Hackney Wins Walmart FLW Tour Event On Pickwick Lake Presented By Straight Talk Wireless

Hackney Wins Walmart FLW Tour Event On Pickwick Lake Presented By Straight
Talk Wireless

Professional angler Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., caught a five-bass limit
weighing 21 pounds, 9 ounces to win $100,000 at the Walmart FLW Tour at
Pickwick Lake presented by Straight Talk Wireless with a four-day total of 20
bass weighing 97-7.

FLORENCE, Ala., June 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - Professional
angler Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La., won $100,000 at the Walmart FLW Tour on
Pickwick Lake presented by Straight Talk Wireless Sunday with a four-day total
of 20 bass weighing 97 pounds, 7 ounces, the heaviest four-day catch ever
weighed at Pickwick Lake in FLW Tour competition. Hackney brought a five-bass
limit weighing 21 pounds, 9 ounces to the scale Sunday to clinch the victory.

The catch gave the 2009 Forrest Wood Cup Champion the win by a 4-pound,
1-ounce margin over 23-year-old Michael Neal of Dayton, Tenn., who brought a
total of 20 bass weighing 93 pounds, 6 ounces to the scale and earned $30,000.

"I was beginning to wonder if this would ever happen again," said Hackney, who
has earned more than $1.1 million in FLW competition. "It's so hard to win one
of these because it's four days. There are so many variables and these guys
are so good. These tournaments are getting harder and harder, so to get the
win is a blessing."

Hackney said that he fished differently than most of the other professionals
competing in the tournament this week. Instead of targeting deep ledges,
Hackney keyed on a shallow bar that had three different mussel piles on it.

"The bar is maybe a couple of hundred yards long, half-way between the bank
and the river channel," Hackney said. "The fish were set up on the mussels on
the upstream side of it. I found the school about 45 minutes into the first
day of practice. There was an oil slick about the size of my boat and truck.
It was from the bass feeding on gizzard shad. I'd seen it before while
saltwater fishing, but I've never seen it in freshwater. I made a cast and
could feel my crankbait running over their backs because there was so many
fish there.

"I didn't realize until the first day of the tournament that it was a live
bottom – covered in big mussels. I would set up on top of the bar in 5-feet of
water and cast out to about 7½-feet deep and drag back up the heel. That's
where they were. Every fish that I weighed in this week came from 6-feet of
water or less."

Hackney said that his key baits for the first two days were a Strike King KVD
HC 2.5 square-bill crankbait and a 7 ½-inch Strike King Shadalicious swimbait
fished on a ¾-ounce jig head. After the gizzard shad left his area on
Saturday, Hackney switched to a ¾-ounce Strike King Denny Brauer Structure Jig
in two specific colors – a green-pumpkin jig with a Double Header-colored
Strike King Rage Craw and a black and blue jig with a Plum Crazy-colored Rage
Craw.

"You always think you have a shot at winning – it's why we fish these
tournaments. But, I had no idea that I was going to," Hackney went on to say.
"It's been a heck of a week. I must have had 60 spectator boats watching me
yesterday. These kind of tournaments don't just happen. When you find a spot
like that, it's the spot of a lifetime."

The top 10 pros finished the tournament in:

1st: Greg Hackney, Gonzales, La., 20 bass, 97-7, $100,000
2nd: Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 20 bass, 93-6, $30,000
3rd: Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 20 bass, 92-11, $25,000
4th: Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., 20 bass, 86-5, $20,000
5th: Robbie Dodson, Harrison, Ark., 20 bass, 85-15, $19,000
6th: Spencer Shuffield, Bismarck, Ark., 20 bass, 81-3, $18,000
7th: Michael Wooley, Collierville, Tenn., 20 bass, 80-11, $17,000
8th: Jason Lambert, Pickwick Dam, Tenn., 20 bass, 80-1, $16,000
9th: Shad Schenck, Waynetown, Ind., 20 bass, 76-7, $15,000
10th: Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C, 20 bass, 72-4, $14,000

Final results for the remaining field can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

Overall there were 50 bass weighing 207 pounds, 14 ounces caught by pros
Sunday. Each of the final 10 pros brought a five-bass limit to the scale.

Braxton Setzer of Auburn, Ala., won the co-angler division and $20,000
Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 51 pounds, 7 ounces,
followed by John Jacobs of Birmingham, Ala., in second place with 15 bass
weighing 50 pounds, 8 ounces worth $7,500.

Pros competed for a top award of up to $125,000 this week plus valuable points
in the hope of qualifying for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart,
the world championship of bass fishing. The top 35 anglers in the point
standings from the six events on the 2014 Walmart FLW Tour will qualify. The
2014 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17 on Lake Murray and
is hosted by Capital City Lake Murray Country. The winning angler in that
event will win $500,000 – professional bass-fishing's richest prize.

The Walmart FLW Tour stop on Pickwick Lake presented by Straight Talk Wireless
was hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism. It was the fifth of six events in
the FLW Tour's 2014 season. The sixth Walmart FLW Tour event of 2014 will be
held at Kentucky Lake June 26-29 in Paris, Tenn., and is presented by
Evinrude. The event will be hosted by the Henry County Alliance, and boats
will launch from Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, Tenn. For a complete
schedule, visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Coverage of the Pickwick Lake tournament will be broadcast in high-definition
(HD) on NBC Sports Network when "FLW" airs Aug. 10 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET.
The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show is hosted by Jason Harper and is
broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most
widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com. For
regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

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