HACKNEY LEADS AT DARDANELLE AFTER DAY TWO
Story by Matt Pangrac - Photos by Dave "DJ SaturDave" Rush
Russellville, AR – When the last bass hit the scales on Friday afternoon to close out the second round of competition at the Elite Series stop on Arkansas’ Lake Dardanelle, there was a bevy of competitors left shaking their heads in disbelief at the chaotic changes that took place on the tournament leader board and in the Toyota Angler Of the Year standings.
The two names at the top of the tournament stayed the same on Friday with the exception of John Crews dropping one spot to 2nd place with a total weight of 39-5 and Greg Hackney moving up one spot to take over the lead with a total weight of 39-14.
After a dismal 11-12 effort on Thursday left him mired in 87th place, Texas legend Zell Rowland blindsided the field on Friday with a massive 25-5 limit to rocket all the way up to 3rd place with a total weight of 37-1.
Keith Combs maintained his position in 4th place with another solid limit weighing 16-10 to enter the weekend with a total weight of 36-8, and Rick Clunn rounded out the Top 5 with 36-3 after weighing-in 17-14 on Friday.
The tournament hopes for the majority of the other anglers that entered the day inside the Top 10 all but vanished.
Grant Goldbeck, who started the day in 3rd place, weighed in just 7-14 to drop to 34th place. Jason Williamson, who was tied with Combs for 4th place after Thursday, managed just 10-7 on Friday and fell to 22nd. Andy Montgomery fell 60 spots and dropped from 7th place to 67th with four fish weighing 5-9 on Friday. James Niggemeyer also suffered a similar fate, dropping from 8th place to 88th place after managing just a single keeper on the day.
After 102 anglers crossed the stage with a limit on Thursday, 31 anglers failed to bring a five bass limit to the scales on Friday.
Dardanelle proved to be a mine field for anglers at the top of the Toyota Angler Of the Year standings entering the second half of the season. TAOY leader, Mark Davis, finished the tournament in 81st place after bringing just four bass to the scales on Friday to bring his total weight to 23-6.
Jared Lintner, who started the tournament chasing Davis in 2nd place in the TAOY standings, also struggled. The California pro missed his first cut of the season with an 85th place finish.
Todd Faircloth, who was 3rd in the TAOY standings after Toledo Bend, also missed the Top 50 cut with a two-day total weight of 24-1. His 73rd place finish this week on Dardanelle is the lowest finish in Elite Series competition since 2011 when he finished in 81st place on Pickwick Lake.
Fresh off a victory at Toledo Bend that bumped him up to 4th place in the TAOY standings, Jacob Powroznik also missed the cut this week with a 77th place finish.
Out of the top five in the TAOY standings entering the week, only one angler made the Top 50 cut, and that was Chad Morgenthaler, who started the week in 5th place in the Angler Of the Year standings. After a strong effort on Thursday, Morgenthaler managed a limit weighing 11-2 on Friday to make the cut in 29th place and earn valuable TAOY points.
As a result, there will be a new Toyota Angler Of the Year leader when the 50 remaining Elite Series pros launch tomorrow at the Dardanelle State Park. After finishing Friday in 1st place, Greg Hackney took a one point lead over Davis in the point standings.
At the other end of the spectrum, Dardanelle produced for a handful of pros that entered the week without having cashed a single check in the first four tournaments of the year. Zell Rowland, Boo Woods, Joel Baker, Trevor Romans, and Michael Simonton all finished the day inside the Top 50 cut and guaranteed themselves at least a $10,000 check.
Tournament: Bassmaster Elite Series (Stop #4)
Location: Lake Dardanelle – Russellville, Arkansas
Day Two Leader: Greg Hackney (21-13, 18-1: 39-14)
50th Place: Casey Ashley (26-2)
Total weight separating 1st from 12th Place: 7 pounds, 2 ounces
1st Place: Greg Hackney (21-13, 18-1: 39-14)
Hackney on his overall day:
“I got started in an area where I didn’t fish yesterday because I didn’t catch them early yesterday. I started getting a few bites so I just stayed in that area and never left. I had one opportunity that got off and would have helped a little bit, but other than that, I fished pretty clean today.
