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When Rick Byrnes, the man behind FutureBass.com asked us who wanted to cover an Angler Profile on Chris Cox, I could not help but grab it! After all, Chris is on my list of the top five bass fishermen in Wisconsin. In July of 2005 when Chris won the Midwest Division Everstart tournament on the Detroit River with 84 pounds of smallmouth
in 4 days of fishing, it really caught my attention. Then just 2
weeks later my eyes were opened wider when his versatility prevailed
in a hard fought 3rd place finish at the Midwest Division
Everstart tournament on the Mississippi River in LaCrosse, WI. When
you look at Chriss record, you will find that this man quietly
racked up over $80,000 in earnings in the 2005 fishing season alone,
as well as qualified for the 2006 FLW Tour a feat that only one
other Wisconsin angler accomplished. What is even more amazing about
the year Chris had, was the way it started out a heart attack in
early 2005 left him literally dead on the table. Physicians needed to
shock him 3 times to get his heart going again. Three stents and 8
weeks of rehabilitation later Chris was ready to carry on with his
passion for fishing. This week I received my chance to call Chris, and
immediately felt very comfortable it was like visiting with an old
friend that I had not talked to in years. He is not just an awesome
angler he is a great guy!
& Career Highlights
Qualified for the FLW Tour
FLW EverStart/Northern 4th place finish in Angler of
the Year standings
Detroit, MI - 1st place finish
FLW EverStart/Northern LaCrosse, WI 3rd place
FLW EverStart/Northern Escanaba, MI - 18th place finish
FLW EverStart/Northern Detroit, MI 86th place
- Qualified for the FLW Tour
FLW EverStart/Northern 11th place Angler of the Year
FLW EverStart/Northern Lake Erie 13th place finish
FLW EverStart/Northern Vermillion 14th place finish
FLW EverStart/Northern Lake Champlain 22nd place
Nine top Ten
finishes in his FLWOutdoors competition
Schedule for 2006
2006 FLW Stren
Series Northern (Previously the FLW EverStart series)
Local tournaments 8 events
your angling hero?
is your favorite tactic or technique? What do you consider your
primary fishing strength?
is your favorite body of water to fish?
What path did you follow to get to where you currently are in your fishing career?
I started bass fishing in my early 20's fishing local tournaments in
Madison WI, with friends. In 1989 I joined a club (Four Lake
Bassmasters). I fished as a no-boater for two Midwest bass tournaments
took a 4th and a 7th. I fished as a boater in 1990 out of a
16 Sylvan in the Midwest bass circuit and finished 3rd overall.
From there I went on to fish opens and the Redman (now BFL) on
and off. The job I had at the time (sales manager at Don Miller - car
sales), required me to work on Saturdays so it was hard to
pre-fish. I changed jobs and then I did better in the BFL's. My wife
let me try the EverStart Series and I finished 21st overall my first
year. The second year I qualified for the FLW Tour. I had a
terrible year - I had elbow surgery and then I had my heart
attack. After my recovery in 2005, I started the year strong with a
win in Detroit and a third at LaCrosse and ended up fourth over all
and once again qualified for the FLW Tour, which I am fishing now.
What was the highlight of 2005?
I really felt I could win in LaCrosse also, but I had a 3-pound
fish break off early on the last day of the tournament that really
What can you tell us about your fishing experiences so far on the
you still fish local tournaments?
are your long-term goals?