Martens for president?

If Aaron Martens wasn't fishing professionally, he'd choose some other exciting profession, he said today during the B.A.S.S. Twitter chat. In fact, he'd like to be president of the United States!

This question was one of 85 shot at him during a rapid-fire Twitter chat. The 2012 Evan Williams Bourbon All-Star Championship winner gave up all kinds of information about himself — including a couple of honey holes that he'd said he would rather have kept to himself!

Below is the full transcript of the chat, lightly edited for grammar and spelling. You can view a photo gallery of his visit to B.A.S.S. headquarters here.

Keep up with Twitter chats, tournament news and bass fishing advice by following B.A.S.S. on Twitter at @BASS_Nation.

You can also check out transcripts of previous Twitter chats we've had with Boyd DuckettJonathon VanDamTodd FairclothBrent ChapmanRandy HowellIsh MonroeBrandon PalaniukJeremy Starks and Alton Jones.

 

@BASS_Nation Welcome to the B.A.S.S. Twitter chat with @AMartFishing We're very excited to have the All-Star champ here to take your questions. #basschat

 

@AMartFishing Hi everyone! I'm excited to be here, and I'm ready to answer all of your questions.

 

Samantha ‏@SamSeese

@Amartfishing What would you be using/doing at Pickwick next week? First visit. What to expect? Any suggestions?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@SamSeese The lake is in the process of turning over. Bring your topwaters, walking baits, buzzbaits, square-bill crankbaits.

 

Jody White ‏@vtbasser

Dog or cat?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@vtbasser Both. I have a cat, but I like both. Pound for pound, cats are more gnarly than dogs.

 

Jody White ‏@vtbasser

half full of half empty?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@vtbasser Half full. My wife says sometimes!

 

Jody White ‏@vtbasser

Which comes first, confidence or fish? Is confidence overrated?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@vtbasser In general, fish probably come first. You build your confidence after every fish you catch.

 

Jody White ‏@vtbasser

Care to give an arbitrary percentage of how much your practices r influence by OTW learning vs. prior knowledge and research?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@vtbasser It's almost 100% on the water. 

 

Jody White ‏@vtbasser

Favorite color?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@vtbasser I like purple.

 

Jody White ‏@vtbasser

Hawg or lunker?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@vtbasser I say donkey.

 

Jody White ‏@vtbasser

shoe size?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@vtbasser shoe size - 14

 

Jody White ‏@vtbasser

Will you help me finance a Bass Pro Shops on Champlain so we can bring the Opens there?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@vtbasser There's probably cheaper ways to get an Open on Champlain.

 

Matt Wheeler ‏@MattWheeler97

@AMartFishing What is your favorite fall technique or lure?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@MattWheeler97 Probably a topwater walking bait.

 

Marty Ballard ‏@Saints859

@AMartFishing all-time favorite lake/river?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@Saints859 oooo, Lake Falcon in Texas.

 

TheFishingRadar.com ‏@thefishingradar

Hey Aaron! Congrats man! What would be your top 3 fishing tips for amateur bass'ers in the fall?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@thefishingradar Find the bait, find the fish and move a lot. Be sure to cover a lot of water.

 

Andy Whitcomb ‏@andywhitcomb

@AMartFishing What is most frequent bycatch? Freshwater drum? Catfish?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@andywhitcomb It's about 50-50 on drum and catch. I catch quite a few of both of them. Respect the native species.

 

Jennifer Dome ‏@BhamJen

Hey @AMartFishing! What was the first thing u did after winning the All-Star tourney?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@BhamJen I went and had sushi with some of the @Bass_nation staff and six anglers that followed me on the water.

 

TheFishingRadar.com ‏@thefishingradar

Another one for you Aaron, what is your favorite that usually works year-round?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@thefishingradar Overall, probably some kind of crankbait.

 

Robert Schuck ‏@Stroker_Ace14

@BASS_nation @AMartFishing what is the biggest fish you ever caught?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@Stroker_Ace14 14 1/2 pounds out of lower Castaic Lake. But I've lost much bigger!

 

Josh Falke ‏@JAF24Fishing

@AMartFishing what is your best advice for someone fishing as a coangler?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@JAF24Fishing Find out what your pro is doing, that will eliminate what you have to bring. Try not to bring too much stuff/rods.

 

Phil Whetsel ‏@PhilWhetsel

@AMartFishing #basschat No questions 4 you. You seem very willing to share your knowledge. Have learned much from your videos. Thanks much!

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@PhilWhetsel Thanks bro!

