Over nine events, Hackney out-practiced, out-strategized, out-fished and ultimately outlasted the other 107 Bassmaster Elite Series anglers who started the season.
For one brief, shining season, these guys were among the best in the business.
Take a look at the Top 50 in the AOY running and find out what's on the line for them.
One-third to the way through the Angler of the Year Championship but remarkably little has changed.
Take a look at what happens when a fishing day is cancelled.
Quotes from the Day 1 weigh-in at the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship.
Go behind the scenes Day 1 of the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship.