Charlie Hartley

Spring on Smith Lake

Mar 6, 2014

A lot of us are down here getting ready to fish the second Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open on Smith Lake.

Was 2014 the best Classic ever?

Feb 26, 2014

The 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro just might be the best Classic ever, not counting the one I fished, of course (Ha!). It was for sure the most exciting.

Classic excitement

Feb 19, 2014

The 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro has finally arrived, and it looks to be one of the best ever.

Practice, practice, and more practice

Feb 12, 2014

Charlie talks about preparing for the first Elite Series event of the season.

Hard work makes for success

Feb 5, 2014

This week I want to address a serious subject. It’s the idea that success as a professional bass angler is somehow the result of luck or good fortune. That’s almost always nonsense.

Big Head Ned

Jan 29, 2014

I dedicate this week’s column to all the gullible fish out there. I’m talking about the ones that let me catch them — over and over, day after day. They’re clueless, and they’re my friends. I will forever reserve a place in my heart for them.

Let’s talk Florida bass

Jan 22, 2014

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about Florida bass fishing. Some anglers are saying the bite isn’t as good as it once was while others lament that they wish it was like it was 40 years ago.

Looking towards the Southern Open

Jan 15, 2014

We’re a week away from the first Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open of 2014.

Good isn't good enough, not anymore

Jan 8, 2014

This week I want to write about something I saw last week that I believe is affecting, and will continue to affect, out sport. That is its growing popularity. When I did the math from Lake Okeechobee over the weekend I realized that there were over 400 boats fishing various tournaments.

A new year, a new beginning

Jan 1, 2014

It’s the first day of a new year. It’s one of my most favorite times because it signals that in the fishing world everything that’s gone before is over. From here on out everything will be fresh and new.

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