Before he flew back to the USA today to pursue his dream of becoming the first Australian to compete against the World’s best Bass anglers in the Bassmaster Elite Series, Carl Jocumsen was good enough to take our Lucky 7 interview for this week.
A truly inspirational angler, and a credit to both his Australian and US sponsors, he’s on the cusp of making it in the “big time”! You can follow Carl on his new website, but check out his story here first…
1. What’s your name and where are you from?
My Name is Carl Jocumsen and I’m from Toowoomba QLD Australia but currently live in Bixby, Oklahoma in the U.S.A.
2. What part do you play in the fishing community today?
I’m currently pursuing my life long dream to be the first Australian to compete against the best Bass anglers in the world on the Bassmaster Elite Series.
3. What was it that really got you into fishing and how old were you?
I was about 5 years old when I first started. I seemed to have a lot of patience for a young kid and would sit on the beach for over 3 hours at a time without a bite! I caught my first fish at Fraser Island, i showed it to every camp I could either side of ours, I was super proud and haven’t lost the passion since!
The fact that every trip is different and exciting and how you can take the sport to any level you want it to kept it exciting for me! From catching bait as a kid and camping with my Grandad and Cousins on a river bank, to casting lures and competing in high level tournaments, it has taken me all over the world and I have met some great people and most of my best friends through fishing!
4. What is your greatest fishing memory?
This would have to be the hardest question of all as every fisherman has thousands of great memories, its hard to pick just one, from a certain fish or a big fish or an amazing session or Location or a tournament fish i wont forget a single one!
But tournament wise i think catching the winning Bass at lake St Clair in the 2008 ABT (Australian Bass Tournaments) Grand Final was right up there! I was in 2nd position going into the final day, I had fished 7 Grandfinals from 2001 and finished in the top 10 including a few 2nds every year! Winning one meant I would make it a step closer to heading to the States to chase my dream!
I had 2 fish in the well one nice one and one small one and there was only an hour left in the session! I knew I was one big fish away from winning the final! I was casting a surface lure up into 6 inches of water in the middle of the day, when the back of the biggest Bass i had seen all week came out of the water and tried to eat my lure off the surface and after 6 attempts at getting my lure i finally hooked it only for it to fall off just after!
To say i was shattered was an understatement that was the fish of a life time and my whole life would have changed! But i didn’t give up i left the area for half an hour and came back in super quiet and put the same cast in, unbelievably the same fish came half way out of the water rolling on my top water again this time i got the hooks into it and got her in the boat! The hairs stand up on the back of my neck when i think about it!
That’s why i love tournament fishing and i never give up. That one fish changed my life!
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Standing on the Bassmaster Classic stage on the Final day holding the World Champion Trophy over my head, with my family friends and fans from Australia in the crowd! That’s the Dream!
6. What’s top of the “bucket list”?
Career wise is by far to win the Bassmaster Classic one day. Fish wise i really want to catch a New Guinea Black Bass i went over when i was 18 and didn’t get one so i would like to go back one day!
7. Who do you look up to in the fishing community?
I look up to the Innovators of the sport, In the early days John Schofeild was a huge mentor and still is today he taught me a lot about the mental aspect of fishing.
Tim Morgan taught me more about enjoying the sport and having fun and letting the results come. So I try to put those two things together. I have had the help and support of so many people over my life i just can’t thank them all enough.
Steve Morgan has not only helped me out throughout my career but had the foresight to see the potential of tournament fishing in Australia without that I would not have had any tournaments to fish or could not have made a name through AFC (Australian Fishing Championships) and ABT (Australian Bass Tournaments) these gave me the best exposure possible in the sport, i have no idea what i would be doing today without that so im always thankful for it.