Brandon Cobb Recaps the Bassmaster Elite Lake Eufaula Tournament
One of the advantages of my Lowrance electronics was that I could estimate how big each bass was as I found schools. These schools of bass usually had several large fish while the rest were about 2-4 pounds each. I couldn't get an exact weight using my electronics, but I could tell if they were 2-pounders or 5-pounders.
The first two days of the tournament were pretty similar. I fished schools of bass on deep ledges in 12-20 feet of water. Some of these places would have 10 or fewer bass holding in them and other spots would have 100 or more. Most of the fish were 2-1/2 to 3 pounders. On the first day of competition, I caught 40 bass and kept the best five. On the second day, my best five weighed a total of 20 pounds. I caught most of these fish on a 1/2-ounce shaky head jig with a redbug-colored , which should be available to purchase at the end of June. I also used my signature rod (the 7’ 4” Medium-Heavy STX ark prototype) with 14-pound test .
The following days, there was a lot of pressure on the ledges, and when this happened, the schools of bass tended to break-up and move into more shallow cover. So, I switched tactics and began fishing mid-depth brush in 6-12 feet deep water. Usually the bass would be looking for more isolated cover, like the brush piles on Lake Eufaula. I was familiar with this lake because I’d competed there in 2013. Historically, the best bass fishing had been in deep water offshore in the summertime to catch the most fish. I knew most of the bass would be holding in 8-30 foot deep water and caught about 15 bass each day.
When I started fishing the brush piles, I used a . The bait ran about 12-feet deep, and I was fishing in 6-12 feet deep water. I wanted that crankbait to plow-up the bottom and bang into the brush to trigger a reaction strike. However, Lake Eufaula has a lot of large flats about 8-12 feet deep that may run 1/4-mile without any brush on them. If I could find one tree hung-up on those flats or one manmade brush pile, the bass usually would be there.
The biggest bass that I caught during the tournament weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces, and the rest weighed around 4-pounds each. The bass that I caught on the ledges during the first two days were very heavy and chunky. My brush pile bass were long but very skinny. I figured that the bass on the brush piles spawned late, left the bank, moved to the brush piles and finally made their way out to the ledges.