Glenn: Hi. I’m Glenn May with bassresource. comand I’m here with Aaron Martens. Aaron, goodto have you aboard today. Aaron Martins: Glad to be here Glenn. Glenn: Aaron, how many years have you beenfishing now?Aaron: I started professional bass fishingwhen I was 21, so I guess it would be 16 years,fishing bass 10 years. Glenn: […]
Glenn: Hi. I'm Glenn May with bassresource. comand I'm here with Aaron Martens. Aaron, goodto have you aboard today. Aaron Martins: Glad to be here Glenn. Glenn: Aaron, how many years have you beenfishing now?Aaron: I started professional bass fishingwhen I was 21, so I guess it would be 16 years,fishing bass 10 years. Glenn: Did you start when you were a kid?Aaron: I started bass fishing when I was 11or 12. I trout fished a lot. I fished my wholelife since I can remember. I have picturesof me when I was a baby, trout fishing. Myfamily was into trout fishing. Back packingtrips three or four times a year, two week-longtrips in the woods and catching trout in streamsin the Sierra Madras in California. I was11 or 12 at Malibu State Park in Malibu Ifished for crappies and stuff. I had my Pennfish rod. I think the first bass I caughtwas a 2-pounder on a bed, I actually got iton a crappie jig. I looked at it and got excited,and let it go. That was probably the firstfish that got me excited about bass fishing. Glenn: In all those years of fishing, whatwas the most memorable bass that you caught?Aaron: I know my most memorable bass thatI lost, it was like a world record, but besidesthat one . . . I can think of a bunch of thembut one of the best ones was the delta oneI won. I caught an 11 pounder on 7 lb lineon a drop shot. It took me like 5 minutesto land it, and she was in the reeds and stuff. I walked around the boat two or three times. She kept jumping and had a little 2/0 hookin her mouth. I got her in the boat and lippedher. Iaconelli had nothing on me that day,yelling wise. I was like "Yeah!"Guys were watching me, 7 lb line on a 3 ftdeep fish on a bed, I was pitching blind. Just the feeling of hooking it and it didn'tmove. I saw a big giant flash. Fighting itout and getting it in the boat and winningthe tournament. It was a spawned out female. It probably weight 13 to 14 lbs full of eggs. She was as strong as a 14 lb. That's a goodone. That was a good memorable fish. Glenn: Being in California you have had alot of big fish you've been able to catch. What would you consider to be your most unusualbig bass tactic?Aaron: I don't know. People laugh when I saydrop shot for big fish. That's a no brainerfor me to catch big fish. A weird tactic?Probably something like a crappie jig or somethingoff the wall. Maybe something like I'm doingthis week. Something really weird. Big oneseat anything you put in front of them. Ifit's an easy meal and it's small, it doesn'tmatter. A lot of times fish are used to eatinglittle baits. A lot of guys think big baits,big fish but I can't tell you how many fishin the 10 lb. class that I have caught ona crappie jig. I fish a lot of small stufffor fun. I can't tell you the number of timesI've hooked into 11 or 12 pounders with alittle 4 lb. line with a little jig. Glenn: So your just enticing them with a littlesnack. Aaron: Yes. You're trying to catch the schoolers,it's a big fish net school, and the fish isgoing to eat it if it gets close enough toit. It's going to reach out and grab it. That'sthe most unusual bait people think you wouldn'tcatch a big fish on, it'd be like somethingreal small. I'm a big bait specialist. I'vebeen doing it for 20 years. But I've caughta lot of big fish on small baits. Glenn: I'll have to remember that one. Aaron: I'm hoping it happens this week, we'llsee. Glenn: Aaron, if you could fish with anybodyof your choice, either past or present, whomight that be?Aaron: That's an interesting question. Glenn: It could be a celebrity or a politicalfigure or someone from your family. Aaron: My grandpa, he's gone now. Awesomeman, but he didn't fish. I'd like to fishwith him. Probably my grandpa. I never gotto take him fishing. Somebody like that. Mygrandpa was cool. He never was into fishing. I don't think he ever experienced it. Somebodylike that I would like to go fishing with. Glenn: So it wouldn't be Oprah Winfrey?Aaron: Some of the pros like Kevin VanDam. I'd fish with him anytime if I ever get achance too. But we are always so busy andwhen we are together we are competitive. Ofall my good friends that fish like me we don'tget to go fishing together because we areso busy. Somebody like that I'd like to gofishing with. VanDam is an awesome fisherman. . . RickClunn. Guys like that I would really liketo go fishing with, but I've never had a chanceto yet. Rick Clunn is one of those guys Iwould like to go fishing with, to tell youthe truth. Glenn: You and me both. That would be awesome. Besides fishing, what else do you like todo?Aaron: Mountain bike in the summer time andwhen I can in the winter. What I do the mostis spend time with my family and kids. I havea two year old boy and a six year old daughter. I don't mountain bike as much as I use to. I don't hunt like I like to, because of myfamily. I love to hunt. I love to deer hunt. I love to go duck hunting. I like to shootelk. I would like to do all of that. I wouldlike to go to Africa someday. But with mykids being two and six that's on the backburner. I did go to Costa Rica and salt waterfish. Stuff like that is heaven. Maybe whenthey're older like 6 and 12, whatever, whenthey get a little older I can take them fishingand do fun things like that. Glenn: What would be your dream vacation?Aaron: A month in Costa Rica. Glenn: That would be nice, just kicking back. Aaron: I've been a lot of places in the worldand so far nothing compares to Costa Rica. Just how beautiful and pristine it is, it'sawesome. The rainforest, ocean, everythingthere is just awesome. Glenn: What is one thing about you that thefans might not know about that you can sharewith us?Aaron: I'm one of those guys that just can'ttell a lie. I never have been able to. I triedto when I was younger and my mom always goton me about it and I got spanked or whatever,punished for it. So I can't tell a lie. I'mpretty easy going. Most people know that Iam. What else? I don't know. Glenn: What's your favorite ice cream?Aaron: Mint chocolate chip. I love sushi. I think everybody that knows me knows that. If you'd let me take Bear Grill's positionI think I could do his job. I'm that kindof guy. Glenn: Awesome Aaron. Thank you so much forspending time with us today. I do appreciateit and we will see you out on the water. Aaron: I'll see you out there.