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James Robinson Wins Cooper River Bassmasters Winter Open #5

Russ Scalf      Jan. 29, 2018

James Robinson figured them out Saturday, running away with the Cooper River Bassmasters Winter Open #5, by a 6-pound margin! Robinson managed to beat the crowds and the bass, as he cranked up 22 pounds worth of Cooper River largemouth.

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The river was particularly crowded, due to the Creekside Bassmasters vs. Lowcountry Bassmasters yearly smack-talk smackdown. I’m told the final tally wasn’t all that close, but all parties had a great time. A Creekside member credited much of the good fortune to Lowcountry President Orlando Scott who really pulled a weightnot to be confused with pulling his weight. Creekside also mentioned they’re having the 3-peat shirts made by Phantom Fishing as I type this.

Finishing second was the team of Andrew Crump and Cooper Hopkins, with a 16 pound bag of fish. They also caught the big bass of the day, a 6.14 pound Cooper River special. Ole’ Cooper said he’d send me a photo of that beast, but I guess it got lost in the mail. He did tell me that they caught their fish wormin’, which may be a sign that some of these bass are ready to come out of the winter crankbait pattern. I assume it looked something like this:

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I guess this means we all need to find a new bait to tell our buddies we’re catching them on, haha.

The next event in this series is scheduled for Feb. 10th at Cypress Gardens. The entry fee is $50 and boats take off at 9 a.m.

Here’s a look at how the field finished:

1)Mr. Robison 5 fish 22.03lbs 5.20
2)Hopkins/Crump 5 16.22 6.14lbs Big Fish
3)McConnel/McConnel 5 15.41
4)Clifton/Welch 5 14.48
5)Johnson/Hughes 5 13.57
6)Letizi/Nixon 5 12.58
7)South/South 5 12.04
8)Whiten/Segura 5 10.15
9)Bihlear/Bihlear 5 9.91
10)Mr. Wood 5 9.29
11)Mr. Bowzard 3 8.29
12)Mr. Driggers 4 7.25
13)Mr. Riley 4 7.15
14)Campbell/Scalf 3 7.01
15)Lee/Colmer 3 6.58
16)Freeman/Marsh 3 5.11
17)Mr. Hyman 1 4.87
18)Kesslev/Dennis 0
18)Benton/Benton 0
18)Gibson/Gibson 0
18)Miller/Bronson 0

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