In 2007, Alabama angler Boyd Duckett busted the myth that a Bassmaster Classic can't be won at home. So, thanks to Duckett, no one can hang that old "home-state curse" on 2011 Classic qualifier Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La.
It might be one of the first bass fishing axioms an angler learns: "Where there's grass, there's bass." Unfortunately, as Elite Series pro Greg Hackney points out, not all grass mats are created equal. In fact, if you're not fishing the most productive areas of a particular mat, you might as well be throwing rocks.
Have you ever had a weekend bass fishing trip in which everything seemed to be coming together as you envisioned it, only to see the beautiful pattern you had pieced together evaporate overnight due to an unforeseen rise in water levels? How did you adapt?
Now that the field is set, let's look at the 2011 Bassmaster Classic qualifiers as a group. Words tell great stories, but numbers can reveal truths that words only hint at.
Greg Hackney give tips on getting Back to the roots
Greg Hackney gives tips on Stumpfield sweet spots
Fifty of the world's top anglers will compete for the title of Bassmaster Classic champion on the Louisiana Delta, Feb. 18-20, 2011. Check out the official 2011 Classic field below, and learn more about the qualifying anglers by clicking on their name.
Last week's travel took me to a Texas ranch outside of Dallas where I met with Strike King personnel and media people for a few days of product testing, story interviews, photo sessions and some great bass fishing. Other pros in our group were Greg Hackney, my nephew Jonathon VanDam, Mark Menendez, James Niggemeyer and Mark Davis.
As long as Bassmaster Elite Series pro Greg Hackney has a jig he can fish anywhere with confidence.
Get tips from the pros on their favorite types of : trailer hooks, braided lines and trolling motors.