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An AOY Season In Photos
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An AOY Season In Photos

Looking back at Scott Martin’s AOY year
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Scott Martin had a decent limit Saturday, largely caught with a drop-shot rig. Photo by Colin Moore. Angler: Scott Martin.
July 8, 2015 • Jody White • Angler News

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.
 

Pro Scott Martin shows off part of his 15-1 day one sack at the FLW Tour on Lake Toho.

The season started in sunny Florida on Lake Toho. Though it isn’t even 100 miles north of Okeechobee, the Kissimmee Chain hasn’t treated Martin kindly in the past, yet he emerged from Toho with a satisfying 44th-place finish and a $10,000 check.

 

Pro Scott Martin wrestles one to the boat on day one of  the FLW Tour on Lewis Smith Lake.

Next up was Lewis Smith Lake. Instead of pursuing some other long-shot pattern that might have held a chance to win, Martin played to his strengths and bed-fished nearly the entire time.

 

Although the air is chilly the sun is bright as the top-20 takes off on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour on Lewis Smith Lake.

His bedding-bass program resulted in a four-day catch of 60-12, enough to truly be in the hunt to win if Smith hadn’t fished so well across the board in 2015.

 

And in. The chunky largemouth was his fourth bass of the day.

On the final day at Smith Lake Martin started the day with a drop-shot, but soon swapped over to his dependable bedding pattern. Even though he was running new water, he was still catching fish.

 

Scott Martin battles a giant bedding spot to the boat.

Martin caught big spotted bass and big largemouth off beds on Smith. In the end, Martin was just one more big bite shy of competing for second place, as Dave Lefebre charged to the win on the final day.

 

Pro Scott Martin launches on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour on Beaver Lake.

Next stop was Beaver Lake – another diverse reservoir with rapidly changing weather and a strong spawning pattern. Over the years, Martin has taken some hits from Beaver, but the last few stops there have been very good to him.

 

Scott Martin stares one down on a bed.

Just like at Smith, Martin played to his strengths and exploited bedding bass for the duration of the tournament. It paid off and he left Beaver with a 16th-place finish and a definite stake in the AOY hunt.

 

Scott and Jacob eat snacks and talk fishing.

Scott Martin eats chips and talks shop with Jacob Wheeler during weigh-in on day two of the Tour event at Eufaula. When it was all said and done on day two, Wheeler found himself in 27th and Martin had made the cut to fish on day three.

 

Scott Martin rolls down the lake en route to his fishing grounds.

On day three at Eufaula Martin caught a limit for 11-7 and finished 11th with 43-15 total. It was his third top 20 on the season and also the first tournament of the year where he didn’t catch a bedding bass.

 

A big kicker or a stump? Turns out it was the latter, though Scott Martin had high hopes when he set the hook.

Hammer time! Martin sets into something on Lake Chickamauga. Just like he did at Eufaula, the Florida pro mixed shallow and deep patterns for another high finish.

 

Bryan Thrift, Scott Martin and Cody Meyer all on one ledge. Must be a good one.

Bryan Thrift, Scott Martin and Cody Meyer make a pretty formidable trio – the fish under them hardly stand a chance! Though Martin had a lot of his shallow stuff to himself on Chick, he effectively shared water with others offshore.

 

Scott Martin lacked the big kicker fish he needed to reach the tournament's championship round. When he culled, he culled for ounces.

Time to cull. In the end, Martin culled his way up to 15th at Chickamauga and went into the final event at the Potomac in third place for the AOY behind Bryan Thrift and John Cox.

 

While Thrift and Cox faltered at the Potomac River, Martin hammered it home for the AOY title. He ducked and dodged through profuse shallow cover all week and came away with a total weight of 52-9 and a sixth-place finish at the site of his last Tour victory.

 

It’s over! Martin holds the Angler of the Year trophy high surrounded by his wife, Suzanne, and his legendary parents. Calling your shot is incredibly rare, but it sure worked out for Martin. Next up – trying to be the first to win the Forrest Wood Cup twice.