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Hackney Still Leads Elite Series Tournament On The Sabine River

Hackney Still Leads Elite Series Tournament On The Sabine River After catching a big limit of bass in his first spot during Thursday’s opening round of the Bassmaster Elite tournament at Sabine River
 

ORANGE, Texas — After catching a big limit of bass in his first spot during Thursday’s opening round of the Bassmaster Elite tournament at Sabine River, Greg Hackney promptly left the area in hopes of saving it for later in the tournament. He had hoped to repeat that process today, but things took a little longer.
 
Instead, Hackney, a five-time B.A.S.S. tournament winner from Gonzales, La., took all day to land a five-bass limit that weighed 11 pounds, 15 ounces and pushed his two-day weight to 28-2. He’s still in first place. But now, there’s some maneuvering to be done.
 
“I probably caught 20 keepers in there today, but I had to burn through them to catch what I weighed in,” said Hackney, whose last B.A.S.S. victory came in 2016 on Lake Texoma on the Texas-Oklahoma border. “I think I could go back in there and catch another limit, maybe 6 pounds. But that’s not what I’m looking for.
 
“So, I’m going to move around a little bit tomorrow.”
 
Hackney said his keeper bass today were smaller on average than they were on Thursday, when his catch was anchored by a 5-14 largemouth. He had two bass Friday in the 3-pound range and three more that were about 1 1/2 pounds apiece. With his best spot now exhausted, he’ll have to move to one of the other areas he found during practice. Though he knows those areas have probably been hit hard by other anglers the last two days, he believes his method will still work.
 
“I know they’ve been fished, but I’ve watched the guys around me and they’re not fishing like I am,” he said. “I watched guys really catch the little ones around me again today. But I went right behind them this evening and caught a 3-pounder.”
 
He said fishing in a crowd might actually be helping him make better decisions.
 
“Sometimes it’s good to fish around other people because I never really throw at anything those other guys are throwing at,” Hackney said. “I attack everything differently, and I was catching, on average, a lot better fish.”
 
While Hackney’s weight fell off from 16-3 on Day 1 to 11-15 on Day 2, things got better for Auburn, Ala., pro Steve Kennedy. After catching just 7-5 during the opening round, Kennedy brought a tournament-best 16-5 to the scales today and jumped from 65th place into second with 23-10. Strangely, he said it was a noise that clued him in to what he should be doing.
 
“I started hearing these noises that I can’t even really describe — just this grating noise,” Kennedy said. “It was blue crabs. There are a million blue crabs around where I’m fishing, and apparently the bass really like to eat them.
 
“I switched to a little bait that imitates a blue crab, and it was big for me.”
 
Kennedy said he always has some of the baits with him when B.A.S.S. visits a tidal fishery where crabs are prevalent. On Friday, there was one incident in particular that told him they were a wise choice.
 
“I flipped into a place on my first pitch, and when I set the hook I broke off with 25-pound-test fluorocarbon,” Kennedy said. “Then on my next pitch, I caught that fish. It weighed about a pound and a half, and it actually regurgitated that bait into my boat.
 
“The fact that he bit it twice told me I was using a bait they really want.”
 
While Kennedy is likely to be sticking with his crab-imitation baits Saturday, third-place angler Keith Poche (23-6) said he’ll be using a little bit of everything — if there’s actually water in the area he wants to fish.
 
“The area where I caught my fish couldn’t even be fished in practice because the water was so low,” said Poche, who lives in Pike Road, Ala. “Today, I just took a chance, and the water was really high. I may not be able to get in there tomorrow, but I think I’ve at least got to go try.”
 
Brock Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., took the lead for the $1,500 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award with a largemouth that weighed 6-3.
 
The tournament continues Saturday and Sunday with daily takeoffs at 6:05 a.m. CT from the City of Orange Boat Ramp and weigh-ins back at the ramp each day at 3 p.m. The Top 50 remaining anglers will fish Saturday with only the Top 12 advancing to Championship Sunday for a chance at the $100,000 first-place prize.
 
