Honnerlaw Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Lake Okeechobee

Moore Haven Angler Wins Weather-Shortened Super Tournament. Earns $6,817

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2020) Boater Bryan Honnerlaw of Moore Haven, Florida, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 22 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Gator Division Super-Tournament at Lake Okeechobee. For his victory, Honnerlaw earned $6,817.

The tournament was the fifth and final event in the 2020 Gator Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps. Originally scheduled for two days, competition was canceled on Saturday due to Hurricane Sally.

“This win feels great, especially with how the day started,” said Honnerlaw. “I only had two fish by noon and was pretty upset around 12:30. The worst thing that can happen to you in a tournament is to get spun out, but I stayed positive and feel very blessed.”

Honnerlaw said the key to his victory was running to the river and letting himself calm down.

“After fishing a few places and getting little to no bites, I ran back to the river and fished a ledge with a Gambler Power Ned with a Gambler Fat Ace,” Honnerlaw continued. “I caught three big ones in a row before my co-angler caught a few good ones. Then I picked up a crankbait and caught another big one to finish out the day.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Bryan Honnerlaw of Moore Haven, Fla., five bass, 22-9, $6,817

            2nd:      Doug Vest of Okeechobee, Fla., five bass, 22-2, $2,909

            3rd:       Brian Divito of Seminole, Fla., five bass, 19-9, $1,939

            4th:       Mitchell Liss of Grand Island, Fla., five bass, 19-2, $2,629

            5th:       Mark Lundgren of Saint Cloud, Fla., five bass, 18-3, $1,163

            6th:       Steve Boogie Brown of Altamonte Springs, Fla., five bass, 18-2, $1,066

            7th:       Gary Milicevic of Labelle, Fla., five bass, 18-2, $970

            8th:       Ron Veale of Okeechobee, Fla., five bass, 17-12, $873

            9th:       Justin Morgan of Okeechobee, Fla., five bass, 17-12, $776

            10th:     Chris Crow of Lake Placid, Fla., five bass, 17-2, $679

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Liss earned the day’s $772 Boater Big Bass award with a 7-pound, 10-ounce bass.

Liss also 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.

Andrew Pulliam of Spring Hill, Florida, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Sunday after five bass weighing 17 pounds, 11 ounces. Pulliam earned $2,909 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Andrew Pulliam of Spring Hill, Fla., five bass, 17-11, $2,909

            2nd:      Austin Baskette of Leesburg, Fla. five bass, 17-11, $1,454

            3rd:       Justin Brown of Frostproof, Fla., five bass, 16-0, $1,170

            4th:       Kenneth Hunnicutt of Jacksonville, Fla., five bass, 15-8, $679

            5th:       Theron Asbery of Longwood, Fla., five bass, 15-2, $968

            6th:       Nihad Basic of Saint Petersburg, Fla., five bass, 14-11, $533

            7th:       J.P. Sims of Port St. Lucie, Fla., five bass, 13-12, $485

            8th:       Doug Back of Monticello, Fla., five bass, 13-11, $436

            9th:       Ernie Thompson of Anthony, Fla., five bass, 13-11, $388

            10th:     Aaron Gengler of Lakeland, Fla., five bass, 13-6, $339

Asbery earned the event’s Co-angler Big Bass Award of $386 with a fish weighing in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Gator Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps, 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 Okeechobee County Tourist & Development Council. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 


Andalusia’s Smith Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event at Lake Eufaula

Co-angler Victory Goes to Trion’s Brown

EUFAULA, Ala. (Sept. 14, 2020) Boater Michael M. Smith of Andalusia, Alabama brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 40 pounds, 4 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Bama Division Super-Tournament at Lake Eufaula. For his victory, Smith earned $6,329.

“The key to this win was running as many places as I could where I had found big fish over the past couple months,” said Smith. “I probably pulled the trolling motor up more than fifty times today and the key was to just keep moving.

“Almost every fish I caught this weekend was on the first or second cast on a spot, so if I’d made five casts and hadn’t caught one, I’d move somewhere else,” Smith continued. “I spent a lot of time practicing up here and finding as many places as I could and it certainly paid off.”

Smith said this was his third BFL win and he was excited to get a win on one of his home lakes.

“Out deep I was cranking a 6th Sense C20 and C15 Crankbait in a custom color, so I had something a little different than anyone else on the lake,” Smith said. “I’ve run my Mercury outboard all over this place the past two days. Having great equipment definitely helps, as well as using products you’re confident in and trusting what you’ve got.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

1st:       Michael M. Smith of Andalusia, Ala, 10 bass, 40-4, $6,329

2nd:      Ryan Ingram of Phenix City, Ala., 10 bass, 32-14, $2,664

            3rd:       Dustin Wood of Eufaula, Ala., 10 bass, 32-13, $1,777

            4th:       Robert Werner of Spanish Fort, Ala., 10 bass, 31-3, $1,925

            5th:       Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Ala., 10 bass, 30-9, $1,066

            6th:       Clayton Batts of Butler, Ga., 10 bass, 29-0, $1,477

            7th:       Ashley Brasher of Clanton, Ala., eight bass, 26-14, $888

            8th:       Ethan Greene of Eufaula, Ala., 10 bass, 25-13, $799

            9th:       Scott Daughtry of Abbeville, Ala., 10 bass, 24-11, $710

            10th:     Guy Jordan of Gainesville, Ga., 10 bass, 24-1, $622

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Werner earned the day’s $682 Boater Big Bass award with a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass.

Batts 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.

Garrett Brown of Trion, Georgia earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a two-day total of eight bass weighing 20 pounds,11 ounces. Brown earned $2,658 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Garrett Brown of Trion, Ga., eight bass, 20-11, $2,658

            2nd:      Mark Denney of Perry, Ga., 10 bass, 20-10, $1,329

            3rd:       Charles Davis of Wetumpka, Ala., seven bass, 19-5, $886

            4th:       Michael Anderson of Newton, Ala., nine bass, 18-11, $620

5th:       Jacob Smith of Daleville, Ala., seven bass, 17-5, $532

            6th:       Christian Bladen of Dothan, Ala., nine bass, 16-2, $487

            7th:       Randy Hill of Athens, Ala., nine bass, 15-10, $443

            8th:       Randy Brooks of Dozier, Ala., eight bass, 15-2, $399

            9th:       Keith Lynch of River Falls, Ala., seven bass, 14-12, $354

            10th:     Keith Reynolds of Ozark, Ala., six bass, 13-9, $310

Girdner earned the event’s Co-angler Big Bass Award of $334 with a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Eufaula was the fifth and final qualifying event in the 2020 Bama Division.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Bama 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 Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee, hosted by Rhea Economic and Tourism Council. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Bethel Springs’ Amerson Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes

Co-angler Victory Goes to Paducah’s Dunn

BUCHANAN, Tenn. (Sept. 14, 2020) Boater Keith Amerson of Bethel Springs, Tennessee, brought a two-day total of six bass to the scale weighing 22 pounds, 7 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine LBL Division Super-Tournament at Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. For his victory, Amerson earned $5,376.

“I came into this event really confident,” said Amerson. “I feel like I’ve had an opportunity to win every event we’ve had this year, but it finally came together the past two days and I got the bites I needed for my first BFL win.

“I was dreading today because of the cloud cover, but I went to my first stop where I caught a 4-11 yesterday and ended up catching a five pounder and two more, which got me to my limit before 7:30 this morning,” Amerson continued. “That settled me down and allowed me to run my points and catch seven keepers throughout the rest of the day.”

Amerson said he was throwing a Strike King Rage Thumper Worm with a ½-ounce Strike King Tour Grade Tungsten Weight throughout most of the tournament.

“I’ve caught just about every bass I’ve weighed on that combination this year, just dragging it around on shallow bars and shallow humps,” said Amerson.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Keith Amerson of Bethel Springs, Tenn., six bass, 22-7, $5,376

            2nd:      Marty Sisk of Evansville, Ind., six bass, 20-9, $2,563

            3rd:       Bill Schroeder III of Benton, Ky., six bass, 19-12, $1,709

            4th:       Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tenn., six bass, 16-14, $1,196

            5th:       Ramie Colson, Jr. of Cadiz, Ky., six bass, 16-14, $1,025

            6th:       Jeff Johnston of Marion, Ark., four bass, 16-11, $1,570

            7th:       Edward Gettys of Paris, Tenn., six bass, 16-1, $1,354

            8th:       Ryan Kirkpatrick of Benton, Ky., six bass, 15-15, $769

            9th:       Billy Schroeder of Paducah, Ky., four bass, 14-2, $683

            10th:     Gary Singleton of Dickson, Tenn., four bass, 13-5, $598

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Johnston earned the day’s $630 Boater Big Bass award with a bass weighing in at 8-pounds even.

Gettys 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.

Wesley Dunn of Paducah, Kentucky, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a two-day total of five bass weighing 13 pounds, 7 ounces. Dunn earned $2,434 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Wesley Dunn of Paducah, Ky., five bass, 13-7, $2,434

            2nd:      Jeff Turner of Plainfield, Ill., five bass, 11-3, $1,217

            3rd:       Johnny Brantley of Medon, Tenn., four bass, 10-13, $813

            4th:       Frank Haysley of Louisville, Ky., four bass, 9-11, $568

5th:       Alan Brasher of Decaturville, Tenn., four bass, 9-10, $487

            6th:       Orville Gowen of Leitchfield, Ky., four bass, 9-6, $446

            7th:       Pat Rapp of Hawesville, Ky., four bass, 9-3, $606

            8th:       Jojo Walsh of Lyles, Tenn., three bass, 8-4, $365

            9th:       Chuck Ledbetter of Fort Campbell, Ky., two bass, 7-13, $617

            10th:     Dave Roberts of Indianapolis, Ind., two bass, 7-10, $284

Ledbetter earned the event’s Co-angler Big Bass Award of $292 with a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 7 ounces.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes was the fifth and final qualifying event in the 2020 LBL Division.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the LBL 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 Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, Tennessee, hosted by Henry County Tourism Authority. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Morgan Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Norman

Mooresville Angler Wins Third BFL North Carolina Division Event in 2020

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2020) – Boater Brian Morgan of Mooresville, North Carolina, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale this weekend weighing 24 pounds, 10 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine North Carolina Division Super-Tournament at Lake Norman. Morgan earned a total of $5,831 for his victory – his third win of the year in the North Carolina division.

“To be honest, I kind of want to cry right now,” said Morgan, who earned a total of $16,693 in Bass Fishing League tournaments this season. “I can’t even think straight. To win three in a year… unbelievable.”

Morgan said that his key bait throughout the weekend was a jig.

