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A Rookie Season to Remember!

A Rookie Season To Remember


I had the privilege of talking with Elite Series Professional Jamie Hartman recently about his rookie season.  Jamie last year after qualifying for the Elites through the BASS Opens packed up all his belongings and hit the road for what turned out to be an unbelievable rookie season.  Jamie finished 2nd for Rookie of the year by a single point.  He had 5 top ten finishes and managed to finish 13th for the year in Angler of the year and qualify for the bass master classic.

Jamie started the year with a bang with a second place finish at Cherokee Lake.  Jamie was able to get wind of the Damiki Rig through local information and made some slight adjustments that meant to be the right decision.  He finished in Second for a 25,000 dollar pay day and some momentum for the season. He utilized his Cashion 7’3” medium P90373bs to pick apart the finicky bite with the damiki rig. The second place finish solidified his belief and confidence that he could compete at the highest level of fishing.  On to Florida for the second event of the year Jamie didn’t cut a check at Okeechobee.  He finished with 21.10 on the week and it took 35.15 to cut a check.  As always in Florida when anglers struggle they are missing that one key bite of a 5 pounder or better.  He had a decent practice with the Riot Baits Recon Bladed Jig on a Cashion Fishing Rods F90473b and could catch all the two and half pounders he needed he just couldn’t quite connect on the big bite. After Okeechobee Jamie got to attend his first Bassmaster Classsic in Houston.  He was amazed at the volume of people and couldn’t believe the turn out for the show.  “It was crazy how big the show was” Hartman said.  Just a short drive up the road the third elite series event was held at Toledo Bend.  Mostly a bed fishing tournament Jamie was leading into the third day relying on his Cashion F90473b med heavy flipping stick again with a combination of a mag shakey head, and a Carolina rig with a Riot Baits Little Fuzzy.  His Costa Sunglasses with the Sunrise Silver lens helped him to key in on bedding fish to help him take the lead.  The weather changed on the last day and threw everyone other than John Murray a curve ball but Jamie was able to scrape together enough for a 3rd place finish and a 20,000.00 check. On to the fourth event for the year the Elites traveled to Mississippi for a bout with Ross Barnett.  All week Jamie was “Running and Gunning” and had a decent practice of quality fish but couldn’t dial in the numbers.  He was using a Cashion M87373 worm jig rod and covering water with spinner baits.  Once game day hit the pattern he had put together in practice just stopped.  He finished with 21.9 and missed a check by only 4 pounds.  Back to Texas and Sam Rayburn for the Toyota Texas Fest.  The first two days of practice were “terrible” but he managed to finish practice with a phenomenal day.  Day 1 he had the fish rolling and swinging on a frog which Jamie uses a Cashion Rods FG96076 rod for but they wouldn’t commit to the bite to stay on and get in the boat.  On Day 2 Jamie switched up game plans and started throwing a Luck Craft Pointer on Cashion P8437 Jerbait rod and managed a limit and just couldn’t upsize what he had to get in the money.  He finished in 89th place with 27.5.


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