In a tournament dominated by clean, clear water, light line, spinning reels and smallmouth, Greg Hackney’s boat looks more like he’s been hanging out in a backwater of the St. Lawrence with Swamp Thing.
Elites head into home stretch with Martens near top
Way back when I first started fishing competitively I fished a lot of water that was anywhere from stained to downright muddy. That’s rare these days.
Brian Drake estimates he has served as an Elite Series marshal for more than 25 tournaments, racking up more than 100 days on the water.
You don’t hear so much about worms these days. I suppose that’s because they’re somewhat old-school.
Hackney tackles a reader question about swim jigs vs. bladed jigs.
The best places are in reservoirs that have little or no current and that have thick vegetation along the shoreline.
The best at the ledge fishing game can pull up on a place that is pounded from daylight until dark, make a cast and catch the biggest fish in the school.
Every summer big tournaments take place on the TVA lakes and every summer we have squabbles among every permutation of pros, recreational anglers and spectators.