 

TheFishingRadar.com ‏@thefishingradar

And Aaron, what are your favorite lakes to fish in Texas?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@thefishingradar Besides Falcon? I love to fish Falcon, but I Iike Toledo Bend, too.

 

GR8 Lakes Fishing ‏@GR8fishing

What does it cost to fish an Open?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@GR8fishing I would say around $2,000, check out http://Bassmaster.com for more details. Entry fee plus expenses.

 

Miles Kong ‏@RU_Bassfishing

What's your typical drop shot set up?!

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@RU_Bassfishing I have a 7-pound Sunline sniper. A 6'10'' Aaron Martens @MegabassUSA rod, a Rebarb 3/0 Gamakatsu hook and 6-inch ST Roboworm, 10-inch leader with a 1/8 oz. weight

 

Jody White ‏@vtbasser

Do you have a go-to rattle trap size or do you always try to match the forage size?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@vtbasser I try to go as large as possible. Sometimes it pays to match the hatch, but I try to go larger.

 

brian purvis ‏@brianpurvis1

@BASS_nation @amartfishing What's your go to bait? Mine's a 7.5 culprit fire n ice.

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@brianpurvis1 There's so many of them, I can't choose. It depends on location and time of year.

 

Miles Kong ‏@RU_Bassfishing

How did you get so good in finesse fishing? Any secret tips for me amart?! 

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@RU_Bassfishing Growing up in SoCal. Light line and a sensitive rod are the most important things. 

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@RU_Bassfishing Check out the new @MegabassUSA Orachi

 

ryan ingalls ‏@NOVAbassin89

#basschat what's your favorite area on the Potomac river?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@NOVAbassin89 It's an area nobody ever catches in - it's called Mattawoman.

Jody White ‏@vtbasser

@AMartFishing @NOVAbassin89 Yeah, I've heard from everyone that place sucks.

ryan ingalls ‏@NOVAbassin89

@vtbasser @amartfishing last year on day 2 of the open I was fishing 1 of my favorite little spots and @AMartFishing pulled up so i watched

 

Jennifer Dome ‏@BhamJen

@AMartFishing Are u looking forward to #2013BassmasterClassic? How will u keep warm in Feb. in Okla.?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@BhamJen I eat a lot of Cayenne pepper, I put it on everything. I eat a lot of peppers too. It keeps me warm, which is important. I carry the cutoff gloves and bring like 4 or 5 pairs. Then I wear a real thin Marino full gloves too. Those are the bomb.

 

Shane Jewell ‏@JSJbassfishing

Any chance we can get some of those sweet shirts u toss out sent my way?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@JSJbassfishing Yeah, get in the crowd! 

 

Phil Whetsel ‏@PhilWhetsel

@AMartFishing Some anglers appear so serious. Are there practical jokers on tour? Are you one? Who is? What kind of pranks?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@PhilWhetsel Yes, there are a lot jokers. @geraldswindle hid my boat at the last tournament. I think I'll get him back.

 

GR8 Lakes Fishing ‏@GR8fishing

I like your cap, who makes it?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@GR8fishing It was probably my @MegabassUSA cap. I have many hats.

 

Mic Miller ‏@mic_miller12

congratulations on your recent win! What's your advice for young anglers that are pursuing a career in tournament fishing?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@mic_miller12 Be sure to spend time on the water and work really really hard.

 

Blake Glockner ‏@BGlockner22

what is your favorite lure of all-time?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@BGlockner22 A crankbait!

 

Spotmonkey ‏@sptmnky

@BASS_nation @AMartFishing What is your favorite bass lake and what other fish do you like to target for fun?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@sptmnky My favorite is still Falcon, and I love any saltwalter fishing.

 

josh cook ‏@jjc8688

if you were going to be fishing the southern open at lake toho, what do you think a hot lure would be?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jjc8688 I am fishing the Southern Open, I suspect sight fishing!

 

Jordan Lee ‏@JLeefishing

@AMartFishing Whats your biggest weakness in fishing? Or do you have one? Lol

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@JLeefishing Being away from home is definitely my biggest weakness.

 

Sean Snow ‏@sean_snow_20

#BassChat Oneida lake tips??

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@sean_snow_20 It depends on what time of year you're there. Fish edges of the grass with the @MegabassUSA 110 jerkbait.

 

Matt Wheeler ‏@MattWheeler97

Do you like straight fluorocarbon or braid to fluoro for drop shot?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@MattWheeler97 Straight fluoro most of the time.

 

josh cook ‏@jjc8688

will you be fishing the southern opens next year

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jjc8688 Yes, I'm excited! I love the schedule.

