JULY 31, 2020

Late-Day Bonus Helps Hartman Take Lead at Bassmaster Elite

Jamie Hartman, originally of Newport, N.Y., is leading after Day 1 of the 2020 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain with 22 pounds, 1 ounce. Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

Late-Day Bonus Helps Hartman Take Lead At Bassmaster Elite On Lake Champlain

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — An afternoon decision paid off big for Jamie Hartman of Russellville, Ark., who nabbed a day-ending bonus that helped him claim the Day 1 lead of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain with 22 pounds, 1 ounce.

At the day’s conclusion, Hartman’s name appeared next to three of the Top 10 Big Bass — a 5-pounder, a 4-14 and a 4-4. He also added a 4-0 just 10 minutes before the weigh-ins opened at 3 p.m.

“I upgraded in the last few minutes on the way in; I was pretty much done and I just hit something on the way in, made three casts and caught a 4-pound smallmouth,” said Hartman, a native New Yorker. “That spot was just a steep drop with some grass on top of it.

“I’ve fished it in the past and I’ve never caught a big fish off of it, but I’ve caught some decent fish. I was basically scouting for tomorrow, so after catching a 4-pound smallmouth, I think they’re there.”

Hartman’s late-day bonus spot exemplified the type of habitat he eventually settled into. Finishing his day with a mixed bag of three smallmouth and two largemouth, Hartman actually got off to a slow start but eventually turned his day around by adjusting his location.

“I went up north and the water was so calm that it was tough for me to get bit at all,” he said. “I ground it out for a while, got a couple of bites and made one move. When I finally made the move to go fish what I wanted to fish, it all came together. I bounced around to several different spots within the same area, making decisions on what to fish.”

Hartman generally described his area as a mix of rock and grassbeds in 12 to 15 feet. The key, he said, was targeting the right type of grass, specifically taller patches of milfoil.

“I was watching my electronics and making sure I was around patches of grass,” he said. “I was making sure I was in the high enough grass.”

Hartman caught his bass on a mix of soft-plastic presentations. Although he tried to get the fish interested in reaction baits early, a Carolina rig proved most productive.

“I tried to catch them on a swimbait like I did in practice. But there was no wind, so they wouldn’t eat it,” he said.

With the grassy shallows of the Ticonderoga area at Champlain’s lower end presenting the tempting potential for big largemouth, Hartman admitted he considered making the 70-mile run.

“When I had a slow start, I thought I had made the wrong decision by not running to Ti, but I slowly started to put it together,” he said. “I just kept reminding myself: pick off one at a time. They’re good ones, so we’ll keep going.”

Buddy Gross of Chickamauga, Ga., is in second place with 21-2. Noting that Champlain’s smallmouth have often confounded him in the past, Gross mainly focused on largemouth Thursday. But with the lake about 4 feet below normal, he caught them in places where he has targeted smallmouth.

“I had spent a lot of time looking for structure for smallmouth, but the largemouth took over some of my spots and it’s really helping a lot,” Gross said. “As low as the water is, it’s pulling the largemouth out to the first places on the drops, and it’s making them a little easier for me to find them.”

Fishing the lake’s north end, Gross caught his fish on a prototype bullethead jig from Nichols Lures with a Zoom Chunk trailer and a Z-Man Jack Hammer ChatterBait with a Zoom Z-Craw trailer. The latter, he said, proved most strategic in finding his bites.

“I used moving baits to cover a lot of water,” he said. “I haven’t been getting a ton of bites, but when I do, it has been quality. So, I’m having to run a whole lot of water.”

Micah Frazier of Newnan, Ga., is in third place with 20-8. Targeting solely smallmouth, he committed to the lake’s north end where he targeted offshore humps, shoals and boulders in 15 to 40 feet.

“I caught my fish on a drop shot with a Yum Warning Shot and a 3/8-ounce weight,” Frazier said. “I had a midmorning flurry, and then I caught a couple of bigger ones later once the sun came out.”

Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Md., is in the lead for Phoenix Boats Big Bass honors with his 6-2 largemouth.

Friday’s takeoff is scheduled for 6:45 a.m. CT at Plattsburgh City Marina. The weigh-in will be held back at the marina at 3 p.m.

