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Cobb Leads Again at Bassmaster Elite Tournament At Lake Hartwell

Cobb Leads Again at Bassmaster Elite Tournament At Lake Hartwell he field has been waiting for Brandon Cobb to stumble in the Bassmaster Elite tournament at Lake Hartwell.
 
South Carolina's Brandon Cobb leads going into Championship Sunday of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Hartwell with a three-day total of 55 pounds, 6 ounces.                                                                                                                                                        Photo by  Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

South Carolina's Brandon Cobb leads going into Championship Sunday of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Hartwell with a three-day total of 55 pounds, 6 ounces. Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

ANDERSON, S.C. — For three days, the field has been waiting for Brandon Cobb to stumble in the Bassmaster Elite tournament at Lake Hartwell. It hasn’t happened yet — and now, they’re almost out of time.
 
Cobb caught five bass today that weighed 18 pounds, 5 ounces and held on to the lead for the third straight day. His three-day total of 55-6 gives him more than a 5-pound cushion over his closest competitors going into Championship Sunday and a chance at a rare wire-to-wire victory in an Elite Series event.
   
“I don’t know how many fish I went through today that weighed from about 2-4 to 2-11,” said Cobb, whose thumbs were red and raw from handling bass today. “I caught so many fish, but I just couldn’t find any big ones in the area I had been fishing.
   
“That’s why I finally decided to change areas.”
   
Cobb went to an area that he said was “new for this tournament, but certainly not new” to him as a bass angler on Lake Hartwell. He grew up fishing the lake and was actually a member of the bass fishing team for Clemson University, which is positioned on the banks of Hartwell. Once he changed locations, he quickly caught his biggest fish of the day — a largemouth in the 5-pound range.
 
“I actually caught two pretty good ones out of that area,” Cobb said. “So, I might just change things up and spend all day in there tomorrow or at least go there a little earlier.”
  
Coming into the week, Cobb was afraid his history on the lake would serve as a detriment because a string of unusually cold nights and a steadily falling lake level has had the fish behaving strangely. But he survived Thursday’s first round with a catch of 19-9 and maintained the lead with 17-8 Friday. Now, he believes the conditions are normalizing on Hartwell — and he thinks that could play into his hands as he tries to become the first wire-to-wire winner on the Elite Series since 2016.
  
“In practice, the fish weren’t doing anything like they would normally do this time of year,” Cobb said. “So, I was really worried that my history here would hurt me — or at least not help me very much.
  
“But as the week has gone on, the fish have started acting exactly like they’re supposed to. Since they didn’t do it all week in practice, a lot of people aren’t ready for it — but I feel like I am.”
  
If Cobb is to complete the start-to-finish win, he’ll have to hold off a logjam of anglers with weights in the 49-pound range. Micah Frazier (49-12), Stetson Blaylock (49-10), Drew Cook (49-7) and Bill Lowen (49-1) are all within relatively easy striking distance of Cobb if he finally stumbles.
  
Blaylock, a third-year Elite Series pro from Benton, Ark., was the biggest mover Saturday, bringing in five bass that weighed 19-3 to rise from 10th place into third. His catch was anchored by a 5-15 largemouth that gave him the lead in the race for the Phoenix Boats Big Bass award.
   
“I thought that biggest fish would weigh better than 6 pounds when I was fishing for it,” Blaylock said. “But that’s been the story all week — they all look bigger in the water than they do when you catch them.
   
“I’ve spent a lot of time on fish this week that I thought were 3-pounders and they didn’t even help me. I can’t understand how they can be so long, but then be so skinny.”
   
Since warm conditions have settled into the region, Blaylock said big things are possible Sunday.
   
“I feel like the areas that I’m fishing should be running out and I should be disappointed,” he said. “But in the back of my mind, I keep thinking that they’re showing up.
   
“So I’m just gonna let it unfold, and hopefully they’ll keep showing up some more.”
   
The Top 10 remaining pros will fish on Championship Sunday with takeoff scheduled for 7 a.m. ET from Green Pond Landing and Event Center. The weigh-in will be held back at the same site at 3:15 p.m., with the winning pro earning a $100,000 first-place prize.
 

