Hartman expecting a slow grind

Jamie Hartman begins this tournament at the Angler of the Year points leader after four Elite Series events this year. He expects it to be a tough task to remain there after four days of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake St. Claire.

"It's a slow grind," Hartman said as he boated out of the Metro Park takeoff site this morning. "I've accepted that. I haven't found any (fish) bunched up. We're going to grind out five - one at a time."

Even if Hartman isn't in the lead after this one, he wants to remain in contention for the coveted AOY title, saying, "Staying in the hunt in AOY is very important."