Live coverage of the event will be available starting at 8 a.m. on Bassmaster LIVE at Bassmaster.com with simulcasts on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Check local listings for ESPN2 times.

The tournament is being hosted by the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, City of Plattsburgh and Clinton County.

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2020 Bassmaster Elite At Lake Champlain Local Hosts: Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, City of Plattsburgh, Clinton County

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2020 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain 7/30-8/2
Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh NY.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 1

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

1. Jamie Hartman Newport, NY 5 22-01 100
Day 1: 5 22-01
2. Buddy Gross Chickamauga, GA 5 21-02 99
Day 1: 5 21-02
3. Micah Frazier Newnan, GA 5 20-08 98
Day 1: 5 20-08
4. Seth Feider New Market, MN 5 20-01 97
Day 1: 5 20-01
5. Brock Mosley Collinsville, MS 5 19-13 96
Day 1: 5 19-13
5. David Mullins Mt Carmel, TN 5 19-13 96
Day 1: 5 19-13
7. Stetson Blaylock Benton, AR 5 19-12 94
Day 1: 5 19-12
8. Brandon Palaniuk Rathdrum, ID 5 19-12 93
Day 1: 5 19-12
9. Chris Johnston Peterborough Ontario CA 5 19-06 92
Day 1: 5 19-06
9. Paul Mueller Naugatuck, CT 5 19-06 92
Day 1: 5 19-06
9. Bryan Schmitt Deale, MD 5 19-06 92 $1,000.00
Day 1: 5 19-06
12. Ed Loughran III Richmond, VA 5 19-04 89
Day 1: 5 19-04
13. Scott Canterbury Odenville, AL 5 19-03 88
Day 1: 5 19-03
14. Todd Auten Lake Wylie, SC 5 18-12 87
Day 1: 5 18-12
15. Wes Logan Springville, AL 5 18-10 86
Day 1: 5 18-10
16. Luke Palmer Coalgate, OK 5 18-09 85
Day 1: 5 18-09
17. Taku Ito Chiba JAPAN 5 18-08 84
Day 1: 5 18-08
17. Tyler Rivet Raceland, LA 5 18-08 84
Day 1: 5 18-08
19. Kyle Monti Okeechobee, FL 5 18-07 82
Day 1: 5 18-07
20. Rob Digh Denver, NC 5 18-06 81
Day 1: 5 18-06
21. Gary Clouse Winchester, TN 5 18-05 80
Day 1: 5 18-05
21. Ray Hanselman Jr Del Rio, TX 5 18-05 80
Day 1: 5 18-05
23. Rick Morris Lake Gaston, VA 5 18-04 78
Day 1: 5 18-04
23. Jason Williamson Wagener, SC 5 18-04 78
Day 1: 5 18-04
25. Chad Pipkens Dewitt, MI 5 18-03 76
Day 1: 5 18-03
26. Koby Kreiger Alva, FL 5 18-01 75
Day 1: 5 18-01
27. Matt Arey Shelby, NC 5 18-00 74
Day 1: 5 18-00
27. Brandon Cobb Greenwood, SC 5 18-00 74
Day 1: 5 18-00
27. Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 5 18-00 74
Day 1: 5 18-00
30. Shane Lineberger Lincolnton, NC 5 17-12 71
Day 1: 5 17-12
31. Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 5 17-10 70
Day 1: 5 17-10
32. Matt Herren Ashville, AL 5 17-09 69
Day 1: 5 17-09
33. Garrett Paquette Canton, MI 5 17-07 68
Day 1: 5 17-07
34. Kyle Welcher Opelika, AL 5 17-05 67
Day 1: 5 17-05
35. Brett Preuett Monroe, LA 5 17-04 66
Day 1: 5 17-04
36. Jeff Gustafson Keewatin Ontario CANADA 5 17-03 65
Day 1: 5 17-03
36. Harvey Horne Bella Vista, AR 5 17-03 65
Day 1: 5 17-03
36. Carl Jocumsen Queensland TN AUSTRALIA 5 17-03 65
Day 1: 5 17-03
36. Cory Johnston Cavan CANADA 5 17-03 65
