Hartman's rookie rise

In my moments of 2017 Total Recall, I was reminded of another moment that I'll always remember. The beauty of this sport is how personal it is for every angler.

You put pride and money on the line, take advantage of amazing family support (not for granted) and sacrifice so much to pursue and achieve the dream of competing on the top level of bass fishing.

It hurts to lose, even when considering the enormity of a Top 5 or 12 against the best 109 anglers in the game.

Jamie Hartman put everything on the line to fish here, and he's had a record-breaking season with five Top-12 finishes -- several of those in the Top 5. No other rookie has accomplished that. And he could win Rookie of the Year by tomorrow afternoon.

At Toledo Bend this year, veteran John Murray won and Hartman finished third. He was on the right fish when Murray surprised the whole place. A very cool victory for a long-overdue pro angler.

As Hartman was awaiting his fate backstage knowing Murray had just weighed the winning limit, Gerald Swindle and Hank Cherry stopped by Hartman's bag of fish and shared some encouraging words.

I got lucky to shoot my favorite photo of the year. And it speaks a 1,000 words.

Hartman will have his own cabinet of blue trophies oneday. And everyone knows it.