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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.
It was Aaron Martens' 41st birthday Saturday when he locked up the AOY title. It may be hard to believe, but Martens isn't the only AOY to take the crown on his birthday. Davy Hite did it on May 18, 1997, on his 32nd birthday. And let August 24 go down as the most important day in bass fishing history for births. Yesterday Aaron Martens was 41, John Murray was 49 and Ray Scott was 80. How's that for some bass fishing luminaries? No other date can compare.
With Aaron Martens, it seems like it's always this way: the highest of highs, the lowest of lows.