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How Greg Hackney Won at Pickwick

Greg "the Hack Attack" Hackney crushed the field at the recent FLW Tour tournament on Lake Pickwick, AL, weighing nearly 100 pounds of bass over 4 days. Here's how he did it, according to fishing information from Greg and FLWOutdoors.com

Where He Fished

While most competitors on Pickwick were fishing deep, Greg fished a shallow ledge. Take a look at what you DON'T see in this video of him on the water:





Give up? Power-Poles! They're down because he was fishing shallow:

  • Hackney located his tournament-winning spot early the first morning of practice. He was working around some shallow ledges that he’d been inspecting on his electronic map.
  • The spot was located on the backwater side of the main river, upstream from the bridge that carries the Natchez Trace Parkway across the Tennessee River.
  • "There was a high spot with a small break, and it had a massive mussel bed up top," he says. "The shell was on one side, but the other side was smooth. There was a ditch there, about 2 feet deep. When fish were staging, they were in that little depression [ditch] off to the side. It was real subtle."
  • "In practice I was cranking up that ditch, and at the end of it was an ‘oil slick’ the size of my truck,” Hackney says. “I thought, That can’t be what I think it is."
  • It was the telltale sign of a bunch of bait losing a battle to a bunch of jumbo predators – 6- and 7-pound largemouths and 4-pound smallmouths hammering away at gizzard shad that Hackney estimates were 10 to 12 inches long.
Baits He Used

FLWOutdoors.com and BassFan.com both reported that Greg used three Strike King baits to catch his fish. Actually he used five:

KVD 2.5 Squarebill & KVD 8.0 Squarebill (sexy shad)

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5 1/2-inch Shadalicious swimbait (sexy shad)

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Denny Brauer Structure Jig, 3/4-oz: black/blue with plum crazy Rage Craw trailer

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Denny Brauer Structure Jig 3/4-oz: green pumpkin with double header Rage Craw trailer.

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Greg was Power-Poled down in 5 feet, casting into 8 feet. Key was making a long cast and fishing the baits uphill.

Amazingly, his spot constantly replenished. “Everything is late,” he told FLW Outdoors. “I knew there was no way they’ve had time to get finished spawning and look like that [with fat guts].”

He also reported catching some 4-pounders that were “as white as a bar of soap,” having just moved up from deeper water to stage for a late spawn.