Hot Bass Pro Greg Hackney Joins Triton Pro Staff
Ashland City, Tenn. – Greg Hackney, arguably the hottest pro on the CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail, has joined the pro staff of Triton Boats. Hackney was the 2004 BASS Rookie of the Year, finished a close second in the 2004 BASS Angler of the Year competition, and has placed high in two major tournaments since in a remarkable display of fishing prowess that the fishing media has dubbed “the Hack attack.” “For a rookie angler to fare this well against the most skilled professional anglers on the toughest tournament circuit in the world is unheard of,” said Triton president Earl Bentz. “Greg Hackney is setting the bass fishing world on fire, and we’re proud to have him as a member of the Triton team.”
Hackney, of Gonzales, La., won second place in the final event of the 2004 CITGO Bassmaster Southern Open season on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee last November, boating 62 pounds, 2 ounces of bass over three days of competition. He then finished second in the CITGO Bassmaster Open championship on Louisiana’s Ouachita River in December with 41 pounds, 14 ounces – his third runner-up title and ninth Top 10 finish in what has been a landmark year for the rookie pro.
The Louisiana angler finds his new Triton Tr-20 X perfectly suited to his intense bass fishing style. “I’m basically a shallow-water angler, one who target-casts to cover with spinnerbaits, shallow crankbaits and jigs,” Hackney explained. “My Triton Tr-20 X is perfectly sized for this approach. At 20 feet, 2 inches, it’s a more compact and has a shallower draft than many of the other boats on the pro tour, meaning I can slip into places that bigger, bulkier bass rigs can’t access. This gives me a huge advantage when I’m way back in a shallow slough beating the bushes for bass. Still, the X Series’ 94-inch beam provides all the deck space, tackle storage and stability I could ask for.”
Besides its ability to slip into shallow bass haunts, Hackney appreciates the smooth ride of his Tr-20 X. “I’m a newcomer to the pro tour, and when I see how many veteran pros have back problems due to years of being pounded by rough water in their bass boats, it makes me glad I’m fishing out of a Triton,” he said. “The ride is totally unmatched by any other bass boat on the water, and I’m convinced this is going to help me avoid similar problems over the long haul.” The pro also commended the hot performance of his new boat, commenting, “Paired with my 225 hp Yamaha HPDI outboard, this boat is so fast, it gives me at least 15 minutes extra fishing time every day, which makes a huge difference in my total catch.”
Hackney summarized his new relationship with Triton as being “like family.” “Everyone at Triton has gone out of their way to make me feel at home,” he said. “I can see why Triton enjoys such high owner loyalty – they really go out of their way to make you a part of their team.”
Triton’s X Series bass boats are the official boats of the CITGO Bassmasters Classic, the most prestigious tournament in professional bass fishing. They feature all-composite construction, an ergonomic “floating” console, enhanced deck and storage space, superior rough-water riding comfort, and Triton’s exclusive Res-Q retractable boarding ladder. The X Series consists of seven models from 19 feet, 8 inches to 21 feet in length.
Triton is America’s leading manufacturer of fiberglass and aluminum fishing boats. Both corporate offices and the company’s fiberglass manufacturing headquarters are located in Ashland City, Tenn.; Triton’s aluminum boat manufacturing complex is located in Aberdeen, Miss. For additional information, log onto the company’s website, www.tritonboats.com, or call 1-888-8TRITON.