Day 1: 5 17-03
40. Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 5 17-02 61
Day 1: 5 17-02
41. Chad Morgenthaler Reeds Spring, MO 5 17-01 60
Day 1: 5 17-01
42. Hunter Shryock Newcomerstown, OH 5 17-00 59
Day 1: 5 17-00
43. Greg DiPalma Millville, NJ 5 16-15 58
Day 1: 5 16-15
44. Skylar Hamilton Dandridge, TN 5 16-13 57
Day 1: 5 16-13
45. Drew Cook Midway, FL 5 16-12 56
Day 1: 5 16-12
46. Derek Hudnall Denham Springs, LA 5 16-11 55
Day 1: 5 16-11
47. David Fritts Lexington, NC 5 16-10 54
Day 1: 5 16-10
48. Chris Zaldain Fort Worth, TX 5 16-09 53
Day 1: 5 16-09
49. Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 5 16-08 52
Day 1: 5 16-08
50. Gerald Swindle Guntersville, AL 5 16-07 51
Day 1: 5 16-07
51. Caleb Kuphall Mukwonago, WI 5 16-06 50
Day 1: 5 16-06
52. Hank Cherry Jr Lincolnton, NC 5 16-05 49
Day 1: 5 16-05
53. Cody Hollen Beaverton, OR 5 16-05 48
Day 1: 5 16-05
54. Randy Pierson Oakdale, CA 5 16-04 47
Day 1: 5 16-04
55. Keith Combs Huntington, TX 5 16-03 46
Day 1: 5 16-03
55. Clark Wendlandt Leander, TX 5 16-03 46
Day 1: 5 16-03
57. Drew Benton Blakely, GA 5 16-01 44
Day 1: 5 16-01
57. Frank Talley Temple, TX 5 16-01 44
Day 1: 5 16-01
57. Patrick Walters Summerville, SC 5 16-01 44
Day 1: 5 16-01
60. Austin Felix Eden Prairie, MN 5 16-00 41
Day 1: 5 16-00
61. Rick Clunn Ava, MO 5 15-14 40
Day 1: 5 15-14
61. Clent Davis Montevallo, AL 5 15-14 40
Day 1: 5 15-14
63. Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 5 15-13 38
Day 1: 5 15-13
64. Destin DeMarion Grove City, PA 5 15-09 37
Day 1: 5 15-09
65. Shane LeHew Catawba, NC 5 15-05 36
Day 1: 5 15-05
66. Brandon Card Salisbury, NC 5 15-04 35
Day 1: 5 15-04
67. John Cox Debary, FL 5 15-01 34
Day 1: 5 15-01
68. Mike Huff Corbin, KY 5 15-00 33
Day 1: 5 15-00
68. Caleb Sumrall New Iberia, LA 5 15-00 33
Day 1: 5 15-00
68. Jay Yelas Lincoln City, OR 5 15-00 33
Day 1: 5 15-00
71. Randy Sullivan Breckenridge, TX 5 14-14 30
Day 1: 5 14-14
72. Lee Livesay Longview, TX 5 14-09 29
Day 1: 5 14-09
73. Dale Hightower Mannford, OK 5 14-06 28
Day 1: 5 14-06
74. Bill Weidler Helena, AL 5 14-02 27
Day 1: 5 14-02
75. Bob Downey Hudson, WI 5 14-00 26
Day 1: 5 14-00
75. Jake Whitaker Fairview, NC 5 14-00 26
Day 1: 5 14-00
77. Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 5 13-13 24
Day 1: 5 13-13
78. Jesse Tacoronte Kissimmee, FL 5 13-10 23
Day 1: 5 13-10
79. Quentin Cappo Prairieville, LA 5 13-10 22
Day 1: 5 13-10
80. Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 5 12-15 21
Day 1: 5 12-15
80. Brad Whatley Bivins, TX 5 12-15 21
Day 1: 5 12-15
82. Chris Groh Spring Grove, IL 5 12-14 19
Day 1: 5 12-14
83. Tyler Carriere Youngsville, LA 5 11-11 18
Day 1: 5 11-11
84. John Crews Jr Salem, VA 5 11-08 17
Day 1: 5 11-08
85. Robbie Latuso Gonzales, LA 5 10-00 16
Day 1: 5 10-00
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS
Day
1 Bryan Schmitt Deale, MD 06-02 $1,000.00

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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 85 425 1425-04
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85 425 1425-04