Martens flies away with Havasu title


aaron-martens_MG_0406It might have been for his mom or the birds, but either way, Aaron Martens is one happy man.

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.


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Sean cut his teeth in the journalist world as an award-winning sports reporter, editor and freelancer for various Chicagoland newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald, eventually crossing over into editing and freelance writing in the Outdoor industry. In addition to his position as Editor for, he is also a freelance outdoor writer and lure designer. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Lockport. An avid Bass and Muskie fisherman, his fishing influence began on ponds and lakes in northeast Illinois and has since expanded to a multitude of species across North and Central America. His passion for the sport is rivaled only by his love for building fishing lures, with a number of his designs being used by top professional anglers and produced by various lure companies today. Google+

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