Matt Arey. After years of hard work and dedication, it all paid off for him as he won the Beaver Lake event presented by Rayovac. Now that the dust has settled, I’m sitting in 12th place in points for the season with two events to go. I’m duly excited. Pickwick Lake and Kentucky Lake are two of my favorite fisheries on the planet, and I’m looking forward to a strong finish to the season. As I look back at the year thus far, I’ve had a couple of great tournaments and a couple of mediocre tournaments where I missed some opportunities." /> Matt Arey. After years of hard work and dedication, it all paid off for him as he won the Beaver Lake event presented by Rayovac. Now that the dust has settled, I’m sitting in 12th place in points for the season with two events to go. I’m duly excited. Pickwick Lake and Kentucky Lake are two of my favorite fisheries on the planet, and I’m looking forward to a strong finish to the season. As I look back at the year thus far, I’ve had a couple of great tournaments and a couple of mediocre tournaments where I missed some opportunities." />

UPCOMING EVENT: Rayovac FLW Series - 2015 - Lake Erie

A bright future

Scott Martin Blog

Editor's Note: The writer's opinions and observations expressed here are his own, and do not necessarily reflect or represent the views, policies or positions of FLW. We're coming up on the homestretch of the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour season, and I just finished a great tournament at Beaver Lake in Arkansas where I made the finals and placed eighth overall. Hats off to Matt Arey. After years of hard work and dedication, it all paid off for him as he won the Beaver Lake event presented by Rayovac. Now that the dust has settled, I'm sitting in 12th place in points for the season with two events to go. I'm duly excited. Pickwick Lake and Kentucky Lake are two of my favorite fisheries on the planet, and I'm looking forward to a strong finish to the season. As I look back at the year thus far, I've had a couple of great tournaments and a couple of mediocre tournaments where I missed some opportunities. I'll tell you what I'm most excited about now, however. I'm excited about the future of our sport. Let me tell you, SAF [Student Angler Federation] High School Fishing and FLW College Fishing are exploding right now, and I feel that FLW is doing a fantastic job promoting the high school and college fishing opportunities. It shows in how fast these segments are growing. I look back 10 years ago, and there were only several hundred of us traveling around the country trying to grow our sport. Now, with all the high school and college teams, there are literally thousands of kids - young men and women - promoting our sport. What does that mean? Well, I believe it means that our sport will continue to grow leaps and bounds, especially in the next five to 10 years. As I think about all these high school and college kids graduating soon and moving on to positions in corporate America, I realize they'll be running companies and starting companies of their own, and I know they have the sport of bass fishing in their blood. Consequently, I think we're going to see a lot more companies outside of the fishing industry supporting our sport. I see corporate involvement and sponsorship levels in the future continuing to rise to new heights. The other thing that I think is important about high school and college fishing is it really opens up the eyes of non-fishing families and individuals out there and encourages them to learn more about our sport. By seeing, hearing and reading all the news of the high school and college events and all the cool things that are going on at schools around the country, it's really going to encourage more kids and more families to get involved. In turn, more high schools and colleges will get involved. And that's how our sport will grow.Walmart FLW Tour pro Scott Martin poses with student members of the Lumberton High School bass fishing team during the 2014 Sam Rayburn Tour event. On the Sunday after the third event of the FLW Tour season on Sam Rayburn, I helped host a high school tournament on the lake. All I can say is, WOW! With more than 230 teams competing in this event, it was evident to me where our sport is heading. The thing that I'm really excited about is how professional, clean-cut and put together these youngsters are. They really understand how to promote, how to look good and how to do what it takes to get the job done on and off the water. After all, this sport is not all about how many fish you catch; it's about creating an image for our sport that will help grow it. And these young men and women really understand that. The other thing that was such a blessing to see was all the parents who were there to help out and support their kids. Without the assistance and support from parents, families, drivers and friends, and the sacrifices they make, this sport wouldn't be where it is. Tournament bass fishing is going to get more competitive during the next few years because of these kids. With all the resources and support at their disposal, these guys and girls are learning how to fish in just a few years, when it took me more than 10 years. If you're interested in starting a high school fishing team or know of a college that would like to start one, contact FLW. The folks there will help you find the resources you need. For now, I'm looking forward to spending some time with the family as I head back home. Talk to you again soon. Scott Martin Related links: To keep in touch with all of Scott Martin's latest exploits, make sure to visit the following websites and social media platforms: Scott Martin on Facebook Scott Martin on YouTube Scott Martin on Twitter You can also follow Scott Martin on Instagram.

