Hackney takes over at Cayuga Elite

Category: Tournament

 Aug 22nd, 2014 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Aug 22nd, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Let’s see, what do you get when you have a lake, Cayuga out of Union Springs, NY, that has plenty of grass and equally plentiful opportunities to fish it and a dude named Greg Hackney, a grass-fishing guru, fishing a Bassmaster Elite Series event on it? Hmm, a recipe for a lot of bass to be caught? Yep. The Mercury pro bagged a 23 pound, 1 ounce limit for a two-day total of (43-6) and a (3-2) lead heading into Saturday.

In second is Yamaha pro Todd Faircloth weighing (40-4)

Rounding out the Top 5 are in third Lew’s pro Kevin Short (39-4). In fourth is Nitro pro Edwin Evers weighing (39-1). Fifth is held by Livingston Lures pro Jacob Powroznik (38-14).

Hackney in a crowd
“I’m fishing around a lot of anglers,” said Hackney. “We are fishing differently. Fortunately for me, the other anglers are not fishing what I am. Honestly, it’s been a grind for me. I’m not catching a lot of bass.

Hackney is not only leading this event, he is leading the Angler of the Year (AOY) standings. The AOY title sits heavy on Hackney’s mind.

“If I won the AOY, it would definitely be the highlight of my career,” said Hackney. “It’s hard not to think about it. I go to bed thinking about it. I wake up and think about. I just need to go out tomorrow and catch fish.”

Todd Faircloth kept pace with Greg Hackney thanks to 20-2 pounds. (Joel Shangle)

Ones for Faircloth
“I’ve got one really good spot,” said Faircloth. “I thought I had that spot to myself yesterday. Turns out I’ve been sharing it with one other angler. We worked it out today.

“I ended up practicing a lot today.  Looking for other spots. I’m banking on one deal to pay off.”

Short fishing it all
“I’m taking it one fish and one day at a time,” said Short. “I’m fishing at this end and then fishing down to the other end and all places between. “I’m catching one here and maybe three there. When I do, it’s a nice one. When I swing, I need to get it in.

“I’m using a couple of techniques. One of them Mark Zona showed me a couple of years ago. It’s the only thing Zona has ever taught me that worked.”

Evers slow
“I had a rough day,” said Evers. “It was really slow between bites. I covered a lot of water. Yesterday the fishing was quick. Today fishing was slow. I’m happy with what I’ve got. I like this lake. I like it a lot.”

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