(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
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.
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.”
This week, Aaron Martens discusses drop-shot techniques for late winter/early spring, pitching and flipping techniques and general tips for co-anglers interested in getting along with their pro partners.
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Q & A with AARON MARTENS
Q: How effective is a drop-shot technique in late winter/early spring? I would think this might be a good technique to try when the water temperature is in the mid 40s to low 50s. Also, when is perfect time is to use the drop-shot? – Marty Denney, Lexington, Ky.
A: Drop-shotting is very effective technique in late winter and early spring in deep lakes, but it can also be effective in shallow lakes at that time of year. Drop-shotting works best when fish are roaming and searching for food because the bait is off the bottom. Water temperature has never really been a factor for me in deciding when to use drop-shot.
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By his early teenage years, Aaron Martens had become enthralled with the idea of participating in bass tournaments and becoming a professional bass angler, which his mother Carol encouraged as his tournament partner during the 1980s and into the early 1990s. Together they teamed to win many tournaments across the West.
As his curiosity about the ways of the largemouth bass intensified, he studied In-Fisherman magazine and was influenced by In-Fisherman’s mantra of “Fish+Location+Presentation=Success.” In-Fisherman’s multispecies approach to angling, as well as its emphasis on versatility, left an indelible mark on Martens’ psyche, allowing him to boldly try such unorthodox lures as ice jigs and tiny crappie baits for bass.
Normally, Martens doesn’t let journalists witness his practice session; but at the CITGO Bassmaster Pro Tour event at Table Rock Lake in Missouri, he made an exception to that rule, allowing me to observe his every move and report lure choices, presentations, and locations he plied along the reservoir’s 857 miles of shoreline last March.
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