Capt. Mark Martin is the 1990 Professional Walleye Trail WORLD CHAMPION. Mark won the first, Tournament of Champions held at International Falls, Minnesota netting him $30,000.00, the highest cash prize in history for a walleye tournament, at that time. In addition to that, Mark has qualified for 18 Professional Walleye Trail World Championship’s. He is the only person to qualify for every P.W.T. Championship and fish every P.W.T. Tournament, achieving over 43 “top ten” finishes in his pro-walleye career.
As of 2001, Mark was awarded Normark/Rapala “Angler of The Year” and was the winner of the Chamberlain, and Mobridge S.D. P.W.T. events, he holds the position of eight-place all-time money winner on the Walleye Trail. Today Mark, is one of the owners of the AIM Tournament Series and sits on the board of directors planning out the AIM Tournaments for the future of Professional Walleye Fishing. As a fishing promoter travels extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada doing tournaments, TV Shows, Outdoor Writer Events, Seminars, and teaching walleye wisdom – especially leading kids fishing clinics.
Mark is constantly working on perfecting established techniques and developing new ways to catch walleye. He also works at finding new and interesting spots to bring the media walleye fishing so as better to educate and inform the country’s walleye fishing public.
In his home state of Michigan, he’s been called “Mr. Walleye at Night”, averaging more than 600 walleye per season in the 6 to 12 pound range. The key to Mark’s success is a history of walleye fishing developed over three generations of Martins. His guests have included outdoor writers and editors from many local, regional, and national magazines, newspapers, T.V. and tabloid. His knowledge frequently appears in: In-Fisherman’s Walleye Insider, Outdoor Life, Midwest Outdoors, Michigan Woods and Waters, Fishing Facts, and many other periodicals.
Has also authored and self-published two books, one titled “Over 250 Walleye Tips”, that’s turned into a best seller among walleye enthusiasts, along with, “Year-Round Walleye/Fishing the Four Seasons”. Mark’s latest published book is Pro Walleye Tactics and he also has one night video that has been a best seller.
He‘s been seen on many national and regional T.V. Shows, teaching his walleye wisdom, and showing us the great places to catch walleye. Mark is on the Pro Staff with several major organizations, and manufacturers including: Lund American Boats, Mercury Marine, Berkley Gulp, Berkley Trilene, Berkley PowerBait, Fireline, Abu-Garcia, Pure Fishing, Eagle/Lowrance, Normark/Rapala/Blue Fox, Northland Fishing Tackle, Plano Tackle Boxes, StrikeMaster Augers, Tru-Turn, Daiichi Hooks, MotorGuide Trolling Motors, Scent Lok Clothing, Matteson Marine, Church Tackle, Navionics Electronic Charts, Fenwick, Clam Outdoors, Smooth Move Seats, MarCum Technologies, SS Badger – Lake Michigan Car Ferry, WorldWide Marine, Ins., Stormr Rain Gear, Costa Del-Mar Sunglasses, and Walleyes Inc.
Some of Mark’s Career Highlights…
- Mark qualified for 18 Professional Walleye Trail World Championship’s
- World Champion of the first P.W.T – 1990 In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail
- Currently 47 top 10 finishes in AIM, P.W.T., NWT & M.W.C., Tournaments & Governor Cups! Has finished every Championship
- Over 30 years of professional fishing.
- Over 30 years of tournament fishing.
- Fished every qualifiying tournament; the most In-Fishermal Professional Walleye Trail Championship since its inception in 1990.
- Best Education Video
- Noted author and information resource for walleye fishing.
- Has fished in over 200 Tournaments.
- Has fished every championship, every year that he fished PWT,MWC, RCL, AIM – except 1
His seminars will include:
How to catch Monster walleye at Night
Extracting Walleye from the Weeds
Tricks for Trolling with In-Line Planer Boards & Stern Planers
Working Walleye with the 4 – R’s, Rip N Rap’s, Snap Rap’s, Flat Rap’s, & Jigging Rapalas
On The Hawg Trough casting and working Jigs, Crankbaits, Beatlespins