“I caught most of my fish on a jig, but I got my biggest one of the day Sunday on a buzzbait,” Morgan said. “I worked hard for this one. I spent almost three months planting brush piles.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Brian Morgan of Mooresville, N.C., 10 bass, 24-10, $5,831

            2nd:      Chris Baumgardner of Gastonia, N.C., 10 bass, 24-2, $3,702

            3rd:       Craig Chambers of Charlotte, N.C., 10 bass, 23-0, $1,945

            4th:       John Parker of Gaffney, S.C., 10 bass, 22-14, $1,361

            5th:       Maurice Freeze of Concord, N.C., 10 bass, 22-12, $1,166

            6th:       Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 22-10, $1,069

            7th:       Drew Montgomery of Maiden, N.C., nine bass, 22-7, $972

            8th:       Kyle Austin of Ridgeville, S.C., 10 bass, 21-12, $875

            9th:       Donald Poteat of Morganton, N.C., 10 bass, 21-10, $777

            10th:     Scott Hamrick of Denver, N.C., 10 bass, 21-3, $680

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Baumgardner brought a 4-pound, 1-ounce bass to the scale to win the Boater Big Bass award of $787.

Jake Monti of Mooresville, North Carolina, 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.

Hunter Harwell of Hickory, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $2,916 Sunday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 20 pounds, 2 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Hunter Harwell of Hickory, N.C., 10 bass, 20-2, $2,916

            2nd:      Carson Palmer of Richfield, N.C., nine bass, 16-4, $1,458

            3rd:       Dale Surrett of Midland, N.C., seven bass, 13-10, $971

            4th:       Willard Taylor of Newton, N.C., seven bass, 13-5, $680

            5th:       David Miller of China Grove, N.C., eight bass, 13-3, $583

            6th:       Logan Anderson of Catawba, N.C., seven bass, 13-0, $535

            7th:       David Deciucis of Chester, Va., eight bass, 12-5, $628

            8th:       Bryon Medeiros of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., four bass, 11-8, $565

            9th:       Steven Jacobs of Sanford, N.C., seven bass, 11-1, $502

            10th:     Artie Phillips of Monroe, N.C., six bass, 11-0, $439

Medeiros caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him the Co-angler Big Bass award and added $394 to his winnings.

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

Now, the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the North Carolina Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 8-10 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Mabelvale Boater Houchin Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Lake Hamilton

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Sept. 14, 2020) Boater Quincy Houchin of Mabelvale, Arkansas, brought a two-day total of nine bass to the scale weighing 23 pounds, 5 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Arkie Division Super-Tournament at Lake Hamilton. For his victory, Houchin earned $13,460, which includes the lucrative FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency payout.

“There were a lot of great anglers fishing this event with a vast amount of experience on this lake, so it feels good to pull out a win,” said Houchin. “I was in second place at the end of day one and was worried about being so close to a victory and losing it. That would have been a hard pill to swallow, but it come through.

“I started out yesterday with a (River2Sea) Whopper Plopper and covered a ton of water fishing shallow, windy points, rock and brown grass,” Houchin continued. “I actually lost my fifth fish several times Sunday, but finished strong to bring home the fifth BFL win in my career.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

1st:       Quincy Houchin of Mabelvale, Ark., nine bass, 23-5, $13,460

2nd:      Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, Ark., 10 bass, 21-14, $3,442

3rd:       Adam Wright of Benton, Ark., 10 bass, 21-8, $1,820

4th:       Evan Barnes of Hot Springs, Ark. 10 bass, 21-2, $1,274

5th:       Brian Bean of Hot Springs, Ark. 10 bass, 20-4, $1,092

            6th:       Kevin Brown of Hot Springs, Ark., 10 bass, 18-10, $1,001

            7th:       Carl Cole of Little Rock, Ark., 10 bass, 18-5, $910

            8th:       Josh Ray of Alexander, Ark., 10 bass, 16-12, $819

            9th:       Chris Layton of North Little Rock, Ark., nine bass, 15-11, $728

            10th:     Bill Hughan of Little Rock, Ark., 10 bass, 15-9, $637

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Shuffield earned the day’s $712 Boater Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 1-ounce bass.

Houchin 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.

David Dam of Maumelle, Arkansas, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Sunday after catching a two-day total of eight bass weighing 16 pounds, 15 ounces. Dam earned $2,730 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       David Dam of Maumelle, Ark., eight bass, 16-15, $2,730

            2nd:      John McCullar of Benton, Ark., six bass, 12-12, $1,721

3rd:       Ethan Sutton of Hot Springs, Ark., six bass,  12-12, $909

            4th:       Ron Knight of Hot Springs, Ark., seven bass, 10-7, $637

            5th:       Matt Russell of Prairie Grove, Ark., eight bass, 10-7, $546

            6th:       Chris Cusick of Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 10-3, $501

            7th:       Zachary Morrow of Lonsdale, Ark., eight bass, 9-8, $455

            8th:       Josh Castleberry of Jessieville, Ark., seven bass, 8-13, $410

            9th:       Melinda Hays of Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 7-14, $364

            10th:     Dakota Scott of Benton, Ark., seven bass, 7-3, $319

McCullar earned the event’s Co-angler Big Bass Award of $356 with a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 6 ounces.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Hamilton was the fifth and final qualifying event in the 2020 Arkie Division.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Arkie 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 Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, hosted by Explore Branson. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 


Freeburg’s Dickneite Earns Victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks

WARSAW, Mo. (Sept. 14, 2020) – Boater Andre Dickneite of Freeburg, Missouri, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 18 pounds, 7 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on Lake of the Ozarks in Warsaw, Missouri. For his victory, Dickneite earned a total of $3,794.

The tournament was the fourth of five events in the Ozark Division presented by Tournament Anglers Group (TAG).

“My wife let me go fishing a few weeks ago on Labor Day, and on that trip I found the docks that I caught them off of today,” said Dickneite, who earned his fourth career tournament win in FLW competition. “I caught them on two different jigs. I have one combination that I use in dirty water, and one combination for cleaner water.”

With more big tournaments upcoming, including two Toyota Series events at Lake Dardanelle and Lake of the Ozarks in the next month, Dickneite declined to divulge the specifics of his jig.

“I caught all of my fish flipping,” Dickneite said. “I had to have the wind, I had to have shade and I had to have shad. The color of the jig is the whole key.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Andre Dickneite of Freeburg, Mo., five bass, 18-7, $3,794

            2nd:      Adam Boehle of Warrenton, Mo., five bass, 17-10, $1,897

            3rd:       Bob Bueltmann of Osage Beach, Mo., four bass, 17-1, $1,760

            4th:       Chris Aswegan of Tiffin, Iowa, five bass, 16-12, $822

            4th:       Kyle Alsop of Overland Park, Kan., five bass, 16-12, $1,322

            6th:       Chad Deaver of Russellville, Mo., five bass, 15-4, $696

            7th:       Jacob Welch of Jefferson City, Mo., five bass, 15-3, $632

            8th:       Mike Malone of Lake Ozark, Mo., five bass, 14-12, $569

            9th:       Jason Rhyne of Foristell, Mo., five bass, 14-7, $506

            10th:     Andy Newcomb of Camdenton, Mo., five bass, 14-0, $443

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Bueltmann caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces to earn the day’s $495 Boater Big Bass award.

Alsop 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.

Walter Hammond of Lees Summit, Missouri, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Sunday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces. Hammond earned $1,897 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Walter Hammond of Lees Summit, Mo., five bass, 12-10, $1,897

            2nd:      Michael Clark of Richland, Mo., four bass, 11-7, $949

            3rd:       Bryan Plyter of Greeley, Colo., four bass, 9-4, $633

            4th:       David Rice of Galena, Mo., four bass, 9-0, $411

            4th:       Dennis Young of Olathe, Kan., three bass, 9-0, $411

            6th:       Zach Wilson of Kansas City, Kan., five bass, 7-9, $348

            7th:       Ed Lawrence of Florissant, Mo., two bass, 7-4, $316

            8th:       Shawn Kemper of Iberia, Mo., two bass, 6-2, $269

            8th:       Troy Ladehoff of Kansas City, Mo., three bass, 6-2, $519

            10th:     Paul Davis of Battlefield, Mo., two bass, 5-15, $210

            10th:     Jeremy Fiedler of Sullivan, Mo., three bass, 5-15, $210

Mark Landis of Ballwin, Missouri, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $247.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Ozark Division presented by TAG, based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 15-17 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, hosted by Explore La Crosse. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 


Shelbyville’s Martha Layne Collins High School Wins FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Ohio River Open

PADUCAH, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2020) – Shelbyville’s Martha Layne Collins High School duo of Johnathan Brian and Evan Hellman brought three bass to the scale Saturday weighing 7 pounds even to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Ohio River Open in Paducah, Kentucky.

For their win on the Ohio River, the team now advances to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship.

The top two teams that qualified for the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship are:

  1st:    Martha Layne Collins High School, Shelbyville, Ky. – Johnathan Brian and Evan Hellmann, three bass, 7-0

  2nd:   Estill County High School, Irvine, Ky. – Brandon Vanderpool and Summer Evans, two bass, 5-7

Rounding out the top 10 were:

  3rd:    Calloway County High School, Murray, Ky. – Landon Morgan and Ross Kearns, two bass, 4-14

  4th:    Ohio County High School, Hartford, Ky. – Carson Fitzgerald and Clayton Cruze, one bass, 4-8

  5th:    West Tennessee Home Education Association – Caleb Griffin and Bryson Bailey, two bass, 4-1

  6th:    East Prairie High School, East Prairie, Mo. – Jase Archie and Sam Small, two bass, 3-11

  7th:    Bag 5 Bassin’. – Blake Schuster and Charlie Remmers, both of Roanoke, Ill., one bass, 3-7

  8th:    Bag 5 Bassin’– Brock Sauder, Carlock, Ill., and Brayden Blunier, Roanoke, Ill., two bass, 3-3

  9th:    McCracken County High School, Paducah, Ky. – Dalton Skinner and Harley Valerius, one bass, 2-11

  10th:  East Prairie High School, East Prairie, Mo – Mark Bixler and Coy Small, one bass, 2-9

Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Ohio River Open in Paducah, Kentucky, was a free, two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12 and open to any FLW and Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships will advance to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2021 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. More than $2.8 million in scholarships and prizes were offered at the 2020 World Finals.

Full schedules and the latest announcements are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.com.


Western Illinois University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Ohio River

PADUCAH, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2020) – The Western Illinois University team of Hunter Litchfield of Macomb, Illinois, and Hunter Imhof of Wilmington, Illinois, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at the Ohio River event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces. The victory earned the Western Illinois bass club $2,000 and qualified them to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship.

The Leathernecks duo won by an 8-ounce margin over the second-place team of Luke Ripple and Blake Albertson from Murray State University, who weighed in four bass totaling 7 pounds, 6 ounces. The tournament launched from the Ohio River Ramp in Paducah, Kentucky.