 

 

2018 Bassmaster Elite Tournament at Sabine River , Orange   TX.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
1.  Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            10  28-02  110
  Day 1: 5   16-03     Day 2: 5   11-15   
2.  Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              10  23-10  109
  Day 1: 5   07-05     Day 2: 5   16-05   
3.  Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL           10  23-06  108
  Day 1: 5   07-12     Day 2: 5   15-10   
4.  Shin Fukae             Palestine TX JAPAN      10  22-10  107
  Day 1: 5   08-00     Day 2: 5   14-10   
5.  Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              10  22-10  106
  Day 1: 5   12-02     Day 2: 5   10-08   
6.  Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY           10  21-02  105
  Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   10-15   
7.  Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            10  20-12  104
  Day 1: 5   12-04     Day 2: 5   08-08   
8.  Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS         9  20-05  103
  Day 1: 4   04-08     Day 2: 5   15-13   
9.  John Crews Jr          Salem, VA               10  20-03  102
  Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 5   11-12   
10. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            10  19-07  101
  Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   09-02   
11. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          10  19-05  100
  Day 1: 5   09-11     Day 2: 5   09-10   
12. Skylar Hamilton        Dandridge, TN            9  19-02   99
  Day 1: 4   06-12     Day 2: 5   12-06   
13. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO        10  19-00   98
  Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 5   09-11   
14. Ott DeFoe              Blaine, TN              10  18-15   97
  Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   08-10   
15. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC             10  18-15   96
  Day 1: 5   09-10     Day 2: 5   09-05   
16. Ray Hanselman Jr       Del Rio, TX             10  18-13   95
  Day 1: 5   11-04     Day 2: 5   07-09   
16. Roy Hawk               Lk Havasu Cty, AZ       10  18-13   95
  Day 1: 5   11-04     Day 2: 5   07-09   
18. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR         10  18-13   93
  Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   10-03   
19. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ         10  18-10   92
  Day 1: 5   07-03     Day 2: 5   11-07   
20. Jake Whitaker          Fairview, NC            10  18-05   91
  Day 1: 5   10-02     Day 2: 5   08-03   
21. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL        10  18-03   90
  Day 1: 5   10-15     Day 2: 5   07-04   
22. Robbie Latuso          Gonzales, LA            10  17-15   89
  Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   06-09   
23. Jamie Hartman          Newport, NY             10  17-14   88
  Day 1: 5   10-14     Day 2: 5   07-00   
24. Fred Roumbanis         Russellville, AR        10  17-12   87
  Day 1: 5   05-13     Day 2: 5   11-15   
25. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        10  17-10   86
  Day 1: 5   07-12     Day 2: 5   09-14   
26. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ    10  17-04   85
  Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   07-01   
27. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               10  17-01   84
  Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   06-12   
28. Josh Bertrand          San Tan Valley, AZ      10  17-01   83
  Day 1: 5   07-09     Day 2: 5   09-08   
29. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS        10  17-01   82
  Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 5   08-10   
30. Gerald Spohrer         Gonzales, LA            10  16-15   81
  Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   06-06   
31. Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL        10  16-13   80
  Day 1: 5   09-08     Day 2: 5   07-05   
32. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX              10  16-13   79
  Day 1: 5   09-06     Day 2: 5   07-07   
33. Rick Morris            Lake Gaston, VA          8  16-11   78
  Day 1: 5   11-02     Day 2: 3   05-09   
34. Wesley Strader         Spring City, TN         10  16-11   77
  Day 1: 5   10-02     Day 2: 5   06-09   
35. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            10  16-09   76
