A old water pattern

Hackney is fishing about 12-12 miles south of the ramp at Union Springs, and this area is not known for its quantity of bass. Hackney's catch -- second heaviest in the standings at this point -- belies the reputation. Ken Golub, who guides on Cayuga and fishes tournaments here regularly, says the bass have a long way to travel from their spawning grounds to the north. "It's too cold for them to spawn here," he said. He pointed toward the open water behind us. "It's 400 feet deep just 300 yards that way," he said. It's deep there, and so, so cold. Hackney hasn't had a bite since filling his limit a half hour ago. But he knows some big bass are swimming somewhere in this area.