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MISSOURI’S MACY WINS PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE PRESENTED BY T-H MARINE ALL-AMERICAN ON LAKE HARTWELL PRESENTED BY TINCUP

ANDERSON, S.C. (Nov. 13, 2020) – Boater Chris Macy of Diamond, Missouri, won the 37th annual Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell presented by TINCUP Friday, bringing a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 13 pounds, 1 ounce. Macy’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 34-10 was enough to overtake second-place angler Todd Goade of White Pine, Tennessee – who led the event after the second day of competition – by a 2-pound, 4-ounce margin. For the win, Macy earned the top payout of $100,000.

“This is unbelievable – going in to today, I really didn’t think I had a shot at it,” said Macy, who qualified for this tournament through the Bass Fishing League Ozark Division. “I went out this morning and thought that if I could catch 10 pounds, I’d be happy. When you make it to the last day, you kind of look at the payscale and you know that every spot you can hold or move up is another thousand bucks in your pocket. My goal was just to hang in there.

“I stumbled on to something around 1 o’clock this afternoon, and it absolutely went crazy from there,” Macy continued. “On the LiveScope, I would watch my swimbait come across the brush piles and if I could get the fish to follow it, I would kill it and let that swimbait go straight to the bottom. Every one of those fish would nose down on it, and as soon as I popped that swimbait up off the bottom, they would eat it every time.”

Macy said that of the 15 keepers he brought to the weigh-in stage this week, 14 of them came on a Keitech 2.8-inch swimbait in Tennessee Shad and Sexy Shad colors. He credited his electronics as being crucial to his win.

“Every fish that I caught came off of a brush pile,” Macy said. “My Garmin LiveScope was crucial. Every fish that I caught this week, I watched it bite. Most of the water I fished was 20- to 30-feet-deep, and if I could get the fish sitting up on top of the brush piles, it was game on.

“Overall, it has just been a super three days,” Macy went on to say. “I was just so happy to be fishing on the third day of the All-American, and I knew that if I could put a big one in the bag today that anything could happen. When it’s your time, it’s your time and today was just my day.”

The top 10 boaters on Lake Hartwell finished:

            1st:       Chris Macy, Diamond, Mo., 15 bass, 34-10, $100,000
            2nd:      Todd Goade, White Pine, Tenn., 15 bass, 32-6, $20,000
            3rd:       Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, 15 bass, 31-11, $15,000
            4th:       Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C., 15 bass, 31-7, $21,000
            5th:       Bryan Dowdy, Florence, Ala., 15 bass, 30-7, $18,000
            6th:       Roger Fitzpatrick, Eldon, Mo., 15 bass, 28-1, $12,000
            7th:       Randall Allen, Owens Cross Roads, Ala., 15 bass, 27-11, $12,000
            8th:       Kip Carter, Mansfield, Ga., 15 bass, 27-11, $10,000
            9th:       Dustin Lippe, Lampe, Mo., 12 bass, 25-11, $9,000
            10th:     Dennis Berhorst, Holts Summit, Mo., 13 bass, 23-11, $8,000

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

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Overall, there were 45 bass weighing 77 pounds, 5 ounces, caught by the final 10 boaters Friday. The catch included eight five-bass limits.

Justin Kimmel of Athens, Georgia, won the co-angler division and $50,000 Friday with a three-day total of 14 bass weighing 26 pounds, 9 ounces, followed by Larry Rothweil of Saint Charles, Missouri, in second place with 12 bass weighing 22-2, good for $10,000.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

            1st:       Justin Kimmel, Athens, Ga., 14 bass, 26-9, $50,000
            2nd:      Larry Rothweil, St. Charles, Mo., 12 bass, 22-2, $10,000
            3rd:       Kibbee McCoy, Knoxville, Tenn., 12 bass, 19-14, $6,000
            4th:       David Blankinship, Cushing, Okla., 13 bass, 19-6, $5,000
            5th:       Dalton Steele, Cherokee, Ala., 10 bass, 18-5, $4,500
            6th:       Cole Sands, Calhoun, Tenn., 12 bass, 17-11, $4,000
            7th:       Andrew Wiley, Joppa, Md., 13 bass, 17-7, $3,500
            8th:       Leo Reiter, Greenup, Ill., 13 bass, 16-13, $3,000
            9th:       Jeff Rikard, Leesville, S.C., 11 bass, 16-2, $3,000
            10th:     Kerry Harris, Bethel Island, Calif., 11 bass, 16-1, $2,000

Overall, there were 30 bass weighing 40 pounds, 6 ounces, caught by the final 10 co-anglers Friday. The catch included two five-bass limits.

In addition to the cash payouts, the highest-finishing boater and co-angler from each of six Regional Championships, the Wild Card Championship and The Bass Federation (TBF) National Championship at the All-American now advance to the 2020 Toyota Series Championship next month on Lake Cumberland for a shot at winning $235,000 and $33,500, respectively.

The eight boaters and co-anglers that now advance to the 2020 Toyota Series Championship are:

Region 1 (Lake Hartwell) Boater Champion: Todd Goade, White Pine, Tenn.
Region 2 (Lake Seminole) Boater Champion: Randall Allen, Owens Cross Roads, Ala.
Region 3 (Kentucky-Barkley lakes) Boater Champion: Kerry Frey, Middlebury, Ind.
Region 4 (Potomac River) Boater Champion: Bradford Beavers, Summerville, S.C.
Region 5 (Lake Guntersville) Boater Champion: Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio
Region 6 (Grand Lake) Boater Champion: Chris Macy, Diamond, Mo.
WildCard (Kentucky Lake) Boater Champion: Bryan Dowdy, Florence, Ala.
TBF (Kentucky Lake) Boater Champion: Blake Wilson, Benton, Ark.

