IMG_4203[1]Anthony Gagliardi may be the No. 1-ranked angler in the past year, but you could easily make a case for Greg Hackney.

In fact, we’ll help you do it.

Hackney’s win over the weekend at the Elite Series event at Cayuga was his second of the season (one on each circuit) and sixth top 10 of 2014 (most of any angler). Yet, despite those numbers he’s No. 11 in the one-year ranking. Why? His 138th-place finish at the FLW Tour Kentucky Lake event in June is the biggest culprit. Without that event, Hackney’s one-year average jumps from 751.856 to 798.223. That would be good enough for No. 4, and that average still includes a 96th at the FLW Tour Beaver Lake event.

Now that that is out there, where does Hackney rank in our two-year Majors Ranking? He’s back inside the top 40, sitting in 39th.

Otherwise, there weren’t too many big moves in the top 50, with the more noteworthy news being Kevin VanDam being in danger of falling outside the top 20. He currently sits in 17th.

Wow … just, wow. There have been some dramatic championship final weigh-ins in our sport. The one that took place yesterday at the Lake Murray Forrest Wood Cup is right up there with them. Steve Kennedy’s 20-pound bag, Casey Ashley taking the lead on a tiebreaker, Scott Canterbury’s lost 5-pounder that cost him the win,

This past weekend was noteworthy on a number of fronts. On the water, Michael Iaconelli winning on his home waters of the Delaware River was obviously the biggest. The victory broke a seven-year drought without a Major victory – his last Major win came in 2006 at Guntersville, though he did have six runner-up finishes



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