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Bassmaster Elite Series anglers Aaron Martens, Randy Howell and Brent Chapman have teamed up to launch a new for print only magazine, Bass Quest. The 80-page high-gloss, full-color magazine will be less than 10 percent advertising in the first issue and all issues in the future. Although, all future magazines will be print only, the first issue is available to view online. To view the first issue or to subscribe, visit  Bass Quest is offering anglers who subscribe before Jan. 2, 2013 the first issue autographed by all three professionals.

“The magazine will feature no less than 20 different tour level pros,” said Howell. “That means pros from both the Elite Series and the FLW Tour will be in our magazine. I believe the first issue has 10 FLW Tour professionals and 14 Elite Series pros.  Each magazine will also feature some high school anglers, college anglers and kids.  We are doing some things in the kids section that we hope can excite kids about fishing and give them some opportunities to interview their favorite pro or win some free tackle.”

“Having our own media source allows us to explore sides of this sport most fans never see,” said Martens. “We want to offer a more personal side to the anglers, kind of like People magazine for celebrities. We’ll still be going in depth on how to catch more or bigger fish, but we think that it’s important to share some of the personal side of the anglers.”

“We want to express our support for Bassmaster and the many other great media outlets for bass fishing,” Howell said. “We hope to be a welcome addition to the media that can help grow and enhance our sport.  We just love the sport and we all felt like it was time for a magazine from the angler’s perspective.”

Perhaps one of the best anglers to opine on west coast spotted bass is none other than Aaron Martens. With five Bassmaster and one FLW win to his credit, this 2005 Bassmaster Angler of the Year is a master when it comes to catching spotted bass. Growing up in California and having fished some of the greatest spotted bass lakes in the west, the 39 year-old pro began fishing team and club tournament at the age of 15. Fast forward to today, and Aaron now resides in Alabama where he’s closer to his destinations in the Bassmaster Elite Series events. Martens is quick to point out the major difference between east coast and west coast spotted bass fisheries – the size of the lakes. “The east coast lakes are larger, shallower, and more stained than in the west, and the east coast lakes get more extreme weather conditions, generally have more current, and the forage for bass is more diverse and complex than west coast lakes,” summarizes Martens.

However, just because there are differences in the sizes of the lakes, complexity and forage, that doesn’t mean Martens alters his approach to patterning spots whether he is on the east coast or west coast. He says, “Sure there are differences but a spot is a spot no matter where it lives and I have my tried and true methods for catching spots in the fall that work day in and day out, east or west.”

The west coast has a number of spotted bass lakes but Aarons’ favorites are Lake Shasta and Lake Oroville. “These are two of the most beautiful lakes I have ever fished and you can catch a bunch of quality spots on both.” Another place Martens mentions is a little lake called Pine Flat Lake where in 2001 the world record 10.27 pound spotted bass was caught with a Yamamoto Senko during a tournament by angler Bryan Shishido.


By Don Barone

“Mama may have,
and papa may have…”

Dateline:  Legacy

Aaron Martens

It is not what we say,
but what we do, that is the measure of the man.
It is not what we take,
but what we give, that is the measure of the man.
It is not what we help ourselves to,
but what we help others with, that is the measure of the man.

I certainly want to thank you for your more than generous $15,000 donation to Tackle The Storm Foundation, but more so my friend, I want to tell you what it means.
I would do so on the phone.
I would do so in person.
I would do so eye to eye.
If I could do so without breaking down.
But I can’t.

The only way I can thank you, is through the keyboard, writing late into the night, early morning.
The only way to really thank you, is to tell you what your gift means.
Means not to me.
Means not to the Board of Directors.
Means not to your fans.
But what it means,
to the children.

“…God bless the child who can…”

Walk with me through fields of destruction, Aaron, help me untangle a child’s tiny jeans from the clutches of a barbed wire fence.


Leeds, Ala – Aaron Martens is finally returned home after a nearly two month tournament trail road trip. He would like to take the time to thank everyone for the support and votes that sent him to the All Star event, and eventually a victory. “It was almost more rewarding being voted in instead of qualifying in the top eight. It means a lot to have the fans support me.  I narrowly missed qualifying in the top eight, but to get over 17,000 votes really blows me away and I can’t think the fans enough.”

Before he was officially voted in, he promised to hold a drawing from the names of those who voted for him. The winners and their prizes are as follows:

Steven Letson – 10 Megabass baits
John Valerio – A tournament used (pristine condition) Megabass Rod
Tim Patterson –  An autographed tournament worn jersey
Rob Melendez – A day fishing with Martens himself.

The real winner of the contest, however, was the Tackle the Storm Foundation. Martens had promised to donate at least 25% of his winnings to this great cause, so Tackle the Storm won $15,000!

The drawing was held via live webcast September 21st and can be viewed at For those who would like to see a replay of the drawing visit

BASS Elite angler and winner of BASS All Star Weekend Aaron Martens is this week’s guest on Tournament Fishing Radio.

Martens won the All Star event, besting Edwin Evers for the top spot on the finale day. Martens is know as an innovator and finesse fishing genius.

“Martens is one of our favorite anglers.” TFR Host Kory Mitchell said. “He is one of the smartest anglers on tour and is always working on something to catch fish.”

Hear the Aaron Martens interview and the rest of Tournament Fishing Radio on Monday, October 15, 2012 on ESPN 1400 (KGMY) at 6:00 pm. Or on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 as streaming audio at or:


If Aaron Martens wasn’t fishing professionally, he’d choose some other exciting profession, he said today during the B.A.S.S. Twitter chat. In fact, he’d like to be president of the United States!

This question was one of 85 shot at him during a rapid-fire Twitter chat. The 2012 Evan Williams Bourbon All-Star Championship winner gave up all kinds of information about himself — including a couple of honey holes that he’d said he would rather have kept to himself!