  Day 1: 5   08-13     Day 2: 5   07-12   
36. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN           10  16-09   75
  Day 1: 5   08-00     Day 2: 5   08-09   
37. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              10  16-09   74
  Day 1: 5   08-02     Day 2: 5   08-07   
38. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN        10  16-09   73
  Day 1: 5   08-03     Day 2: 5   08-06   
39. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL           10  16-07   72
  Day 1: 5   06-14     Day 2: 5   09-09   
40. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR         10  16-07   71
  Day 1: 5   07-13     Day 2: 5   08-10   
40. Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC          10  16-07   71
  Day 1: 5   07-13     Day 2: 5   08-10   
42. Jesse Wiggins          Cullman, AL             10  16-06   69
  Day 1: 5   09-08     Day 2: 5   06-14   
43. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              10  16-05   68
  Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   06-08   
44. Tyler Carriere         Youngsville, LA         10  16-04   67
  Day 1: 5   07-05     Day 2: 5   08-15   
45. Darrell Ocamica        New Plymouth, ID        10  16-01   66
  Day 1: 5   08-08     Day 2: 5   07-09   
46. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           10  15-15   65
  Day 1: 5   07-07     Day 2: 5   08-08   
47. Brandon Palaniuk       Hayden, ID              10  15-14   64
  Day 1: 5   06-09     Day 2: 5   09-05   
48. Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN         10  15-14   63
  Day 1: 5   09-04     Day 2: 5   06-10   
49. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL            10  15-11   62
  Day 1: 5   09-07     Day 2: 5   06-04   
50. Randy Sullivan         Breckenridge, TX        10  15-11   61
  Day 1: 5   08-03     Day 2: 5   07-08   
51. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN            9  15-09   60
  Day 1: 5   10-08     Day 2: 4   05-01   
52. Mark Daniels Jr.       Tuskegee, AL            10  15-08   59
  Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   06-14   
53. Mike McClelland        Bentonville, AR         10  15-07   58
  Day 1: 5   09-00     Day 2: 5   06-07   
54. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         10  15-06   57
  Day 1: 5   06-14     Day 2: 5   08-08   
55. Boyd Duckett           Guntersville, AL        10  15-05   56
  Day 1: 5   09-01     Day 2: 5   06-04   
56. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              10  15-04   55
  Day 1: 5   07-15     Day 2: 5   07-05   
57. Dustin Connell         Clanton, AL              9  15-04   54
  Day 1: 4   07-12     Day 2: 5   07-08   
58. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK              10  15-02   53
  Day 1: 5   06-06     Day 2: 5   08-12   
59. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                 10  14-15   52
  Day 1: 5   07-11     Day 2: 5   07-04   
60. Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR              10  14-14   51
  Day 1: 5   06-15     Day 2: 5   07-15   
61. Morizo Shimizu         Suita, Osaka JAPAN      10  14-13   50
  Day 1: 5   06-04     Day 2: 5   08-09   
62. Dave Lefebre           Erie, PA                10  14-13   49
  Day 1: 5   07-05     Day 2: 5   07-08   
63. John Murray            Spring City, TN          8  14-12   48
  Day 1: 3   05-05     Day 2: 5   09-07   
64. Chris Groh             Spring Grove, IL        10  14-11   47
  Day 1: 5   08-13     Day 2: 5   05-14   
65. Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI             10  14-10   46
  Day 1: 5   08-06     Day 2: 5   06-04   
66. Caleb Sumrall          New Iberia, LA          10  14-08   45
  Day 1: 5   07-15     Day 2: 5   06-09   
67. Randall Tharp          Port St. Joe, FL        10  14-06   44
  Day 1: 5   08-09     Day 2: 5   05-13   
68. Jacob Powroznik        North Prince George, VA 10  14-06   43
  Day 1: 5   06-08     Day 2: 5   07-14   
69. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX               10  14-05   42
  Day 1: 5   08-00     Day 2: 5   06-05   
70. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC               10  14-04   41
  Day 1: 5   07-08     Day 2: 5   06-12   
71. Matt Lee               Guntersville, AL        10  14-04   40
  Day 1: 5   06-15     Day 2: 5   07-05   
72. Hank Cherry Jr         Lincolnton, NC          10  14-03   39
  Day 1: 5   06-11     Day 2: 5   07-08   
