Hartman’s frog paid off again, this time with a little better bass that might’ve gone close to 3. Apparently, he does not need 2 1/2 pounders because he merely showed it to his live camera and dropped it overboard.
Hartman has an 11 ounce lead over Matt Arey. He told me he keeps thinking a big one will bite in this grass but that hasn’t happened so far.
A friend from Scottsboro who fishes here whenever he can, said the frog bite is in full swing right now. Oddly, not many of the top anglers in this Elite tournament have talked about it being a factor.
Hartman is swapping back-and-forth between a frog and a soft plastic lure he punches through the weed canopy.