BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Years ago, Greg Hackney famously said, "Godzilla ain't got nothin' on me!"
Today, in a B.A.S.S. Twitter chat following Hackney's win on Cayuga, he said he'd take on Sasquatch, too.
"I'm definitely the guy for that job," said Hackney with a chuckle when a fan asked him if he could take on Bigfoot.
Hackney answered a variety of questions during the #basschat Twitter chat, telling fans how to fish warm waters, what he calls Kevin VanDam and that he'll choose LSU over any other team.
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Welcome, Greg Hackney, to the Twitter chat, and congratulations on your win at Cayuga!
I'm just happy to be here!
I'm fishing Tuesday, but want to know if Hack's ever tried a heavy spinning setup for deep grasslines, for better vertical fall
I've used a 1/2 and 3/4 oz drop shot in deep grass, but I was targeting smallmouth not largemouth.
What is Hackney's Favorite color jig to flip in deep grass at Rayburn or Toledo in the fall?
Based on water color, I have 3 favorites. I hate to be specific but early in the day I like Okeechobee Craw. Later in day, sexy craw or blue craw.
For Greg Hackney via #basschat, Question 1: If limited to 5 baits to fish entire season, what would they be?
All Strike King - 1. Hack Attack Jig 2. DB Structure jig 3. Rage Craw 4. Rodent 5. KVD 1.5
For Greg Hackney via #basschat, Question 2: If limited to 5 rod/reel combos to fish entire season, what would they be?
7-11 Quantum Hack Attack w/EXO 7:1; KVD 7-4 crankbait rod w/EXO 200 reel; KVD 6-10 jerkbait/spinnerbait rod w/200EX0 6:1; 7-0 medium KVD crankbait rod w/200 EXO 6.3:1; EXO spinning reel 50 on 7-0 medium EXO spinning rod
Do you think your pattern would have worked well at similar spots on #CayugaLake or were u on a 1 in 100/special spot?
I feel like I found a spot on the spot, but I do think other spots on the lake had that same scenario. I fished a few similar spaces and caught them. Those were the only places I found in practice.
It is incredible how you can dissect a lake. Congrats on the W.
Hey GH, what weight do you think you'll need to win AOY at Escanaba?
I've set my goals high for there. I don't know how much it will take to win AOY, but I think 65-68 to win the tournament, so that would be my goal. That is the best 50 to be fishing. They're going to catch them.
Does the pressure of being a pro ever overwhelm you?
Every day! It's overwhelming pressure. Honestly I do better under pressure; it needs to come down to the wire. Our anglers are the best they've ever been. I feel more pressure now than when I started. You put more pressure on yourself to do well the longer your career goes.
Greg, what is your personal fishing strength when it comes to fishing a softbait?
Probably patience. I can let the lure sit there a really long time w/out moving it if I think that's the deal.
What style in topwater fishing do you think would be most productive in a cooler water autumn situation?
A popper, like a KVD popper. In the fall I lean toward the bigger one, the senior. No. 2 would be a buzzbait.
What jig trailers/colors do you suggests for fall?
I pick jig colors for the forage & water color. I stick with dark colors in cold water & bright colors in warm water
When fishing a giant grass flat what is the key you are looking for to find that spot within the spot?
The first thing is follow the edge, I'm looking for an irregular feature, maybe where deeper water comes in. If a lake has a large population of muskie or pike, then the largemouth especially relate inside the grass. On lakes that don't have the large predator fish then I'll look for a turn or a point or isolated grass patch.
When you say 'inside the grass' you mean not right on the edge, a few feet inside the grass line but still on edge?
Maybe it could be 50 yards out in the grass. You're looking for depressions in the grass, sandy spots.