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Scott Martin Q&A

Scott Martin basically called his shot at winning the Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year title. After giving him some time to soak it all in and relax and with the Forrest Wood Cup on the horizon, it seemed like a good time to throw a few questions his way. In the following nine questions, Martin gives some insight into winning the AOY, a possible chance at his second Cup and what he does to relax. READ MORE »

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Shifting Gears

I am stripping the big line off the Halos and re-spooling with 6- and 8-pound-test Berkley flouro, and reflecting on how much fun it was catching all those fish with all these relatively new baits, how hard some of the strikes were and how easy it was catching fish on baits that they haven't seen before. Well, that's all over now – back to smallmouth fishing. READ MORE »

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Do You Really Need So Much Stuff?

Lures and clothes have a lot in common. Just like clothing evolves and new styles come out and old styles come back, so goes fishing lures. The difference between the two, however, is that you can outgrow your old jeans, but you can never get rid of your old baits. READ MORE »

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Never Miss a Bass Again

Do you ever listen at the weigh-in at how many guys talk about all the fish they missed? I can’t accept that it’s part of the job at hand. It’s one of my pet peeves. Most of us would do much better if we would just ask the simple question “why?” In prefishing we have already done most of the hard work. During the tournament, a missed fish can’t be accepted. I consider it a good tournament when I come back to the ramp with no missed fish, regardless of my finish. How does that happen? It starts way before the tournament. READ MORE »

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An AOY Season In Photos

Sometimes an AOY season can sneak up on us. Scott Martin did the opposite of that – he declared prior to the season that he had his eye on the title and went out and got the job done. He didn’t lead the whole season, but he was never far enough out to discount, and he was always a threat to finish strong at the Potomac. READ MORE »

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A Bass is a Bass, But Not Always

Amigos, as you may remember, we left the past blog with a big question mark on the well-known saying, “A bass is a bass, no matter what.” Well, it’s time to give you a different point of view. A lot of you, while reading these lines, might start questioning my ideas. READ MORE »

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From Kayak to Bass Boat

Like many anglers, I am a fanatic about my equipment for the things I do. For example, I’m a four-time world champion whitewater kayaker and have won three of them in a boat of my design. I started Jackson Kayak to take kayak design to the next level and to do things that the bigger company I was working for wasn’t willing to do. I am also a long-time bass fisherman, which led me to fishing 2015 Walmart FLW Tour as a co-angler. READ MORE »

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More Than a Fisherman

The competitive fishing world is a small one, and when narrowed down to the competitive bass fishing world, it is even smaller in the grand scheme of things. This, of course, isn’t to say that this small group doesn’t have an absolutely huge impact. It does. READ MORE »

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The "No Excuse" Guide

Chatter can be dock talk, personal abusive talk, hater talk, fan talk and everything in between. The list goes on. I truly believe tournament fishing is all a mental game. I feel that the most successful anglers know how to tune it all out and fish in the zone. It is crucial to know how to tune out all the chatter and shut up and fish. READ MORE »

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Missed Chances at the Finale

The final Walmart FLW Tour event on the Potomac River was a tough event for me. After one of the strongest practices I’ve ever had there, or anywhere, really, I drove home scratching my head. READ MORE »

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Martin Earns First AOY Title

