UNION SPRINGS, N.Y. — Greg Hackney, the national touring pro angler from Gonzales, brought in the day’s top stringer, a five-bass catch weighing a tournament-best 23 pounds, 15 ounces, to take the four-day Bassmaster Elite Series tournament Sunday on Cayuga Lake.
Hackney earned $100,000 for his four-day, 85-pound total. He led the 109-angler event for the final three days, although his lead had slipped to just 10 ounces over Texas angler Todd Faircloth going into Sunday’s final round.
Faircloth managed to bring in a five-bass limit, but it weighed 15-6 to give him a 75-13 total and second place.
The win also assured Hackey of the lead in the Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year going into the Elite Series final tournament set for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in September. Hackney had a one-point lead going into the Cayuga Lake tournament and extended his lead with the win.
Through eight tournaments, Hackney has amassed 664 points.
Aaron Martens is in second place at 649, and Faircloth is third at 647.
The win also assured Hackney of a berth in next February’s Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartsell near Greenboro, South Carolina.
Other Lousiana anglers competing in New York were Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet and Dennis Tietje from Roanoke. Crochet finished 59th and Tietje 80th. Neither placed among the top 50 and didn’t advance to Saturday’s third round.
Crochet’s finish left him in 22nd place in the Angler of the Year standings, and qualified him for September’s Angler of the Year event that will carry a $900.000 purse. Crochet needs to retain that spot in the AOY standings to earn a berth in the 2015 Classic.