I know, I know, this blog is suppose to focus on all things related to  fishing in Central Canada.  But let me spread my wings a little further  afield today and comment on last weekend’s Bassmaster Classic because I  am still flying on Cloud 9.

Two good friends and supremely talented anglers, Kevin Van Dam and Aaron Martens fought it out for the win.  In the end, Kevin was first and  Aaron was second – for the 4th time in his short but illustrious  professional fishing career.  In the process, the pair shocked the bass  fishing world with their record book catches.    (B.A.S.S. / Jason Cohn)

Believe it or not, I’ve been privileged to know Aaron since he was a  personable young kid in his early 20s, when he was just starting out on  the professional tournament trail.  And let me tell you, even back then, when we were fishing together for muskies in Northwestern Ontario, a  species he’d never before even seen, you could tell he was destined for  greatness.

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B.A.S.S. Communications / Photo by James Overstreet

Aaron Martens took about a 1-pound lead Friday on the first day of the Bassmaster Classic, the world championship of bass fishing being played through Sunday on the Louisiana Delta.

Martens’ 20 pounds, 7 ounces, kept him in front of Scott Rook of Little Rock, Ark., with 19-6. Rook snuck ahead of defending Classic champ Kevin VanDam, who had 19-3 for third place. Ending the day in fourth with 18-0 was Brent Chapman of Lake Quivira, Kan. Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla., with 16-12, was fifth.
Dense fog delayed the start of Friday’s competition by 70 minutes. The shorter day upped the ante on the gamble of using competition time to travel to far-flung hot spots.
Martens said he wasn’t making a long run, but he still would have preferred not to have lost the hour of highly productive morning fishing.
“The fog hurt a little bit,” said the Bassmaster Elite Series pro from Leeds, Ala. “I got three fish the first 10 minutes, and they shut off for a while.”
He hinted that he used reaction baits, “but I won’t say what yet.” He said he didn’t boat as many bass as he did during his practice time in the same area. His biggest bass was 5-9, also the tournament’s best catch of the day.
“I got nice fish, just not nearly as many bites as I thought I would,” Martens said. “It’s probably the weather, and the stage the fish are in.”