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Cobb Still Leads Elite Tournament At Lake Hartwell

Cobb Still Leads Elite Tournament At Lake Hartwell Cobb Still Leads Elite Tournament At Lake Hartwell
 
South Carolina's Brandon Cobb stays atop the leaderboard after Day 2 of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Hartwell with a two-day total of 37 pounds, 1 ounce.                                                                                                                                                        Photo by  Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

South Carolina's Brandon Cobb stays atop the leaderboard after Day 2 of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Hartwell with a two-day total of 37 pounds, 1 ounce. Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

ANDERSON, S.C. — Brandon Cobb has been driving about an hour every morning this week to the takeoff site for the Bassmaster Elite tournament at Lake Hartwell. It’s a little farther than he’d normally want to drive for an Elite Series event, but he says it’s been worth it to get the full benefit of his home-field advantage.
 
The Greenwood, S.C., pro, who has been sleeping in his own bed and eating home-cooked meals with his wife, Amy, while other anglers in the field stay at hotels and campgrounds, caught five bass today that weighed 17 pounds, 8 ounces and maintained the lead for the second straight day. Cobb’s two-day total of 37-1 puts him just ahead of second-place Georgia pro Micah Frazier (35-12) and Florida angler Drew Cook, who caught a tournament-best limit of 20-6 in today’s second round and rose from 25th place to third with a two-day mark of 34-10.
 
“Yesterday, I ran around a little bit more and fished some different areas, and I didn’t catch as many as I expected,” said Cobb, who took the opening-round lead Thursday with 19-9. “So, I (mostly) stayed in one area today.”
 
Heavy rains fell on Lake Hartwell during the first few hours of fishing today, and it seemed to change the way the bass bit for the former Clemson University bass angler. Cobb relied heavily on boat docks for his first-round catch, but only caught small fish off of docks today. Fortunately for him, one of the final bass he caught today was a 5-7 spawning largemouth that made the difference between maintaining the lead and starting Saturday’s semifinal round playing catchup.
 
“I caught that fish off of the bed,” Cobb said. “It only took about four casts, so I was pretty fortunate. That was the last fish I culled with.”
 
As for sleeping in his own bed — and fishing a lake he grew up on while others in the 74-angler field have traveled from far-away locales like Oregon, Texas, and Australia — Cobb said it’s a rare treat.
 
“It’s so nice,” he said. “I go home, and my wife will either have dinner ready or we grill something. It’s been nice staying at home. You sleep better, too.
 
“Now, I just need to keep finding that big bite every day.”
 
Frazier has stayed on Cobb’s heels by using bits and pieces of several patterns each day. Today, he benefited heavily from a pocket he discovered while competing in the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods on Lake Hartwell.
 
“I didn’t practice there, and I didn’t fish it yesterday either,” said Frazier, a three-time Classic qualifier. “Today, I ran back in there and caught a big one on a boat dock. Then on the other side of the pocket, I caught one that was about 3 1/2 pounds.
 
“I’ll definitely make a pass through there tomorrow.”
 
Beyond that, with greatly increased boat traffic expected Saturday, Frazier said he isn’t certain what he’ll do.
 
 “I’ve caught them doing a few different things this week,” he said. “But there’s just not enough of that stuff left, and I’m going to have to go somewhere else.
 
“That’s a risk, but I really have to do it because I’ve caught all there is around where I’ve been fishing.”
 
Cook turned in the only 20-pound limit of the event so far by targeting shallow-spawning bass. He caught every fish he weighed in by sight fishing.
 
“In practice, I thought I could have 17 to 19 pounds one day of this tournament,” Cook said. “I thought it would happen yesterday and then things would fall off today.
  
“But today, with the rain and the clouds and everything, a lot of people stayed off the banks and weren’t trolling over the tops of the fish — and that helped tremendously.”
  
A warm evening and a more favorable forecast for Saturday and Sunday has Cook feeling optimistic for the rest of the event.
  
“I was able to find about 10 more fish this afternoon that I left for tomorrow,” Cook said. “I know there will be a lot more boat traffic, but hopefully everything will pan out.”
  
Illinois pro Chris Groh took the lead for the Big Bass award with a largemouth that weighed 5-13.
  
The Top 35 pros will resume fishing Saturday with takeoff scheduled for 7 a.m. ET from Green Pond Landing and Event Center in Anderson and weigh-in back at the same site at 3:15 p.m. After Saturday’s round, only the Top 10 will advance to Championship Sunday with a shot at the $100,000 first-place prize.
  
