SKYLAR_HAMILTON - Photo by James Overstreet, Bassmaster

Skylar Hamilton Kicks Off Elite Series Strong on Lake Martin

Changing Conditions on Lake Martin

Through rain, fog, sunshine and clouds, Pro Angler Skylar Hamilton had a great start to the Bassmaster Elite Series on Lake Martin, Alabama. Hamilton fished all but the final day, finishing the tournament with a total weight of 33lb – 2oz in 28th place out of 110 anglers and putting him in a great position for the start of the new season. The tournament took place on Lake Martin, and the conditions over the four day event ranged from sunny and warm, to a chilly fog. “We had cloudy conditions, rainy conditions, hot, cold,” Hamilton said. “Anything you could imagine happened while we were in Alabama.” Anglers are at the mercy of the elements when they’re out on the water, and the gear they bring can make or break a tournament.

Catching the Fish Others Miss

His secret weapon for handling the ever-changing conditions? Brown NYDEF™ lenses. “A lot of people think sunglasses come in handy only when it’s sunny or when you’re sight fishing for spawning fish or cruising fishing during the springtime. Simply not true… I used them while it was raining and cloudy, and while it was sunny. They helped me see brush piles and stumps in the muddy water of the Tallapoosa River where I was fishing. And see a few other things that people might not have been able to see that were in front of me. Those fish were holding tight to wood and any kind of logs that were in the water. Some of them were just under the water where you couldn’t really see them unless you had a good pair of glasses. The Popticals PopStars actually helped me a lot. I caught a few fish I probably wouldn’t have caught if I hadn’t had them on.”

Hamilton will continue on to the Bassmaster Central Open in Ross Barnett Reservoir, Mississippi early next month. Watch his video recap of Lake Hamilton below.