End of the Season, And Beginning of a New Partnership
Well, my first season of the Bassmaster Weekend Series has come to an end. With the last divisional tournament on Lake Okeechobee, I had to place in the top 40 in points to reach the Regional Championship on Clarks Hill. After 2 days, and alot of work put in, I finished 27th in points for the year, and punched my ticket to Clarks Hill.
The week started off great in Clarks Hill. The Woodland Campground is amazing. With a campsite and view right on the lake, things were sure looking to be amazing. The first 2 days of practice went great. My brother in law and I set out on the first day and ended up with a suprising 14 lb bag to build some great confidence. On the second day, things still kept coming our way. With the end of this day nearing, we had looked back and realized how amazing we had sacked them, and that we had about 18 lbs in this practice session. So being on the good fish we were on, we decided to just chill out on the last practice day and rest.
Day one of the tournament was a lot different than practice. With it being overcast and windy during practice, it was making it reasonably easy for people to find them and catch them, this was not the case on the first day. Day one gave us blue bird skies and no wind at all, and after a valiant effort, I was left with 1 fish weighing a whopping 1.29 lbs and leaving me in 88th place. Now needing to finish in the top 50 to make the nationals on Lake Sam Rayburn in Texas, I needed a considerably better day on Day 2.
Day 2 showed to be a little better, but not by much. I worked hard all day, but was only able to bag 2 fish weighing in at 3.32 lbs. With a total 2 day weight of 4.61 pounds, I landed myself in the 66th place and was unable to qualify for the National Championship. Even though I did not qualify, I still had an amazing week, I caught big fish, and seen some amazing sites.
With this being said, I would like to thank all my boaters for a great year, and my support group and sponsors for always sticking behind me. All year I have held one sponsor, Advantage Bait Co., which has stuck with me through all my ups and down, and gave me my first big break, and to Jason Schwartz and Anthony Hunt, I owe a great deal of gratitude and appreciation. Recently, as I posted before, I have added Rugged Shark to the team, Jerry and the folks at Rugged Shark have made me feel very welcome and like a part of the family, and to my Rugged Shark family, I thank you for this oppurtunity and cant wait to see what we can do in the future!
Last, but not least, I have added one more member to the Chris Cobb Fishing Family. Its with great pleasure that I announce the Power Team Lures and myself have teamed up to make me even more lethal on the water. Their collection of soft plastics are amazing, and are gonna make me a force to be reckoned with on the water. Katie and the folks at Power Team have really showed me a warm welcome and many great things to come with this colaberation, and I thank them very much for this oppurtunity.
With all this being said, its time to relax a little, spend some much needed time with my family, and start piecing together some more assets for next season. I would like to thank each and everyone of you that follow me and support me in chasing my dream, it truely humbles me to know that I have such a great support system in place. So go enjoy some time on the water, and we will talk soon. Tight lines everyone!!!
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I've taken my career to next level this year and looking forward to a full tour schedule in 2012. From Florida to the Great Lakes, I'm going to be covering a lot of water and making my share of road-trips. You can follow me on tour by checking out my Tournament Trail page with my schedule and results as they come in. Check back often and I hope to see you out on the water.
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Posted by chris on May 1, 2012
Well back to the Kissimmee Chain I went for the 2nd time this season on the Bassmaster Weekend Series trail. With high hopes in hand, I was ready to fish!!! Without a doubt, I had the best practice that I could have ever asked for. I always practice with my brother in law Dana to help him find fish, because he fishes on the boater side of the events. So, the weekend before the tourney, we headed south.fish
The day started out kinda off, needless to say. We hit the first spot in our minds and kinda went for it. We ran through a kicker trail on the north end of the lake flipping and running a swim bait. No luck flipping, but the swim bait started showing potential with a few swirls and bites. At first the bites werent really anything to write home about, but we were finding fish. So we went to the pig trail between Lake Kissimmee and the North Cove.
