Jamie Hartman takes Day Two Lead at 2017 Elite Series Toledo Bend

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2017 Bassmaster Elite Series Toledo Bend Day Two Leader Jamie Hartman – photo by Seigo Saito – Bassmaster

MANY, La. — Where Jamie Hartman comes from, the largemouth bass spawn only lasts about two weeks.

So, when the New York resident pre-fished Toledo Bend Reservoir back in February and saw lots of bass already on the beds, he just assumed the spawn would be long done by the time he returned for this week’s Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend presented by Econo Lodge.

He was wrong, but he wasn’t too stubborn to admit it.

After starting the week in deeper water, Hartman adjusted and has put together a two-day total of 39 pounds, 1 ounce to lead the event. While much of the 110-angler field struggled during post-front conditions Friday, Hartman caught a five-bass limit that weighed 15-12.

“I had a terrible, terrible practice this week,” Hartman said. “I’m not familiar with these southern waters, where the spawn just lasts for months, obviously.

“I pre-fished here for 2 1/2 weeks in February and saw two big waves of fish go in and out. I spent all of that time graphing deeper spots where I thought postspawn fish would be, and it just hasn’t happened yet.”

When Hartman realized this week that the fish weren’t positioned as he expected, he said he started gradually moving shallower until he found the transition areas that are holding prespawn bass.

He caught an impressive five-bass limit that weighed 23-5 during Thursday’s opening round and then survived Friday’s downturn well.

“All I could catch on those places I graphed were small fish,” Hartman said. “I moved in and started catching bigger ones. I don’t think I’ve caught a fish that has spawned since the tournament started. Every one I’ve caught has been big and fat.”

Hartman said he caught about 10 keepers Friday — and that was enough to put the Elite Series rookie on top of a leaderboard that includes veterans like James Elam (second, 38-8), Todd Faircloth (third, 37-14), Brett Hite (fourth, 37-13) and Casey Ashley (fifth, 36-12).

Elam also came to Toledo Bend expecting to catch postspawn bass after catching so many postspawn fish on Lake Conroe during the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods two weeks ago.

Unlike Hartman, he said he’s been able to stick with his strategy. But the bites have been few and far between.

“Size-wise, I caught some good fish today, but I didn’t get a whole bunch of bites,” said Elam, who weighed in 22-10 Friday. “Yesterday, I had a lot of fish that would bite the bait and miss it. But late in the day, I found a bait they would eat.

“Today, I had three 5-pounders, and I just caught those randomly. They were the only good fish I caught from those areas.”

Faircloth, who caught 20-2 Thursday, saw his weight dip slightly to 17-12 Friday. But he said he still caught fish on three baits, fishing three distinct types of cover.

“I’m fishing shallow, deep and in between — and catching fish in all of those places,” he said. “I think that really tells you just how good this lake is. When you can do that consistently, it’s a real testimony to the fishery.”

After catching 24-11 Thursday — good enough for second place on Day 1 — Hite saw his weight cut nearly in half during Friday’s harsh post-front conditions. He brought only 13-2 to the scales Friday, but fell just two spots to fourth.

“I caught just as many fish today,” Hite said. “I executed on every fish that bit, but I never had one of those big bites that you need here.”

Hite said he expected the day to be tougher, judging by the weather forecast.

“The second day after a front is usually the toughest one,” Hite said. “It should get better as the week goes along, but the boat traffic will also increase as we get into the weekend.”

Texas angler Kelly Jordon weighed in the biggest bass of the day, a 7-13 largemouth, but Jason Christie’s 9-10 largemouth from Thursday has him in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the week.

The tournament will continue Saturday, with the Top 51 remaining anglers taking off from Cypress Bend Park at 6:45 a.m. CT. The weigh-in will be held back at the park at 3 p.m., with only the Top 12 anglers advancing to Championship Sunday for a chance to win a $100,000 first-place prize.

The event is hosted by Toledo Bend Lake Country.

2017 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2017 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Minn Kota, Triton Boats, Power-Pole, Yamaha, Berkley, Huk, Shell Rotella, Humminbird, Nitro Boats, Mercury, Skeeter Boats

2017 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: T-H Marine, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Carhartt, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Lowrance, Phoenix Boats, Shimano, Advance Auto Parts, Livingston Lures

