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Hackney Still Leads Bassmaster Elite Tournament On The Sabine River

Hackney Still Leads Bassmaster Elite Tournament On The Sabine River Hackney Still Leads Bassmaster Elite Tournament On The Sabine River
 

ORANGE, Texas — Before the Bassmaster Elite tournament at Sabine River, Greg Hackney had a total weight in mind that he thought an angler would need to win the $100,000 first-place prize. After the first three rounds, he’s well within striking distance of that number — and if someone is going to pass him, they’ve got a lot of work to do. Hackney caught five bass that weighed 12 pounds, 14 ounces during today's semifinal round and maintained the lead for a third straight day with 41-0. Alabama angler Keith Poche is nearly 7 1/2 pounds back in second with 32-9.
 
“Coming into the tournament, I felt like it would take 48 pounds to win,” said Hackney, a Gonzales, La., angler with five B.A.S.S. victories and the 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title on his resume. “I thought, if I could average 12 pounds a day, that would get it done.
 
“But you never know with this group. There are not a lot of big fish here, but there’s a few — and they can change things in a hurry.”
 
Hackney caught most of his fish from one area Thursday and Friday. But with the fishing fading in that spot, he went with a new game plan for most of the day today.
 
“I caught three of my fish from new water,” he said. “I went back to the place where I fished the first two days, but I ended up weighing only two of the bass that I caught from there.” 
 
Hackney had the biggest bass of Thursday’s opening round with a 5-14 largemouth, and he landed two more that weighed over 3 pounds Friday. He managed another larger-than-average Sabine River bass today.
 
“I got real fortunate and caught a really good one at the end,” he said. “I culled a little-bitty one with a 3-pounder. That helps anywhere, but it really helps down here.
 
“Today, my other keepers were bigger than they were yesterday. I had four nice ones and then that 3-pounder was my biggest one.
 
Hackney’s plan for Championship Sunday is to continue fishing new areas of the Sabine River system and using baits and techniques that he believes other competitors are overlooking. Though he won’t be specific about how he’s catching his fish until the derby ends, Hackney said he’s been switching baits often based on the terrain he’s fishing. A tactic that works at one end of a cove might not work at the other end.
 
Though he seems to have an insurmountable lead, he’s not making any assumptions. The areas he is fishing are getting worked over by other anglers as well, and the pressure has to be getting to the fish, he believes.
 
“I don’t have anything that hasn’t already been fished,” Hackney said. “If I did, I’d be fishing it. It’s not over by any stretch.”
 
Poche, a native of neighboring Louisiana, caught 9-3 today to move from third place into second with 32-9. He’s proved his ability to catch a big limit this week with a bag that weighed 15-10 Friday. Poche is followed closely by Japanese angler Shin Fukae, who is in third with 32-8.
 
“I’ve been starting in a spot close by the launch, and it produced for me today,” Poche said. “I was very thankful for that because when I ran to my place upriver, they were biting funny. I lost a couple of good fish up there that I think would have helped me out a lot.
 
“Between my morning spot and that place upriver, who knows what might happen?”
 
Brock Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., leads the race for the Phoenix Boats Big Bass award of $1,500 with a 6-3 bass he caught Friday. Gerald Swindle of Alabama had the biggest bass today, a 6-pound largemouth.
 
The tournament concludes Sunday with takeoff at 6:05 a.m. CT from the City of Orange Boat Ramp. The final weigh-in ceremonies will be held at the same venue at 3 p.m. Only the Top 12 remaining anglers will fish.
 
 

 