After finding nothing in the pig trail, we ran to the Seven Palms section of the lake, and thats when Advantage Bait Co, took over. I picked up a 1/2 oz threadfin shad with double gold willow blades and brought the pain. Within 10 casts I had already put a solid 3 1/2 and 2 1/2 lb bass in the boat. I was starting to notice a pattern, something that I have struggled with in my career thus far.
After we caught those 2 fish, we packed up and moved. There we went to the middle of the lake looking for floating hiacen that met with lily pads. My 3rd cast I hooked up with a monster. She stayed down the entire time and then wrapped me around some cat tails and came off. So once again, we found a descent spot. Time again to pack up and find more. Now we find ourselves fishing through the grass island in the middle of Lake Kissimmee.
This tactic was far different then what we had been doing to find the fish earlier, and it proved so, not one bite. As we got ready to leave, Dana asked me where I wanted to go, so I told him lets go back to North Cove and go all the way North. Once again we found ourselves with the cover we wanted! Long story short, we left shortly after catching 2 7lbrs!!
Now back to tourney day, as I said I had high hopes. I found tourney day a lot different than practice. I lost a 4 lbr early in the morning on a skinny dipper and didnt have another bite until 230, when weigh in was at 315. Thanks to my boater, he took me to one spot where i could get a quick limit before weigh in. Within 30 minutes I had 2 fish in the boat and another on the line! I set the hook, she comes out the water, and spits the hook back at me... a solid 2 1/2 - 3 lb fish.
Sadly speaking I only weighed in the 2 fish for 2.07lbs, landing me in 31st place. But I dont see the glass half empty still, bc I moved up in point closely securing a spot in the regionals with only a 2 day tournament in Okeechobee in September left. The results may not be high as I wish, but I'm learning and I am getting better!!!
Posted by chris on April 1, 2012
Finally, the day I had worked for my entire bass fishing career had come. On March 17, 2012.. my brother in law Dana and I won out first Crossroads Bass Club tournament. We have been fishing with this club since 2006 and had never won a tournament, came close, but never won.
Alot of things had to come together for this day. Dana had prefished the lakes the 2 days going into this tournament. Usually this hadnt played out good for us, but it finally did. We had decided that we would start our day in Lake Griffin, which was about a 30 minute run for us. Went to our first spot and pulled a 4 and a 2 pounder. After that, we left and hit the marsh.
The marsh played somewhat of a good role for us, as we finished out our limit and began culling. We fished here for about 45 minutes and moved to some other spots we had on the lake. Around 12 o'clock we still had the same fish in the live well, and needed to upgrade desperately. KNowing that this chain of lakes was a morning bite lake, we had to make a decision. So back to Eustis we went, with only 1 hour left to fish before weigh in.
Pulled up to an old grass bed we knew in Eustis with a long row of docks and went to work. My choice was burning a Lucky Craft 1.5 squarebill and a 1/2 oz Advantage Spinnerbait with double gold willows in the Bluegill pattern. In 30 minutes we caught 11 fish all between 3-5 pounds, and got the upgrades that we desperately needed. Now it was just time to head to the weigh in and see how we faired.
As told before, you know the day was a huge success for us. But we werent the only ones that had a good day. As I am proud to say my dad, Tommy Cobb, caught the biggest fish he had ever caught and the 2nd big bass of the tournament, a hefty 6.14lb hawg. Thiis was truely a proud moment for me. You grow up looking up to your parents, and to see something take place that you helped teach your parent, it is truely a blessing and a moment that i surely will never forget.
Posted by chris on January 18, 2012
As I sit here going through my tackle and preperation for my debut Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament on Lake Toho, I honestly can say that reality is starting to kick in. Sure, I have fished my fair share of tournaments in my days, but never on a stage this big. I can say that I am about to go up against some of the best competition that I have ever seen. Everything that I have worked for will all be put on the line on Saturday.
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Chris loves spending time with his family as well as hunting when he finds free time. He has a sister Kari, whom he idolizes and looks up to, in the United States Air Force. > full bio
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