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Greg Hackney: Enjoying Downtime

Without a doubt, Greg Hackney is one of the most consistent anglers in competitive fishing. The Gonzales, Louisiana angler has earned three B.A.S.S. titles, 38 Top Ten finishes and in February will compete in his tenth Bassmaster Classic. He finished 13th in the 2012 Toyota Tundra Angler-of-the-Year standings. But, perhaps, nothing signifies Hackney’s incredible consistency more than the fact that in 119 total tournaments, he has finished “in the money” an astounding 94 times. That’s a 79 percent performance ratio. Adding to that impressive resume, Hackney is a four-time FLW winner that has 27 Top Ten finishes on the circuit. Hackney discusses this month’s down time between the final Major League Fishing event of the year and the Bassmaster Classic in February.

When the Elite Series and Major League Fishing are over for the year, I enjoy some down time. I think I treat this down time a little differently than most people, but it seems to work for me.

I know that a lot of guys who made the Bassmaster Classic were up on Grand Lake practicing before the cutoff time. Not me. I made plans to hunt deer.

I start on my Classic preparation in January. I usually have deer hunting out of my system by then. The good thing about taking the time off is that the deer hunting here in Louisiana is better later in the year, so this works out.

Obviously, I like most everything outdoors. Fishing is no doubt my first love, but it’s good to get away for a little while. And I’m not worried about not being on Grand Lake up through the cutoff date.

When it comes to the Classic, I’m still tweaking how I prepare. The Classic has kind of been my nemesis, so I’m still trying to figure it out. But I definitely don’t want to pre-fish, because that’s never worked for me. The conditions are probably going to be completely different in February than they were at the end of the tournament season. Up to now the weather has been nice and warm, but when the Classic comes around I don’t even want to think about what that might be like.

Even though tournament fishing has been on break, I have been pretty busy. I’ve been spending time filming a show called Sportsman TV that’s going to be on CST – Cox Sports Television. I’m really enjoying doing this show. It’s not all about fishing. We filmed a show where I was fishing for redfish and we even went on a duck hunt. Of course, a deer hunt will be filmed too.

There’s also an episode where we’re going for speckled trout on Lake Pontchartrain. A lot of people don’t know how good the fishing can be on Lake Pontchartrain, but there’s a couple of deals that work good on Pontchartrain, and we’ll be showing that.

The show will be aired on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

The bottom line, though, is that when February comes around I’ll be ready for another bass season. And bass fishing is, by far, my first love.

I had a good year last year on the Elite Series, and I really enjoyed our Major League Fishing events. I really like what we did at Major League Fishing this year, going to Chautauqua right at the end of our season and then going into a really cool environment in Florida. Of course, that event at Florida was interesting because we had a lot of big wind. I’ve never seen anything like having 30 mile-an-hour winds for as many straight days as we had it in Florida. That was something else.