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Going Rogue

Going Rogue

Jamie Hartman wasn’t the only top finisher who went old-school-new-school on us at Toledo Bend. Indeed, tournament winner John Murray did pretty much the same thing, crediting part of his catch to a discontinued Smithwick Rogue that he estimated to be at least as old as Jordan Lee.

New, then old, now it's new again

New, then old, now it's new again

Three tournaments into the Elite Series season and newcomer Jamie Hartman is sitting pretty in 10th place in the AOY race, thanks largely to top three finishes at both Cherokee and Toledo Bend, two wildly disparate lakes. Hartman’s story is a good one, not only because he’s a 40-something northeasterner bashing into a circuit where rookies are still largely younger and more southern, but also because he pretty much bet the farm on this as a career – selling almost everything, putting the rest in storage, breaking up with the girlfriend and couch surfing his way to this point.