In the minds of many anglers, the Red River that courses across northwestern Louisiana isn’t a finesse-angler’s venue. Instead, it’s touted as a waterway suited for anglers who flip jigs and soft-plastic baits, or wield spinnerbaits and a variety of crankbaits.

But during the recent Bassmaster Classic at Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, Aaron Martens of Leeds, Alabama, spent most of his time afloat brandishing  a finesse outfit.

In fact, one of Martens’ fellow competitors, Fred Roumbanis of Bixby, Oklahoma, said it was both a stellar and amazing sight to watch Martens allure an array of largemouth bass on February 25 in a backwater area called McDade. Roumbanis also confessed that he was somewhat distraught and depressed by watching Martens’ wizardry with finesse tackle, and the reason for that was Roumbanis didn’t have any finesse tackle in his boat. Thus he couldn’t emulate Martens’ methods.

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