Hackney on pace for the best season in Elite history

TERRELL, Texas – Just how dominant has Garmin pro Greg Hackney been during the 2016 Elite Season? Well, just THE most dominant ever.

After six events – punctuated by Hackney’s win at BASSfest on Lake Texoma – the “Hack Attack” is comfortably perched atop the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year standings with 572 points. Even more impressive, though, is his performance this year compared to 2015 AOY Aaron Martens’ record-breaking run.

Martens shattered the previous record with 775 points last year, a season that was rightfully heralded as the best of all time. At this same point in the 2015 season, Martens had 518 points and had finished an average of 17th in the six events fished. He finished the year with a per-tournament points average of 86.11.

Hackney has averaged a 16th-place finish and 95.33 points per event in 2016. His extrapolated AOY points total for 2016 based on that number is an astounding 858!

Now, of course there are some caveats to that. AOY per-tournament averages drop as the season progresses, and Hackney would have to maintain a pretty phenomenal pace to eclipse the 800-point mark. But with four shallow fisheries left in the schedule – Cayuga Lake, the Potomoc and Mississippi rivers and Lake Mille Lacs – should we really expect any less of Hackney?!?

Here’s a look at the Hack Attack’s 2016 campaign through the Bass Nomad lenses.
-Joel Shangle