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Zona & Cockburn: On the Razors Edge

By MZona - Published December 10, 2012 - Viewed 2726 times

Southern Illinois’ Travis Cockburn is a highly accomplished outdoorsman. The 40-year-old insurance man has cashed many tournament paychecks in regional events, and he recently arrowed one of the largest whitetails in Illinois history. 

Still, no amount of experience in a tree stand, or on a trolling motor, can compensate for a dropped cylinder in your outboard when your 50 miles from the weigh-in ramp.

That’s exactly what happened to Travis in the middle of a Bassmaster Weekend Series event that came uncomfortably close to costing Cockburn the points necessary to qualify for a regional championship after a long hard-earned season of effort.

In a sense, one call to BoatUS ANGLER saved Cockburn’s season. “It didn’t take me long to realize what an awesome value a BoatUS ANGLER membership is,” said Travis. “They dispatched help, and they had me back to the weigh-in just in time to weigh my fish, save some points, and qualify for the regional championship,” said a very grateful Cockburn.

Travis became such a believer in the goodness of BoatUS ANGLER that he wrote a sweepstakes winning testimony that landed him a free day of smallmouth fishing with Mark Zona, host of The Bassmaster TV show, and Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show, and member of the BoatUS ANGLER Pro Staff.

“When it comes to ‘sweepstakes winners’ you get a mixed bag of very novice anglers and a few fairly serious ones. Then, every once in a blue moon, you get a dude that’s an absolute ‘stick’ like Travis,” grinned Zona.

“He and I flirted with the razor’s edge of disaster when, late in our day together, I offered him a gambler’s chance to stop fishing the lake we were on, load the boat, make what I called the Old Spice Hot Sauce Move of the Day, and race to a lake I thought could be even better. Key word there is “thought” – no guarantees. It could have been a disaster,” confessed Zona.

It was anything but a bomb. Instead, with just a couple hours of daylight left, Cockburn and Zona proceeded to whack 4 to 6-pound smallies on nearly every cast until near darkness.

For very different reasons, Cockburn’s two most memorable BoatUS ANGLER associated days are very memorable ones. Both played-out along a sharp edge between falling short and celebration, but ultimately, each were punctuated with the kind of success in the outdoors Cockburn often seems destined for.

Signing up for BoatUS ANGLER and becoming eligible for their “Weigh-to Win” tournament cash bonuses like Travis did is easy, visit www.BoatUSFishing.com, or just call Kendell at (918) 742-6424, she’ll get you signed up.

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