The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2021 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st:       Western Illinois University – Hunter Litchfield, Macomb, Ill., and Hunter Imhof, Wilmington, Ill., five bass, 7-14, $2,000

2nd:      Murray State University – Luke Ripple, Murray, Ky., and Blake Albertson, Bloomington, Ind., four bass, 7-6, $1,000

3rd:       Eastern Kentucky University – Chris LeMaster, Argillite, Ky., and Chase Terry, Whitley City, Ky., three bass, 6-14, $500

4th:       University of Illinois – Robbie Schmidt, Tolono, Ill., and Tyson Stork, Strawn, Ill., four bass, 6-5, $500

5th:       University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – Neal Wisinski, Stevens Point, Wis., and Jesse Pliska of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., four bass, 6-5, $500

6th:       University of Central Missouri – Tyler Bartlett, Lees Summit, Mo., and Tad Deatherage, Concordia, Mo., five bass, 5-9

7th:       McKendree University – Parker Domschke, Bolingbrook, Ill., and Ethan Jones, Sparta, Wis., three bass, 5-8

8th:       Murray State University – Zachary Martin, Murray, Ky, and Harbor Lovin, Fayetteville, Ohio, three bass, 5-4

9th:       Murray State University – Dalton Kelly, Keenes, Ill., and Jacob Autry, Beaver Dam, Ky., three bass, 4-9

10th:     Western Illinois University – Brandon Briscoe, McHenry, Ill., and John Ott Jr., Lindenhurst, Ill., three bass, 4-6

Complete results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI event on the Ohio River was the third and final regular-season qualifying tournament for Central Conference anglers. The next event for College Fishing anglers will be this week, Sept. 16 – the Abu Garcia College Fishing OPEN presented by YETI event at Kentucky and Barkley lakes in Gilbertsville, Kentucky.

Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI teams compete in regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Major League Fishing, FLW Announce 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Schedule

BENTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) and FLW announced today the 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit schedule, kicking off February 11 at Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida, and wrapping up August 1 at the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York.

The 26th season of FLW’s top professional circuit will feature six regular-season tournaments showcasing the best 150 anglers in the world competing for as much as $135,000 in a five-biggest-fish format on top bass fisheries at peak times. The 2021 season culminates with the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE presented by Toyota, where the top 50 pros will compete for as much as $235,000 in a catch, weigh, immediate-release format.

2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Schedule:

  • Feb. 11-14                  Lake Okeechobee      Clewiston, Fla.
    Hosted by Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort and the Hendry County Tourism Development Council
  • March 11-14              Smith Lake                Cullman, Ala.
    Hosted by Cullman Area Local Organizing Committee
  • April 22-25                 Lake Murray             Columbia, S.C.
    Hosted by Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board
  • May 13-16                  Lake Eufaula             Eufaula, Ala.
    Hosted by Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce
  • June 17-20                  Potomac River           Marbury, Md.
    Hosted by Charles County Board of Commissioners
  • July 29-Aug. 1           St. Lawrence River   Massena, N.Y.
    Hosted by the Town of Massena
  • Aug. 17-22                  Tackle Warehouse TITLE presented by Toyota - TBA

Payouts for 2021 remain the same as 2020 qualifying events and the 2020 TITLE, but entry fees for qualified pros have been reduced by $10,000 to $30,000 for the season.

“We are thrilled to offer our top pros an exciting 2021 schedule with the sport’s largest payouts for a new lower entry fee,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW Executive Vice President and General Manager. “With one less qualifier, pros will have less time on the road and the ability to fish a complimentary Toyota Series division to qualify for a second championship that pays as much as $235,000 to the winner.”

Complete payout details are listed below.

 

2021 Payouts:

 

Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Qualifiers:

Place                                                   Pro      FLW Phoenix Bonus*                      

1                                                 $100,000                             $35,000

2                                                     30,000

3                                                     25,000

4                                                     20,000

5                                                     19,000

6                                                     18,000

7                                                     17,000

8                                                     16,000

9                                                     15,000

10                                                   14,000

11-20                                              11,000

21-30                                              10,500

31-50                                              10,000

51-60                                                5,500

61-75                                                5,000

Berkley Big Bass – Day 1 & 2          500

Tackle Warehouse TITLE presented by Toyota:

Place                                                   Pro      FLW Phoenix Bonus*             

1                                                $200,000                             $35,000

2                                                    50,000

3                                                    30,000

4                                                    25,000

5                                                    19,000

6                                                    18,000

7                                                     17,000

8                                                     16,000

9                                                    15,000

10                                                  14,000

11-20                                             11,000

21-30                                             10,500

31-50                                             10,000

Berkley Big Bass – Round 1 A/B     500

Payback is based on the number of paid entries in qualifiers.

 

* FLW Phoenix Bonus listed is based on 2020 awards. Final 2021 FLW Phoenix Bonus payouts will be set by Phoenix Boats.

 

Angler of the Year         

The top pro from the point standings after six Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit qualifiers (ties resolved by total weight) wins the 2021 Angler of the Year award and entry fees for the following season.

 

Polaris Rookie of the Year:

The top pro from the point standings after six Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit qualifiers (ties resolved by total weight) who has never fished a Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit (or FLW Tour Major), Bass Pro Tour or B.A.S.S. Elite Series tournament as a pro before the 2021 season wins the 2021 Rookie of the Year award and a new Polaris Ranger 1000.

Each Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit tournament features live on-the-water coverage plus television coverage on the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

 


Major League Fishing, FLW Announce 2021 Toyota Series Schedule

BENTON, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) and FLW announced today the 2021 Toyota Series schedule, highlighted by a smaller Championship field while continuing to offer a $200,000 first-place payout and $10,000 bonuses to the highest-finishing pro from each division.

Anglers who finish in the top 25 in each division’s Angler of the Year (AOY) standings will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Championship for a shot at winning $200,000 cash, plus lucrative contingency bonuses like the $35,000 FLW Phoenix bonus offered this season. The winning co-angler at the championship earns a $33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat (or comparable model) with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard. The win-and-you’re-in format guarantees that anglers are never out of contention to qualify for the Championship – if they win a Toyota Series tournament, they will be on their way to the Championship along with the top 25 pros and co-anglers from each division.

“We’re really excited about the schedule for our Toyota Series anglers. We truly feel we’ve offered an exceptional lineup of fisheries at optimal times for competitive events with big fish,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW Executive Vice President and General Manager.

The 2021 Toyota Series will feature six divisions, which is down from eight in 2020 but up from five in 2019.

“Last year we aggressively expanded the Toyota Series from five divisions to eight based on demand from anglers and sponsors,” Fennel commented. “Coming off a difficult 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will run six divisions in 2021 to ensure substantial and sustainable opportunities for anglers nationwide.”

The 2021 Toyota Series Championship field will be smaller due to the reduction in divisions, but the event will still feature $10,000 bonuses for the highest-finishing pro from each of the six U.S. Toyota Series divisions and the International division.

Toyota Series entry fees will remain the same at $1,700 pro and $550 co-angler per tournament and top payouts in each event remain $75,000 for pros, including a $35,000 FLW Phoenix Bonus, and a $33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat (or comparable model) with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard for co-anglers. As field sizes increase, so do payouts, with top awards reaching $100,000, including a $35,000 FLW Phoenix Bonus, for pros and $33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat (or comparable model) with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard plus $5,000 for co-anglers at 260 boats, with awards extending through 65th place. The Strike King Angler of the Year in each division receives $5,000 and the Co-angler of the Year in each division earns $2,000. Complete payout details are listed below.

Registration for the 2021 Toyota Series will open in early November. Rules and registration dates will be announced soon.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

2021 Toyota Series Schedule:

Central Division

Feb. 16-18*                 Lake Guntersville – Guntersville, Ala., hosted by Marshall County CVB

March 31-April 2**    Dale Hollow Lake – Byrdstown, Tenn., hosted by Byrdstown-Pickett County COC

May 20-22                   Lake Chickamauga – Dayton, Tenn., hosted by Fish Dayton-Rhea Economic Tourism Council

Northern Division

July 15-17                   Lake Champlain – Plattsburgh, N.Y., hosted by City of Plattsburgh & Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau

Aug. 26-28                  St. Lawrence River – Massena, N.Y., hosted by Town of Massena

Sept. 16-18                  Potomac River – Marbury, Md., hosted by Charles County Board of Commissioners

 

Plains Division

March 4-6                   Lake of the Ozarks – Osage Beach, Mo., hosted by Tri-County Lodging Association

April 8-10                   Grand Lake – Grove, Okla., hosted by City of Grove & Grove Convention & Tourism Bureau

May 6-8                       Lake Dardanelle – Russellville, Ark, hosted by Russellville Advertising & Promotion Commission

 

Southern Division

Feb. 4-6                       Lake Toho – Kissimmee, Fla., hosted by Experience Kissimmee-Kissimmee Sports Commission

March 16-18*             Harris Chain of Lakes– Leesburg, Fla., hosted by Visit Lake

May 6-8                       Lake Seminole – Bainbridge, Ga., hosted by Bainbridge CVB

 

Southwestern Division

Jan. 28-30                    Sam Rayburn Reservoir – Brookeland, Texas, hosted by Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn COC

March 25-27               Lake Texoma – Durant, Okla. & Madill, Okla., hosted by Discover Durant, Marshall County Chamber & Choctaw Nation Tourism

April 28-30**             Sam Rayburn Reservoir – Brookeland, Texas, hosted by Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn COC

 

Western Division

Jan. 28-30                    Lake Shasta – Redding, Calif., hosted by Redding CVB

May 13-15                   California Delta – Oakley, Calif., hosted by City of Oakley

Sept. 23-25                  Clear Lake – Lakeport, Calif., hosted by TBD

 

Toyota Series Championship

TBA                            Watch FLWFishing.com for details

* Tuesday – Thursday event
** Wednesday – Friday event

2021 Toyota Series Payouts:

Qualifying Event:

Place                                       Pro            FLW Phoenix Bonus *                               Co-angler                               

                                      $40,000                        $35,000                                                   $33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat

                                                                                                                                                 (or comparable model), 115 HP Outboard

                                        15,500                                                                                              5,000

3                                         12,000                                                                                              4,000

4                                         10,000                                                                                              3,500

5                                           9,000                                                                                              3,000

6                                           8,000                                                                                              2,500

                                          7,000                                                                                              2,000

                                          6,000                                                                                              1,750

9                                           5,000                                                                                              1,500

10                                         4,000                                                                                              1,250

11                                         3,750                                                                                              1,000

12                                         3,500                                                                                              1,000

13-15                                    3,000                                                                                              1,000

16-20                                   3,000                                                                                                 800

21-25                                   2,750                                                                                                 700

26-30                                   2,500                                                                                                 600

31-40                                   2,000                                                                                                 550

Berkley Big Bass                 300                                                                                                 200

 

Entry Fee                         $1,700                                                                                               $550

Payback is based on the number of paid entries for each tournament, scaling up for every 20 boats over 160 and scaling down for every boat below 160.

