Local pro fisherman Scott Martin won Fishing League Worldwide’s coveted Angler of the Year award, accumulating the most points throughout the 2015 season.
Upon finishing the last of six Walmart FLW tour events this year, Martin knew he had won the title he had been working towards all season.
He was met by his family on the Potomac River in the nation’s capital on June 27 to accept the prestigious award.
“It’s a hard thing to do. You have to be consistent throughout the entire season,” Martin told The Clewiston News days after his win on the Potomac. “You can’t have one bad day, let alone a bad tournament.”
Martin hails from a family of trailblazing anglers and is following in his father’s award-winning footsteps. Roland Martin won an historic nine Angler of the Year awards fishing professionally on Bassmaster (B.A.S.S.) tours. But Scott Martin holds records of his own: he is currently ranked the number two professional angler in the world and is tied for the most tour victories.
This is Martin’s first Angler of the Year title, but having clinched six tour victories throughout his career and the Forrest Wood Cup in 2011, he becomes the fourth professional in history to win all three FLW titles.
“It’s such an honor to bring that kind of title back to the community. Growing up here helped me find success in my career,” said the Clewiston native.
Learning to fish on the temperamental Lake Okeechobee has given Martin a competitive advantage that he takes with him to compete across the country. The ever-changing water levels and weather patterns that plague the big lake help the fisherman hone his mental and physical abilities and teaches him to make adjustments when necessary, said Martin. Being able to enjoy the outdoors year-round is an added bonus.
Martin also acknowledged that he could not have achieved such success without the support of his family, friends and sponsors.
“The support from my friends and family in the community helped drive me to this victory,” said Martin. “We prayed so much for good decisions and that God could bless us to do great things. … To be able to win this award takes such hard work. I couldn’t do it without family support and love from my wife over the last 16 years.
“And thank you to my sponsors for supporting me. Without their support, I wouldn’t be able to compete at this level.”
Martin heads to Arkansas’ Lake Ouachita next month to compete for this year’s Forrest Wood Cup, the same lake where he won the cup in 2011. Martin is competing to become the second pro angler in history to win the Forrest Wood Cup twice.