2013 Elite Series Plano Championship Chase Lake St. Clair/Detroit River - Detroit, MI, Aug 22 - 25, 2013

How Martens stacks up as AOY

11:51 pm EDT, Aug 25, 2013 | By Ken Duke

With his AOY win, Aaron Martens becomes the 10th angler with multiple AOY titles (he also won in 2005). The others are Roland Martin (9), Kevin VanDam (7), Bill Dance (3), Mark Davis (3), Guido Hibdon (2), Davy Hite (2), Jimmy Houston (2), Gary Klein (2) and Larry Nixon (2).

 

Martens becomes the fifth consecutive angler in his 40s to win the title (he's 41). That last angler in his 30s to win was Skeet Reese in 2007.

 

Martens is the eighth consecutive angler born outside the South to win AOY. In a sport frequently considered to be dominated by southern anglers, no southerner has won AOY since Gerald Swindle in 2004.

 

And A-Mart's 85th-place finish at the season opener on the Sabine River is the worst ever by an AOY in the Elite era. It just goes to show you how good he was after that. His next worst finish was 24th at Falcon. He had a 15th at Bull Shoals. Since then, he's never been worse than 8th!

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