 

Toyota Series Championship:

Place                                       Pro            FLW Phoenix Bonus*                               Co-angler                               

                                    $200,000                       $35,000                                                   $33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat

                                                                                                                                                  (or comparable model), 115 HP Outboard

                                        40,000                                                                                          12,500

3                                         30,000                                                                                          10,000

4                                         25,000                                                                                             7,500

5                                         20,000                                                                                             5,000

6                                         14,000                                                                                             4,000

                                        13,000                                                                                              3,500

                                        12,000                                                                                             3,000

9                                         11,000                                                                                             2,500

10                                       10,000                                                                                              2,000

11-15                                    4,500                                                                                              1,500

16-20                                    3,500                                                                                             1,000

21-25                                    3,000                                                                                                900

26-30                                    2,500                                                                                                800

31-40                                    2,000                                                                                                700

Central Bonus                10,000

Northern Bonus             10,000

Plains Bonus                   10,000

Southern Bonus             10,000

Southwestern Bonus    10,000

Western Bonus              10,000

International Bonus     10,000

* FLW Phoenix Bonus listed is based on 2020 awards. Final 2021 FLW Phoenix Bonus payouts will be set by Phoenix Boats.

Payback is based on an average of 160 boats in qualifying tournaments.

Strike King Angler of the Year:   

  • $5,000 in each division

Co-angler of the Year:            

  • $2,000 in each division

 


La Crosse Angler Mike Brueggen Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Mississippi River

LA CROSSE, Wis. (Aug. 31, 2020) – Boater Mike Brueggen of La Crosse, Wisconsin, brought five bass to the stage weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. For his victory, Brueggen earned $3,804.

“The key for me was that I found a couple of eelgrass lines while practicing on Tuesday,” said Brueggen, who earned his seventh career BFL victory – second this season. “It was way better grass than what I’ve been finding, and it did it for me today.

“I was fishing in the bootom of Pool 7 and the middle of Pool 8,” Brueggen continued. “I caught them all on a swimjig, a frog and a buzzbait.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

            1st:       Mike Brueggen of La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 15-1, $3,804

            2nd:      Chris Welch of Fall River, Wis., five bass, 14-12, $1,584

            2nd:      Kyle Von Ruden of Stoddard, Wis., five bass, 14-12, $1,584

            4th:       Edward Elkins of Pacific, Mo., five bass, 14-2, $888

            5th:       Anthony Getchell of Menominee, Mich., five bass, 13-8, $761

            6th:       Cade Laufenberg of Onalaska, Wis., five bass, 12-15, $697

            7th:       Steve Huegerich of Coon Rapids, Iowa, five bass, 12-14, $634

            8th:       Jeremy Nokken of La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 12-11, $539

            8th:       Bill Frisk of West Salem, Wis., five bass, 12-11, $1,044

            10th:     Mike Gabel of Saint Charles, Ill., five bass, 12-10, $644

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Frisk won the day’s Boater Big Bass Award of $505 with a 4-pound, 3-ounce bass.

Ruh was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500. 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.

Al Kjos of La Crosse, Wisconsin, won the Co-angler Division and $1,902 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 14 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Al Kjos of La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 13-14, $1,902

            2nd:      Mike Fischer of Stacy, Minn., five bass, 13-0, $951

            3rd:       John Grabel of Trivoli, Ill., five bass, 12-13, $634

            3rd:       Dylan Fisher of La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 12-5, $444

            5th:       Shawn Overton of Coal Valley, Ill., five bass, 11-6, $380

            6th:       Carter Wijangco of Naperville, Ill., five bass, 11-5, $333

            7th:       Bradley Thacher of Preston, Minn., five bass, 11-5, $333

            8th:       Jordan Borgmann of Mount Vernon, Ill., four bass, 10-0, $285

            9th:       Jason Kushlan of Braham, Minn., four bass, 9-14, $956

            10th:     Larry Litchfield of Macomb, Ill., five bass, 9-13, $222

Kushlan caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 3 pounds, 13 ounces, to win Co-angler Big Bass award of $252.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, was hosted by the La Crosse County Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was the fourth of five qualifying tournaments in the Great Lakes division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Great Lakes Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 22-24 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, hosted by ExploreBranson.com. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Waverly’s Stephens Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event at Lake Erie

Saint Paris’ Wilt Wins Co-angler Division

SANDUSKY, Ohio (Aug. 31, 2020) – Boater Whitney Stephens of Waverly, Ohio, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale over the weekend weighing 29 pounds even to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Buckeye Division Super-Tournament event on Lake Erie. For his victory, Stephens earned a total of $6,011.

The tournament was the fifth and final qualifying event in the 2020 Buckeye Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.

According to post-tournament reports Stephens caught his winning fish on the north end of Sandusky Bay, flipping an unnamed creature bait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Whitney Stephens of Waverly, Ohio, 10 bass, 29-0, $6,011

            2nd:      Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio, 10 bass, 28-3, $3,706

            3rd:       Allex Conner of Delaware, Ohio, nine bass, 25-12, $2,002

            4th:       Dick Shaffer of Rockford, Ohio, 10 bass, 25-4, $1,403

            5th:       Seth Fricke of Hamilton, Ohio, 10 bass, 25-4, $1,202

            6th:       Brian Campbell of Oxford, Ohio, 10 bass, 24-12, $1,102

            6th:       Scott Manson of Covington, Ohio, 10 bass, 23-10, $1,002

            8th:       Kevin Spears of New Boston, Ohio, nine bass, 22-7, $902

            9th:       Michael Nesbitt of Saint Paris, Ohio, eight bass, 21-11, $802

            10th:     John Barnett of Huntsville, Ohio, nine bass, 21-2, $701

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

David Spivey of Hamilton, Ohio, brought a 5-pound, 4-ounce bass to the scale to claim the Boater Big Bass Award of $825.

Zachary Wilt of Saint Paris, Ohio, won the Co-angler Division and $3,006 after catching eight bass weighing 21 pounds, 1 ounce.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Zachary Wilt of Saint Paris, Ohio, eight bass, 21-1, $3,006

            2nd:      Derrick Sadlowski of Steubenville, Ohio, eight bass, 21-0, $1,503

            3rd:       James Ross of Akron, Ohio, seven bass, 19-14, $1,004

            4th:       Ron Weisenburger of Continental, Ohio, eight bass, 18-8, $701

            5th:       Ryan Zwick of Oxford, Ohio, seven bass, 18-3, $601

            6th:       Rob Webber of Elyria, Ohio, eight bass, 16-13, $551

            7th:       Evan Eldred of Gaines, Mich., seven bass, 16-12, $501

            8th:       Steve Sorrell of Beavercreek, Ohio, five bass, 14-11, $451

            9th:       Jordon Smith of Middletown, Ohio, six bass, 14-5, $401

            10th:     Don Ward of Loveland, Ohio, six bass, 13-15, $351

Ken Barker of Middletown, Ohio, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 4 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the Co-angler Big Bass award of $412.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Buckeye Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, advance to the Oct. 16-18 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Cherokee Lake 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 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Virginia’s Daves Win at Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Potomac River

MARBURY, Md. (Aug. 31, 2020) – Boater Chris Daves of Spring Grove, Virginia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Shenandoah Division Super-Tournament on the Potomac River. Daves earned a total of $5,197 for his victory.

The tournament was the fifth and final qualifying event of 2020 in the Shenandoah Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.

“I know these (BFL) wins are few and far between, so it feels great to get a win this weekend,” said Daves, who earned his fourth career win in FLW competition. “It was fairly easy fishing on Friday, but it got very tough on Saturday. The key was just keeping my head down, chunking and winding, and fishing hard.

“I caught them all out of grass in about three feet of water,” Daves continued. “My key bait was a green-pumpkin-colored Zoom Speed Worm.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Chris Daves of Spring Grove, Va., 10 bass, 26-2, $5,197

            2nd:      Ryan Powroznik of Hopewell, Va., 10 bass, 25-12, $2,598

            3rd:       Otis Darnell of Linden, Va., nine bass, 25-5, $1,733

            4th:       Rick Chenoweth of Fredericksburg, Va., 10 bass, 25-4, $1,213

            5th:       Danny Shanz of Summerton, S.C., 10 bass, 24-13, $1,039

            6th:       John Duarte of Middle River, Md., eight bass, 21-3, $1,605

            7th:       Robert Grike of Dumfries, Va., nine bass, 19-6, $866

            8th:       Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Va., eight bass, 19-4, $780

            9th:       Tom Bateman of Welcome, Md., eight bass, 18-1, $693

            10th:     Carlton Owens of Franklin, Va., eight bass, 17-1, $606

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Duarte earned the day’s $652 Boater Big Bass award with a 6-pound, 11-ounce largemouth.

Robert Wedding of Welcome, Maryland, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 19 pounds, 9 ounces. Wedding earned $2,599 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Robert Wedding of Welcome, Md., 10 bass, 19-9, $2,599

            2nd:      Michael Nelms of Hartwood, Va., eight bass, 18-2, $1,299

            3rd:       Lazarus Durham of Dumfries, Va., seven bass, 16-13, $867

            4th:       Troy Pipkin of Sterling, Va., seven bass, 13-4, $606

            5th:       Matt McCluskey of Ashburn. Va., seven bass, 13-0, $520

            6th:       Josh Hale of Roanoke, Va., five bass, 12-4, $476

            7th:       William Lisenby of Centreville, Va., five bass, 12-0, $759

            8th:       John Poos of Manassas, Va., four bass, 11-11, $390

            9th:       John Castro of Lorton, Va., six bass, 10-11, $346

            10th:     Austin Burdette of Pembroke, Va., six bass, 9-11, $303

Lisenby caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds 10 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $326.

The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Super-Tournament on the Potomac River was hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Shenandoah Division presented by A.R.E. based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, advance to the Oct. 8-10 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Hayden’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.

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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


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.

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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Monsoor Holds Lead Heading into Final Day at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries

LA CROSSE, Wis. (July 31, 2020) – Yamamoto Baits pro Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wisconsin, brought a  five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 5 ounces, to the scale Friday to retain his lead after day three of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries. Monsoor now enters the fourth and final day of competition as the No. 1 seed in the Super Tournament that features 200 of the world’s best bass-fishing anglers from FLW and Major League Fishing (MLF) competing for a piece of the $1.3 million prize pool.

Monsoor has crossed the stage with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 42 pounds even, which gives him a slim 1-pound, 1-ounce lead over second-place pro MLF angler Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, who caught five bass today weighing 13 pounds, 2 ounces. Birge has weighed in 15 bass totaling 40 pounds, 15 ounces in his three days of competition.

“It was pretty tough, today. At noon I only had 7½ pounds, and I went through around 50 fish to even get that,” said Monsoor, who has one prior win – on the Potomac River in 2017 – in Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition. “Right at the end of the day I pulled up to a weed bed and caught my biggest fish of the day, and two other nice ones. You just have to keep plugging away and never give up out there.

“I caught more fish today than I had on the first two days combined, but I just couldn’t find the big ones,” Monsoor said.

Monsoor spent his morning on two offshore spots in Pool 8, near the Black River. His first spot was producing until an altercation with a local water ski boat in the same area shut it down.

“That kind of wrecked my morning,” said Monsoor. “I’ve been here all my life, and I’ve never had anybody do that before. They ski there all the time. I fish there all the time. There’s never been a problem. That took the edge off right away. I was having fun until that. I was going to catch some fish there, too. But he shut it down.”

Monsoor managed to catch around 10 pounds off of his second area before running into his three bigger fish later in the day.