“There are flurries when it’s better, just like yesterday. Overall, it’s pretty slow fishing. I’m not necessarily fishing dead slow, but I’m fishing pretty thoroughly and you go a while in between bites. The lake is full of fish, but the water is getting jacked up and down and the water temperature has dropped over 10 degrees. A place where I started this morning was 62 degrees and it was 75 degrees when I was in there on the second day of practice. That just doesn’t happen in May, so that may have them messed up a little bit.”
Hackney on how the bite changed over the course of the day:
“This morning, I was getting bites but you really had to fish deliberately to get them. This afternoon, it got a little better and you just had to get (the bait) around them. It’s a lot of chunking and winding around.”
Hackney on how the fog delay in the morning affected him:
“Honestly, it helped my mind. I felt like it was an advantage because anytime you catch them on the first day, you don’t have to try and make it up on the second day. You can tell that the weights fell off today, so you can tell that (the delay) helped. I caught one this morning on the third cast, so I was already way ahead of where I was at that same time yesterday.”
Hackney on his execution:
“I lost a good one this morning, but I had already caught my two good ones before I lost it. It was still pretty early in the day, so I knew that I could overcome it. I culled a couple times, but I never hooked another fish of that quality.”
Hackney on fishing new water:
“I had some idea coming here where I would start looking. The cool thing is that I caught some fish here this week (in practice) in a place where I have never fished before. It just looked right and I pulled over and they were there. They weren’t there the first day (of the tournament). I really tried to look at some stuff that I have not fished in the past. I’ve tried to expand, but then again I’m also fishing stuff that I’ve fished since the early 90s.”
2nd Place: John Crews (22-9, 16-12: 39-5)
Crews on his overall day:
“I started in a new area that I wanted to check out and caught a couple 2-pounders pretty quickly. I went for a good little period with nothing, and then I caught two 4 ½-pounders within 10 minutes of each other. I thought that it was ‘game on’ but I ended up catching a couple 2-pounders in the next hour.
“I went for two hours without a bite in an area where I thought I was going to crush them, so I don’t know what happened to that area. I started bouncing around and ended up culling two or three more times but I wasn’t able to get anymore big ones. I think that it’s going to be important to continue to make adjustments.”
Crews on why he has been able to stay near the top of the leader board this week:
“A little bit of it is because of the bait and the stuff that I’m looking for. When you’re leading, you always sound like you know what you’re talking about, so I guess that I’ll just go with that.”
Crews on mixing it up on Friday:
“I fished with like 10 or 12 different rods on the deck and just (had) at it. If I felt like I wanted to throw a different bait I’d just pick it up and try it. I was making a run from one area to another, and I knew what cover was there so I was trying to think of different baits that I could throw. As soon as I got there, I Power-Poled down, made up a new bait, tied it on and ended up catching a couple fish on it.”
3rd Place: Zell Rowland (11-12, 25-5: 37-1)
Rowland on his overall day:
“I caught all my fish on one little stretch today. My first fish was the 6-10, and probably 30 minutes later I caught one over 5-0. Right before I came in I was thinking I really needed one more to have a good bag, and I got the bite. I didn't even have time to lip the fish, I just swung it in the boat and grabbed it and had to go."
Rowland on his primary area and the conditions:
“The area I am fishing would probably take me about 2 hours to fish through it thoroughly, so it is a pretty good sized area. This is an area that I have caught them here in the past, and I am just intercepting the fish as they are moving through. The area has had some current in it at times, but I really didn't notice it that much today. The water has been getting a little muddier there each day of the event."
Rowland on his game plan heading into the weekend:
“If I can get to my primary area I am going to be pretty excited. My plan is to not even fish my good stuff until about mid morning. I don't want a lot of the guys to follow me around and see where I am fishing, because the area cannot sustain a lot of boat traffic and pressure. If I can have it to myself and things go right it should only take me about 2 hours to get healthy."