Region 1 (Lake Hartwell) Boater Champion: Justin Kimmel, Athens, Ga.
Region 2 (Lake Seminole) Boater Champion: Jeff Rikard, Leesville, S.C.
Region 3 (Kentucky-Barkley lakes) Boater Champion: David Blankinship, Cushing, Okla.
Region 4 (Potomac River) Boater Champion: Mark Blankenship, Christiansburg, Va.
Region 5 (Lake Guntersville) Boater Champion: Dalton Steele, Cherokee, Ala.
Region 6 (Grand Lake) Boater Champion: Larry Rothweil, Saint Charles, Mo.
WildCard (Kentucky Lake) Boater Champion: Leo Reiter, Greenup, Ill.
TBF (Kentucky Lake) Boater Champion: Andrew Wiley, Joppa, Md.

Hosted by Visit Anderson, the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell presented by TINCUP featured a field of the top 55 boaters and 55 co-anglers from across the 24-division Bass Fishing League, TBF, Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI and High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing.

Television coverage of the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP will premiere Jan. 2, 2021, on the Outdoor Channel, Jan. 4, 2021, on the World Fishing Network and be featured in the FLW television series on YouTube.com/FLWFishing. FLW television is also distributed internationally to FLW partner countries, including Canada, China, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Zimbabwe.

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Poche Wins Toyota Series Event on Lake Seminole – Alabama Pro Wins by Nine Ounces to Take Home $31,960

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (Nov. 8, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Keith Poche of Pike Road, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at Lake Seminole tournament in Bainbridge, Georgia. Poche’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 46-6 earned him the win by a 9-ounce margin over second-place angler Mikey Keyso, Jr. of North Port, Florida, and earned Poche the top payout of $31,960 in the third and final regular-season tournament of the 2020 Toyota Series Southern Division.

“I love fishing Lake Seminole and I especially like running up the Flint River in those shoals and catching shoal bass,” Poche said. “I’ve got a 17-foot, 6-inch flat-bottom aluminum boat I use just for fishing such rivers in the southeast, but I only looked into fishing this tournament earlier this week, so I’m shocked at pulling the win.”

As a fulltime professional angler on the MLF Bass Pro Tour, Poche is no stranger to big time bass fishing events. Poche said what stunned him, however, was he had no intention of even fishing the Toyota Series on Seminole until Tuesday of last week. In fact, other than a few Phoenix Bass Fishing League events early in his career, and the recent Tackle Warehouse  Pro Circuit Super Tournaments, Poche had never fished either a Pro Circuit or a Toyota Series event.

Poche said he ran as far as nearly Newton, Georgia, on the first day of the event, but found the Flint to be higher and dirtier than he would like for shoal bass.

 “I realized pretty quickly that because of the fast current, it was a total reaction bite,” Poche said. “I opted to drift down the river with the current, pitching a Berkley PowerBait Pit Boss in green pumpkin, teamed with a 3/8-ounce weight, tied to Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon to any current breaks caused by bank cuts, cypress trees, logs or rocks. The fish were holed up in the current breaks and they would bite as soon as it hit the water and started to fall.”

On day one, Poche weighed in all largemouths for 17 pounds, 14 ounces and settled in third place, behind Jared McMillan and Jason Smith. 

On day two, Poche ran some 35 to 40 miles up the river again, but said his quick pitch program died.

“I went like 3 hours without catching one,” he said. “So I changed up a little bit and started throwing a 3/8-ounce Humdinger Spinnerbait to main river rocks breaking current. That produced a couple of keeper shoal bass.”

Poche said he only had three bass in his livewell when he got back down towards Bainbridge. Needing to make something happen, he bumped over a shallow sandbar to access a backwater slough. Once in the slough, he caught a 4-pound largemouth and a couple more keepers on the spinnerbait.

“Looking back on the tournament, that 4-pounder on Friday is probably what won the tournament for me,” he recalled. “I had struggled all day and that one saved me.”

Poche started the final day some 6 pounds behind the leader and headed far north on the Flint again.

“It was sort of like day one again,” he said. “They were biting the Pit Boss as soon as it hit the water. I started to catch some better ones as the day went on and even added a nice shoal bass to top off my limit. By the end of the day, I was knocking on the door of the 15-pound range.”

Poche said it wasn’t until the final fish was weighed that he learned most of the top-10 had struggled and his consistent limits each day put him on top.

“I was happy to have made the top 10 and fish up there another day,” Poche said. “I figured I might stay in the top five with my catch and get a decent check for the week. But to win this thing? Man, I’m still a little shocked. It’s crazy how it all worked out.”

The top 10 pros on Lake Seminole finished:

            1st:       Keith Poche of Pike Road, Ala., 15 bass, 46-6, $31,960

            2nd:      Mikey Keyso, Jr. of North Port, Fla., 15 bass, 45-9, $12,191

            3rd:       Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., 15 bass, 44-11, $9,438

            4th:       Jared McMillan of Belle Glade, Fla., 15 bass, 44-7, $7,865

            5th:       Dillon McMillan of Belle Glade, Fla., 15 bass, 43-0, $7,179

            6th:       Jim Murray, Jr., Leesburg, Ga., 15 bass, 42-9, $6,292

            7th:       Jason S. Smith of Dawson, Ga., 13 bass, 35-14, $5,505

            8th:       Santos Solis of Vero Beach, Fla., 13 bass, 34-3, $5,719

            9th:       Gary Milicevic of Labelle, Fla., 11 bass, 32-14, $3,932

            10th:     Corey Smith of Clermont, Fla., 10 bass, 29-2, $3,247

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

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Solis took home an extra $1,000 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $35,000 per event in each Toyota Series tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Ricky Grant of Inverness, Florida, won the Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 14 bass weighing 33 pounds even. Grant took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard motor.

