The last time the fishing industry at large saw Marty Stone, he was competing on the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2010, but was on the verge of making a tough decision.

Marty Stone was going to retire from professional fishing.

When the season ended, he did exactly that. He stepped away from the sport that had been his business for more than 14 years of his life. He decided that he needed more time with his family; his son and daughter were getting older, and being able to be home with his wife Robin and the kids was more important.

Had Major League Fishing not happened, the Stone’s may not have decided to go back out on tour. “I was content with life the way it was,” Stone said. “I was home with the kids, and I was completely happy doing what I was doing.”

However, being an angler that had always felt that the anglers needed to have something that they could call their own. “I had always felt that the biggest problem with the sport was that the anglers never had anything of our own,” he said. “When the talk of the PBT (Professional Bass Tour) started, it looked like we would have something.”

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