DAY TWO STANDINGS
|Place||PRO ANGLER||Day 1||Day 2||Total Fish||Total Weight|
|1||Greg Hackney||5||21-13||5||18- 1||10||39-14|
|2||John Crews||5||22- 9||5||16-12||10||39- 5|
|3||Zell Rowland||5||11-12||5||25- 5||10||37- 1|
|4||Keith Combs||5||19-14||5||16-10||10||36- 8|
|5||Rick Clunn||5||18- 5||5||17-14||10||36- 3|
|6||Keith Poche||5||19- 9||5||15- 8||10||35- 1|
|7||Randy Howell||5||16-10||5||17-13||10||34- 7|
|8||Cliff Crochet||5||13- 4||5||19-15||10||33- 3|
|9||Kenneth "Boo" Woods||5||18- 8||5||14- 9||10||33- 1|
|10||Jason Christie||5||16- 7||5||16-10||10||33- 1|
|11||Gerald Swindle||5||18-12||5||14- 2||10||32-14|
|12||Chris Zaldain||5||17- 9||5||15- 3||10||32-12|
|14||Joel Baker||5||17- 4||5||14- 8||10||31-12|
|15||Cliff Prince||5||14- 3||5||17- 1||10||31- 4|
|16||Michael Iaconelli||5||12- 9||5||18- 5||10||30-14|
|17||Ott DeFoe||5||12- 5||5||18- 4||10||30- 9|
|18||Justin Lucas||5||16-15||4||13-10||9||30- 9|
|19||David Walker||5||17- 7||5||12-15||10||30- 6|
|20||Aaron Martens||5||13-15||5||16- 7||10||30- 6|
|21||Tim Horton||5||14-14||5||15- 8||10||30- 6|
|22||Jason Williamson||5||19-14||4||10- 7||9||30- 5|
|23||Skeet Reese||5||16-14||5||13- 7||10||30- 5|
|24||Casey Scanlon||5||16- 8||5||13- 9||10||30- 1|
|25||Tommy Biffle||5||15-12||5||14- 5||10||30- 1|
|26||Pete Ponds||5||17- 1||5||12-13||10||29-14|
|27||Davy Hite||5||13- 6||5||16- 4||10||29-10|
|29||Chad Morgenthaler||5||18- 2||5||11- 2||10||29- 4|
|30||Bradley Roy||5||17- 4||5||12- 0||10||29- 4|
|31||Takahiro Omori||5||16- 0||5||13- 2||10||29- 2|
|32||Josh Bertrand||5||12-14||5||15- 9||10||28- 7|
|33||Paul Elias||5||14- 9||5||13- 9||10||28- 2|
|34||Grant Goldbeck||5||20- 1||4||7-14||9||27-15|
|35||Glenn Browne||5||12- 1||5||15-11||10||27-12|
|37||Brett Hite||5||15- 0||5||12- 9||10||27- 9|
|38||Dean Rojas||5||14-12||5||12-13||10||27- 9|
|39||Kenyon Hill||5||9-11||5||17-10||10||27- 5|
|40||David Mullins||5||14- 1||5||13- 0||10||27- 1|
|41||Jonathon VanDam||5||13- 7||5||13- 9||10||27- 0|
|42||Britt Myers||5||15-13||5||11- 1||10||26-14|
|43||Brandon Lester||5||13- 1||5||13-12||10||26-13|
|44||Trevor Romans||5||10- 2||5||16- 9||10||26-11|
|46||Jamie Horton||5||15- 3||5||11- 7||10||26-10|
|47||Kotaro Kiriyama||5||12-13||5||13-12||10||26- 9|
|48||Morizo Shimizu||5||14- 3||5||12- 4||10||26- 7|
|49||Michael Simonton||5||12-14||5||13- 7||10||26- 5|
|50||Casey Ashley||5||16- 3||5||9-15||10||26- 2|
|51||Jared Miller||5||12- 9||5||13- 9||10||26- 2|
|52||Nate Wellman||5||14-13||5||11- 4||10||26- 1|
|53||Kelly Jordon||5||14- 0||5||12- 1||10||26- 1|