2018 Bassmaster Elite Tournament at Sabine River , Orange   TX.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
1.  Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            15  41-00  110
  Day 1: 5   16-03     Day 2: 5   11-15     Day 3: 5   12-14   
2.  Keith Poche            Pike Road, AL           15  32-09  109
  Day 1: 5   07-12     Day 2: 5   15-10     Day 3: 5   09-03   
3.  Shin Fukae             Palestine TX JAPAN      15  32-08  108
  Day 1: 5   08-00     Day 2: 5   14-10     Day 3: 5   09-14   
4.  Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              15  31-11  107
  Day 1: 5   07-05     Day 2: 5   16-05     Day 3: 5   08-01   
5.  Bradley Roy            Lancaster, KY           15  30-13  106
  Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   10-15     Day 3: 5   09-11   
6.  Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA              15  30-04  105
  Day 1: 5   12-02     Day 2: 5   10-08     Day 3: 5   07-10   
7.  Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS        14  29-13  104
  Day 1: 4   04-08     Day 2: 5   15-13     Day 3: 5   09-08   
8.  Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL        15  29-11  103
  Day 1: 5   10-15     Day 2: 5   07-04     Day 3: 5   11-08   
9.  Jake Whitaker          Fairview, NC            15  29-05  102
  Day 1: 5   10-02     Day 2: 5   08-03     Day 3: 5   11-00   
10. Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL        15  28-14  101
  Day 1: 5   09-08     Day 2: 5   07-05     Day 3: 5   12-01   
11. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA               15  28-11  100
  Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 5   11-12     Day 3: 5   08-08   
12. Brandon Palaniuk       Hayden, ID              15  28-01   99
  Day 1: 5   06-09     Day 2: 5   09-05     Day 3: 5   12-03   
13. Bobby Lane Jr.         Lakeland, FL            15  28-01   98  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   09-02     Day 3: 5   08-10   
14. Ott DeFoe              Blaine, TN              15  28-00   97  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   08-10     Day 3: 5   09-01   
15. Roy Hawk               Lk Havasu Cty, AZ       15  27-14   96  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   11-04     Day 2: 5   07-09     Day 3: 5   09-01   
16. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR         15  27-14   95  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   08-10     Day 2: 5   10-03     Day 3: 5   09-01   
17. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX              15  27-13   94  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   09-13     Day 2: 5   06-08     Day 3: 5   11-08   
18. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ         15  27-13   93  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   07-03     Day 2: 5   11-07     Day 3: 5   09-03   
19. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            15  27-10   92  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   12-04     Day 2: 5   08-08     Day 3: 5   06-14   
20. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            15  27-06   91  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   08-13     Day 2: 5   07-12     Day 3: 5   10-13   
21. Gerald Spohrer         Gonzales, LA            15  26-14   90  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   06-06     Day 3: 5   09-15   
22. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          15  26-13   89  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   09-11     Day 2: 5   09-10     Day 3: 5   07-08   
23. Ray Hanselman Jr       Del Rio, TX             15  26-10   88  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   11-04     Day 2: 5   07-09     Day 3: 5   07-13   
24. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              15  26-08   87  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   08-02     Day 2: 5   08-07     Day 3: 5   09-15   
25. Skylar Hamilton        Dandridge, TN           14  26-05   86  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 4   06-12     Day 2: 5   12-06     Day 3: 5   07-03   
26. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC             15  26-05   85  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   09-10     Day 2: 5   09-05     Day 3: 5   07-06   
27. Kevin VanDam           Kalamazoo, MI           15  26-00   84  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   07-07     Day 2: 5   08-08     Day 3: 5   10-01   
28. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL               15  25-15   83  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   10-05     Day 2: 5   06-12     Day 3: 5   08-14   
29. Wesley Strader         Spring City, TN         15  25-13   82  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   10-02     Day 2: 5   06-09     Day 3: 5   09-02   
30. Robbie Latuso          Gonzales, LA            15  25-00   81  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   11-06     Day 2: 5   06-09     Day 3: 5   07-01   
31. Darrell Ocamica        New Plymouth, ID        15  24-15   80  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   08-08     Day 2: 5   07-09     Day 3: 5   08-14   
32. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO        13  24-08   79  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 5   09-11     Day 3: 3   05-08   
33. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN        15  24-04   78  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   08-03     Day 2: 5   08-06     Day 3: 5   07-11   
34. Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ    15  24-01   77  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   07-01     Day 3: 5   06-13   
35. Tyler Carriere         Youngsville, LA         15  24-01   76  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   07-05     Day 2: 5   08-15     Day 3: 5   07-13   
36. Brandon Coulter        Knoxville, TN           15  24-01   75  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   08-00     Day 2: 5   08-09     Day 3: 5   07-08   
37. Brent Chapman          Lake Quivira, KS        15  24-00   74  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   08-07     Day 2: 5   08-10     Day 3: 5   06-15   
38. Greg Vinson            Wetumpka, AL            14  23-14   73  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   09-07     Day 2: 5   06-04     Day 3: 4   08-03   
39. Stephen Browning       Hot Springs, AR         14  23-06   72  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   07-13     Day 2: 5   08-10     Day 3: 4   06-15   
40. Jesse Wiggins          Cullman, AL             15  22-10   71  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   09-08     Day 2: 5   06-14     Day 3: 5   06-04   
41. Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC          15  22-09   70  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   07-13     Day 2: 5   08-10     Day 3: 5   06-02   
42. Rick Morris            Lake Gaston, VA         13  22-08   69  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   11-02     Day 2: 3   05-09     Day 3: 5   05-13   
43. Seth Feider            Bloomington, MN         15  22-07   68  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   09-04     Day 2: 5   06-10     Day 3: 5   06-09   
44. Josh Bertrand          San Tan Valley, AZ      13  22-03   67  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   07-09     Day 2: 5   09-08     Day 3: 3   05-02   
45. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL           14  20-09   66  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   06-14     Day 2: 5   09-09     Day 3: 4   04-02   
46. Fred Roumbanis         Russellville, AR        12  20-06   65  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   05-13     Day 2: 5   11-15     Day 3: 2   02-10   
47. Jamie Hartman          Newport, NY             11  19-06   64  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   10-14     Day 2: 5   07-00     Day 3: 1   01-08   
48. Randy Howell           Guntersville, AL        11  19-03   63  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   07-12     Day 2: 5   09-14     Day 3: 1   01-09   
49. Randy Sullivan         Breckenridge, TX        11  19-01   62  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   08-03     Day 2: 5   07-08     Day 3: 1   03-06   
50. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX              10  16-13   61  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   09-06     Day 2: 5   07-07     Day 3: 0   00-00   
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        91       504       829-03
 2        88       507       809-14
 3        40       223       390-07
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