Hackney Hopes To Ride The Wave
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Greg Hackney said once you achieve a goal in fishing, it's pretty much gone and you're on to the next one.
What's next for Greg Hackney? How about a tour-level Championship win?
He's one of the heavy pre-tournament favorites at today's Forrest L.
Wood Championship at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark.
In just a few short years, "The Hack Attack" has risen to the very peak of the sport. He's ranked No. 1 in the State Farm-BassFan World Rankings
and he's the 2005 FLW Angler of the Year (AOY). He also won his first
tour-level event this year - the Table Rock Bassmaster – and finished
5th in the Bassmaster Tour points.
Hackney said he definitely feels some momentum. "I have a really
positive outlook right now. I just think, over the last couple of
years, I'm just real comfortable with everything I'm doing. The
Championship would probably suit me better if it was on a different
body of water, but I'm looking forward to it. I still feel like I'm
fishing at home when I go to Arkansas."
He lived in Arkansas most of his life, and only recently moved
to Louisiana. And even though he's not known as a clear-water
specialist, he did win at Table Rock this year, which was a clear,
"Hamilton's a deep, clear reservoir, but I don't have much
summertime experience on that type of fishery," he said. But it looks
similar to Logan Martin where we fished last year. But it'll fish
differently. The fish stay shallower in Logan Martin. This will be a
little deeper than I'm used to."
Hackney noted he had a tough practice - which brings him in line
with the rest of the field. And it's been a tough few weeks, because he
also practiced for the Bassmaster Classic at Pittsburgh, Pa. The bite
there wasn't tough. It was brutal.
"It's not going to be big weights at Hamilton, but it'll be a
lot better than Pittsburgh," he said. "That (place) will really test
the anglers. I don't think catching keepers today at Hamilton will be
much trouble. The trouble will be catching 3-pounders to stay a little
ahead of everybody else. In Pittsburgh, though, I don't think too many
limits will be caught."
Yet he's known for expertise in low-weight tournaments, which is what both the FLW Championship and Classic should be.
"Actually, if you compare Pittsburgh to any other practice, it was
horrible. But for Pittsburgh, I don't feel too horrible. I'm actually
looking forward to it. It's really tough, and normally, those are the
tournaments I like the best. If you get three bites a day there, and
they're the right bites, you'll be in pretty good shape.
"The only difference for me is 90% of the fish weighed in (at
the Classic) will be smallmouths. That's the only thing different from
a normal river system. It'll be dominated by smallmouths."
Two championships in the next three weeks means Hackney has two shots are reaching his next major goal: a championship victory.
"It's really been an awesome year," he said. "I don't want to
sound too greedy, but it's funny in the fishing world. You reach a goal
and it lasts a day or two. Then it's gone.
"I've never won an FLW event, other than at the BFL level. I
don't know how this week will turn out, but it seems like I have a
little momentum with me."
On whether he'd prefer to win the Classic or the FLW
Championship, he said: "That's hard to say. I know if you win the
Classic, it's probably worth more money,but there's a lot more work
involved to get that money.
"I'd be satisfied with either, but with FLW, you get cash
money in your pocket. You don't have to go do anything else. So right
now, I'd probably pick the FLW Championship."
> He hasn't seen himself on the Corn Flakes box yet, which is
one of the perks of winning FLW AOY. "I took the photos right after the
Potomac. I don't know when it'll come out. I imagine I'll have to build
an extra room to put my Corn Flakes boxes in."