Team Dick Cepek Angler Greg Hackney Wins Bassmaster Elite Series Event
Team Dick Cepek angler Greg Hackney claimed his sixth career Bassmaster win last weekend at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Elite at the Sabine River event with a total weigh-in of 48 pounds, 5 ounces.
Hackney held the top spot all four days of the tournament. After catching a huge 5-pound, 14-ounce fish early Thursday morning, he built a five-bass limit of 16 pounds, 3 ounces to give him the day one lead. His early success anchored the rest of the tournament for the Gonzales, Louisiana angler, who exhausted his best fishing spots the first three days and brought in only 7 pounds, 5 ounces to the weigh-in stage on Sunday, yet held on for the tournament win.
The victory is Hackney’s first since 2016 and earned him $100,000, pushing his career winnings with B.A.S.S. to $2,415,784. Hackney, who was Angler of the Year in 2014, moved into third place in the hunt for 2018 Bassmaster Angler of the Year award with 422 points.
Fellow Team Dick Cepek angler Brandon Palaniuk, who is the reigning Angler of the Year, finished seventh in the tournament with a final weigh-in of 38 pounds, 1 ounce.
“Congratulations to Greg on his success in the Bassmaster Elite tournament last weekend,” said Ken Warner, Vice President of Marketing for Dick Cepek. “We look forward to watching the Team Dick Cepek Elite Series anglers as they continue to compete and chase the 2018 Angler of the Year title.”
The next Bassmaster Elite tournament is June 21-24 at the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. For more information, including full results and schedule, go to https://www.bassmaster.com.