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Fishing Around Rocks & Stumps

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February 15, 2014
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The pros and cons of fishing near rocks and stumps are explained by Jerry Martin, member of the RedHead© Pro Hunting team.

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Fishing near tree stumps jutting out of the water just might land you a bass or two.

When you’re out bass fishing, a single rock or stump jutting out of the water might not get you too excited but you just never know when you might find a bass or two resting there as they travel from a feeding area to major cover.

I like to cast a crankbait just beyond the rock or stump and then run it back as close as I can get to them. You can also throw a plastic worm or lizard or grub up real close and drift it deep. Twitch it back to you real slow.

Try sneaking up on the rock or stump by cutting your motor and drifting up to it or trolling quietly up to it. Now drop your bait down and jig it. If there are any bass there, they won’t be able to resist it.

Stumps are always better than rocks because their roots provide cover for bass and baitfish.

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Jerry Martin

Home: Springfield, Missouri
Family: Jill (wife), Chase (daughter)
Hobbies: Farming for wildlife, Hunting and Fishing
Rifle/Bow: Rifle: All legal methods

Hunting Stuff

Years Been Hunting: 55 years plus
Hunting Strength:
Turkey, Whitetail, Archery, Muzzleloader, Centerfire
Favorite Technique:
Bow, Muzzleloader, Centerfire
Favorite Game to Hunt:
Turkey, Whitetail Deer and Squirrels
Favorite Hunting Gear: CVA Muzzleloader, Browning rifle, Winchester ammo, Leupold scope, RealTree Camo
Favorite Places to Hunt:
Missouri, Kansas and Texas
Favorite Season to Hunt:
Turkey and Deer
Favorite Time to Hunt: Anytime I get a chance to go
Favorite Way to Hunt: Spot and Stalk
Favorite Turkey Call:
RedHead Box and Slate calls

Career Highlights

Biggest Kill: African elephant and 200 inch Whitetail
Greatest Hunting Achievement: African elephant and 200 inch Whitetail, Rocky Mountain Elk and Grand Slam of Turkeys.
Favorite Hunting Moment: Everytime I get to hunt with kids or first-timers.

Current Highlights

Captain of Bass Pro Shops RedHead Hunting Team
Board member of QDMA
Co-hosts Bass Pro Shops "100% REAL HUNTING TV" and "King of Bucks" program
Member of National Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame
Team member of "Outdoor Legends" S.E. Asia Tour - First team to be sent to visit the troops in the Persian Gulf

It is unusual for an all-around outdoorsman to bring pioneering accomplishments of ethical hunting and conservation to the forefront of hunters’ minds and the outdoor industry.  But Jerry Martin has definitely left his mark.

Jerry’s hunting days started at age 5 or 6, when his dad took him hunting for squirrels and chasing rabbits with beagles.  “Dad expected 50 squirrels from a box of shells,” Martin says chuckling as he reminisces about those days, “And I tried not to disappoint.”   Over the years, Jerry became an expert marksman with a rifle, compound bow, pistol, and muzzleloader.

In his hunting career, he has had dozens of trophy whitetail deer kills, several scoring over 200.  Jerry has killed dozens of Turkey Grand Slams with muzzleloader, bow and centerfire, and a few Turkey Royal Slams too.  He has hunted for all types of animals across the nation and in countries around the world.

In August 2008, Jerry was recognized for his accomplishments and inducted into the Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN.  This impressive honor is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated a passion for the outdoors in both fishing and hunting and whose actions and high ethical standards serve as the guidelines for the entire outdoor community. 

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