Lake Martin is known for its fishing-stripers, bass, crappie, catfish and the million-dollar bass. Crank 4 Bank returns to the Lake Martin area again this year and will be releasing 200 tagged bass in a contest that runs April 1 through July 4. For the first time ever, it will also be releasing an additional 50 tagged crappie. There are over $1.5 million in prizes, including boats, a truck and even one fish worth $1 million. Every tagged fish caught is worth at least $1,500.

Participants do have to be registered in advance and must have an Alabama fishing license if required by Alabama state law. Registration opened Saturday, Jan. 14, and part of the entry fees for the event go toward helping fund high school fishing teams. Fishing is an important sport in many high schools, and the Lake Martin area sees the impact of the popularity of the sport by hosting multiple high school fishing tournaments each year.

This is a unique event hosted on beautiful Lake Martin, and it offers a great added incentive to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

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