Angler Q & A
Technique strength: Finesse Fishing and Crankbaits
Technique weakness: Probably fishing grass, but I've gotten a lot better over the past few years
Favorite lake or river: I like Falcon Lake. Fishing there makes me feel like I'm fishing many years ago when there wasn’t a lot of fishing pressure.
Least favorite lake or river: The Red River; it beats up your equipment and it’s not easy to navigate.
Favorite bait: Davis Bait Company Shaky Fish. I have more than 30 years of experience with this bait; it’s very versatile, surface to bottom and everything in between.
Favorite fishing knot: I like the UniKnot. It’s very consistent, always pulls tight and right without breaking line.
Started bass fishing at the age of: 13 years old
Started fishing bass tournaments at the age of: 15 years old
Year turned pro: 1994
Do you get nervous before tournaments: Not so much unless it's a tournament where the lake is fishing small and we're going to be fighting for small spots.
Largest bass caught to date: 14-pound, 12-ounce largemouth at Castaic Lagoon (Lower lake) in Southern California
Your most memorable bass fishing moment: I caught a nine-pounder at Table Rock on a crankbait when I needed a miracle. To catch one that big when I needed it was unexpected. That fish put me over the top for the 2004 Angler of the Year title.
Your biggest bass fishing influence (person): My mother, she took me fishing and fished tournaments together in Southern California. We learned together and she kept me on the water.
If you were not a professional bass angler, what would you be doing: So many things. I think it would be some kind of a sport; I’ve always been athletic and love doing things involved with fitness.
What question do most people ask you the most: What type of knot I tie.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you while fishing: Fell in the water during a tournament. A competitor was running a five mph zone and I was upset about it, when turning to see how it was.
As a boy, what did you want to be when you grew up: A fisherman
What is the biggest obstacle you face as a professional angler: This year is going to be tough without my family being on the road with me. We've always traveled together, and they won't be this year; it's going to be tough.
How have state conservation programs and bass angler fish care affected bass fishing across the nation: It's done pretty well considering the amount of pressure, but I still think that we could do a whole lot better. After we go through a lake and show how good it could be, the fans follow and a lot of fish get taken out. We could do a lot better.
Summit Cup Sudden Death Day One Early Morning Pullout
Aaron Martens Qualities and Quirks
Aaron Martens: 2013 Summit Cup Day 1 Sudden Death Wrap-Up
Aaron Martens: Favorite Bait
- Aaron Martens 2015 Challenge Cup Championship - Photo 1
- Aaron Martens 2015 Challenge Cup Championship - Photo 2
- Aaron Martens 2015 Challenge Cup Championship - Photo 3
- Aaron Martens 2015 Challenge Cup Sudden Death Day 1 - Photo 1
- Aaron Martens 2015 Challenge Cup Sudden Death Day 1 - Photo 2
- Aaron Martens 2015 Challenge Cup Sudden Death Day 1 - Photo 3
- Aaron Martens 2015 Challenge Cup Sudden Death Day 1 - Photo 4
- Aaron Martens 2015 Challenge Cup Sudden Death Day 1 - Photo 5
- Aaron Martens 2015 Challenge Cup Elimination Day 1 - Photo 1
- Aaron Martens 2015 Challenge Cup Elimination Day 1 - Photo 2
- Aaron Martens 2015 Challenge Cup Elimination Day 1 - Photo 3
- Aaron Martens 2015 Challenge Cup Elimination Day 1 - Photo 4
- Aaron Martens 2015 Challenge Cup Elimination Day 1 - Photo 5
- Aaron Martens 2015 Summit Cup Sudden Death Day 2 - Photo 3
- Aaron Martens 2015 Summit Cup Sudden Death Day 2 - Photo 2
- Aaron Martens 2015 Summit Cup Sudden Death Day 2 - Photo 1
- Aaron Martens Summit Cup Day 2 - Photo 5
- Aaron Martens Summit Cup Day 2 - Photo 4
- Aaron Martens Summit Cup Day 2 - Photo 3
- Aaron Martens Summit Cup Day 2 - Photo 2
- Aaron Martens Summit Cup Day 2 - Photo 1
- Aaron Martens: 2013 Summit Cup Elimination Day 2, Photo 1
- Aaron Martens: 2013 Summit Cup Elimination Day 2, Photo 2
- Aaron Martens: 2013 Summit Cup Elimination Day 2, Photo 3
- Aaron Martens: 2013 Summit Cup Elimination Day 2, Photo 4
Aaron Martens NewsRSS
- Martens Captures a Second Elite Win
- Martens Fishing with a Heavy Heart
- DeFoe Advances to Summit Cup Final
- Brauer Looking to Dance with Second Summit Cup Title
- MLF Anglers Dominate B.A.S.S. AOY Race
- Rojas Dominates Sudden Death Day One
- Evers Prepares for Sudden Death Stress Test
- Martens Rules Day Three at Ray Bob
- Howell Ready for Mental Grind on Ray Bob
- Eight MLF Pros Place in Top-12 at Seminole Elite
- KVD Dominates Alpena Summit Cup Final
- Martens Hopes for a ‘Grand' Finish to an Epic Year
- KVD Looks to Complete Resume at Summit Cup
- Photo Finish for Martens in Sudden Death
- Hackney Hopes to Figure out Long Lake's Bass First
- Ehrler Puts on Day Two Topwater Clinic
- Alpena Summit Cup Filming Completed
- Aaron Martens wins B.A.S.S. Angler of Year title
- Episode Three Re-Air: Let the
Challenge Cup Trash Talking Begin
- Late Chapman Charge Wins
Istokpoga Elimination Day Three
- Martens Hopes to Ride Wave
of Confidence Into Istokpoga
- Episode 3: Let the Trash Talking Begin
- Pace Wins Bassmaster Classic,
11 MLF Anglers Finish in Top 25
- Pace, Palaniuk, Iaconelli Lead
the Field After Classic Day 2
- Ike Tied for Classic Day 1 Lead
- Classic: Bone-Chilling Cold
- Quinn First to Punch Ticket to Finals
- The Race to 24 Pounds in Primetime
- 'Sudden Death' Pressure Cooker
- Ish Holds Off Kriet on Day 2
- Losing Composure During Episode 2
- Can West Dominate East on Summit Cup Day 2?
- Chautauqua Conjectures
- Aaron Martens: Angler, Marathoner
- 2013 Classic Field Stacked with
Major League Fishing Anglers
- Martens Third at Green Bay Elite
- Faircloth Wins Mississippi River Elite
- Aaron Martens: Feeling Better
- Martens Third at Douglas Lake Elite
- Jones Fourth, Horton Sixth at Classic
- Quinn and 'Bama Rig Crush the Field
- Elimination Round Day 1: Angler Notes
- Mental Prep in Overdrive on Eve of Day 1
- 'Bama Rig Dominates Webisode One
- Aaron Martens: Making the Sport More Exciting