With numerous top-10 finishes and six career victories on the Mississippi River in various levels of FLW competition, a victory on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit is the only trophy that has eluded Monsoor here in La Crosse. With one day left, Monsoor said all he can do is fish as hard as he can.

“The big FLW events are my worst tournaments,” Monsoor went on to say. “The worst! I couldn’t do any worse. And I’ve had the best practices before these events. This is the first one it hasn’t screwed me on. So, I want this one really bad. All you can do is fish as hard as you can, and nobody fishes harder than me. I know that. I don’t stop.”

The top 10 pros advancing to the final day of competition on the Mississippi River are:

            1st:       Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis., 15 bass, 42-0
2nd:      Zack Birge of Blanchard, Okla., 15 bass, 40-15
3rd:       David Walker of Sevierville, Tenn., 15 bass, 40-8
4th:       Scott Wiley of Bay Minette, Ala., 14 bass, 40-5
5th:       Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn., 15 bass, 39-12
6th:       Tyler Stewart of West Monroe, La., 15 bass, 39-9
7th:       Kyle Hall of Granbury, Texas, 15 bass, 39-0
8th:       Bailey Boutries of Daphne, Ala., 15 bass, 37-13
9th:       Clark Reehm of Elm Grove, La., 15 bass, 37-10
10th:     Cody Meyer of Auburn, Calif., 14 bass, 37-9

Finishing in 11th through 30th are:

            11th:     Clayton Batts of Butler, Ga., 15 bass, 37-3, $14,000
12th:     Ron Nelson of Berrien Springs, Mich., 15 bass, 37-2, $14,000
13th:     Mark Davis of Mount Ida, Ark., 15 bass, 37-2, $14,000
14th:     Adrian Avena of Vineland, N.J., 15 bass, 37-1, $14,000
15th:     David Gaston of Sylacauga, Ala., 15 bass, 36-15, $14,000
16th:     Bradford Beavers of Summerville, S.C., 14 bass, 36-14, $14,000
17th:     Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., 15 bass, 36-14, $14,000
18th:     Paul Elias of Laurel, Miss., 15 bass, 36-13, $14,000
19th:     Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla., 15 bass, 36-13, $14,000
20th:     Matt Lee of Bremen, Ala., 15 bass, 36-10, $14,000
21st:     Dustin Connell of Clanton, Ala., 15 bass, 36-9, $11,000
22nd:    Jacob Wall of New Hope, Ala., 15 bass, 36-3, $11,000
23rd:     Kurt Mitchell of Milford, Del., 15 bass, 35-15, $11,000
24th:     Alton Jones Jr. of Lorena, Texas, 15 bass, 35-10, $11,000
25th:     Chad Warren of Sand Springs, Okla., 15 bass, 35-8, $11,000
26th:     Jon Englund of Farwell, Minn., 15 bass, 35-5, $11,000
27th:     Matthew Stefan of Junction City, Minn., 15 bass, 35-4, $11,000
28th:     Darrell Davis of Dover, Fla., 15 bass, 35-2, $11,000
29th:     Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala., 15 bass, 34-14, $11,000
30th:     Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif., 15 bass, 33-14, $11,000

Full results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 217 bass weighing 497 pounds, 6 ounces caught by 48 pros Friday. The catch included 36 five-bass limits.

The Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries is hosted by Explore La Crosse.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super-Tournament competition, the full field of 200 pro anglers competed in the two-day opening round on Wednesday and Thursday. The top 50 pros based on their two-day accumulated weight advanced to Friday. Now only the top 10 pros will continue competition on Championship Saturday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition.

FLW anglers are vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota, the Pro Circuit championship. The 2020 Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota will be held on Lake Michigan in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, Aug. 24-29.

MLF pros competing in the Pro Circuit Super Tournaments will fish for prize money only. No points will be awarded toward any championship or title to MLF competitors. Only the original Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers will compete for the AOY title throughout the remainder of the season. AOY points in the final events will be awarded based on Pro Circuit anglers finishing order. The top-finishing FLW pro will receive “first-place points” regardless of where he finishes in the overall standings, and so on.

The final 10 anglers will take off at 7 a.m. CDT Saturday from Stoddard Park, located at 502 Forest Lane, in Stoddard. Saturday’s Championship weigh-in will also be held at Stoddard Park and will begin at 4 p.m. Attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to forgo the daily takeoffs and weigh-ins and follow the event online through the expanded four-day “FLW Live” on-the-water broadcasts and weigh-in coverage at FLWFishing.com.

Television coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River will premiere at 7 p.m. EDT, Sept. 11 on the Outdoor Channel. Running now through Dec. 27, FLW will air 312 hours of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit action on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long episode goes in-depth to break down the final rounds of each regular-season competition. Episodes premiere in Friday night primetime slots on the Outdoor Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel.

The popular FLW Live on-the-water broadcast will air each day of competition, featuring live action from the boats of the tournament’s top pros each day. Host Travis Moran is joined by Toyota Series pro Todd Hollowell and MLF’s Marty Stone to break down the extended action each day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-the-water broadcasts are live streamed on FLWFishing.com.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Bassmaster Elite Tournament Moved To Lake Guntersville

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Bassmaster Elite Series tournament previously scheduled for Cayuga Lake earlier in July will instead be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 3 on Alabama’s historic Lake Guntersville, B.A.S.S. officials announced today. Daily launches and weigh-ins will take place at Goose Pond Colony Resort Marina in Scottsboro, Ala., which is hosting the event.

“We are excited to host another B.A.S.S. event and showcase our facilities at Goose Pond Colony,” said Scottsboro Mayor Robin Shelton. “I know the event will be as successful as last year’s event, and I am looking forward to working with this staff again.”

Lake Guntersville has hosted 24 major B.A.S.S. events, including the 2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. The Big G also took the No. 2 spot in Bassmaster Magazine’s list of Best Bass Lakes of the Decade. Lake Guntersville is known for its breathtaking scenery and easy access, but big fish swim there as well. Most big-bass prizes are awarded to fish topping the 8-pound mark, with 10-plus-pounders taking center stage on occasion.

Angler Jamie Hartman raised the coveted blue championship trophy when the Elite Series visited Scottsboro in June 2019, winning the four-day tournament in dramatic fashion coming from tenth place to win with a total of 79 pounds, 10 ounces. In March of this year, Hank Cherry dominated the 2020 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville. Cherry weighed in a massive 29-3 limit on Day 1 of the tournament en route to a wire-to-wire victory.

“While it has been challenging to reschedule events, we intend to complete a full schedule of tournaments,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “We are thankful to our friends at the City of Scottsboro for partnering with us to offer anglers another opportunity to fish on one of our country’s best lakes while showcasing the area’s beauty for our audience.

“Our anglers and fans are going to really enjoy the fishing on Lake Guntersville in the fall.”

Officials emphasized that they will adhere to all local and state guidelines to ensure the event is safe for athletes, staff and the host community.

The Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville will kick-off a busy schedule of fall derbies that will see the Elite Series pros competing on Santee Cooper in Clarendon County, S.C., Oct. 8-11, Tennessee’s Lake Chickamauga Oct. 16-19, and Texas’s Lake Fork for the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest benefiting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Nov. 5-8.

For more information, visit Bassmaster.com.


Pennsylvania’s Lorenzo and New York’s Sperling Earn Wins at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Lake Cayuga

UNION SPRINGS, N.Y. (July 27, 2020) – It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Union Springs with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Cayuga events.

Boater John Lorenzo of Kane, Pennsylvania, brought five bass to the scale Saturday totaling 21 pounds, 6 ounce to win the first event of the weekend and earn $4,037, while boater Chris Sperling of Cato, New York, brought in a limit of bass weighing 21 pounds, 4 ounces, on Sunday to earn the win and the top prize of $11,761, including the lucrative FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency award.

“I was fishing mostly the mid- to south-lake area, fishing grass with a homemade green-pumpkin-colored jig,” said Lorenzo, who earned the third FLW win of his career. “The key was to keep moving – the fish were widely scattered, and you wouldn’t get more than one or two bites at each spot.

“I spent a week here before the event just marking waypoints,” Lorenzo continued. “Each waypoint that I marked was just one or two bites, and I had to hit all of them.

“I’d been in quite a drought. I won an event in 2005 and again in 2010, but it was a long time coming for this third one,” Lorenzo went on to say. “It feels awesome to get a win here on of my favorite lakes in the country.”

The top five boaters on Saturday were:

            1st:       John Lorenzo of Kane, Pa., five bass, 21-6, $4,037

            2nd:      Mike Shumanis of Bethlehem, Pa., five bass, 20-8, $2,019

            3rd:       Tyler Conde of Chepachet, R.I., five bass, 20-6, $1,345

            4th:       Joe Labarbera of Montrose, Pa., five bass, 20-2, $1,442

            5th:       George Yund of Glenmont, N.Y., five bass, 20-1, $807

Complete results for Saturday can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Clifford Chilson of Liverpool, New York, brought a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass to the scale to win Saturday’s Boater Big Bass award of $545.

Labarbera was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500. 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.

Tim Nichols of Pittsgrove, New Jersey, won the Co-angler Division and $2,019 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 15 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Saturday finished as follows:

            1st:       Tim Nichols of Pittsgrove, N.J., five bass, 18-15, $2,019

            2nd:      Logan Fitzpatrick of Pennsville, N.J., five bass, 18-8, $1,009

            3rd:       Chad McDonald of Berkeley Springs, W. Va., five bass, 17-3, $675

            4th:       Chris Hurley of Carlisle, Pa., five bass, 16-14, $471

            5th:       Bill Spindler of Turnersville, N.J., five bass, 16-5, $370

            5th:       Travis Miller of Colchester, Conn., five bass, 16-5, $370

            5th:       William Allie of Wynantskill, N.Y., five bass, 16-5, $370

Matthew Karll of Boyertown, Pennsylvania, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division Saturday, weighing in at 5 pounds, 11 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $272.

On Sunday, anglers competed on the same fishery but with different conditions – a strong wind was now in play for competitors.

“I kind of bounced around throughout the day, mainly on the south end, but I did come back north near the end of the day and caught a couple of key fish in the grass,” said Sperling, who earned his first career FLW victory. “I was fishing in 15-feet-of-water, just deep cranking.

“The key for me Sunday was the wind – on Saturday we didn’t have any and I really struggled – but I knew it was going to blow, so I just put the crankbait in my hand all day,” Sperling said.

Sperling’s crankbait of choice was a ghost shad-colored Spro Little John DD 70.

The top five boaters on Sunday were:

            1st:       Chris Sperling of Cato, N.Y., five bass, 21-4, $11,761

            2nd:      Tyler Conde of Chepachet, R.I., five bass, 19-15, $1,529

            3rd:       George Kunkel of Bath, Pa., five bass, 19-15, $1,529

            4th:       Casey Smith of Macedon, N.Y., five bass, 19-4, $856

            5th:       Michael Sentore of Gloucester City, N.J., five bass, 19-0, $934

Complete results for Sunday’s event on Lake Cayuga can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Evan Luta of Bradford, New York, brought a 6-pound, 1-ounce smallmouth bass to the scale Sunday to earn the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $470.

