Topics: Charlie Hartley

A bittersweet day

May 22, 2013

This is a bittersweet day for me. It’ll be sweet because it’s my first Tuesday Night tournament of the season. It’s bitter because for the first time in those three decades my friend Ray Patts won’t be there.

Listen to the fish

May 15, 2013

It’s a rare tournament when conditions stay exactly the same from practice to competition.

The Alabama River

May 8, 2013

I just pulled into my motel at the Alabama River. I’ve never been here before so it’s a real treat. You can feel the bass fishing history as soon as you get out of your vehicle. It’s everywhere.

Best tournament fishing schedule ever?

May 1, 2013

I have to say that this year’s Elite Series schedule is the best ever. It favors no fishing style and tests everyone’s versatility.

Bull Shoals revisited

Apr 24, 2013

This past week I’ve had a chance to reflect on the Bull Shoals event and on some of the things that happened there.

Bull Shoals: Brown trout and bass

Apr 17, 2013

When I arrived at Bull Shoals, I went trout fishing for a little while before official practice.

Douglas was a learning experience

Apr 10, 2013

The Open on Douglas is over. As I look back on things, I think it’s fair to say that it was a learning experience for all of us if we take the time to think things through.

Springtime fishing tournaments

Apr 3, 2013

It’s springtime. That’s about as good as it gets in the fishing world. It’s a pleasure to be on the water.

Change is the only constant

Mar 27, 2013

I’ve been on Douglas Lake in Tennessee for the last several days. What a change this is! In Zapata, Texas, it was around the 100-degree mark, the water was bath warm and the fish were in their postspawn mode. Here it’s just the opposite.

A good start to the 2013 Elites

Mar 20, 2013

Last week I talked about the Sabine River and how the tournament was likely to be a good one. It sure turned out that way. The finish was exciting.