What are the essentials for a successful tournament bass angler to possess? Is it an extensive collection of fishing lures? The best boat and motor combination? The finest rod and reels money can buy? Perhaps some or all of those depending on who you ask.
This time out, bass fishing pro Aaron Martens was the angler asked about essentials for his tournament fishing success. There were many essentials he needs, but Martens shared the three of his most important for success as a tournament pro.
Grub and Drink
"You've got to eat right," said Martens. "Seriously, hunger messes with your mind. I eat a lot of food. It's almost all very healthy. Along with that, a lot of fluids. You need to stay properly hydrated and fueled, otherwise your mind wanders and you can't focus on the tournament."
"I know that being physically fit is completely essential to my success," said Martens. "Off-season, I work out daily. During the tournaments, I work out when I can.
"Having the physical ability to stand and fish hard all day without wearing down makes it easier to concentrate and focus on fishing. If you are out of shape, you get tired easier and you wear down. The better shape I'm in, the better I fish."
"I rely heavily on my Humminbird," said Martens. "I study the lake thoroughly with it. It really allows me to learn as much as possible about a body of water in as little time as possible.
"I usually go into a tournament without much information about the lake. Using my graph during practice allows me to figure things out. It's really essential to my success."