005 survey for the "Greatest Angler", Roland Martin was voted second (to Rick Clunn), hurt by his lack of a Classic championship.
He popularized the concept of "pattern" fishing – determining a particular way to catch fish for a given time and lake, and then applying it to similar locations around that lake. He has been an able and enthusiastic spokesman for bass fishing, conservation, and the pursuit of the American dream for decades, generating a large following of fans.
Roland Martin was criticized heavily during the 1991 fishing season, after Jeff Davidson of Outdoor Telecommunications denied a request by Dream Makers Inc. of Nashville to have Roland Martin fish with Chris Mathis; a terminally ill 14 year old boy. According to the Florida Tribune Martin said, "I can never meet all the requests, so I`m being screened and protected by the marketing group. I know we all have responsibilities to our public and must act as role models . . . but there are hundreds of people, and we can`t fit all of them in our schedules.``
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