2012 Elite Series - All-Star Semi-final Lake Shelbyville - Decatur, IL, Sep 20 - 21, 2012

Meet the All-Star field


Nickname: None

Age: 43

Hometown: Auburn, Calif.

Height: 6-0

Weight: 200

2012 Elite Series Stats

AOY rank: 11

Best Finish: 3rd at Lake Okeechobee

Bassing Average: 4.8750 (tied for 16th)

Average Bass Weight: 3.0218 (5th)

B.A.S.S. Career

Appearances: 173

Wins: 6

Prize Money: $2,594,553.64

AOY Titles: 1 (2007)

AOY Best Finish: 1st in 2007

Bassmaster Classic

Appearances: 12

Wins: 1

Best Finish: 1st in 2009 on the Red River, La.


After a challenging 2011, Reese is back to form this season, posting three top seven finishes, grabbing the early lead in the AOY race and easily qualifying for his 13th Bassmaster Classic. He has a record 18 top five finishes in Elite competition and once made the finals (top 12) six straight times, a record that may never be equaled.


Nickname: The Natural, A-Mart

Age: 40

Hometown: Leeds, Ala.

Height: 6-2

Weight: 200

2012 Elite Series Stats

AOY rank: 10th

Best Finish: 3rd at Douglas Lake and Lake Michigan

Bassing Average: 4.9583 (8th)

Average Bass Weight: 2.9777 (7th)

B.A.S.S. Career

Appearances: 169

Wins: 5

Prize Money: $1,828,262.19

AOY Titles: 1 (2005)

AOY Best Finish: 1st in 2005

Bassmaster Classic

Appearances: 13

Wins: 0

Best Finish: 2nd in 2002 on Lay Lake, Ala.; in 2004 on Lake Wylie, N.C.; in 2005 on Three Rivers in Pa.; and in 2011 on the Louisiana Delta


Martens was AOY in 2005 and is the only angler to finish second in the Bassmaster Classic four times. His close calls on fishing's biggest stage have made him a star and one of the most popular anglers in the Elite Series. His attention to detail is legendary, and his ability to catch bass everywhere the tournament trail takes him has earned him the nickname, "The Natural."