Aaron I’m a junior angler hoping to go pro. I always face staying mentally strong through the day. How do you do it?
I try not to never be hungry - staying fed and hydrated is important. I do think so hard sometimes I get headaches. It takes a lot of time and experience to stay mentally focused. That's one of bass fishing's biggest hurdles.
Still running? And does being physically fit help you be a better angler?
It makes you better at everything!
What is your go to bait for drop shot, and your line length between hook and weight?
Leader length varies btw spring/fall, but normally 6-8 inches. I like 6-inch ST @Roboworm1 in Aaron's Magic
Hey @AMartFishing when are you coming to South Africa? Lot of fans here. Come fish with me I'll show you...
I'd love to but not until my kids are out of the house!
I don't believe in superstitions.
How did Castaic lake shape your career? Did it make you the fishermen you are today?
It made the finesse fisherman I am today.
What does this AOY title mean in terms of the Classic and next season?
I don't know yet.
What career would you have if you weren’t fishing for a living?
Race car driver! Or a golfer.
What do you do in the offseason to make yourself a better angler?
I tinker with my tackle and get in really good shape.
Do you fish the opens? And if so which is your favorite to enter -Southern, Northern, Central, etc?
If I had to fish one I could fish every it would be the Northern. I acutally am fishing the Northerns this year.
Have you lined up any new sponsors for the upcoming year
Why do you favor all flouro vs braid to flour for drop shooting deep water? over 30 feet
It's a softer presentation. At St. Clair I did use a swivel and 10-pound braid with 7-8 pound fluoro and liked it.
Swivel vs albright? would you stay at a 6-8 leader in 40+ foot, clear water. Even if you pick off suspended fish on your graph
I might just go straight fluoro in that situation. I like the swivel better.
Brandon Johnson @Johnsonfishing
What is the most aggravating aspect of being a professional fisherman?
Once in a while you get a nontournament angler who follows you around & fishes the spot you were fishing.
Any tips for fishing from shore in fall. Baits and what to look for?
From shore: a topwater can be really productive. A drop shot and a lipless crankbait work well, too.
As its getting colder, what's some of the baits you will start throwing?
A lipless bait, the @MegabassUSA 110 and probably a jig for a slow bait.
Aaron, what's the best advice you can give to college anglers who wants to follow in your footsteps?
I believe that doing most of your own work pre-fishing makes you a better angler in the future.
So Aaron what advice would you give to me, a junior angler, wanting to someday go pro?
Spend your free time fishing & pick up tips from other anglers who can be your mentor
How does it feel to be in the legendary group of anglers with two or more AOY titles?
Aaron Martens @AMartFishing
It makes me want to get another one more than ever!
What is the best way to catch inactive fish, particularly after a cold front?
Deadstick & keep a bait where you know fish are at, or go the reaction way & get the bait moving past them in their zone.