Sperling was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $7,000.

Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey’s Mike Wotanowski won the Co-angler Division and $1,835 Sunday after catching five bass weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Sunday finished as follows:

            1st:       Mike Wotanowski of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., five bass, 19-10, $1,835

            2nd:      Michael Burke of Breinigsville, Pa., five bass, 17-0, $918

            3rd:       Thomas Dellinger of Womelsdorf, Pa., five bass, 16-13, $612

            4th:       Henry McKee of Haddon Heights, N.J., five bass, 16-10, $428

            4th:       Kyle Smith of Williamstown, N.J., five bass, 16-9, $602

Smith caught Sunday’s largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $235.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Double-Header on Lake Cayuga was hosted by the Village of Union Springs. The events were the first and second of five qualifying events in the Northeast Division.

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 be entered in 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Satsuma’s Buntin Earns Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Alabama River

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (July 27, 2020) – Boater Sean Buntin of Satsuma, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit bass to the scale Saturday totaling 12 pounds, 1 ounce to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Alabama River in Prattville, Alabama. Buntin topped his nearest competitor, Ben Weldon of Petumpka, Alabama, by just 3 ounces and earned $4,296 for his victory.

“I’m so excited and pumped, I could cry,” said Buntin, who earned the first FLW victory of his career. “I’ve fished close to 50 events and put a lot of work in. I finally got the win, and it is awesome.”

Buntin said that he was fishing a deep brush pile when he noticed bass schooling near a little outlet ditch. He quickly capitalized to put the winning limit in his livewell.

“I was fishing a deep brush pile when I happened to look up the river and there was a little ditch that looked like there was some action on it,” Buntin said. “I slowly made my way up there and chunked a (River2Sea) Whopper Plopper in there and they just smoked it. About 10 casts later I had my weight for the day.

“I had a limit by 7:45 a.m.,” Buntin continued. “They all came on the Plopper, fished on a 7-foot, 8-inch FX Custom cranking rod. It’s made for crankbaits, but it works really nice for that Plopper.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Sean Buntin of Satsuma, Ala., five bass, 12-1, $4,296

            2nd:      Ben Weldon of Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 11-14, $2,053

            3rd:       Steve Jones of Moss Point, Miss., five bass, 11-10, $1,099

            4th:       Chris Rutland of Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 10-13, $769

            5th:       David Wesson of Southside, Ala., five bass, 10-3, $659

            6th:       Byron Smith of Tyrone, Ga., five bass, 9-15, $604

            7th:       Jody Wilson of Blue Ridge, Ga., five bass, 9-12, $549

            8th:       Casey O’Donnell of Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 9-9, $466

            9th:       Anthony Goggins of Clanton, Ala., five bass, 9-9, $466

            10th:     Brent Reaves of Alexander City, Ala., five bass, 9-8, $385

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Weldon caught brought a 5-pound, 1-ounce largemouth bass to the scale to add $515 – the day’s Boater Big Bass award – to his winnings.

Thomas Frink of Cedartown, Georgia, was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500. 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.

Rodney Graham of Childersburg, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $1,648 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Rodney Graham of Childersburg, Ala., five bass, 8-12, $1,648

            2nd:      Troy Calloway of Sylacauga, Ala., four bass, 8-8, $824

            3rd:       Dennis Sandoval of Decatur, Ala., five bass, 7-0, $549

            4th:       Donnie Gamble of Bessemer, Ala., five bass, 6-11, $385

            5th:       Wayne Kilgore of Attalla, Ala., four bass, 6-5, $330

            6th:       Mark Denney of Perry, Ga., five bass, 6-4, $302

            7th:       Willie Hill of Tuskegee, Ala., four bass, 6-3, $275

            8th:       William Yoerg of Odenville, Ala., two bass, 6-2, $449

            9th:       Justin Foster of Zebulon, Ga., five bass, 6-1, $220

            10th:     Gary Marlowe of Montgomery, Ala., three bass, 5-11, $192

Yoerg caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a nice 4-pound, 11-ouncer. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $202.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Alabama River was the fourth of five qualifying events in the Bama Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Bama Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 8-10 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee, hosted by the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Toyota Series to Host Event on Wheeler Lake

DECATUR, Ala. (July 21, 2020) – The 2020 Toyota Series Southeastern Division will continue with a tournament next week in Decatur, July 30- Aug. 1, with the Toyota Series at Wheeler Lake. Hosted by Decatur Morgan County Tourism, the three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner.

“This is going to be a fun tournament to watch,” said Major League Fishing pro Jesse Wiggins of Addison, Alabama, “I think it is going to play out very similar to the FLW Cup event that John Cox won here in 2016. There will be some fish out deep, but it won’t be a complete offshore tournament.

“A guy can catch them out of the eelgrass and do well,” Wiggins continued. “The smallmouth have been biting well, lately, and I think the tournament could be won on smallmouth if they can figure them out. There are a lot of ways that this tournament could be won, but the key is going to be finding the fish to be consistent for three days.”

Wiggins said that if he was competing in the event, he’d have a drop-shot rig, a jerkbait, a shaky-head rig and a shallow-diving crankbait all tied on.

“It’s summertime in Alabama so it may be a grind, but we’re going to see some good limits,” Wiggins went on to say. “I think a guy is going to have to average 15 to 16 pounds a day to be there at the end. I predict the winner ends up with a three-day total of 48 to 50 pounds.”

Anglers will take off daily at 6 a.m. CDT from Ingalls Harbor, located at 701 Market St. NW, in Decatur. Weigh-ins will also be held Ingalls Harbor and will begin at 2:30 p.m. Attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to follow the event online through the “FLW Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at FLWFishing.com.

In Toyota Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event, scaling up for every 20 boats over 160 and scaling down for every boat below 160. With a 160-boat field, pros fish for a top prize of $40,000, plus an extra $35,000 if FLW PHOENIX BONUS qualified. Co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard (valued at $33,500). With a 260-boat field, pros fish for a top award of $65,000, plus an extra $35,000 if FLW PHOENIX BONUS qualified. Co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard (valued at $33,500) plus $5,000 cash.

The 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Memphis’ Scott Wins Saturday, Kingston Springs’ Anderson Wins Sunday at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Pickwick Lake

IUKA, Miss. (July 20, 2020) – It was a double-header for weekend bass anglers this past weekend in Iuka with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Pickwick Lake events.

Boater Dayton Scott of Memphis, Tennessee, brought a three-bass limit to the scale totaling 12 pounds, 6 ounces to win Saturday’s event and earn $5,575, while boater Brent Anderson of Kingston Springs, Tennessee, brought in three bass weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces on Sunday to earn the win and the top prize of $5,394.

It was a unique win for 18-year-old Scott, who just wrapped up his High School Fishing career as he fished in his last High School tournament last weekend. Saturday was Scott’s first ever BFL tournament, and the young angler had a special day.

“I thought I’d do okay, but the Good Lord blessed me with an 8½-pounder that helped me get my weight,” Scott said. “Most of my fish came on a swimjig, but the big fish came on a Texas-rigged 7-inch Strike King Cut-R Worm (green pumpkin).

“I noticed in practice that the ledges were getting pounded, so I tried to key on shallow flats where they were pushing bait,” Scott continued. “I fished near State Line Island and caught most of my fish in 6 feet of water.”

The top five boaters on Saturday were:

            1st:       Dayton Scott of Memphis, Tenn., three bass, 12-6, $5,575

            1st:       Steve Hughes of Mooreville, Miss., three bass, 11-13, $2,288

            3rd:       T.A. Cook III of Booneville, Miss., three bass, 11-10, $1,525

            4th:       Jennings Earnest of Guin, Ala., three bass, 11-0, $1,068

            5th:       Bryan Waldon of Falkner, Miss., three bass, 10-11, $915

Complete results for Saturday can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Casey Taylor of Smithville, Tennessee, brought a 9-pound, 4-ounce largemouth to the scale to earn Saturday’s Boater Big Bass award of $665.

Johnny Suratt of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $2,288 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Saturday finished as follows:

            1st:       Johnny Suratt of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., three bass, 13-4, $2,288

            2nd:      Kiowa Terry of Hamilton, Ala., three bass, 11-3, $1,144

            3rd:       Brian Toth of Pearl, Miss., three bass, 10-13, $762

            4th:       Farley Fondren of Maben, Miss., three bass, 10-12, $534

            5th:       Anthony Rasberry of New Albany, Miss., three bass, 9-15, $458

Eddie Armstrong of West Point, Mississippi, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $332.

On Sunday, winning boater Brent Anderson also caught his fish shallow.

“My experience guiding on this lake has taught me that I could not win out deep,” said Anderson, who earned his eighth career BFL win. “I ran up the river and fished anything that looked good – some water willows, laydowns and stumps.

“I caught them on a worm, a jig, a ChatterBait and a few on a topwater,” Anderson continued. “The key bait was the worm – a plum-colored Zoom Ol’ Monster. I fished anywhere from 6 to 10 feet.”

The top five boaters on Sunday were:

            1st:       Brent Anderson of Kingston Springs, Tenn., three bass, 12-8, $5,394

            2nd:      Michael Wooley of Booneville, Miss., three bass, 12-3, $2,197

            3rd:       Randy Craft of Seminary, Miss., three bass, 10-13, $1,464

            4th:       Ben Webb of Mooreville, Miss., three bass, 10-11, $1,025

            5th:       Andy Coy of Corinth, Miss., three bass, 10-9, $2,009

Complete results for Sunday’s event on Pickwick Lake can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Coy brought a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass to the scale to win Sunday’s Boater Big Bass award of $630.

Coy also picked up Sunday’s FLW PHOENIX BONUS of $500 as he was the highest-finishing 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.

Cameron Petras of Biloxi, Mississippi, won the Co-angler Division and $2,197 Sunday after catching a three-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 4 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Sunday finished as follows:

            1st:       Cameron Petras of Biloxi, Miss., three bass, 11-4, $2,197

            2nd:      Chris Estes of Shannon, Miss., three bass, 11-0, $1,098

            3rd:       John Swords of Collierville, Tenn., three bass, 10-6, $733

            4th:       Todd Ware of Meridian, Miss., three bass, 10-5, $513

            5th:       Billy Robertson of Waterloo, Ala., three bass, 10-4, $439

Scott Kirk of Houston, Mississippi, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $157.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Double-Header on Pickwick Lake was the second and third of five qualifying events in the Mississippi Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Mississippi Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 8-10 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee, hosted by the Rhea Economic & Tourism Council. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Indiana’s Hochstetler Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake St. Clair

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (July 20, 2020) – Boater Ryan Hochstetler of Shipshewana, Indiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 22 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township, Michigan. For his victory, Hochstetler earned a total of $6,972.

The tournament was the first of five events in the Michigan Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.

“I was fishing in Anchor Bay, north of the North Channel,” said Hochstetler, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “I was fishing a shallow weedline in 4 to 6 foot of water.”