The top 10 co-anglers on Lake Seminole finished:

            1st:       Ricky Grant of Inverness, Fla., 14 bass, 33-0, Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat w/115-hp outboard

            2nd:      Spencer Howerton of Melbourne Beach, Fla., 11 bass, 27-9, $3,983

            3rd:       J.P. Sims of Port St. Lucie, Fla., 12 bass, 24-2, $3,186

            4th:       Wyatt Frankens of Corrigan, Texas, nine bass, 23-0, $2,788

            5th:       John Riddling of Melrose, Fla., 13 bass, 22-13, $2,390

            6th:       Todd Beaver of Richland, Ga., nine bass, 21-14, $1,991

            7th:       James Brooks of Inverness, Fla., 10 bass, 21-1, $1,593

            8th:       Aaron Gengler of Lakeland, Fla., 13 bass, 20-10, $1,394

            9th:       Dan Ehmen of Rockford, Ill., 10 bass, 19-14, $1,195

            10th:     Blaine Partee of Oviedo, Fla., eight bass, 16-14, $996

The Toyota Series at Lake Seminole was hosted by the Bainbridge Convention and Visitors Bureau. It was the third and final tournament in 2020 for Southern Division anglers. The next event for Toyota Series anglers will take place on Dec. 3-5 – the 2020 Toyota Series Championship at Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

The 2020 Toyota Series consists of eight divisions – Central, Eastern, Northern, Plains, Southeastern, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International division. Anglers who fish all three qualifiers in any of the eight divisions and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 cash, including a $35,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus for qualified anglers. The winning co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard. The 2020 Toyota Series Championship will be held Dec. 3-5 on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky, and is hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission.

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Louisiana’s Johnson Wins Toyota Series Event on Sam Rayburn

BROOKELAND, Texas (Oct. 19, 2020) – Aaron Johnson of Shreveport, Louisiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 14 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at the Sam Rayburn Reservoir tournament in Brookeland, Texas. Johnson’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 54-14 earned him the win by an 11-ounce margin over second-place angler Blake Schroeder of Whitehouse, Texas, and earned Johnson the top payout of $31,751 in the third and final tournament of the 2020 Toyota Series Southwestern Division.

Johnson said he won the tournament fishing entirely around shallow hydrilla with a modified square-bill crankbait. Hanging in the mid-lake for the most part, in 3 to 6 feet, he targeted clumpier sections of the grass.

“Typically, I would run it over the top or over the side,” said Johnson of his presentation. “The bait comes through pretty good, so I’ll run it over the top and to the side, pop it, stop it, twitch it, just the normal erratic stuff to try to get a reaction. There were times when I would twitch it over a clump, and then reel it fast when I got it over the other side of the clump. Every day I had probably 10 that would try to get it and just wouldn’t get it, but that’s just part of it.”

Fishing a discontinued bait that he modified with a custom color scheme, a red treble hook on the front and a filed-down bill, Johnson knew he had a good thing going.

“I have a lot of confidence in that bait,” said Johnson. “I won a two-day tournament a few years ago here with it and I know what it will do if you stay with it, so I never put it down. I threw a ChatterBait maybe 10 times and then I cut it off and put on a crankbait. I just had to stick with it.”

Johnson said he started mid-lake on days one and two, then ran more isolated places that brought him all the way north of the TX-147 bridge. He said the presence or lack of wind was key for him every day.

“Today it blew so hard, and they were biting really good in one of my main places, so I never left,” said Johnson. “Every other day, I would run and hit a couple of small patches here and there, and yesterday I did that and caught my biggest fish out of a little clump. Today, I never left, and at 2:10 I culled a 2-pounder with a 3½-pounder, and that’s what won the event.”

Johnson won a Bassmaster Open on Kentucky Lake in 2008, but this is his biggest win with FLW by far. Oddly enough, it comes after he literally zeroed in the recent Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Super Tournament on Rayburn.

“I found these fish for the BFL, and I caught none of them,” said Johnson. “However, God has a plan, and this tournament worked out. It feels great – it’s been a little while since I’ve been in the winner’s seat – so it’s good to be back. I’m very fortunate and very grateful – these are hard to win.”

The top 10 pros on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir finished:

            1st:       Aaron Johnson of Shreveport, La., 15 bass, 54-14, $31,751

            2nd:      Blake Schroeder of Whitehouse, Texas, 15 bass, 54-3, $12,303

            3rd:       Nick LeBrun of Bossier City, La., 15 bass, 45-15, $9,525

            4th:       Chris McCall of Palmer, Texas, 15 bass, 44-13, $7,938

            5th:       Stephen Johnston of Hemphill, Texas, 15 bass, 42-1, $7,144

            6th:       Tim Reneau of Richland Springs, Texas, 15 bass, 41-15, $6,350

            7th:       Kenneth Cates of Zavalla, Texas, 15 bass, 41-12, $5,556

            8th:       Todd Castledine of Nacogdoches, Texas, 15 bass, 41-4, $4,763

            9th:       Cole Moore of Anacoco, La., 14 bass, 40-4, $4,969

            10th:     Justin O’Brian Cooper of Zwolle, La., 15 bass, 39-4, $3,175

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

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Moore took home an extra $1,000 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $35,000 per event in each Toyota Series tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Anthony Templeton of Beckville, Texas won the Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 12 bass weighing 28 pounds, 3 ounces. Templeton took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard motor.

