In fourth place heading into the final day of the BASS Elite Series event at Lake Havasu, Martens sacked up 19 pounds, 5 ounces on one of the more unlikely patterns – targeting bass eating baby blackbirds. And when the three anglers ahead of him all faltered, Martens came away with his third Elite Series victory and second on Mother’s Day – his first came on Lake Guntersville in 2009.
As for Martens’ ranking, there’s not much more he can do or higher he can go. His win bumped him up one spot in the Pro Ranking, to No. 5. Unfortunately for him, the four anglers ahead of him continue to excel just as he is, with Justin Lucas making another top 10 and Jacob Powroznik’s 31st finish only slightly hurting his average. Still, a Mother’s Day win and top -5 ranking … Martens is probably not sweating much right now.
The one angler ahead of Martens that did slip was Keith Combs, who fell to eighth after his 103rd-place finish in the desert. Meanwhile, Dean Rojas is now right behind Martens, sitting in sixth.
There was some jostling in the teens, with the biggest move being Skeet Reese bumping up five places to 13th.
Don’t forget, there were also two FLW Rayovacs over the weekend. So make sure to also take a look at our Minors Ranking when you get a chance.