Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 06/23/2016

Union Springs, NY - With an opening round limit of largemouth weighing 23-6, Japan's Morizu Shimizu took the Day One lead at the Elite Series stop on New York's Cayuga Lake.  11 anglers broke the 20-pound mark.  32 anglers broke the 18-pound mark, 99-anglers broke the 12-pound mark, and 106 of the 107 competitors weighed-in a five bass limit. 

At roughly 8:30pm est, B.A.S.S. sent out a press release stating that current Toyota Angler Of the Year Leader, Greg Hackney, had his Day One weight disqualified. 

Below is the press release from B.A.S.S.:

Greg Hackney's First-Day Catch Disqualified
UNION SPRINGS, N.Y. — Louisiana angler Greg Hackney came into this week’s Busch Beer Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake with a commanding lead in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race — and it seemed for a while on Day 1 like he had maintained that lead.
Hackney caught 17 pounds, 8 ounces to land in 36th place, but it was announced after Thursday’s weigh-in that his catch had been disqualified.
“Greg Hackney’s Day 1 catch was disqualified for fishing in an off-limits area,” said B.A.S.S. Tournament Director Trip Weldon. “ There are several of these off-limits areas on Cayuga Lake. These areas were marked and confirmed with law enforcement. Then we took several steps to make the anglers aware of the areas, including posting them at the pre-tournament meeting Wednesday night.”
Hackney could not be reached for comment.
On glacier lakes in New York, state law says all man-made marinas and boat basins are private property. There are 11 such areas on Cayuga.
After the disqualification, Hackney fell from first place to fourth in Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings, 37 points behind new leader Gerald Swinde. Jacob Powroznik is second, followed by Takahiro Omori.