PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — Seth Feider had the monster bass.
But the monster final-day bag belonged to Aaron Martens. And, in turn, a monster comeback.
Martens, of Leeds, Ala., amassed a 23-pound, 5-ounce bag the final day to rally past Feider, of Bloomington, Minn., on Sunday, July 30 in the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels.
“I didn’t know how much I actually had,” Martens told bassmaster.com. “The only time all day when I thought I had a shot to win was when I saw 23-5 on the scales. The BASSTrakk (unofficial leaderboard) said I had 20-11. I thought I maybe had 22. But I just didn’t know. I overestimated BASSTrakk the first day, so maybe I got a little gun-shy and underestimated today. I’m still really in shock.”
Martens, paced by a 6-2 bass the final day, totaled 58-12 over three days to edge Feider (57-14) by less than a pound and earn the first-place prize of $100,000. Second place was worth $26,500 to Feider, who had the big bass of the day at 6-4, good for another $1,500 for the big bass of the tournament.
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