greg-hackney-IMG_3589Well, that was one of the more interesting ways to finish off the season.

The Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship at Bays de Noc did what it was designed to do: Crown an Angler of the Year Champion. And in the end, the best angler of the year, Greg Hackney, finished high enough (24th) to lay claim to the trophy.

To get there, though, we saw the anglers fish one day, then have three days canceled due to high winds, then finish one more day. Jacob Powroznik ended up winning the tournament, with his prize being the Rookie of the Year title.

Still, the tournament and season belonged to Hackney. We’ll breakdown his overall season in the upcoming weeks, but for now, let’s see how the rankings shook out after the final Elite Series event of 2014.

Not that he probably cares since he just took home the AOY trophy, but Hackney actually dropped in the Majors Ranking this week, from 28th to 35th. His 24th-place finish only had him beating 53% of the field – remember, we base our ranking on average of field beaten – so his 530.612 he scored for this event was far below his two-year average of 665.106 going into the tournament. But, like we said, we don’t think he’ll put up too much fuss, and we’ll look at his 2014 season alone in the near future.

As for Powroznik, his victory helped him jump Jacob Wheeler and take over the No. 4 position, making him the highest Elite Series angler in the two-year ranking. Behind him are Keith Combs (now sixth) and Aaaron Martens (fell to 10th), with Justin Lucas climbing five spots to sandwich between them at No. 8.

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,



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