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(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Jamie Hartman          Newport, NY             10  39-01  110     $500.00
Day 1: 5   23-05     Day 2: 5   15-12
2.  James Elam             Tulsa, OK               10  38-08  109
Day 1: 5   15-14     Day 2: 5   22-10
3.  Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              10  37-14  108
Day 1: 5   20-02     Day 2: 5   17-12
4.  Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ             10  37-13  107
Day 1: 5   24-11     Day 2: 5   13-02
5.  Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC             10  36-12  106
Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   23-09
6.  Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK           10  36-08  105
Day 1: 5   21-05     Day 2: 5   15-03
7.  Jacob Wheeler          Indianapolis, IN         9  36-02  104
Day 1: 5   25-01     Day 2: 4   11-01
8.  Brandon Palaniuk       Hayden, ID              10  33-08  103
Day 1: 5   19-13     Day 2: 5   13-11
9.  Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL        10  33-05  102
Day 1: 5   20-00     Day 2: 5   13-05
10. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            10  33-02  101
Day 1: 5   17-04     Day 2: 5   15-14
11. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        10  33-01  100
Day 1: 5   15-12     Day 2: 5   17-05
12. Dave Lefebre           Erie, PA                10  32-10   99
Day 1: 5   17-01     Day 2: 5   15-09
13. Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN         10  32-08   98
Day 1: 5   14-03     Day 2: 5   18-05
14. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA               10  32-06   97
Day 1: 5   18-11     Day 2: 5   13-11
15. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         10  32-05   96
Day 1: 5   17-01     Day 2: 5   15-04
16. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ         10  32-01   95
Day 1: 5   15-15     Day 2: 5   16-02
17. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX              10  31-11   94
Day 1: 5   18-05     Day 2: 5   13-06
18. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS               10  31-11   93
Day 1: 5   17-09     Day 2: 5   14-02
19. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL               10  31-09   92
Day 1: 5   13-14     Day 2: 5   17-11
20. Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL        10  31-05   91
Day 1: 5   18-03     Day 2: 5   13-02
21. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          10  31-00   90
Day 1: 5   17-13     Day 2: 5   13-03
22. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           10  30-15   89
Day 1: 5   14-14     Day 2: 5   16-01
23. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              10  30-13   88
Day 1: 5   20-08     Day 2: 5   10-05
24. Fletcher Shryock       New Philadelphia, OH    10  30-13   87
Day 1: 5   17-02     Day 2: 5   13-11
25. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR         10  30-12   86
Day 1: 5   12-12     Day 2: 5   18-00
26. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL          10  30-12   85
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   16-12
27. Brent Ehrler           Newport Beach, CA       10  30-12   84
Day 1: 5   16-10     Day 2: 5   14-02
28. Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC          10  30-03   83
Day 1: 5   18-03     Day 2: 5   12-00
29. Mark Daniels Jr.       Tuskegee, AL            10  30-01   82
Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 5   17-10
30. Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              10  30-00   81
Day 1: 5   12-04     Day 2: 5   17-12
31. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS        10  29-14   80
Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   15-10
32. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              10  29-07   79
Day 1: 5   17-12     Day 2: 5   11-11
33. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC             10  29-07   78
Day 1: 5   12-04     Day 2: 5   17-03
34. John Murray            Spring City, TN         10  29-04   77
Day 1: 5   17-13     Day 2: 5   11-07
35. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR         10  28-14   76
Day 1: 5   15-05     Day 2: 5   13-09
36. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               10  28-12   75
Day 1: 5   11-14     Day 2: 5   16-14
37. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL           10  28-06   74
Day 1: 5   16-02     Day 2: 5   12-04
38. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX               10  28-04   73
Day 1: 5   17-09     Day 2: 5   10-11
39. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL         10  28-02   72
Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   13-14
40. David Fritts           Lexington, NC           10  28-00   71
Day 1: 5   16-12     Day 2: 5   11-04
41. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN           10  27-13   70
Day 1: 5   17-07     Day 2: 5   10-06
42. Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX               10  27-10   69
Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   15-02
43. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK             10  27-08   68
Day 1: 5   16-07     Day 2: 5   11-01
44. Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR           10  27-06   67
Day 1: 5   12-10     Day 2: 5   14-12
45. Jacob Powroznik        North Prince George, VA 10  27-03   66
Day 1: 5   15-07     Day 2: 5   11-12
46. Jesse Wiggins          Cullman, AL              9  27-03   65
Day 1: 4   14-15     Day 2: 5   12-04
47. Shaw Grigsby Jr.       Gainesville, FL          9  27-02   64
Day 1: 4   14-10     Day 2: 5   12-08
48. David Walker           Sevierville, TN         10  27-00   63
Day 1: 5   13-12     Day 2: 5   13-04
49. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              10  26-14   62
Day 1: 5   14-03     Day 2: 5   12-11
50. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA       10  26-10   61
Day 1: 5   12-11     Day 2: 5   13-15
51. Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL           10  26-04   60
Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   14-08
52. Brandon Card           Knoxville, TN           10  26-00   59
Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   13-10
53. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            10  26-00   58
Day 1: 5   13-00     Day 2: 5   13-00
54. Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR              10  25-08   57
Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   11-04
55. Gary Klein             Mingus, TX              10  25-08   56
Day 1: 5   12-15     Day 2: 5   12-09