  

2019 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Hartwell 4/4-4/7
                             (PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 3
 
   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$
 
1.  Brandon Cobb           Greenwood, SC           15  55-06  100
  Day 1: 5   19-09     Day 2: 5   17-08     Day 3: 5   18-05
2.  Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA              15  49-12   99
  Day 1: 5   17-09     Day 2: 5   18-03     Day 3: 5   14-00
3.  Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR              15  49-10   98
  Day 1: 5   13-10     Day 2: 5   16-13     Day 3: 5   19-03
4.  Drew Cook              Midway, FL              15  49-07   97
  Day 1: 5   14-04     Day 2: 5   20-06     Day 3: 5   14-13
5.  Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          15  49-01   96
  Day 1: 5   16-00     Day 2: 5   18-03     Day 3: 5   14-14
6.  Shane LeHew            Catawba, NC             15  47-08   95
  Day 1: 5   14-10     Day 2: 5   13-06     Day 3: 5   19-08
7.  Jamie Hartman          Newport, NY             15  46-06   94
  Day 1: 5   13-15     Day 2: 5   16-03     Day 3: 5   16-04
8.  Hank Cherry Jr         Lincolnton, NC          15  46-03   93
  Day 1: 5   17-09     Day 2: 5   13-15     Day 3: 5   14-11
9.  Chad Pipkens           Lansing, MI             15  45-14   92
  Day 1: 5   14-10     Day 2: 5   15-03     Day 3: 5   16-01
10. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY             15  45-10   91
  Day 1: 5   13-01     Day 2: 5   15-09     Day 3: 5   17-00
11. Patrick Walters        Summerville, SC         15  45-06   90  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   14-15     Day 2: 5   15-11     Day 3: 5   14-12
12. Jake Whitaker          Fairview, NC            15  44-06   89  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   14-01     Day 2: 5   14-03     Day 3: 5   16-02
13. Jeff Gustafson         Keewatin Ontario CANADA 15  44-05   88  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   15-04     Day 2: 5   15-13     Day 3: 5   13-04
14. Cory Johnston          Cavan CANADA            15  44-03   87  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   15-00     Day 2: 5   15-03     Day 3: 5   14-00
15. Chris Groh             Spring Grove, IL        15  44-01   86  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   11-11     Day 2: 5   15-03     Day 3: 5   17-03
16. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN        15  43-14   85  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   14-06     Day 2: 5   16-14     Day 3: 5   12-10
17. Skylar Hamilton        Dandridge, TN           15  43-13   84  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   14-03     Day 2: 5   14-04     Day 3: 5   15-06
18. Tyler Rivet            Raceland, LA            15  43-11   83  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   15-05     Day 2: 5   12-05     Day 3: 5   16-01
19. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            15  43-07   82  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   15-10     Day 2: 5   14-09     Day 3: 5   13-04
20. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         15  43-00   81  $10,000.00
  Day 1: 5   14-09     Day 2: 5   11-09     Day 3: 5   16-14
21. Jason Williamson       Wagener, SC             15  42-14   80   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   15-07     Day 2: 5   15-00     Day 3: 5   12-07
22. Scott Canterbury       Odenville, AL           15  42-11   79   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   16-14     Day 2: 5   11-06     Day 3: 5   14-07
23. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA               15  42-11   78   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   16-09     Day 2: 5   10-05     Day 3: 5   15-13
24. Seth Feider            New Market, MN          15  42-09   77   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   13-04     Day 2: 5   16-07     Day 3: 5   12-14
25. Chris Zaldain          Laughlin, NV            15  41-12   76   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   12-02     Day 3: 5   15-10
26. Garrett Paquette       Canton, MI              15  41-11   75   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   15-04     Day 2: 5   11-08     Day 3: 5   14-15
27. Brad Whatley           Bivins, TX              15  41-04   74   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   15-14     Day 2: 5   10-13     Day 3: 5   14-09
28. Todd Auten             Lake Wylie, SC          15  41-02   73   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   16-13     Day 2: 5   11-06     Day 3: 5   12-15
29. Matt Arey              Shelby, NC              15  40-13   72   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   16-15     Day 2: 5   13-13     Day 3: 5   10-01
30. Gary Clouse            Winchester, TN          15  40-00   71   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   14-00     Day 2: 5   12-08     Day 3: 5   13-08
31. Tyler Carriere         Youngsville, LA         15  38-13   70   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   13-11     Day 2: 5   14-05     Day 3: 5   10-13
32. Randy Pierson          Oakdale, CA             15  38-04   69   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-08     Day 2: 5   13-15     Day 3: 5   11-13
33. Luke Palmer            Coalgate, OK            15  37-15   68   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   12-05     Day 2: 5   13-06     Day 3: 5   12-04
34. Clark Wendlandt        Leander, TX             15  37-08   67   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   14-12     Day 2: 5   11-10     Day 3: 5   11-02
35. Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS        15  35-08   66   $7,500.00
  Day 1: 5   15-06     Day 2: 5   11-05     Day 3: 5   08-13
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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        72       367       970-13
 2        69       359       893-04
 3        35       175       506-03
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         176       901      2370-04

 

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