 

Josh Falke ‏@JAF24Fishing

@AMartFishing What is your advice to someone who strives to be an Elite Series angler someday? 

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@JAF24Fishing Work your butt off.

 

JT ‏@jthaom1_jt

How do you telepath such good energy to your lures when working them?!

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jthaom1_jt I know all my baits intimately.

 

Josh Falke ‏@JAF24Fishing

@AMartFishing if you had to fish one bait or one style of fishing at every event what would it be?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@JAF24Fishing Drop shot.

 

Larry McCausland ‏@larrymccausland

@BASS_nation @amartfishing Aaron, you haven't shaved your beard yet have you?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@larrymccausland Yes I have, my wife made me. My wife and kids don't like it.

 

TheFishingRadar.com ‏@thefishingradar

Aaron, what is your favorite thing to do, not related to fishing?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@thefishingradar Running and mountain biking, and spending time with my family. I love to hang out with my kids.

 

JT ‏@jthaom1_jt

@AMartfishing Favorite knot?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jthaom1_jt A Uni, doubled.

 

Randy Webb ‏@WebbAngling

@AMartFishing What skill set do you find most everyday anglers ignoring in their quest to become more efficient on the water?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@WebbAngling Finesse fishing.

 

Brian Falick ‏@BFalick

I caught over 20 bass on a scrounger this year thanks to you!

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@BFalick Shaky fish.

 

TheFishingRadar.com ‏@thefishingradar

What would be doing for a living if you weren't competitively fishing?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@thefishingradar Something else exciting - I would like to be president of the United States. Would anyone vote for me?

 

Cara Clark ‏@caradclark

So is Decatur Lake one of your favorite fisheries since you won the All-Star?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@caradclark No. Not really. I like it, but it's not one of my favorites. I have fond memories of it.

 

Jordan Lee ‏@JLeefishing

@BASS_nation Helen.... Be nice to A-Mart...

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@JLeefishing She's being very nice. 

 

JT ‏@jthaom1_jt

@AMartFishing Region with the best/craziest fan?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jthaom1_jt Louisiana. They're pretty nuts there. Live action!

 

JT ‏@jthaom1_jt

@AMartFishing Have you been to Japan?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jthaom1_jt Yes, for 2 weeks 13 years ago. I had the flu the whole time.

 

j.hill ‏@simplecircuit

what is a good scrounger head setup for fall fishing? mid-tennessee threadfin / gizzard forage.

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@simplecircuit Mine is a shaky fish. 3/16 and a 1/4 oz. on 8- to 10-pound Sunline fluoro and a tiny Fluke and Fluke.

 

Craig Mazurek ‏@FishingForward2

@AMartFishing What style and size hook do you use with the 6" Roboworm drop shot?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@FishingForward2 2/0 and 3/0 ReBarb O'Shaugnessy by Roboworm

 

Tyler Faggart ‏@THETylerFaggart

@THETylerFaggart@AMartFishing How much money would it take to come talk to the NC State bass fishing team tonight?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@THETylerFaggart Tonight? Not a good night. I just got home, no amount of money could talk me out of leaving. Contact me through Facebook to set up a date!

 

josh cook ‏@jjc8688

@amartfishing what kind of lures or soft plastics will work best for sight fishing lake toho do you think?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jjc8688 Tubes are always good.

 

john stigar ‏@stigar905

what is your search bait to find fish at Lake Mead? What bait do you use to find the fish on this lake?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@stigar905 Probably a spinnerbait. Good luck throwing it as fast as I do.

 

The Insipid Prophet ‏@InsipidProphet

What would you recommend to someone who fishes from a canoe, with no budget for electronics, and has trouble finding the fish?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@InsipidProphet Wear your life vest. I would use a spinning rod with 10-pound SX1 Sunline braid. Multitask with this setup.

 

Sammy Camut ‏@sammycamut

@AMartFishing What baits do you keep on your deck in tournaments to get that solid 5 fish limit?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@sammycamut @BASS_nation Drop shot and shaky head, crankbait, shaky fish, and a ball-head jig

Sammy Camut ‏@sammycamut

@AMartFishing shaky fish??

 

JT ‏@jthaom1_jt

@AMartFishing who/what had the biggest influence on your game/fishing?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jthaom1_jt My mother was my biggest supporter, and my brothers were my biggest influence.

 

Bass Utopia ‏@BassUtopia

@AMartFishing Bud you need to get upto MN & hit Mille Lacs smallies with us! Would love to show Bass Utopia nation some tricks!

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@BassUtopia Someday, hopefully!

