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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