Hochstetler said that his key baits were a Duo Realis Spybait and a drop-shot rig with a Duo Realis V-Tailshad.

“I found these fish two weeks ago, and they stayed there along with the bait,” Hochstetler went on to say. “I put in a lot of hard work for this, so winning feels really good.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Ryan Hochstetler of Shipshewana, Ind., five bass, 22-9, $6,972

            2nd:      Dawson Johnson of Luck, Wis., five bass, 21-14, $2,236

            3rd:       Mike Raber of Wolcottville, Ind., five bass, 21-8, $1,492

            4th:       Mark Modrak of China Township, Mich., five bass, 21-6, $1,043

            5th:       Hayden Scott of Ann Arbor, Mich., five bass, 21-3, $894

            6th:       Troy Stokes of Brownstown, Mich., five bass, 20-13, $820

            7th:       Beau Bickford of Findlay, Ohio, five bass, 20-9, $708

            7th:       Tim Gillies of Union City, Mich., five bass, 20-9, $708

            9th:       Tom Beale of St. Clair Shores, Mich., five bass, 20-7, $596

            10th:     Tony Mitchell of Plainwell, Mich., five bass, 20-3, $496

            10th:     Russel Buffa of Fenton, Mich., five bass, 20-3, $496

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Gary Solomon of Clinton Township, Michigan, claimed the day’s Boater Big Bass Award of $650 after bringing a 6-pound, 1-ounce bass to the scale.

Hochstetler was also the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $2,500. 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.

Nicholas Ireland of Davison, Michigan, won the Co-angler Division and $2,571 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 20 pounds, 7 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Nicholas Ireland of Davison, Mich., five bass, 20-7, $2,571

            2nd:      Joseph Sittler of Fort Wayne, Ind., five bass, 20-6, $1,125

            3rd:       Scott Lutz of Bremen, Ind., five bass, 19-7, $752

            4th:       Calvin Fitch of Kokomo, Ind., five bass, 19-4, $525

            5th:       Trent Norman of Union, Ky., five bass, 19-3, $450

            6th:       Kendra Mueller of Pinckney, Mich., five bass, 18-4, $393

            6th:       Tony Grubb of Ann Arbor, Mich., five bass, 18-4, $393

            8th:       Nicholas Veselka of Fishers, Ind., five bass, 17-15, $337

            9th:       Evan Ellis of Greentown, Ind., five bass, 17-13, $300

            10th:     Logan Roller of Tremont, Ill., five bass, 17-10, $262

Ireland also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch added to his winnings as he earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $322.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Michigan Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 15-17 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, hosted by Explore La Crosse. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


FLW Shifts Final Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Event to Lake Erie, Taps Sturgeon Bay for Tackle Warehouse TITLE presented by Toyota

BENTON, Ky. (July 20, 2020) – FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that the final two Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit events of 2020 have been moved. The final Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament scheduled for Aug. 11-14 has been moved to Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio, while the Tackle Warehouse TITLE presented by Toyota, scheduled for Aug. 24-29, has been moved to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. The move comes in response to updated travel restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

“While we look forward to future visits to Detroit and the St. Lawrence River at Massena, we are pleased to announce Sandusky and Sturgeon Bay as our new host locations for the final Super Tournament and the Tackle Warehouse TITLE presented by Toyota,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW Executive Vice President and General Manager. “We’ve held numerous successful events out of Sandusky over the years, and Stage Five of the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour on Sturgeon Bay gave the world a glimpse of what we can expect from that fabled fishery come August.”

Two Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournaments, each featuring 150 FLW pros and 54 MLF pros fishing for a share of $1.3 million, remain before the TITLE field is set. Only FLW pros are eligible to qualify for the TITLE. The next tournament is July 29-Aug. 1 on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, followed by the final Super Tournament, Aug. 11-14 on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio, hosted by the City of Sandusky and the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center.

At the Lake Erie Super Tournament, anglers will take off daily from the Shelby Street Boat Launch, located at 101 Shelby St., in Sandusky. Weigh-ins will be at the nearby Paper District Marina, located at 611 W. Shoreline Drive in Sandusky. Attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to forgo the daily takeoffs and weigh-ins and follow the event online through expanded four-day “FLW Live” on-the-water and weigh-in broadcasts at FLWFishing.com.

Unlike traditional Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit events, the Tackle Warehouse TITLE presented by Toyota will showcase anglers competing using the MLF catch, weigh and immediately release format. The TITLE field of 50 will be divided into two groups of 25 (Group A and B) for the Qualifying Round with Group A competing on days one and three and Group B competing on days two and four. Based on a cumulative two-day weight total, the top 10 from each Group (a field of 20) advance to day five, the Knockout Round. The top 10 pros after day five advance to the sixth and final day of competition for the opportunity to become the inaugural TITLE champion featuring a $235,000 payout for first place.

“We are beyond excited to welcome FLW and the Tackle Warehouse TITLE presented by Toyota, to Sturgeon Bay, Door County,” said Pam Seiler, Executive Director of Destination Sturgeon Bay. “Being able to jump in to assist with the last-minute location change, we know that anglers and fans alike will love what Sturgeon Bay and Door County has to offer. We’re looking forward to seeing the pros bring in record-setting bass and appreciate the opportunity to host as we know that this tournament will be of great economic value to our local businesses and community.”

FLW continues to monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, state and local guidelines and recommends that everyone follow the guidelines to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Providence Forge’s Baker Goes Two-for-Two – Wins Both Days of Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Kerr Lake

HENDERSON, N.C. (July 20, 2020) – It was a double-header for weekend bass anglers this past weekend in Henderson with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Kerr Lake events.

Boater Ronnie Baker of Providence Forge, Virginia, had a very successful weekend, winning both events back-to-back. Baker brought a five-bass limit to the scale totaling 16 pounds even to win Saturday’s event and earn $3,466, then backed it up with another five-bass limit on Sunday – this one totaling 14 pounds, 15 ounces – to earn the win $3,122.

“Winning is hard enough, but to win two in a row against this field of anglers is unbelievable,” said Baker, who had one prior career victory coming into the weekend. “Going back-to-back is a dream come true.

“I stayed mostly in Nutbush Creek both days; I maybe ventured out a mile,” Baker continued. “I rotated through the same four or five spots both days. There is a lot of shad out on the points, and they reload overnight.”

Baker said he caught the majority of his fish in 12 to 15 feet of water on an unnamed ½-ounce swimjig with a green-pumpkin Zoom Speed Craw, although he also mixed in a ½-ounce football jig on Sunday.

“They bit good until about 10 (a.m.) each day, then it really slowed down,” Baker said. “You could still catch a few after 10, but it was a grind.”

The top five boaters on Saturday were:

            1st:       Ronnie Baker of Providence Forge, Va., five bass, 16-0, $3,466

            1st:       Ben Reynolds of Callands, Va., five bass, 15-13, $1,733

            3rd:       Mike Miller of Trinity, N.C., five bass, 14-11, $1,155

            4th:       Ryan Harrell of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., five bass, 14-7, $1,244

            5th:       David Wright of Lexington, N.C., five bass, 14-5, $1,193

Complete results for Saturday can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Harrell brought a 5-pound, 11-ounce largemouth to the scale to earn Saturday’s Boater Big Bass award of $435.

Wright picked up Saturday’s FLW PHOENIX BONUS of $500 as he was the highest-finishing 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.

Carl Enos of Bracey, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division and $1,905 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Saturday finished as follows:

            1st:       Carl Enos of Bracey, Va., three bass, 13-4, $1,905

            2nd:      Victor Riveras of Newport News, Va., three bass, 10-1, $846

            3rd:       Joseph Kozlinski of Fayetteville, N.C., three bass, 9-15, $564

            4th:       Barry Burford of Charlotte, N.C., three bass, 9-10, $567

            4th:       Robert Raymond of Farmville, Va., three bass, 9-10, $367

Enos caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 5 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $212.

The top five boaters on Sunday were:

            1st:       Ronnie Baker of Providence Forge, Va., five bass, 14-15, $3,122

            2nd:      David Wright of Lexington, N.C., five bass, 13-15, $2,061

            3rd:       Martin Villa of Charlottesville, Va., five bass, 13-14, $1,043

            4th:       Tim Wiltfong of Wake Forest, N.C., five bass, 13-8, $728

            5th:       Paul Worthington of Benson, N.C., five bass, 12-2, $624

Complete results for Sunday’s event on Kerr Lake can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Curtis Talbott of Forest, Virginia, brought a 5-pound, 6-ounce bass to the scale to win Sunday’s Boater Big Bass award of $375.

Wright also added Sunday’s FLW PHOENIX BONUS of $500 as he was the highest-finishing member.

Mike Shatley of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $1,561 Sunday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Sunday finished as follows:

            1st:       Mike Shatley of North Wilkesboro, N.C., five bass, 14-12, $1,561

            2nd:      Eric Hawks of Galax, Va., five bass, 13-13, $781

            3rd:       Eric Osborne of Jefferson, N.C., five bass, 11-13, $521

            4th:       Michael Abel of Portsmouth, Va., five bass, 11-6, $364

            5th:       Samuel Jones of Raleigh, N.C., five bass, 11-4, $312

Vernon Adams of Raleigh, North Carolina, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 4 pounds, 15 ounces to earn Sunday’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $187.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Double-Header on Kerr Lake was the second and third of five qualifying events in the Piedmont Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Piedmont Division 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 & 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Lebanon’s Boggs Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (July 20, 2020) – Boater Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tennessee, brought three bass to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. For his victory, Boggs earned $5,082.

“I wanted to make a run to fish about an hour south,” said Boggs, who earned his seventh career BFL win. “I made it almost all the way – about five minutes from stopping – when my engine started knocking and I knew something wasn’t right.

“So I sat down in the first area and ended up staying there for a long time,” Boggs continued. “I ended up catching two on a football jig in brush piles and one on a deep crankbait on a ledge.

“By the time I left, my engine was knocking so badly that I was only able to fish two more stops before I made it back. It took quite a while – I had to troll in the last two miles. It was extremely tough, but I was very blessed. I caught nine keepers, and my best five would have been around 22 pounds.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tenn., three bass, 13-13, $5,082

            2nd:      Scott Patton of Dayton, Tenn., three bass, 11-3, $2,541

            3rd:       Daniel Langton of Evansville, Ind., three bass, 9-14, $1,157

            3rd:       Ronnie Getz of Sunman, Ind., three bass, 9-14, $1,157

            5th:       David Young of Mayfield, Ky., three bass, 9-11, $1,342

            5th:       Keith Amerson of Bethel Springs, Tenn., three bass, 9-11, $782

            7th:       Kevin Caskey of Madisonville, Ky., three bass, 9-10, $680

            8th:       Tim Smiley of White Pine, Tenn., three bass, 9-7, $612

            9th:       Harold Buchmeier of Gilbertsville, Ky., three bass, 9-0, $544

            10th:     Mason Fleetwood of Vallonia, Ind., three bass, 8-15, $452

            10th:     David Hames of Trezevant, Tenn., three bass, 8-15, $452

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Young claimed the day’s Boater Big Bass Award of $560 after bringing a 5-pound, 6-ounce bass to the scale.