The top 10 co-anglers on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir finished:

            1st:       Anthony Templeton of Beckville, Texas, 12 bass, 28-3, Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat w/115-hp

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            2nd:      Micheal Sharp of Argyle, Texas, 10 bass, 24-14, $4,057

            3rd:       Todd Childs of Waxahachie, Texas, seven bass, 23-2, $3,314

            4th:       Grayson Honeycutt of Temple, Texas, 12 bass, 21-5, $2,840

            5th:       Kayden Tanner of Millsap, Texas, 10 bass, 20-15, $2,434

            6th:       David Keith of Haughton, La., 10 bass, 20-13, $2,029

            7th:       Donny Davis of Livingston, La., 10 bass, 20-12, $1,623

            8th:       Timothy Cooper of Pelican, La., 10 bass, 19-15, $1,420

            9th:       Aaron Freeman of Montgomery, Texas, 10 bass, 18-2, $1,217

            10th:     Randy Pewthers of Pearland, Texas, seven bass, 16-6, $1,014

The Toyota Series at the Sam Rayburn Reservoir was hosted by the Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Area Chamber of Commerce. It was the third of three regular-season tournaments in 2020 for Southwestern Division anglers. The next event for Toyota Series anglers will take place on Oct. 29-31 with the Toyota Series at Dale Hollow Lake in Monroe, Tennessee. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

The 2020 Toyota Series consists of eight divisions – Central, Eastern, Northern, Plains, Southeastern, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International division. Anglers who fish all three qualifiers in any of the eight divisions and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 cash, including a $35,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus for qualified anglers. The winning co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard. The 2020 Toyota Series Championship will be held Dec. 3-5 on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky, and is hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission.

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Georgia’s Morrow Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Lake Hartwell

ANDERSON, S.C. (Oct. 13, 2020) Boater Troy Morrow of Eastanollee, Georgia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 32 pounds even, to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Savannah River Division Super-Tournament at Lake Hartwell presented by Fish-Intel. For his victory, Morrow earned $6,415.

I didn’t start catching fish until after 9 a.m, but I had found a spot in practice with some big ones on a timber line,” said Morrow. “I broke a big one off yesterday that would have really helped but I went back today and they were schooling so I caught them all on top.”

Morrow comes from a recent Toyota Series win on Lake Norman, only a few short weeks ago.

“On Hartwell, it all depends on what bait the fish are currently eating,” Morrow continued. “These were eating small fish so I threw small topwater baits. Normally if you can find them eating on the bluebacks, you go with pencil poppers, big sammies and your bigger walking baits.”

Morrow said if he had to name his key bait it would be the Zoom Shakey Head Worm in green-pumpkin color.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Troy Morrow of Eastonellee, Ga.,10 bass, 32-0, $6,415

            2nd:      Derek Lehtonen of Woodruff, S.C., 10 bass, 28-4, $3,708

            3rd:       Chris Nelson of Social Circle, Ga., 10 bass, 27-4, $2,141

            4th:       Jayme Rampey of Liberty, S.C., 10 bass, 26-11, $1,497

            5th:       Tony Holliday of Piedmont, S.C., 10 bass, 25-5, $1,283

            6th:       Justin Singleton of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 10 bass, 24-12, $1,376

            7th:       Lane Wright of Cumming, Ga., 10 bass, 24-6, $1,069

            8th:       Bo Price of Seneca, S.C., 10 bass, 23-12,  $962

            9th:       Trent Palmer of Cumming, Ga., 10 bass, 23-1, $855

            10th:     Collin Smith of Honea Path, S.C., 10 bass, 21-11, $748

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Jeremy Strong of Elberton, Georgia earned the day’s $907 Boater Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 5-ounce bass.

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Lehtonen took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Nathan McClure of Hiawassee, Georgia earned the win in the Co-angler Division Sunday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 19 pounds, 6 ounces. McClure earned $3,181 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Nathan McClure of Hiawassee, Ga., 10 bass, 19-6, $3,181

            2nd:      Adam Tanner of Cleveland, Ga., 10 bass, 18-10, $1,591

            3rd:       Wendell Grantham of Athens, Ga., 10 bass, 17-13, $1,061

            4th:       Christopher Chavis of Guyton, Ga., nine bass, 17-5, $742

            5th:       Blake Wilson of Benton, Ark., 10 bass, 17-3, $636

            6th:       Wayne Hancock of Cumming, Ga., 10 bass, 16-15, $583

            7th:       Cody Coker of Comer, Ga., eight bass, 15-13, $530

            8th:       Brian Anthony of Pickens, S.C., 10 bass, 15-9, $677

            9th:       Gary Haraguchi of Phoenix, Ariz., nine bass, 15-7, $424

            10th:     Kevin Henderson of Honea Path, S.C., seven bass, 15-3, $371

Collin Cribb of Sumter, South Carolina, earned the event’s Co-angler Big Bass Award of $450 with a fish weighing in at 3 pounds, 7 ounces

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Hartwell was hosted by the Anderson Convention and Visitors Bureau and was the fifth and final qualifying event in the 2020 Savannah River Division.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Savannah River Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will advance to the Oct. 22-24 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, hosted by Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new 18-foot Phoenix bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held Nov. 11-13 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina and is hosted by Visit Anderson. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the FLW Series, the pathway to the FLW Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour, where top pros compete with no entry fees.