Bass Utopia ‏@BassUtopia

@AMartFishing If you ever get up here let us know! I'd be happy to show you around the lake. Best thing going in MN for sure!

 

Jody White ‏@vtbasser

#BassChat Bluegrass or rock or false dichotomies?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@vtbasser What? I prefer rock.

 

TheFishingRadar.com ‏@thefishingradar

What is your favorite fishing memory during your lifetime of fishing?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@thefishingradar Winning the Tri-States with my mom

 

Matt Clay ‏@MClayFishing

@AMartFishing What's the best technique for fishing the Harris Chain in January?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@MClayFishing Spawning or getting ready to spawn. Look for them or flip for them. They spawn out in the grass, too.

 

Dexter MF Niemeijer ‏@DexMFN

Do you swim a jig, if so what is your favorite setup?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@DexMFN Probably a 3/8-ounce swim jig with a Skinny Dipper on the back of it.

Dexter MF Niemeijer ‏@DexMFN

@AMartFishing Do you run that on fluoro or braid? I use 40lb braid to 20lb fluoro with albright, on a 7' MH fast rod.

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@DexMFN Most of the time I either go straight fluoro or straight braid, and I use a uni-to-uni knot if I use braid to fluoro

Dexter MF Niemeijer ‏@DexMFN

@AMartFishing Ok, thanks a lot! Congrats on your recent All-Stars win!

 

Louis Falcone ‏@LouisFalcone

@AMartFishing Im from RI and plan on going back to Castaic again. Other than drop shot what's the secret there mid summer?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@LouisFalcone Mid-summer, good luck. Fish suspend, chasing shad. Light line finesse techniques are productive.

Louis Falcone ‏@LouisFalcone

@AMartFishing it was a tough day there. Nothing of any size, did catch a nice surprise smallie. What's the best time to fish Castaic?

 

JT ‏@jthaom1_jt

@AMartFishing biggest difference in N. Bass fishery vs. S. bass fishery?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jthaom1_jt Fish are more aggressive in the North.

 

trent.newman ‏@trent_newman

@AMartFishing what is your biggest sack ever fun practice or tournament and where?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@trent_newman Probably 55 pounds or more, closet to 60 pounds fun fishing.

 

JT ‏@jthaom1_jt

@AMartFishing biggest threat on the elite tour besides yourself?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jthaom1_jt Biggest threat- consistently is probably @Kevin_VanDam

 


JT ‏@jthaom1_jt

@AMartFishing Can I prefishing with you @ La Crosse next year?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jthaom1_jt Are you a marshal?

JT ‏@jthaom1_jt

@AMartFishing no not a marshal. :( oh BTW thanks for the new fishing hole @ LaX lol.

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jthaom1_jt Oh leave it alone!

JT ‏@jthaom1_jt

@AMartFishing Lol! That honey hole in LaX is call the Amart spot now! Lol.

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jthaom1_jt I finally got a spot named after me! That's cool.

 

Adam Wohlwend ‏@AdamWohlwend

@BASS_nation fishing pool 8 of the Mississppi this weekend. Any tips?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@AdamWohlwend @BASS_nation Fish a lot of reaction baits -- topwaters, spinnerbaits and ChatterBaits.

 

JT ‏@jthaom1_jt

@AMartFishing most likely elite pro you wanna take to a bar rumble? Fighting is bad btw.

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jthaom1_jt On my side, at a bar rumble @crewsmissle

 

john stigar ‏@stigar905

How tough was the open this year? What part of the lake is your favorite on Mead?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@stigar905 There are no favorite parts. They're all my favorite.

 

Craig Mazurek ‏@FishingForward2

@AMartFishing What style weight is your favorite and always tungston?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@FishingForward2 For drop shot it's the cylinder type. Yes, tungsten.

 

JT ‏@jthaom1_jt

@AMartFishing freestyle or gameplan to the T for game day?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@jthaom1_jt Freestyle for me. Listen to your instincts.

 

Craig Mazurek ‏@FishingForward2

@AMartFishing Should BASS go to new locations so more of the country can enjoy the tourneys?

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

@FishingForward2 Yes, totally.

Bass Utopia ‏@BassUtopia

@AMartFishing @FishingForward2 Agreed!

 

BASS_nation Thank you @AMartFishing for sticking around for so many questions! Fans, we appreciate you. A transcript will be posted soon. 

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

All these questions have made me hungry. I'm going to miss you all! Thanks for the questions.

Aaron Martens ‏@AMartFishing

Remember to stay healthy, drink lots of water and eat right!