2013-06-27 / Sports

Quite the catch!

Professional fisherman speaks at Steelheaders’ regular meeting
BY KELSEY BLOCK VIEW Intern


Mark Martin (left) shakes Dave Wolfe’s hand after signing an autograph. 
Photos by Kelsey Block Mark Martin (left) shakes Dave Wolfe’s hand after signing an autograph. Photos by Kelsey Block “I’m not saying I know more than anybody here,” a professional fisherman told a large group of local fishermen gathered at Ubly Foxhunters’ Club last week. “I’m saying I make more mistakes than everybody here.”

Mark Martin, professional fisherman and product promoter, joined the Thumb Chapter of the Michigan Steelheaders during their regular meeting last Thursday. According to Jack Noble, president of the organization’s Thumb Chapter, Steelheaders is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting Lake Huron.

He said he believes much can be gained from Martin’s talk.

“We, as Steelheaders, are all fisherman. Whenever we can get somebody here that’s more of a professional, we do. We get an opportunity to learn something new,” Noble said.

This is the second year that Martin has presented to the Steelheaders.


Mark Martin engages spectator Richard Flanning in assisting with a demonstration of a coneshaped tool. Mark Martin engages spectator Richard Flanning in assisting with a demonstration of a coneshaped tool. Noble said that he himself used to use a few of the products Martin promotes, but has since drifted away to a local company, Offshore Tackle, which is a big sponsor of the Steelheaders. “(Martin) represents an equipment company that is a leader. … We’re all interested in anything new and different,” Noble said.

During his talk, Martin shared that his way of fishing differs from many anglers, but he has had good results.

“If it works for me and it works for my buddies, it’s going to work for you,” he said.

Martin spoke of different tools and techniques that can be used to make a fisherman more successful.

“I’m talking about maximizing your time on the water,” he said. “It’s the little things that catch you fishes. We all have the same lure; it’s how you use it.”

“It’s just like a mechanic having a whole box of tools,” Martin continued, passing around a variety of fishing rigs and other equipment. “I can be a mechanic of fish. I can extract the fish out of the water with the least amount of problems.”

Martin, who has been fishing professionally for 34 years, says he does presentations because he wants to teach people to fish a little bit better.

“The joy I get is when somebody here comes up to me down the road and says, ‘I’ve caught fish.’ It’s my turn to give back,” he said. “It’s always fun because people are intent on learning. They ask intelligent questions that I wouldn’t have thought of.”

Martin encouraged the audience to go out and try his techniques for themselves.

“Practice this. It’s not something you’re going to go out tomorrow and learn. … You’ve got to prove it to yourself.”

“Listen to what the fish are telling you,” Martin continued. “Just watch what he’s doing all the time.”

The Thumb Chapter of the Michigan Steelheaders welcomes everyone to their regular meetings at 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, March-October.

For more information on Mark Martin, visit his website at http://www.markmartins.net" www.markmartins.net.

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