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Virginia’s Daves Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on James River

HENRICO, Va. (Oct. 12, 2020) Pro Chris Daves of Spring Grove, Virginia, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 50 pounds, 1 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship on the James River. For his victory, Daves earned $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic entry into the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship, June 3-5, at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee.

“We had extremely low tides the past few days, which put the fish off the bank and right where I like to fish,” said Daves, regarding the key to his victory.

“I fished drops on the lower end of James in the mouth of the Chickahominy River, at a depth of 4 to 5 feet, with a chartreuse-colored square-bill crankbait,” continued Daves. “I also caught several key fish on a ribbontail worm.”

Daves said he grew up fishing this river and Wards Creek.

“Fishing on your home lake, you normally get the local jinx, but this time it worked out for me, so it feels good,” said Daves.

The top six boaters that qualified for 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

            1st:       Chris Daves of Spring Grove, Va., 15 bass, 50-1, $60,000

            2nd:      Jason Burger of Bridgeton, N.J., 15 bass, 45-11, $10,000

            3rd:       Chris Baldwin of Lexington, N.C., 15 bass, 44-6, $5,200

            4th:       Keith Estes of Spring Grove, Va., 15 bass, 44-4, $3,000

            5th:       Jason Thomas of Lexington, N.C., 15 bass, 43-10, $2,500

            6th:       Chad Poteat of Mount Airy, N.C., 15 bass, 43-9, $1,800

Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:

            7th:       Chris Dover of Blacksburg, S.C., 15 bass, 41-11, $1,600

            8th:       Jason Barnes of Concord, N.C., 15 bass, 41-9, $1,400

            9th:       Cole Huskins of Gastonia, N.C., 15 bass, 40-9, $1,200

            10th:     Steve Colgin of Lanexa, Va., 15 bass, 40-1, $1,000

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Thomas took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

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Moo Bae of West Friendship, Maryland, weighed in 15 bass over three days totaling 35 pounds, 5 ounces to win the top co-angler prize package of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six co-anglers that qualified for the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

1st:       Moo Bae of West Friendship, Md., 15 bass, 35-5, $50,000, including Phoenix 819 Pro boat w/200-hp outboard

            2nd:      David Mills of Wirtz, Va., 15 bass, 33-11, $5,000

            3rd:       Rod Mackinnon of Middletown, N.Y., 14 bass, 30-3, $2,500

            4th:       Travis Garrett of Charlottesville, Va., 13 bass, 30-3, $1,500

            5th:       Terri Davis of Chilhowie, Va., 15 bass, 27-15, $1,000

            6th:       Robert Wedding of Welcome, Md., 11 bass, 25-12, $1,150

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

            7th:       Cody Lewis of Ooltewah, Tenn., nine bass, 22-2, $800

            8th:       Nick Coker of Knoxville, Tenn., 13 bass, 21-12, $700

            9th:       Bradley Smith of Cherryville, N.C. 14 bass, 21-3, $600

            10th:     Gregory Chuhta of Germantown, Md., 12 bass, 20-11, $500

The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship on the James River was hosted by Richmond Region Tourism. It featured the top pros and co-anglers from the North Carolina, Northeast, Shenandoah and Volunteer divisions.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held June 3-5 at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee, and is hosted by the Jefferson County Department of Tourism. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour.

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Tenn. Boggs Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga

DAYTON, Tenn. (Oct. 12, 2020) Boater Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tennessee, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 40 pounds, 11 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at Lake Chickamauga. For his victory, Boggs earned $61,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic entry into the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship, June 3-5, at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee.

“This is my first time in a long time to come out on top, and I’ve been trying hard,” said Boggs. “It’s been a grind with the drop in water levels, so I’m super excited with what I weighed in today.”

Boggs said he found his winning fish in the middle part of the lake, fishing shallow, throwing a swimbait, buzzbait and a squarebill crankbait.

“I was fishing water that hadn’t been fished and getting to places other people hadn’t been to – I think that made the biggest difference,” continued Boggs. “I’m so excited – this will be my third All-American tournament to compete in and I can’t wait,” said Boggs.

The top six boaters that qualified for 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

            1st:       Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tenn., 15 bass, 40-11, $61,000

            2nd:      Blake Tomlin of Greenville, Ga., 13 bass, 37-9, $10,000

            3rd:       Jason Nixon of Wetumpka, Ala., 13 bass, 37-2, $5,000

            4th:       Brent Butler of Vonore, Tenn., 14 bass, 35-12, $3,000

            5th:       Lloyd Pickett, Jr., of Bartlett, Tenn., 14 bass, 35-0, $2,000

            6th:       Christopher Thomas of Birmingham, Ala., 14 bass, 34-7, $1,800

Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:

            7th:       Jeff Cannon of Douglasville, Ga., 14 bass, 33-15, $1,600

            8th:       Mike Quinlin of Mooresville, Ind., 14 bass, 33-2, $1,900

            9th:       Vernon Lowe of Oneida, Tenn., 14 bass, 32-11, $1,200

            10th:     David Wootton of Collierville, Tenn., 10 bass, 30-10, $1,000

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

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Quinlin took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Samuel Lemons of Vonore, Tennessee, weighed in 10 bass over three days totaling 32 pounds, 5 ounces to win the top co-angler prize package of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six co-anglers that qualified for the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

