From FLW Website
5. Carl Jocumsen – Queensland, Australia – 46-9
Of the top five anglers, Jocumsen is the only pro to camp in the river both days. That strategy has provided him with consistent catches of 23-9 and 23 even to go with with some of the best smallmouth fishing Jocumsen has experienced.
“Today was probably the best day of smallmouth fishing I have ever had in my life,” exclaims Jocumsen. “Well, both days really have been, but the numbers today were insane.
“I hit 10 different areas on day one and it took me just about all day to catch my weight. The wind made it tough to drift and makes the fish harder to catch. I finished the day on a spot and caught a 5 ½ and a 4 and had to leave. So, I started there today and never left until 1:30. I made probably 40 drifts down it and we’d catch two or three each time. It was amazing.”
After putting on a smallmouth clinic, Jocumsen ran a few other areas with no luck. With only a few minutes left to fish before running back to weigh in, he stopped back on the magical spot.
“When I pulled back up there I caught a 5 1/2-pounder and had to leave, but I should have never left in the first place,” he says.
Since Texas weather isn’t the most enjoyable thing in the summer, Jocumsen has been a resident of the North for most of the summer. After moving from Australia eight years ago, Jocumsen has been putting in countless hours all around the country to make up for lost time. This week it seems like he finally dialed in the smallmouths.
“Since I have a Lance camper on my truck I can stay almost anywhere and I’ve been up here for about 2 ½ weeks,” Jocumsen says. “I really wanted to learn the area because I have fished here before, but would catch 18 pounds in the lake while other guys were weighing 25 pounds. It was frustrating to not catch them, but the past few weeks have taught me a lot. I’ve caught thousands of smallmouths this summer all around the North and I just feel like I’m in tune with them now.”
According to Jocumsen, on Sunday the algae got bad on the lake and it made fishing tough. A few solid bites in the river on the final day of practice told him everything he needed to know.
“I just thought the lake would be a hero or zero thing,” says Jocumsen. “But in the river I thought 21 or 22 pounds was very doable with the chance at a big bag.”
Jocumsen notes that the bait and correct drift are two huge pieces of the puzzle this week. Knowing exactly what the already finicky smallies want have put the odds in his favor.
“This is my fifth check in a row in tournaments and I’ve never done that,” Jocumsen explains. “When that happens something is going right, things are starting to click.”
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