BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Aaron Martens sometimes thinks so hard when he's competing that he gives himself a headache.
"I do," said Martens when everyone around him laughed. "I really get headaches from it!"
The 2013 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year doesn't simply answer fan questions when he is the guest of a B.A.S.S. Twitter chat. He entertains.
The seasoned Bassmaster pro gets questions ranging from his fitness regimen to his cat's temperament to his infamous record — four runner-up finishes in the Bassmaster Classic.
When a writer asked him about that potentially touchy subject, Martens just laughed:
"Do you think you need a Classic title to cement your legacy in the sport?"
"No, I think multiple seconds do just the same!"
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Thanks! I always love coming to the B.A.S.S. office!
What does a day in the life of Aaron Martens look like in the off season?
A lot of short fishing days and a lot of hiking.
Is the second AOY win as sweet as the first in 2005?
It's sweeter because it's my second one. Getting two is always better than one. Maybe the third one will be even sweeter.
I'm heading out to some secluded ponds for some bass/crappie fishing. Any tips for late season/colder temps? is it too late? #thx
It's never too late! If the water is about 37 degrees in winter you can throw fast-moving baits for a reaction strike.
How many hours a day and how many days this year have you put in?
Hours a day on average: 12 hours on days I fish. At that pace, probably 200 days a year.
Congratulations, Aaron, on the AOY. We are proud to be on your team. And we love your awesome product feedback. Here's to #3!
Thanks @simmsfishing! Looking forward to coming back to Bozeman!
Just wanted to take a second to congratulate @AMartFishing on his AOY title - truly the greatest feat in bass fishing to me.
Thank you! I agree but I still want that Classic win!
How do you find productive ledges?
First of all, sonar and a lot of hours graphing. A lot of times it comes out to trial and error. Graph, fish, graph, fish - basically.