1st:       Samuel Lemons of Vonore, Tenn., 32-5, 10 bass, $50,000

            2nd:      Brent Clark of Bowling Green, Ky., 11 bass, 21-4, $5,000

            3rd:       Curtis Cline of Lafayette, Tenn., 10 bass, 19-1, $2,500

            4th:       Keith Whipple of Iuka, Miss., eight bass, 18-8, $1,500

            5th:       Allen Neal of Whitley City, Ky., seven bass, 17-13, $1,000

            6th:       Michael Petras of Biloxi, Miss., seven bass, 17-11, $900

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

            7th:       Dennis Taylor of Murray, Ky., eight bass, 15-10, $800

            8th:       Nathan Martin of Golden, Miss., five bass, 15-0, $700

            9th:       Jojo Walsh of Lyles, Tenn., four bass, 13-13, $600

            10th:     Josh Allen of Salem, Ala., six bass, 13-6, $500

The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga was hosted by the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council. It featured the top pros and co-anglers from the Bama (Alabama), LBL (Kentucky), Mississippi, and Mountain (Kentucky-Tennessee) divisions.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held June 3-5 at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee, and is hosted by the Jefferson County Department of Tourism. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour.

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Arizona’s Au Wins Toyota Series Western Division Finale at Clear Lake

CLEARLAKE, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2020) – Pro Tai Au of Glendale, Arizona, crossed the stage with a five-bass limit Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 26 pounds, 4 ounces, to vault to the top of the leaderboard and win the three-day Toyota Series at Clear Lake tournament in Clearlake, California. Au’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 63-3 earned him the win by a 5-pound, 4-ounce margin and earned him the top payout of $24,635 in the third and final tournament of the 2020 Toyota Series Western Division.

Au also won the Western Division season opener on Lake Havasu in his home state back in March.

“I’m shocked that I won,” Au said on stage. “It’s also a little emotional for me because this might be my last Western Division event for a while. I’m planning to go back east and fish the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit next year and make my dream a reality.”

“I just got a brand new boat and this week was the first time putting it in the water,” Au said. “I spent time breaking in the motor and getting my Lowrance units rigged up. On the third day of practice, I broke one off on a Neko Rig and then caught a 5-pounder in one area and that gave me the confidence to start there during the tournament.”

The area he found ended up being the winning area and he plied it for three straight days on the way to victory. Au described the area as a rounded point inside a pocket adjacent to a long flat. He fished in the mid-lake area and the spot had clean water and grass.

The first day, Au relied on a Neko-rigged 5-inch Yamamoto Senko in the watermelon red color on a size 1 Decoy hook. He ended the day with 17 pounds, 8 ounces and found himself in 13th place.

On the second day, Au returned to the same area. He caught one immediately, but the bite went cold after that.

“I knew they were still there because I could see them on my Lowrance units,” Au said. “They were just nipping at the Neko Rig and I knew I had to change it up to get them to react. I started throwing a Lucky Craft LV 500 in ghost minnow and chartreuse shad and figured out the cadence they wanted.”

Once he figured out how to fish the bait in his area, his catches went way up as he brought in 19-7 on the second day.

“The key was to rip it as hard as I could to get them to react,” he said. “I sat in one spot and made repeated casts to the same place. If you could get the school to fire up, you could catch four or five in a row.”

Saturday, he returned to his magic area and worked it all day long on his way to the win.

“I parked in that same spot for three straight days,” Au says. “It was a highway for fish coming in and out along the grass.”

He fished the lipless baits on two different setups, depending on the thickness of the grass. A 7-foot, 4-inch heavy Fitzgerald Bryan Thrift Signature Series cranking rod on the outside edges of the grass and a 7-foot, 6-inch medium-heavy Fitzgerald Stunner HD Series rod on the inside grass line. He fished both on Daiwa Tatula 100 reels spooled with 20-pound fluorocarbon.

The top 10 pros on Clear Lake finished:

            1st:       Tai Au of Glendale, Ariz., 15 bass, 63-3, $24,635

            2nd:      Tom White of Costa Mesa, Calif., 15 bass, 57-15, $9,613

            3rd:       Jared Linter of Arroyo Grande, Calif., 15 bass, 54-14, $7,390

            4th:       Justin Kerr of Simi Valley, Calif., 15 bass, 54-9, $6,159

            5th:       Todd Kline of San Clemente, Calif., 15 bass, 53-5, $5,543

            6th:       John Pearl of Upper Lake, Calif., 15 bass, 51-6, $4,927

            7th:       Sergio Arguello of North Hollywood, Calif., 15 bass, 50-6, $4,378

            8th:       Jordan Collom of Canyon Lake, Calif., 15 bass, 49-7, $3,695

            9th:       Wade Curtiss of Eagle, Idaho, 15 bass, 49-6, $4,079

            10th:     Phillip Dutra of Concord, Calif., 15 bass, 47-4, $2,463

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

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Curtiss took home an extra $1,000 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $35,000 per event in each Toyota Series tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Blaine Christiansen of San Jose, California, won the Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 50 pounds, 1 ounce. Christiansen took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard motor.

