Charlie Hartley

Random thoughts after the St. Johns River

Mar 26, 2014

The first two Elite events are in the bag. They were good ones, too.

It’s better to work weekends

Mar 19, 2014

Things went well for me on Lake Seminole. Not only did I catch bass, and make both cuts all the way through Sunday, but I also made good decisions under the pressure of a serious tournament.

Things make sense to me in the spring

Mar 12, 2014

Spring is my favorite time of the year. It’s not only the rebirth of nature after the winter but it’s also the time when bass fishing makes the most sense to me.

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.

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