Hackney mapping plan to include storm

Greg Hackney, 2017 Bassmaster Classic Qualifier, develops his game plan for the big day

Having a plan for every variable a Classic can throw at an angler can be the difference in success or failure. Greg Hackney said he’s taking Wednesday’s final practice to keep fitting pieces of the puzzle.

“Because the way the weather has changed since we’ve been here, today can be very important,” he said. “I’m going to run some stuff I didn’t do the previous three days that we practiced. I had to get up this morning and come out here, I’m going to make the most of it, and either find something good or eliminate something.

“I do think it’s important, but now honestly, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal to me if they said we’re not going out today.

Hackney said where he will start Friday has yet to be determined, but he was going to prepare for Day 1, and that includes considering a violent storm forecast for the early afternoon. The temperature for the 7:20 a.m. launch is 68 degrees with partly cloudy skies and a SSE win at around 8 mph. The wind will increase to about 15 miles an hour the thunderstorm is forecast to hit in the final moments of fishing around 3 p.m.

“I’m going to try to prepare today for the weather,” Hackney said. “We’ve had super nice weather -- the first day of the tournament is going to be horrendous -- storms, high winds.”

The winds can be an issue on Lake Conroe. Any direct north or south winds have 21 miles to build.