On Saturday and Sunday, a special Elite Expo will be held at Green Pond Landing with demo rides of a Nitro, Skeeter and Triton boats, prizes from Toyota and Academy Sports + Outdoors, fun activities at the Berkley/Abu Garcia Experience trailer and activities offered by other Elite Series sponsors.
  
On Saturday from 1-3 p.m., fans can get autographs and take photos with Elite Series pros at Angler Alley. The pros will also be holding Elite Angler Clinics from 1-3 p.m., giving tips on all things bass fishing.
  

  

2019 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Hartwell 4/4-4/7
                             (PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2
 
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
 
1.  Brandon Cobb           Greenwood, SC           10  37-01  100
  Day 1: 5   19-09     Day 2: 5   17-08
2.  Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              10  35-12   99
  Day 1: 5   17-09     Day 2: 5   18-03
3.  Drew Cook              Midway, FL              10  34-10   98
  Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   20-06
4.  Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          10  34-03   97
  Day 1: 5   16-00     Day 2: 5   18-03
5.  Hank Cherry Jr         Lincolnton, NC          10  31-08   96
  Day 1: 5   17-09     Day 2: 5   13-15
6.  Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN        10  31-04   95
  Day 1: 5   14-06     Day 2: 5   16-14
7.  Jeff Gustafson         Keewatin Ontario CANADA 10  31-01   94
  Day 1: 5   15-04     Day 2: 5   15-13
8.  Matt Arey              Shelby, NC              10  30-12   93
  Day 1: 5   16-15     Day 2: 5   13-13
9.  Patrick Walters        Summerville, SC         10  30-10   92
  Day 1: 5   14-15     Day 2: 5   15-11
10. Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR              10  30-07   91
  Day 1: 5   13-10     Day 2: 5   16-13
11. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC             10  30-07   90
  Day 1: 5   15-07     Day 2: 5   15-00
12. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            10  30-03   89
  Day 1: 5   15-10     Day 2: 5   14-09
13. Cory Johnston          Cavan CANADA            10  30-03   88
  Day 1: 5   15-00     Day 2: 5   15-03
14. Jamie Hartman          Newport, NY             10  30-02   87
  Day 1: 5   13-15     Day 2: 5   16-03
15. Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI             10  29-13   86
  Day 1: 5   14-10     Day 2: 5   15-03
16. Seth Feider            New Market, MN          10  29-11   85
  Day 1: 5   13-04     Day 2: 5   16-07
17. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             10  28-10   84
  Day 1: 5   13-01     Day 2: 5   15-09
18. Skylar Hamilton        Dandridge, TN           10  28-07   83
  Day 1: 5   14-03     Day 2: 5   14-04
19. Scott Canterbury       Odenville, AL           10  28-04   82
  Day 1: 5   16-14     Day 2: 5   11-06
20. Jake Whitaker          Fairview, NC            10  28-04   81
  Day 1: 5   14-01     Day 2: 5   14-03
21. Todd Auten             Lake Wylie, SC          10  28-03   80
  Day 1: 5   16-13     Day 2: 5   11-06
22. Shane LeHew            Catawba, NC             10  28-00   79
  Day 1: 5   14-10     Day 2: 5   13-06
23. Tyler Carriere         Youngsville, LA         10  28-00   78
  Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 5   14-05
24. Tyler Rivet            Raceland, LA            10  27-10   77
  Day 1: 5   15-05     Day 2: 5   12-05
25. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA               10  26-14   76
  Day 1: 5   16-09     Day 2: 5   10-05
26. Chris Groh             Spring Grove, IL        10  26-14   75
  Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   15-03
27. Garrett Paquette       Canton, MI              10  26-12   74
  Day 1: 5   15-04     Day 2: 5   11-08
28. Brad Whatley           Bivins, TX              10  26-11   73
  Day 1: 5   15-14     Day 2: 5   10-13
29. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS        10  26-11   72
  Day 1: 5   15-06     Day 2: 5   11-05
30. Gary Clouse            Winchester, TN          10  26-08   71
  Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   12-08
31. Randy Pierson          Oakdale, CA             10  26-07   70
  Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   13-15
32. Clark Wendlandt        Leander, TX             10  26-06   69
  Day 1: 5   14-12     Day 2: 5   11-10
33. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         10  26-02   68
  Day 1: 5   14-09     Day 2: 5   11-09
34. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            10  26-02   67
  Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   12-02
35. Luke Palmer            Coalgate, OK            10  25-11   66
  Day 1: 5   12-05     Day 2: 5   13-06
36. Koby Kreiger           Alva, FL                10  25-08   65   $5,000.00
  Day 1: 5   13-01     Day 2: 5   12-07
37. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL          10  25-05   64   $5,000.00
  Day 1: 5   13-04     Day 2: 5   12-01
38. Chris Johnston         Peterborough Ontario CA 10  25-04   63   $5,000.00
  Day 1: 5   14-02     Day 2: 5   11-02
39. Harvey Horne           Bella Vista, AR         10  25-02   62   $5,000.00
  Day 1: 5   14-08     Day 2: 5   10-10
40. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              10  25-01   61   $5,000.00
  Day 1: 5   15-05     Day 2: 5   09-12
