Photo provided by JAMES HALL/ Bass Anglers Sportsman Society Gonzales angler Greg Hackney shows off two of the bass he took in the Bassmaster Elite Series held on the St. John’s River in Florida earlier this year. Hackney missed qualifying for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, thereby breaking a string of 10 straight Classic appearances. He has come back strong this year and is in sixth place in the 2014 Elite Series’ Angler of the Year standings heading into this weekend’s Elite tournament on Toledo Bend. which runs through Sunday out Cypress Bend Resort.

GREENVILLE, S.C. — With morning temperatures predicted near 10 degrees, tournament director Trip Weldon announced Thursday that Friday’s launch for the 45th Bassmaster Classic will be delayed until long after sunrise on Lake Hartwell on the South Carolina-Georgia border.

The expected take-off time for the 56 anglers will be 8:30 a.m. EST, or an hour and a half later than the originally scheduled time.

Greg Hackney, the Gonzales touring pro and the first Louisiana angler to take the Bassmaster Angler of the Year title, leads the field. Two other Louisiana anglers, Cliff Crochet of Pierre Part, and University of Louisiana-Monroe Carhartt Collegiate champion Brett Preuett also qualified for the tournament that’s taken on the nickname “The Super Bowl of Bass Fishing.” The three mark the most Sportsman’s Paradise anglers to qualify for a single Classic.

Weldon said the weigh-in times will remain the same. The first flight of 28 anglers is scheduled to check in at the Hartwell launch at 3 p.m. EST with weigh-in festivities set to begin about an hour later. The launch is 40 miles from the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, the weigh-in site for all three Classic days.

Live weigh-in action is available on the Bassmaster website:

Interviews with Hackney, Crochet and Preuett from Thursday’s Classic Media Day will be posted on The Advocate’s website: the The Advocate’s website also will carry daily video updates throughout the Classic’s three competition days.