Tournament Fishing

Hite Leads Tournament, Hackney Leads AOY on Lake M

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Brett Hite leads the field with 24 pounds, 6 ounces at the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Bays de Noc. Hite is already locked into a Bassmaster Classic berth by virtue of his win at the season debut at Lake Seminole. For much of the rest of the field, Classic spots are on the line.
 
“I’ve never been here before,†Hite said. “The only time I ever fished Lake Michigan was at the Classic.â€
 
Brandon Lester claimed the Carhartt Big Bass of the day with a 6-4 smallmouth that anchored his second place catch of 24-2. He trails Hite by just 4 ounces.
 
“I caught all my fish between 10 and 20 feet deep on a small plastic worm that I was drop shotting,†Lester said. Unlike Hite, Lester was not guaranteed a Classic berth coming into the tournament. Now he’s in 27th place in the AOY race and looking good to make his first Classic in 2015.
 
As expected, Bays de Noc revealed itself to be one of the finest smallmouth bass fisheries in the world. Of the 50 competitors, 45 brought five-bass limits to the scales, and the average bass weighed 3 1/2 pounds.
 
Three anglers — Greg Hackney, Todd Faircloth and Aaron Martens — are vying for the sport’s most prestigious title, the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year award. Three others — Jacob Powroznik, Keith Combs and Mark Davis — are mathematically in contention, but running out of time to make up their deficits.
 
Today, Hackney’s limit of five smallmouth bass weighing 18-0 was good enough for 17th place, keeping him in the lead for AOY. If he can finish in the Top 15 at this event, he cannot be caught by any other angler and is locked in to win the title.
 
Todd Faircloth came into the event ranked third in AOY but put a little pressure on Hackney today. He weighed in 20-15; good enough for 10th in the tournament and moving into second in the AOY race. He now trails Hackney 748 to 738. If he can put 11 more places between him and Hackney by the end of this tournament, he’ll claim his first AOY title.
 
Aaron Martens dropped a place in the AOY race, falling to third and losing four points to Hackney in the process. He now trails 748 to 729. Martens’ limit of smallmouth weighed 17-6, putting him in 21st for the event.
 

2014 Points Report

PROFESSIONAL

ELITE SERIES

as of  18-Sep-2014

Angler Points Lbs-Oz

1 Greg Hackney Gonzales, LA 748 291-15

2 Todd Faircloth Jasper, TX 738 257-14

3 Aaron Martens Leeds, AL 729 224- 7

4 Jacob Powroznik Port Haywood, VA 721 268-13

5 Mark Davis Mount Ida, AR 707 259- 5

6 Jared Lintner Arroyo Grande, CA 700 254- 3

7 Keith Combs Huntington, TX 699 245- 5

8 Skeet Reese Auburn, CA 699 244- 6

9 Dean Rojas Lake Havasu City, AZ 673 253-12

10 Chris Lane Guntersville, AL 641 241-14

11 Casey Ashley Donalds, SC 634 231- 5

12 John Crews Jr Salem, VA 633 253- 1

13 Chad Morgenthaler Coulterville, IL 632 248- 0

14 Justin Lucas Guntersville, AL 631 260- 1

15 Matt Herren Ashville, AL 626 256- 9

16 Gerald Swindle Warrior, AL 626 247- 1

17 Jason Christie Park Hill, OK 619 232- 2

18 Paul Elias Laurel, MS 617 217- 8

19 Randall Tharp Port Saint Joe, FL 610 243-11

20 David Walker Sevierville, TN 610 224- 2

21 Edwin Evers Talala, OK 602 237-12

22 Brandon Palaniuk Hayden, ID 602 229- 8

23 James Niggemeyer Van, TX 596 240- 7

24 Ott DeFoe Knoxville, TN 595 241- 5

25 Scott Rook Little Rock, AR 595 225- 7

26 Brandon Lester Fayetteville, TN 592 230-11

27 Cliff Crochet Pierre Part, LA 592 219-12

28 Michael Iaconelli Pitts Grove, NJ 591 229- 9

29 Morizo Shimizu Osaka, JPN 586 213-13

30 Brett Hite Phoenix, AZ 585 255- 8

31 Randy Howell Springville, AL 584 228-11

32 Mike McClelland Bella Vista, AR 582 222-13

33 Bill Lowen Brookville, IN 567 215-11

34 Bobby Lane Lakeland, FL 564 205-14

35 Brian Snowden Reeds Spring, MO 563 230-10

36 Andy Montgomery Blacksburg, SC 563 228-14

37 Tim Horton Muscle Shoals, AL 562 227- 6

38 Clifford Pirch Payson, AZ 557 225-13

39 Kevin Short Mayflower, AR 554 212- 8

40 Chris Zaldain San Jose, CA 549 218-13

41 Cliff Prince Palatka, FL 547 209-14

42 Bernie Schultz Gainesville, FL 544 217- 1

43 Takahiro Omori Emory, TX 543 238- 1

44 Marty Robinson Lyman, SC 543 224-13

45 Jeff Kriet Ardmore, OK 541 209-10

46 Alton Jones Lorena, TX 536 222- 5

47 Steve Kennedy Auburn, AL 528 202- 3

48 Terry Scroggins San Mateo, FL 526 222-14

49 Davy Hite Ninety Six, SC 522 224- 2

50 Casey Scanlon Lanexa, KS 521 205- 3

 