Prior to the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour season, Scott Martin had banked a total of three top-10 Angler of the Year finishes in his 15-year career as a pro. It was impressive, but not indicative of his greatness. The truth of the matter is that Scott Martin was a winner, always taking risks in search of equal reward. That risky fishing has led Martin to more than $2 million in earnings, a Forrest Wood Cup win and four Tour-level wins. But the gambles burned him often enough that he never earned AOY. READ MORE »

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AOY Update: Martin Controls His Destiny

Scott Martin is on the verge of winning the only major FLW title that has escaped him to this point: Walmart FLW Tour Angler of the Year. As John Cox and Bryan Thrift stumbled in the Walmart FLW Tour season finale on the Potomac River, Martin steamed ahead and made the top-20 cut in 11th place with 26 pounds, 9 ounces. The way the math checks out, if Martin finishes 19th place or better, he’ll win AOY. If he finishes 20th, he’ll be tied with Cox. The tiebreaker awards AOY to the angler with the most total weight for the season. If he finishes 20th, Martin can still win by bringing at least 11-13 to the scale on day three. Anything less and Cox survives to win. READ MORE »

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AOY Shake-Up: Martin Makes His Move

Scott Martin has been talking about winning the Angler of the Year title since before the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour season started. It’s on his mind and for good reason: Angler of the Year is the only major FLW title he hasn’t won in what Martin has built into one of the most decorated professional fishing careers in FLW Tour history. Today, on the first day of competition at the Tour finale on the Potomac River, Martin has unofficially moved into the lead in the AOY race for the first time all season. READ MORE »

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Martin Aiming for the AOY

Scott Martin knows how to win. He won the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup. He is tied with Brent Ehrler and David Fritts for the most Walmart FLW Tour victories of all-time with five. He also has an FLW Series victory and trails only David Dudley in career earnings. READ MORE »

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My Lost-Fish Troubles Continue

Lake Chickamauga is loaded with big bass, and for the first time in three previous visits I felt really good after the practice period was over. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for me, and I ended the event after day two by missing the top-20 cut by a mere 4 ounces. READ MORE »

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Blaukat on Climate Change

As many of you know, for years I’ve been an outspoken voice on environmental issues. As a result, I’ve been celebrated by some and ostracized by others. But what some think of me being the messenger is irrelevant. It’s not about the messenger – as much as detractors try to make it out to be – it’s about getting the message out. I want to start by saying that the debate of whether or not climate change is man-made is over. It’s real, and it’s right here in our faces. READ MORE »

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Running a College Club

The sport of college bass fishing is growing at an incredible pace. During my freshman year (2011-2012), tournament fields were limited to 50 anglers, and boats were supplied by Rayovac FLW Series volunteer competitors. During the end of my senior year this season, field sizes grew larger at every tournament, and we saw more colleges providing boats for student anglers – signs of growth for sure. READ MORE »

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Blog: I’m Hooked

When I was 10 years old I could only dream about being a professional fisherman. I would spend all my time outdoors playing sports, hunting and fishing. Then, in high school, I competed in my first bass tournament and I was hooked. From that moment, my goal was to become a professional angler some day. Now, almost three decades later, after much hard work and dedication I’m competing in the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour. And I’m more excited than ever. READ MORE »

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Blog: The First Time

This begins a series of blogs by Walmart FLW Tour co-angler Jaime Luengo of Mexico City. He joined the circuit in 2005 and has three top-10 finishes to his credit. Luengo is the author of La Magia de la Lobina Tecnicas Avanzadas, a book on bass fishing techniques, and is host and producer of Nuestra Pesca, a television series available on all cable stations in Mexico. READ MORE »

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Blog: What Might Have Been at Eufaula

Lake Eufaula is in the books, but ever since the tournament I haven’t slept very well. If you know me, you know I just “love” losing fish, but I think this latest event was the worst of my career. I finished 12th, which isn’t so bad, but the “what could have beens” got me again. On the last day of practice, I caught nearly 30 pounds, including one around 10 pounds and a 7 1/2-pounder, making it a day I’ll never forget. READ MORE »