My name is Robyn Cook.
I first started fishing at Loon Lake in Washington State at the age of 5 when I saw another family catching pan fish. When they let me join and I caught my first fish, I was hooked for life. I grew up sailing with my father. Despite his annoyance at my tackle “littering” his sailboat’s deck, I always had my rod and reel ready. We fished Australia’s Pittwater for jellyfish and John Dory. We also fished Louisiana’s Lake Ponchartrain and San Francisco bay.
My love for fishing grew when I moved to Hawaii and started to deep sea fish. I got my first fishing boat in 1997 and started tournament fishing that year in a Women’s Marlin Tournament in Kona. My team won this tournament in 2000 and earned a free entry in the Kona’s Hawaiian International Bill Fishing Tournament that year. I was also featured on the Hawaiian fishing show Fishing Tales with Mike Sakamoto. An accident at work ended my deep sea fishing adventures. I started bass fishing in 2007 after I moved to Raleigh North Carolina. Most of my physical therapy was done on my 2004 Targa Bass Tracker. I started tournament fishing again in 2014 and joined the Piedmont Bass Classic group fishing three of their team trails per year. The week before my wife Ticia passed away from cancer in 2016, she travelled with me to Lake Hartwell for my first LBAA tournament. She really wanted me to get involved with this group. My first year I fished as a pro angler as there were not any co angler spots available. My second year I fished as a co angler when I was diagnosed with cancer. I hope to move back up to pro angler soon.
May 18 2000. Grand Slam Kona Hawaii including 631 pound blue marlin.
July 2000 Huggo’s Wahine IGFA Fishing Tournament. First place overall. First Place mother daughter division.
2000 Hawaiian International Bill Fishing Tournament. Participant.
2002 Hook and Cook Fishing Tournament. First place overall. First place women’s division. First place Keiki (children’s) division.
2003 Kona Iki Troller’s Outstanding Female Angler.
February 27 2016 Piedmont Bass classic RTL Shearon Harris Lake, North Carolina. Fifth Place.
March 12, 2016 Piedmont Bass Classic St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Open Jordan Lake, North Carolina. Fifth Place.
May 21 2016 Piedmont Bass Classic Cashion Falls lake Open, North Carolina. Second Place. Second Place Big Fish.
June 11 2016 Piedmont Bass Classic Metal Mania Invitational Falls Lake, North Carolina. 3rd place overall. Second place total weight.
April 29 2017 LBAA Logan Martin, Alabama. Co angler. First Place. Big Bass.
September 16 2017 LBAA Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas. Co angler. Second Place. Big Bass.
March 24 2018 LBAA Caddo Lake, Louisiana. Co angler. First Place. Big Bass. Smallest Bass.
On my bucket list is to fish with the professional women’s tour which I am proud to say I am doing. Also on that list is to catch a 10 pound bass and a 1000 pound marlin. My personal biggest bass was a 9 pound largemouth on Jordan Lake in North Carolina on 8 pound test line with a pointer jerk bait. My favorite fishing technique is top water especially for stripers. When I am not tournament fishing I love to fish in the Pamlico Sound at Lizzy’s Landing in Belhaven which is my VRBO/Airbnb vacation rental. There we catch plenty of stripers, sea trout, flounder, and puppy drum. My other fun fishing activity is to drift Kerr Lake in Virginia for those large blue cat fish. Our record is 31 pounds. The lakes record is 151 pounds. If you have any inkling that you want to fish and compete please please come join us in the LBAA!