The top 10 co-anglers on Clear Lake finished:

            1st:       Blaine Christiansen of San Jose, Calif., 15 bass, 50-1, Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat w/115-hp outboard

            2nd:      Jeff Hodges of Grover Beach, Calif., 15 bass, 48-1, $3,209

            3rd:       Travis Avery of Mount Vernon, Wash., 15 bass, 46-11, $2,567

            4th:       Jack Farage of Discovery Bay, Calif., 15 bass, 45-10, $2,246

            5th:       Bruce Harris of Oakdale, Calif., 15 bass, 44-15, $1,926

            6th:       Jesse Parks of Avondale, Ariz., 15 bass, 42-2, $1,605

            7th:       Larry Rogers of Riverside, Calif., 15 bass, 40-2, $1,284

            8th:       Scott Bern of San Rafael, Calif., 15 bass, 39-12, $1,123

            9th:       Zack Eggleston of Goleta, Calif., 15 bass, 38-14, $963

            10th:     Ilya Guryanov of West Sacramento, Calif., 15 bass, 35-14, $847

The Toyota Series at Clear Lake was the third and final regular-season tournaments in 2020 for Western Division anglers. The next event for Toyota Series anglers will take place Oct. 1-3 – the Toyota Series at Lake Norman in Huntersville, North Carolina. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

The 2020 Toyota Series consists of eight divisions – Central, Eastern, Northern, Plains, Southeastern, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International division. Anglers who fish all three qualifiers in any of the eight divisions and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 cash, including a $35,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus for qualified anglers. The winning co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard. The 2020 Toyota Series Championship will be held Dec. 3-5 on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky, and is hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission.

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Tenn’s Tramel Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Old Hickory Lake

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GALLATIN, Tenn. (Sept. 21, 2020) – Boater Josh Tramel of Smithville, Tennessee, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale this weekend weighing 34 pounds, 5 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Music City Division Super-Tournament at Old Hickory Lake. Tramel earned a total of $5,540 for his victory.

The tournament was the fifth and final event in the Music City Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.

“I had two spectacular days and caught them mostly a schooling spot,” said Tramel, who earned his seventh career victory in FLW competition. “Saturday was real crazy, but Sunday was kind of a struggle. I was catching them on topwater baits, a squarebill crankbait, and I caught a couple of really good ones on a worm on a few deep holes. But the majority came on the squarebill and topwater.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Josh Tramel of Smithville, Tenn., 10 bass, 34-5, $5,540

            2nd:      Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tenn., 10 bass, 23-10, $2,270

            3rd:       Tony Eckler of Lebanon, Tenn., 10 bass, 22-6, $1,515

            4th:       Daniel Johnson of Lebanon, Tenn., nine bass, 19-12, $1,059

            5th:       Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tenn., 10 bass, 19-11, $1,408

            6th:       Preston Henson of College Grove, Tenn., 10 bass, 19-10, $832

            7th:       Matt Stanley of Alexandria, Tenn., seven bass, 18-6, $757

            8th:       Jason Dies of Lebanon, Tenn., eight bass, 18-3, $681

            9th:       Jayson Johnson of Smithville, Tenn., eight bass, 16-7, $605

            10th:     Josh Womack of Gallatin, Tenn., eight bass, 15-14, $530

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Clabion Johns of Social Circle, Georgia, brought a 4-pound, 15-ounce bass to the scale to win the Boater Big Bass award of $532.

Wagner took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Dakota Cantrell of Decherd, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $2,270 Sunday after catching a two-day total of six bass weighing 13 pounds, 3 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Dakota Cantrell of Decherd, Tenn., six bass, 13-3, $2,270

            2nd:      Curtis Cline of LaFayette, Tenn., six bass, 12-8, $1,135

            3rd:       Brian Reed of Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 11-6, $757

            4th:       Jared Kutil of Beaufort, S.C., four bass, 11-5, $1,246

            5th:       Ryan Mealer of Spring Hill, Tenn., six bass, 9-13, $454

            6th:       Abbie Greynolds, Liberty, Ky., five bass, 9-3, $416

            7th:       Teddy Baggett of Nashville, Tenn., four bass, 9-3, $378

            8th:       Pauley Pitcher of Huntsville, Ala., five bass, 9-2, $341

            9th:       Dustin Forrest of Knob Lick, Ky., five bass, 9-1, $303

            10th:     Kenny Botts of Alvaton, Ky., five bass, 8-9, $265

Kutil caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the Co-angler Big Bass award and added $266 to his winnings.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Super-Tournament on Old Hickory Lake was hosted by Sumner County Tourism.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Music City Division presented by A.R.E. based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 22-24 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, hosted by the Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new 18-foot Phoenix bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held Nov. 11-13 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina and is hosted by Visit Anderson. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the FLW Series, the pathway to the FLW Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour, where top pros compete with no entry fees.

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Alabama’s Butler Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event presented by Fish-Intel on Lake Guntersville

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (Aug. 31, 2020) – Boater Josh Butler of Hayden, Alabama, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale this weekend weighing 32 pounds, 3 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Choo Choo Division Super-Tournament at Lake Guntersville presented by Fish-Intel. Butler earned a total of $15,533 for his victory, including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency award.

“Of the 10 fish that I weighed in, I caught them on probably six different baits,” said Butler, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “I had a smorgasbord. I caught them on a crankbait, a spoon, a drop-shot rig, a shaky-head rig and a swimbait. Total junk fishing.”

Butler said that he fished down-lake, covering 8 to 10 different spots from the State Park down to the dam.

“I caught them all out deep, 18 to 25 foot,” Butler said. “That’s how I love to fish – I live and die out deep.  I’ve been so close in the past – a couple of top-3 finishes, a bunch of top-5s, so I’m so glad to finally get the monkey off my back and earn a win.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Josh Butler of Hayden, Ala., 10 bass, 32-3, $15,533

            2nd:      Rusty Cooper of Gurley, Ala., 10 bass, 31-13, $3,766

            3rd:       Jay Fagan of Lebanon, Tenn., 10 bass, 30-14, $2,510

            4th:       Kyle Pridgen of Panama City, Fla., 10 bass, 30-6, $1,758

            5th:       Ryan Salzman of Huntsville, Ala., 10 bass, 29-12, $2,669

            6th:       Jordan Wiggins of Cullman, Ala., 10 bass, 29-11, $1,381

            7th:       Ethan Franklin of Empire, Ala., nine bass, 29-9, $1,255

            8th:       Derek Remitz of Grant, Ala., 10 bass, 28-5, $1,130

            9th:       Jim Leary of Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 28-4, $1,004

            10th:     Jeff Cannon of Douglasville, Ga., 10 bass, 27-14, $879

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Salzman brought a 7-pound, 10-ounce largemouth bass to the scale to win the Boater Big Bass award of $1,162.