|54||Marty Robinson||5||15- 5||3||10-11||8||26- 0|
|55||Terry Scroggins||5||15-10||5||10- 5||10||25-15|
|56||Brandon Palaniuk||5||14-14||5||11- 1||10||25-15|
|58||Kelley Jaye||5||14- 0||5||11- 7||10||25- 7|
|59||Bill Lowen||5||11- 4||5||14- 2||10||25- 6|
|60||Russ Lane||5||13- 3||3||12- 3||8||25- 6|
|61||Ish Monroe||5||12-10||5||12-11||10||25- 5|
|62||Charlie Hartley||5||14- 0||5||11- 2||10||25- 2|
|63||Kevin Short||5||13-15||5||11- 3||10||25- 2|
|64||Stephen Kennedy||5||13-13||5||11- 5||10||25- 2|
|65||J Todd Tucker||5||12-13||5||12- 5||10||25- 2|
|66||Jeremy Starks||5||16- 4||4||8-13||9||25- 1|
|67||Andy Montgomery||5||19- 7||4||5- 9||9||25- 0|
|68||Tracy Adams||5||16- 0||3||9- 0||8||25- 0|
|69||Rick Morris||5||15- 6||4||9- 2||9||24- 8|
|70||Scott Ashmore||5||17-11||3||6- 8||8||24- 3|
|71||Kevin VanDam||5||11- 1||5||13- 2||10||24- 3|
|72||Matthew Herren||5||17- 8||3||6-10||8||24- 2|
|73||Todd Faircloth||5||15- 3||4||8-14||9||24- 1|
|74||Chad Pipkens||5||14- 2||5||9-15||10||24- 1|
|75||Gary Klein||5||13-12||4||10- 4||9||24- 0|
|76||Kevin Hawk||5||15- 6||4||8- 7||9||23-13|
|77||Jacob Powroznik||5||15- 0||5||8-12||10||23-12|
|78||Brian Snowden||5||12- 1||5||11-10||10||23-11|
|79||Scott Rook||5||13- 2||4||10- 6||9||23- 8|
|80||Randall Tharp||5||11- 4||5||12- 4||10||23- 8|
|81||Mark Davis||5||13-13||4||9- 9||9||23- 6|
|82||Mike McClelland||5||11- 4||5||12- 0||10||23- 4|
|83||James Elam||5||15-11||4||7- 4||9||22-15|
|84||Fletcher Shryock||5||15- 8||4||7- 6||9||22-14|
|85||Jared Lintner||5||13- 5||5||9- 7||10||22-12|
|86||Hank Cherry||5||15- 7||4||7- 4||9||22-11|
|87||Fred Roumbanis||5||15- 8||5||6-15||10||22- 7|
|88||James Niggemeyer||5||19- 0||1||3- 2||6||22- 2|
|89||Matt Reed||5||11-10||5||10- 5||10||21-15|
|90||Billy McCaghren||5||16- 0||3||5- 4||8||21- 4|
|91||Boyd Duckett||5||11-14||5||9- 2||10||21- 0|
|92||Kurt Dove||5||16- 1||2||4-10||7||20-11|
|93||Dennis Tietje||5||11-15||3||8- 3||8||20- 2|
|94||Cliff Pirch||5||9-10||5||10- 1||10||19-11|
|95||Shaw Grigsby||5||11- 3||4||8- 6||9||19- 9|
|97||Alton Jones||5||9- 6||5||8- 9||10||17-15|
|98||Chris Lane||3||8- 9||5||9- 3||8||17-12|
|99||Joseph Sancho||2||6- 6||4||11- 1||6||17- 7|
|100||David Smith||5||9-13||5||6- 6||10||16- 3|
|101||Jeff Kriet||4||9-15||3||6- 0||7||15-15|
|102||Byron Velvick||5||10- 9||3||5- 1||8||15-10|
|103||Yusuke Miyazaki||5||11- 7||2||3-10||7||15- 1|
|104||Derek Remitz||5||12-13||1||1-10||6||14- 7|
|105||Bobby Lane||2||3- 7||5||10- 3||7||13-10|
|106||Greg Vinson||5||9-14||2||3- 8||7||13- 6|
|107||Mike Kernan||1||2- 3||2||5- 6||3||7- 9|