Day One Standings on Lake Michigan

 

 Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts    

1.  Brett Hite             Phoenix, AZ              5  24-06  100
  Day 1: 5   24-06    
2.  Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN         5  24-02   99
  Day 1: 5   24-02    
3.  Jacob Powroznik        Port Haywood, VA         5  24-01   98
  Day 1: 5   24-01    
4.  Dean Rojas             Lake Havasu City, AZ     5  22-00   97
  Day 1: 5   22-00    
5.  Skeet Reese            Auburn, CA               5  21-11   96
  Day 1: 5   21-11    
6.  Chris Lane             Guntersville, AL         5  21-03   95
  Day 1: 5   21-03    
7.  Andy Montgomery        Blacksburg, SC           5  21-02   94
  Day 1: 5   21-02    
8.  Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO         5  21-01   93
  Day 1: 5   21-01    
9.  Tim Horton             Muscle Shoals, AL        5  21-00   92
  Day 1: 5   21-00    
10. Todd Faircloth         Jasper, TX               5  20-15   91
  Day 1: 5   20-15    
11. Ott DeFoe              Knoxville, TN            5  20-06   90
  Day 1: 5   20-06    
12. Mark Davis             Mount Ida, AR            5  20-04   89
  Day 1: 5   20-04    
13. Jared Lintner          Arroyo Grande, CA        5  19-14   88
  Day 1: 5   19-14    
14. Justin Lucas           Guntersville, AL         5  18-15   87
  Day 1: 5   18-15    
15. David Walker           Sevierville, TN          5  18-10   86
  Day 1: 5   18-10    
16. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA                5  18-01   85
  Day 1: 5   18-01    
17. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA             5  18-00   84
  Day 1: 5   18-00    
18. Chris Zaldain          San Jose, CA             5  17-15   83
  Day 1: 5   17-15    
19. Michael Iaconelli      Pitts Grove, NJ          5  17-09   82
  Day 1: 5   17-09    
19. James Niggemeyer       Van, TX                  5  17-09   82
  Day 1: 5   17-09    
21. Aaron Martens          Leeds, AL                5  17-06   80
  Day 1: 5   17-06    
22. Chad Morgenthaler      Coulterville, IL         5  17-02   79
  Day 1: 5   17-02    
23. Paul Elias             Laurel, MS               5  17-01   78
  Day 1: 5   17-01    
23. Gerald Swindle         Warrior, AL              5  17-01   78
  Day 1: 5   17-01    
25. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX           5  16-13   76
  Day 1: 5   16-13    
26. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ               5  16-10   75
  Day 1: 5   16-10    
27. Brandon Palaniuk       Hayden, ID               5  16-09   74
  Day 1: 5   16-09    
28. Marty Robinson         Lyman, SC                5  16-05   73
  Day 1: 5   16-05    
29. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL              5  16-02   72
  Day 1: 5   16-02    
30. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL             5  16-01   71
  Day 1: 5   16-01    
31. Jeff Kriet             Ardmore, OK              5  16-00   70
  Day 1: 5   16-00    
32. Mike McClelland        Bella Vista, AR          5  15-11   69
  Day 1: 5   15-11    
33. Terry Scroggins        San Mateo, FL            4  15-09   68
  Day 1: 4   15-09    
34. Kevin Short            Mayflower, AR            5  15-06   67
  Day 1: 5   15-06    
35. Randall Tharp          Port Saint Joe, FL       5  15-03   66
  Day 1: 5   15-03    
36. Casey Ashley           Donalds, SC              5  15-02   65
  Day 1: 5   15-02    
37. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL               5  15-01   64
  Day 1: 5   15-01    
38. Davy Hite              Ninety Six, SC           5  14-11   63
  Day 1: 5   14-11    
39. Randy Howell           Springville, AL          5  14-09   62
  Day 1: 5   14-09    
40. Alton Jones            Lorena, TX               5  14-08   61
  Day 1: 5   14-08    
41. Takahiro Omori         Emory, TX                5  14-04   60
  Day 1: 5   14-04    
42. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL          5  13-15   59
  Day 1: 5   13-15    
43. Bobby Lane             Lakeland, FL             5  13-12   58
  Day 1: 5   13-12    
44. Scott Rook             Little Rock, AR          5  12-15   57
  Day 1: 5   12-15    
45. Casey Scanlon          Lanexa, KS               5  12-12   56
  Day 1: 5   12-12    
46. Cliff Crochet          Pierre Part, LA          3  11-07   55
  Day 1: 3   11-07    
47. Edwin Evers            Talala, OK               5  10-06   54
  Day 1: 5   10-06    
48. Morizo Shimizu         Osaka JAPAN              3  09-10   53
  Day 1: 3   09-10    
49. Jason Christie         Park Hill, OK            2  08-07   52
  Day 1: 2   08-07    
50. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN           2  06-01   51
  Day 1: 2   06-01