Butler took home an extra $7,000 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

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Benjamin Fouts of Morehead, Kentucky, won the Co-angler Division and $3,766 Saturday after catching a two-day total of nine bass weighing 23 pounds, 10 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Benjamin Fouts of Morehead, Ky., nine bass, 23-10, $3,766

            2nd:      Hayden O’Barr of Gurley, Ala., 10 bass, 21-10, $2,383

            3rd:       Luke Mason of Somerville, Ala., eight bass, 21-9, $1,255

            4th:       Bryce Morrison of Collierville, Tenn., seven bass, 20-9, $879

            5th:       Gage Tankersley of Dayton, Tenn., eight bass, 19-8, $753

            6th:       Robert Barnett of Flintstone, Ga., eight bass, 18-11, $691

            7th:       Reese Petitti of Birmingham, Ala., seven bass, 17-10, $628

            8th:       Kevin Lankford of Hollywood, Ala., seven bass, 17-2, $565

            9th:       Jake Stines of Plant City, Fla., seven bass, 15-15, $502

            10th:     Randy Hill of Athens, Ala., seven bass, 15-12, $439

Jon Lawson of Cartersville, Georgia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him the Co-angler Big Bass award and added $581 to his winnings.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Super-Tournament on Lake Guntersville presented by Fish-Intel was hosted by the Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was the fifth and final qualifying event in the 2020 Choo Choo Division.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Choo Choo Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will advance to the Oct. 16-18 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Cherokee in Jefferson City, Tennessee, hosted by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new 18-foot Phoenix bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held April 30 through May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina and is hosted by Visit Anderson. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the FLW Series, the pathway to the FLW Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour, where top pros compete with no entry fees.

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New York’s Leadbeater Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Chesapeake Bay

NORTH EAST, Md. (Aug. 31, 2020) Boater Richard Leadbeater of Haddon Heights, New York, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 32 pounds, 10 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Northeast Division Super-Tournament at the Chesapeake Bay. For his victory, Leadbeater earned $4,122 for his efforts.

“I’m so pumped – this feels unreal,” said Leadbetter, who was fishing in his first career event as a BFL boater. “I was fishing on the south end of a big grass flat, for the most part. I also mixed in a little bit of backwater fishing.

“Timing the tide was really the key,” Leadbetter continued. “I made some good adjustments throughout the day – knowing when the time was right to get out of certain areas and into others.”

Leadbetter said that he caught his fish on a Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jack Hammer and a War Eagle spinnerbait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Richard Leadbeater of Haddon Heights, N.Y, 10 bass, 32-10, $4,122

            2nd:      Zachary Page of Smyrna, Del., 10 bass, 24-4, $2,061

            3rd:       Harry Nurk of Elkton, Md., eight bass, 24-2, $1,374

            4th:       Luke Shrader of Barrington, N.J., 10 bass, 23-3, $962

            5th:       Marcus Griffin of Northeast, Md., seven bass, 19-0, $824

            6th:       Anthony Cicero III of Elizabethtown, Pa., seven bass, 18-15, $756

            7th:       Steven Wiseman of Bryans Road, Md., seven bass, 18-13, $687

            8th:       Barton Wines of Marshall, Va., seven bass, 18-8, $618

            9th:       Al Fiorille of Mount Airy, Md., nine bass, 18-1, $550

            10th:     Ryan Bauman of Fleetwood, Pa., six bass, 18-0, $938

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Bauman earned the day’s $457 Boater Big Bass award with a 6-pound, 1-ounce bass.

Joseph Thompson of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Moo Bae of West Friendship, Maryland, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a two-day total of six bass weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces. Bae earned $2,061 for his victory.

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The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Moo Bae of West Friendship, Md., six bass, 15-8, $2,061

            2nd:      Henry McKee of Haddon Heights, N.J., six bass, 14-10, $1,260

            3rd:       Adam Simpson of Gaithersburg, Md., four bass, 10-7, $686

            4th:       Tim Nichols of Pittsgrove, N.J., four bass, 9-9, $481

            5th:       Kenny Ibberson of Lindenwold, N.J., three bass, 8-7, $412

            6th:       Travis Miller of Colchester, Conn., two bass, 7-3, $578

            7th:       Chris Sanno of Landisburg, Pa., two bass, 6-4, $344

            8th:       Chad McDonald of Berkeley Springs, W. Va., three bass, 6-0, $309

            9th:       Fred Serge of Lamberville, N.J., two bass, 5-4, $275

            10th:     Aaron Wilkie of North Bennington, Vt., two bass, 4-7, $740

McKee earned the event’s Co-angler Big Bass Award of $229 with, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds even.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Chesapeake Bay was the fifth and final qualifying event in the 2020 Northeast Division.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Northeast Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will advance to the Oct. 8-10 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Virginia, hosted by Richmond Region Tourism. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new 18-foot Phoenix bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held Nov. 11-13 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina and is hosted by Visit Anderson. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the FLW Series, the pathway to the FLW Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour, where top pros compete with no entry fees.

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