41. Yusuke Miyazaki        Forney, TX              10  24-13   60   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   12-05
42. Brian Snowden          Reeds Spring, MO        10  24-13   59   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-07     Day 2: 5   12-06
43. Rob Digh               Denver, NC              10  24-10   58   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   11-07     Day 2: 5   13-03
44. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX          10  24-09   57   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   11-06
45. Kelley Jaye            Dadeville, AL           10  24-02   56   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   10-09     Day 2: 5   13-09
46. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT           10  24-02   55   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-06     Day 2: 5   11-12
47. Ray Hanselman Jr       Del Rio, TX             10  23-15   54   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   13-12
48. Jay Yelas              Lincoln City, OR        10  23-14   53   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   13-01     Day 2: 5   10-13
49. Brandon Card           Knoxville, TN           10  23-09   52   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   11-02     Day 2: 5   12-07
50. Caleb Sumrall          New Iberia, LA          10  23-08   51   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-11     Day 2: 5   10-13
51. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL         10  23-05   50   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   13-03     Day 2: 5   10-02
52. Chad Morgenthaler      Reeds Spring, MO        10  23-01   49   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   10-06     Day 2: 5   12-11
53. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL             10  23-01   48   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   11-00     Day 2: 5   12-01
54. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              10  22-15   47   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   13-08     Day 2: 5   09-07
55. Jesse Tacoronte        Kissimmee, FL            9  22-10   46   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   13-07     Day 2: 4   09-03
56. Kyle Monti             Okeechobee, FL          10  22-05   45   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   10-12     Day 2: 5   11-09
57. Mike Huff              Corbin, KY              10  21-12   44   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   11-13     Day 2: 5   09-15
58. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN           10  21-05   43   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   09-08     Day 2: 5   11-13
59. Hunter Shryock         Newcomerstown, OH       10  21-01   42   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-00     Day 2: 5   09-01
60. Robbie Latuso          Gonzales, LA            10  21-01   41   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   11-03     Day 2: 5   09-14
61. Ed Loughran III        Richmond, VA            10  20-03   40   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-00     Day 2: 5   08-03
62. Lee Livesay            Gladewater, TX          10  20-01   39   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   11-02     Day 2: 5   08-15
63. Quentin Cappo          Prairieville, LA        10  19-14   38   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   11-02     Day 2: 5   08-12
64. Shane Lineberger       Lincolnton, NC          10  19-13   37   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   10-02     Day 2: 5   09-11
65. Greg DiPalma           Millville, NJ           10  19-10   36   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   08-03     Day 2: 5   11-07
66. Frank Talley           Temple, TX              10  18-10   35   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   10-13     Day 2: 5   07-13
67. Bill Weidler           Helena, AL              10  18-10   34   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   09-05     Day 2: 5   09-05
68. Rick Morris            Lake Gaston, VA         10  18-04   33   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   09-12     Day 2: 5   08-08
69. Randy Sullivan         Breckenridge, TX        10  17-04   32   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   10-14     Day 2: 5   06-06
70. Brett Preuett          Monroe, LA               8  17-03   31   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   11-04     Day 2: 3   05-15
71. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                  7  16-10   30   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-13     Day 2: 2   03-13
72. Dale Hightower         Mannford, OK             9  16-10   29   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 4   06-12     Day 2: 5   09-14
73. David Fritts           Lexington, NC            8  15-04   28   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   10-00     Day 2: 3   05-04
74. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland TX AUSTRALIA  5  11-03   27   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 3   06-11     Day 2: 2   04-08
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        72       367       970-13
 2        69       359       893-04
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         141       726      1864-01

 

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