Megabass USA, the North American arm of the innovative Japanese fishing tackle manufacturer, announced the formation of Megabass’s 2011 national pro staff. The highly-accomplished team includes Aaron Martens, who will fish the B.A.S.S. Elite Series, the PAA Series and the FLW Opens; Luke Clausen, who will compete on the FLW Tour as well as in the FLW Opens and the B.A.S.S. Opens; and Randy Blaukat and Shinichi Fukae, who will fish the FLW Tour, the FLW Opens, and the PAA Series. The four tour-level pros will be actively involved in product development, working closely with Megabass engineers to develop products tailored to the needs of anglers in the United States.

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Phoenix Boats President Gary Clouse announced today that Elite Series Pro Aaron Martens has made the move to Phoenix Boats. “Aaron is obviously one of the biggest names in bass fishing and will be a great asset in our marketing efforts,” states Clouse. Martens will be fishing in the 2011 Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans in a Phoenix 721 Pro XP as well as the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tour.“Most people who have been around me know that focus and attention to detail is very important to me,” states Martens.  “After seeing the factory, the boat design and their  approach to construction, I know the folks at Phoenix feel the same way I do about attention to detail. I have not had the confidence in my boat in a long time that I do now!”“Martens brings a very impressive resume to the table,” says Clouse. “We are excited to have a person with his abilities on the Phoenix Team.Martens has qualified for 12 Bassmaster Classics (including 3 second place finishes,) has 5 total BASS wins and a BASS Angler of the Year Title.  He has over $2 million in winnings.  In addition he has won the U.S, Open two times.

(Ran in Wired2Fish)

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion”- 19th-Century Philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Passion equating to great accomplishment was a notion that Lesley Martens had always been aware of and when she met her now-husband Aaron, his passion for bass fishing was not lost on her.

As a Southern California native; Mrs. Martens met her future husband on her 21st birthday. Spending the next year and a half dating a man that wanted to be a professional fisherman seemed a strange aspiration to a SoCal girl but she never doubted that it is what he would do. She never doubted the fact that it was the path that their life together would follow as his passion for the sport was apparent and his greatness shined through.

Talking about their early dating days, Mrs. Martens stated, “I always knew Aaron would fish for a living and even though a life on the road was not something I had ever thought I would be living, I would never have tried to change his mind or think of taking him away from his dream.”

While many families; especially fathers, may frown upon their daughter bringing home a “fisherman” as their new boyfriend; her parents were quite the opposite and she recalls them loving him from the beginning. Explaining that her dad thought her new love interest’s career objective was “very cool,” Mrs. Marten’s said, “Aaron has a really big heart and my parents saw what kind of person he was rather than judging him for a job.

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By Doug Grassian
Bassmaster.com

LAKE GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Despite nearly relinquishing a 6-pound plus margin, Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala., held on Sunday to score his fifth BASS victory — his first outside of the state of the California — at the Marine Formula STA-BIL Southern Challenge on Lake Guntersville.

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Aaron Martens (1st, 107-8)

The 36-year-old West Coast product, who totaled 107 pounds, 8 ounces, nearly let victory slip away to hard-charging Skeet Reese, but in the end, his versatility brought home the $100,000 top prize.

The day started inauspiciously enough for Martens as his first spot — roughly a 10-foot area — was filled by a local boat. The 2005 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year ran to his next spot, only to encounter the same boat, which Martens said intentionally stirred up his area to make it virtually unfishable.

To boot, Martens struggled through the morning and wasn’t connecting with the same class of fish he had the first three days of competition. But Martens had developed two distinctly different patterns. His best, a Lucky Craft RC 2.5 deep-diving crankbait, was paired with a worm and provided Martens the one-two punch necessary to win a Bassmaster Elite Series event.

“I was tense all day. It was horrible,” said Martens, who has accumulated nearly $1.5 million in BASS career earnings. “I had to work really hard today. But this feels really good.”

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