Todd Faircloth remains consistent on Day 3 and takes advantage of Greg Hackney's stumble.
It had been over two hours since Greg Hackney caught his fifth fish before No. 6 finally bit. It was worth the wait. Hackney guessed that he culled up "about a pound-and-a-half" with 4 1/2-pounder replacing a 3-pounder. So how much weight does he think he has? "Time will tell," said Hackney with a smile. We think he's got at least 20 1/2 pounds, maybe 21.
B.A.S.S. officials who were on the receiving end of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge answer the call of duty at the Day 3 weigh-in.
An underrated Classic story for 2014 is that of Kevin Short, the man who missed a tournament after a tornado destroyed his home. Short has put together a solid year despite the personal setback, and he's poised to qualify for the AOY Championship (and perhaps the Classic) despite fishing a shortened (no pun intended) season. If he can do it, he'll be the first to accomplish the feat since 2006 when Randy Howell, Alton Jones and Kevin VanDam were all disqualified at Santee Cooper but still made it to the Classic.
According to BASSTrakk, Jared Lintner, Todd Faircloth and Jacob Powroznik are the only anglers that have limits so far. With that being said, Greg Hackney is outpacing everyone else with just four fish. Steve Wright just told us that Hackney swung his third and fourth keepers in the boat and he has more than 16 pounds. Sounds like Hackney is sticking to his plan and figuring out how to get the big bites. He only weighed in four fish yesterday, but for more than 17 pounds. It's impressive how focused he has been and determined to take the AOY crown ... as well as this tournament.
Palaniuk just boated another smallie off the Twitchtail Minnow. This one was about 2 pounds. We've moved just outside of Zaldain and Faircloth, and this spot is eerily similar to the last one he fished. "It's got the same deal; a rock on the top of a ledge and a world of bait," he said. As I peer at his Humminbird, most of the 1199's screen is lit up with the telltale bluish reddish cloud that is a wad if bait. You can see the bass on the 360 Imaging as well.
The Elite Series pros, sitting in third and second place, respectively, have a busy morning on Day 4 on Cayuga Lake.
Greg Hackney wasted the first half-hour of his day on the west bank of Cayuga Lake, but apparently it's not going to hurt him. Hackney just landed his second fish in the 25 minutes he's been back on the east side. And it was another good one — a heavy 3-pounder, not quite as big as the "litter mate" 4-pounders he's been catching here all week.