Aaron Martens became the first three-time winner of the U.S. Open on Wednesday as he caught a 10.51-pound sack on the final day at Nevada’s Lake Mead for a 3-day total of 33.11. The California native, who now resides in Leeds, Ala., also claimed the title in 2004 and ’05.
Prior to the event he was one of six anglers to have won the Open twice. The others are Rick Clunn, Mike Folkestad, John Murray, Byron Velvick and Cliff Pirch.
Following the final-day weigh-in, Martens embarked on an arduous trip to Alabama to arrive in time for the start of practice for the first leg of the Toyota Trucks All-Star Week on Friday morning. He was one of four Bassmaster Elite Series pros voted into the 12-angler All-Star field.