Some fishermen are masterful storytellers. The smart ones are equally sharp when it comes to sifting through tackle shop trash talk and fairy tale fishing reports that sometimes circulate the internet.

Tommy Martin is as salty as they come. Martin is a veteran Toledo Bend/Sam Rayburn bass fishing guide with more than two dozen tournament titles under his belt, including a 1974 Bassmaster Classic victory on Wheeler Lake in Alabama.

Tommy Martin

At 81, legendary Texas bass pro Tommy Martin is still going strong. In addition to tournament fishing and guiding, Martin maintains an internet website built around current fishing reports, instructional videos and other educational content.

Baiting a hole

Baited holes concentrate channel and blue catfish to small areas so they can be more easily caught. Cattle range cubes (pictured here) or soured grain like milo or chicken scratch are good choices for igniting a feeding frenzy.

Matt Williams is a freelance writer based in Nacogdoches. He can be reached by email,