TULSA, Okla. -- Helping save a cat might just have helped salvage Aaron Martens’ Classic, his Marshal suggests.
Kentaro Amagai, who rode with Martens on Day 2 of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, shared a story that shows Martens’ passion for animals. He reported that Martens went out of his way to investigate a mysterious meow, which ended up helping save a stranded cat. The Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year stopped fishing for some time while doing it but came out ahead in the long run.
Martens was trolling past a steep, rather tall bluff when he heard a cat’s meow both Friday and Saturday, yet he couldn’t see where it was coming from. He spent time investigating where the cat might be because he could tell it was in distress. He stopped fishing in the biggest event of the year while he looked.
“It was a soft meow -- it was talking to me,” Martens said. “It was being desperate, you could tell. I feel really bad I didn’t tell anybody about the cat yesterday.”
While Martens couldn’t find the cat, he said he soon saw a police boat, informed the officers, and asked if they could look. (Isn’t it firemen who save cats? Oh, in trees. Ok. Police can do it on rock escarpments? Good.)
“I saw a police boat out there and I told them right where it was at,” he said. “I think it fell off the wall. It was stuck on the wall.”
It was less than an hour later when the Grand River Dam Authority officers sought out Martens, who was still nearby, and showed him they had rescued the cat.
“He held her up … I was like woohoohoohoo,” Martens said. “I don’t want an animal to suffer. It’s probably been there for a week.”
Amagai thinks Mother Nature might have rewarded Martens for his kindness, as a fish catch came his way not long after. He wrote it “may be the cat’s gratitude in return.”
After sending help for the cat, Martens actually caught a 3- and a 4-pounder, he said, which helped him total the third largest bag of the day at 16 pounds, 13 ounces to climb into fifth place and in contention for his first Classic title.