Casting on the Coosa – Bruises and bloodshed on the lake


By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent 

Let’s state the obvious and note that the fishing lately has been HOT, HOT, HOT, HOT and HOT!
Quite honestly. I’ve not fished very much over the past few weeks. With combination of this hot weather and me wearing a leg brace. I’m not too sure how much I will fish in the near future. What little I have fished has been terrible, to say the least.
Brother Butch and I did fish in a club tournament this past Saturday (June 11) on Lake Logan Martin. We managed to weigh a limit of fish; unfortunately, said fish would not have made enough a good meal. It was pleasant enough morning but could not hook up on anything. This was just our second fishing trip to Logan Martin, so we’re on a learning curve, for sure.
First of all, we saw the most massive boat motors I’ve ever seen in person. We fished by a boat house that had a pontoon in the slip with two matching 425 horsepower motors on the back. I personally have no idea what purpose that serves on the river system. It seems to defeat the purpose of the idea of fishing off a pontoon boat. I thought were for used mainly for cruising the lake, not going 75 mph with a whole family on board. I was kind of hoping they would break out the pontoon boat so we could see what she could do.
Of course, we could not fish without experiencing a miscue or a mishap. The first thing that went horribly wrong was when the dip net went flying while en route to our spot. It hit Butch across the nose, bringing blood down his face.
I myself could not make it through the day without doing something boneheaded. After I hung a plastic worm up, I soon decided to break it off, so I pulled on it to break the line. The hook and weight came loose and drilled me in the stomach at Mach 2 and leave nice whelp and bruise. That was kind of how the day went. I do know one thing – if you go fishing right now, it costs about $100 to travel and fish from your boat. To wit, most of my fishing for the foreseeable future will be close to home, as long as I have this gas eater attached to the back of my boat.
I skipped the local weekday tournaments this week. To be honest, I only fished two hours total this past week. Between rehab and getting back in the gym and wrestling with Anna and Finley, I just have not been able to get out on the water.
I do want to mention the guys at Sparks Rehab, Daniel and Logan, for helping me get back going from my knee surgery. They’ve done an excellent job with a grump old curmudgeon as a patient. I go back to see Dr. Sparks this Tuesday (June 21) to see where we go next. I appreciate all they’ve done, and the knee seems to be getting better. I do plan to get out on the water some this Saturday (June 18) and maybe next week if I can fit it in between rehab and doctors’ appointments.
In tournament results from last Tuesday, Sam and Sam had 9.76 pounds for first place as well as a 6.47-pound monster for a Big Fish. Second place went to Daniel and George with 9.02 pounds. Lynn, cashing a check as always, weighed in at 8.99 pounds for third place.

Did I mention that the weather is hot?
Until next time, here’s wishing everyone tight lines and cold air conditioning (Thank you, Mr. Carrier)!
Marty Dixon is a 1982 Sardis High School graduate and retired high school educator and coach. He was head coach of the Gadsden State women’s basketball team from 2015 to 2019. He and his wife Texann live in Gadsden. He can be contacted at and the Neely Henry Bass Fishing page on Facebook.

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