Mark Davis didn't want to mention it during the Elite Series season, and he doesn't want this to sound like an excuse now, but his left shoulder has kept him in considerable pain all year.
Restrictions on the use of umbrella rigs, also known as Alabama rigs, just got stronger.
Skeet Reese finished second at the Toyota Angler of the Year Championship, and like the first and third place finishers also fished Little Bay de Noc.
Mark Davis, who finished third at Bays de Noc, has been around long enough to know that big water can get nasty in a hurry, so he practiced with the wind in mind.
Skeet Reese’s big bag on the final day earned a stout 40 points for his fans, and his second-place finish earned them the remaining 295 points.
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.
One-third to the way through the Angler of the Year Championship but remarkably little has changed.
Although he's flush with adrenaline, Greg Hackney didn't need to worry about overheating during Monday's first practice day for the Bassmaster Elite Series Toyota Angler of the Year tournament on Lake Michigan.
If you look at AOY by the numbers, 20 anglers have won it — 10 of them more than once.