73. David Fritts           Lexington, NC            8  14-01   38
  Day 1: 3   03-02     Day 2: 5   10-15   
74. Kyle Monti             Okeechobee, FL          10  14-01   37
  Day 1: 5   06-12     Day 2: 5   07-05   
75. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             10  14-00   36
  Day 1: 5   06-09     Day 2: 5   07-07   
76. Alton Jones Jr.        Waco, TX                 9  13-11   35
  Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 4   03-14   
77. Brent Ehrler           Redlands, CA            10  13-06   34
  Day 1: 5   07-00     Day 2: 5   06-06   
78. Cliff Pace             Petal, MS                8  13-05   33
  Day 1: 5   08-09     Day 2: 3   04-12   
79. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS              10  13-04   32
  Day 1: 5   06-15     Day 2: 5   06-05   
80. Hunter Shryock         Newcomerstown, OH        9  13-03   31
  Day 1: 5   08-01     Day 2: 4   05-02   
81. Bill Weidler           Helena, AL               9  12-13   30
  Day 1: 5   07-03     Day 2: 4   05-10   
82. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA       10  12-09   29
  Day 1: 5   05-15     Day 2: 5   06-10   
83. Jonathon VanDam        Gobles, MI              10  12-07   28
  Day 1: 5   05-14     Day 2: 5   06-09   
84. Ish Monroe             Hughson, CA             10  12-04   27
  Day 1: 5   07-05     Day 2: 5   04-15   
85. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          10  12-03   26
  Day 1: 5   06-09     Day 2: 5   05-10   
86. Adrian Avena           Vineland, NJ            10  12-02   25
  Day 1: 5   06-04     Day 2: 5   05-14   
87. Gary Klein             Mingus, TX               9  12-01   24
  Day 1: 5   07-08     Day 2: 4   04-09   
88. Kelly Jordon           Flint, TX                9  12-01   23
  Day 1: 5   06-08     Day 2: 4   05-09   
89. Brandon Card           Knoxville, TN            8  11-15   22
  Day 1: 5   08-01     Day 2: 3   03-14   
90. Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ              9  11-15   21
  Day 1: 5   07-08     Day 2: 4   04-07   
91. James Elam             Tulsa, OK               10  11-14   20
  Day 1: 5   05-10     Day 2: 5   06-04   
92. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL           10  11-13   19
  Day 1: 5   05-12     Day 2: 5   06-01   
93. Jordan Lee             Grant, AL                8  11-12   18
  Day 1: 5   07-06     Day 2: 3   04-06   
94. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK            8  11-02   17
  Day 1: 3   04-02     Day 2: 5   07-00   
95. Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL        7  11-00   16
  Day 1: 4   07-10     Day 2: 3   03-06   
96. Tommy Biffle           Wagoner, OK              8  10-14   15
  Day 1: 3   04-03     Day 2: 5   06-11   
97. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL          8  09-12   14
  Day 1: 5   06-07     Day 2: 3   03-05   
98. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC              9  09-12   13
  Day 1: 5   06-01     Day 2: 4   03-11   
99. Russ Lane              Prattville, AL           9  09-11   12
  Day 1: 4   03-08     Day 2: 5   06-03   
100. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT            6  09-08   11
  Day 1: 2   02-01     Day 2: 4   07-07   
101. David Walker           Sevierville, TN          8  08-12   10
  Day 1: 3   03-01     Day 2: 5   05-11   
102. Shaw Grigsby Jr.       Gainesville, FL          6  08-04    9
  Day 1: 2   02-08     Day 2: 4   05-12   
103. Jacob Wheeler          Harrison, TN             5  08-03    8
  Day 1: 5   08-03     Day 2: 0   00-00   
104. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK              6  08-03    7
  Day 1: 2   02-01     Day 2: 4   06-02   
105. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA          7  07-15    6
  Day 1: 2   02-06     Day 2: 5   05-09   
106. Fletcher Shryock       Dennison, OH             5  07-11    5
  Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 5   07-11   
107. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL              6  06-13    4
  Day 1: 2   02-01     Day 2: 4   04-12   
108. Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL         5  06-00    3
  Day 1: 4   05-00     Day 2: 1   01-00   
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        91       504       829-03
 2        88       507       809-14
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         179      1011      1639-01

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