56. Dustin Connell         Clanton, AL             10  25-04   55
Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   13-09
57. Luke Clausen           Otis Orchards, WA       10  24-15   54
Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   14-10
58. Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ            10  24-15   53
Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   13-06
59. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL           10  24-09   52
Day 1: 5   13-12     Day 2: 5   10-13
60. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             10  24-01   51
Day 1: 5   13-12     Day 2: 5   10-05
61. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS               7  23-13   50
Day 1: 2   04-02     Day 2: 5   19-11
62. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ     9  23-09   49
Day 1: 4   11-00     Day 2: 5   12-09
63. Brett Preuett          Monroe, LA              10  23-08   48
Day 1: 5   13-01     Day 2: 5   10-07
64. John Hunter Jr         Shelbyville, KY         10  23-08   47
Day 1: 5   12-03     Day 2: 5   11-05
65. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS        10  23-06   46
Day 1: 5   13-00     Day 2: 5   10-06
66. Fred Roumbanis         London, AR              10  23-03   45
Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   11-08
67. Hank Cherry Jr         Lincolnton, NC           9  23-01   44
Day 1: 5   14-07     Day 2: 4   08-10
68. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA         10  22-12   43
Day 1: 5   09-04     Day 2: 5   13-08
69. David Williams         Newton, NC              10  22-06   42
Day 1: 5   13-14     Day 2: 5   08-08
70. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN        10  22-06   41
Day 1: 5   11-04     Day 2: 5   11-02
71. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              10  22-05   40
Day 1: 5   11-13     Day 2: 5   10-08
72. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL             10  22-04   39
Day 1: 5   13-05     Day 2: 5   08-15
73. Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI              9  22-03   38
Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 4   08-03
74. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN           10  22-01   37
Day 1: 5   09-06     Day 2: 5   12-11
75. Koby Kreiger           Bokeelia, FL            10  21-15   36
Day 1: 5   13-04     Day 2: 5   08-11
76. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL          10  21-15   35
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   12-02
77. Darrell Ocamica        New Plymouth, ID         8  21-09   34
Day 1: 5   14-07     Day 2: 3   07-02
78. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL         8  21-08   33
Day 1: 5   12-13     Day 2: 3   08-11
79. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                  7  21-07   32
Day 1: 5   16-06     Day 2: 2   05-01
80. Jonathon VanDam        Kalamazoo, MI           10  21-06   31
Day 1: 5   11-12     Day 2: 5   09-10
81. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL            10  21-06   30
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   11-09
82. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK              8  21-01   29
Day 1: 5   12-04     Day 2: 3   08-13
83. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             10  21-00   28
Day 1: 5   11-13     Day 2: 5   09-03
84. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT            8  20-12   27
Day 1: 5   14-11     Day 2: 3   06-01
85. Josh Bertrand          Gilbert, AZ             10  20-05   26
Day 1: 5   09-02     Day 2: 5   11-03
86. Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY            9  20-04   25
Day 1: 5   12-03     Day 2: 4   08-01
87. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            10  19-13   24
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   10-00
88. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO        10  19-10   23
Day 1: 5   12-02     Day 2: 5   07-08
89. Britt Myers            Lake Wylie, SC           9  19-07   22
Day 1: 4   06-14     Day 2: 5   12-09
90. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC                9  19-03   21
Day 1: 5   10-13     Day 2: 4   08-06
91. Jesse Tacoronte        Orlando, FL              8  18-06   20
Day 1: 5   12-11     Day 2: 3   05-11
92. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC           9  18-03   19
Day 1: 5   11-00     Day 2: 4   07-03
93. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          10  18-02   18
Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   09-08
94. Chad Grigsby           Maple Grove, MN          9  18-02   17
Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 4   09-08
95. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL             8  17-14   16
Day 1: 3   06-02     Day 2: 5   11-12
96. Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO         7  17-03   15
Day 1: 5   12-15     Day 2: 2   04-04
97. Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL        7  16-11   14
Day 1: 5   10-13     Day 2: 2   05-14
98. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN       7  16-08   13
Day 1: 2   04-04     Day 2: 5   12-04
99. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                  7  16-04   12
Day 1: 2   05-05     Day 2: 5   10-15
100. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL         8  16-02   11
Day 1: 3   06-07     Day 2: 5   09-11
101. Skylar Hamilton        Dandridge, TN            7  15-11   10
Day 1: 2   03-12     Day 2: 5   11-15
102. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL         8  15-10    9
Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 3   05-13
103. Alton Jones Jr.        Lorena, TX               6  15-09    8
Day 1: 5   13-15     Day 2: 1   01-10
104. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN            9  15-09    7
Day 1: 5   08-14     Day 2: 4   06-11
105. Jay Brainard           Enid, OK                 8  15-08    6
Day 1: 5   10-10     Day 2: 3   04-14
106. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR          9  15-06    5
Day 1: 5   08-00     Day 2: 4   07-06
107. Tyler Carriere         Youngsville, LA          6  14-06    4
Day 1: 4   10-05     Day 2: 2   04-01
108. Gerald Spohrer         Gonzales, LA             8  14-04    3
Day 1: 3   06-10     Day 2: 5   07-10
109. Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL         5  11-13    2
Day 1: 5   11-13     Day 2: 0   00-00
110. Robbie Latuso          Gonzales, LA             4  07-11    1
Day 1: 2   03-07     Day 2: 2   04-04
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
1        97       524      1472-01
2        87       503      1299-03
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184      1027      2771-04