Patton was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500. 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.

Wesley Dunn of Paducah, Kentucky, and Brian Huber of St. Peters, Missouri, tied for the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after both anglers brought in three bass totaling 8 pound, 7 ounces. For their wins, each angler brought home $1,503.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Wesley Dunn of Paducah, Ky., three bass, 8-7, $1,503

            1st:       Brian Huber of St. Peters, Mo, three bass, 8-7, $1,503

            3rd:       Jeff Harris of Lexington, Ky., two bass, 8-0, $943

            4th:       Frank Haysley of Louisville, Ky., three bass, 6-9, $468

            5th:       Richard Baker of Jackson, Tenn., three bass, 6-4, $401

            6th:       Charlie Kuebler of Jasper, Ind., three bass, 5-14, $368

            7th:       Gary Hill of Germantown, Ohio, three bass, 5-13, $334

            8th:       William Holden of Cincinnati, Ohio, two bass, 5-11, $284

            8th:       Chris Coates of Bethpage, Tenn., two bass, 5-11, $284

            10th:     Orville Gown of Leitchfield, Ky., three bass, 5-10, $234

Harris caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 6 pounds, 4 ounces. The catch earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $275.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes was hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. The event was /the second of five qualifying tournaments in the LBL division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the LBL Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 8-10 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee, hosted by the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Richmond’s Seal Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Ohio River

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (July 20, 2020) – Boater Mike Seal of Richmond, Indiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 11 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. For his victory, Seal earned a total of $4,127.

“I’ve fished around 60 of these events, and it feels good to finally earn a win,” said Seal. “It was a pretty slow day – I threw a slow worm and had six keeper bites. I didn’t burn more than a ½ gallon of gas.”

Seal’s worm of choice was a Berkley Powerbait 7-inch Power Worm.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Mike Seal of Richmond, Ind., five bass, 11-2, $4,127

            2nd:      Nick Uebelhor of Loogootee, Ind., five bass, 10-4, $2,564

            3rd:       Brandon Barrett of Bloomington, Ind., five bass, 8-5, $1,377

            4th:       Chris Combess of Cleves, Ohio, five bass, 8-1, $963

            5th:       Brannon Pickett of Franklin, Ind., five bass, 7-11, $825

            6th:       Thomas Foster of Terre Haute, Ind., four bass, 6-14, $757

            7th:       Tyler Land of Coatsville, Ind., two bass, 6-11, $1,263

            8th:       Jared Robinson of Medora, Ind., five bass, 6-9, $619

            8th:       Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 6-6, $750

            10th:     Jeff Ellis of Danville, Ind., four bass, 5-13, $482

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Land earned the day’s $575 Boater Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 8-ounce bass.

Uebelhor 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.

Alex Kerns of Carmel, Indiana, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching four bass weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces. Kerns earned $2,082 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Alex Kerns of Carmel, Ind., four bass, 6-3, $2,082

            2nd:      Justin Clift of Greenwood, Ind., three bass, 5-4, $1,041

            3rd:       Mike Burgess of Cincinnati, Ohio, two bass, 4-5, $692

            4th:       Trapper Owens of Carlisle, Ohio, three bass, 3-14, $428

            5th:       Dyllan Grace of Scottsburg, Ind., three bass, 3-14, $428

            6th:       Larry Ellis of Indianapolis, Ind., three bass, 3-14, $428

            7th:       Brian Bogard of Camby, Ind., three bass, 3-13, $347

            8th:       Gary Owens of Columbus, Ind., three bass, 3-8, $312

            9th:       Dan Miller of Greenwood, Ind., two bass, 3-7, $278

            10th:     Dan Schlegel of Cincinnati, Ohio, two bass, 3-6, $243

Dan Whitley of Mooresville, Indiana, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 2 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $290.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg was the third of five qualifying events in the Hoosier Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Hoosier Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 15-17 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, hosted by Explore La Crosse. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Buffalo City’s Wieczorek Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Mississippi River at La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. (July 20, 2020) – Boater Randy Wieczorek of Buffalo City, Wisconsin, brought a three-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 11 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. For his victory, Wieczorek earned $5,463.

“It’s been a long time – more than 15 years since I’ve won one of these (BFL) tournaments,” said Wieczorek, who picked up his second career win. “It feels good to know that I can still keep up with some of these young bucks that are out here.”

Wieczorek spent his tournament day fishing in Pool No. 7, throwing a jig and a frog to bring three nice largemouth to the scale.

“I was catching largemouth all the way up to the lock and dam to Pool No. 6,” Wieczorek said. “Most of the fish I caught early came flipping a black and blue jig around wood and in a little bit of eelgrass. I caught my bigger one fishing a frog in the slop.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Randy Wieczorek of Buffalo City, Wis., three bass, 11-9, $5,463

            2nd:      Mike Brueggen of La Crosse, Wis., three bass, 10-14, $2,232

            3rd:       Cade Laufenberg of Goodview, Minn., three bass, 9-12, $1,489

            4th:       Hunter Litchfield of Macomb, Ill., three bass, 9-10, $967

            4th:       Brandon Gann of Sparta, Wis., three bass, 9-10, $967

            6th:       Jeremy Nokken of La Crosse, Wis., three bass, 9-6, $818

            7th:       Travis Brueggen of Cashton, Wis., three bass, 9-4, $744

            8th:       Josh Ystenes of La Crosse, Wis., three bass, 9-3, $669

            9th:       Tyler Fitch of Oregon, Wis., three bass, 9-0, $595

            10th:     Kyle Meyer of Blaine, Minn., three bass, 8-14, $473

            10th:     Adam Hatfield of Sparta, Wis., three bass, 8-14, $473

            10th:     Joe Pollak of Lake Geneva, Wis., three bass, 8-14, $673

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Rene Luis of Chicago, Illinois, claimed the day’s Boater Big Bass Award of $640 after bringing a 4-pound, 7-ounce bass to the scale.

Kevin Ruh of Onalaska, Wisconsin, was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500. 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.

Richard Conrad of Arcadia, Wisconsin, won the Co-angler Division and $2,232 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 10 pounds, 10 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Richard Conrad of Arcadia, Wis., three bass, 10-10, $2,232

            2nd:      Brian Baker of Onalaska, Wis., three bass, 8-14, $1,116

            3rd:       Tom Rothering of Fountain City, Wis., three bass, 8-11, $952

            3rd:       Nycholas Swanson of Waterloo, Iowa, three bass, 8-11, $632

            5th:       Jessie Pollard of Whitehall, Wis., three bass, 8-10, $446

            6th:       Thad Vettrus of Chippewa Falls, Wis., three bass, 8-7, $409

            7th:       Douglas Ley of Janesville, Wis., three bass, 8-5, $372

            8th:       Chuck Davis of Farmington, Ill., three bass, 8-3, $335

            9th:       Mike Fischer of Stacy, Minn., three bass, 8-0, $298

            10th:     Greg Oppegard of West St. Paul, Minn., three bass, 7-15, $260

Rothering caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 4 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $320.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Mississippi River in La Crosse was hosted by the La Crosse County Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was the second of five qualifying tournaments in the Great Lakes division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Great Lakes Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 22-24 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, hosted by ExploreBranson.com. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


West Frankfort’s Shoraga and Wisconsin’s Brueggen Tie for Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Rend Lake

WHITTINGTON, Ill. (July 13, 2020) – Boaters Dan Shoraga of West Frankfort, Illinois, and Mike Brueggen of La Crosse, Wisconsin, each brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 11 pounds, 3 ounces, to tie for the win at the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Rend Lake. For their wins Shoraga earned a total of $4,321, including the $1,000 Mercury Marine contingency bonus, while Brueggen brought home $3,321.

“I had seven bites all day, and managed to put them all in the boat,” said Shoraga, who earned his fourth career BFL win. “I knew it was going to fish tough, but I put my head down and just flipped the creeks all day.”

Shoraga said that he flipped black neon- and hematoma-colored beaver-style baits on the north end of the lake.

Brueggen, meanwhile, started in the mid-lake area and worked his way north, catching five fish throughout the day.

“I started early with a buzzbait, mid-lake, then worked my way north as the day progressed,” Brueggen said. “I caught two on the buzzbait and one out deep on a worm. As I worked up north, I caught one flipping and got my fifth keeper on a crankbait in the afternoon.”

Brueggen is now the early favorite for the October Regional Championship tournament, scheduled for his home waters of the Mississippi River in La Crosse.

“I don’t think there has ever been a regional championship in La Crosse before, so I’m really looking forward to that one,” Brueggen went on to say. “The river in October should be really good.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Dan Shoraga of West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 11-3, $4,321

            1st:       Mike Brueggen of La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 11-3, $3,321

            3rd:       Addison Eggertsen of West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 10-5, $1,478

            4th:       Toby Corn of Paducah, Ky., five bass, 10-2, $1,033

            5th:       Terry Holsapple of Greenup, Ill., five bass, 9-7, $886

            6th:       Darren Frazier of Anna, Ill., three bass, 9-6, $812

            7th:       Colby Schrumpf of Highland, Ill., five bass, 9-3, $738

            8th:       Mark O’Brien of Carterville, Ill., five bass, 8-14, $664

            9th:       Brad Porter of Bluford, Ill., four bass, 8-10, $553

            9th:       Martin Conaughty of Fairview Heights, Ill., four bass, 8-10, $553

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Terry Fitzpatrick of Waukon, Iowa, claimed the day’s Boater Big Bass Award of $635 after bringing a 5-pound, 3-ounce bass to the scale.

Jodie Lanter of Carlyle, Illinois, 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.

Ryan Fancher of Olney, Illinois, won the Co-angler Division and $2,214 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 11 pounds, 5 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Ryan Fancher of Olney, Ill., five bass, 11-5, $2,214

            2nd:       Ryan Murphy of Paris, Ill., three bass, 6-15, $1,107

            3rd:       James Jarvis of West Frankfort, Ill., three bass, 6-8, $738

            4th:       Mike Swetland of Tamaroa, Ill., two bass, 6-5, $717

            5th:       Charles Dammerman of Owaneco, Ill., two bass, 5-12, $443

            6th:       Anthony Balding of Lebanon, Ill., two bass, 5-6, $406

            7th:       Yong Yeun of Elgin, Ill., two bass, 5-2, $369

            8th:       Ashton Nielsen of Mount Zion, Ill., one bass, 5-0, $471

            8th:       Rod Mandrell of Benton, Ill., one bass, 5-0, $471

            10th:     Alan Bernicky of Joliet, Ill., three bass, 4-13, $258

Mandrell caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 5 pounds even. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $158.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Rend Lake was the second of five qualifying tournaments in the Illini division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Illini Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 15-17 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, hosted by Explore La Crosse. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Lebanon’s Johnson and Hendersonville’s Hopkins Earn Wins at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Old Hickory Lake

GALLATIN, Tenn. (July 13, 2020) – It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Gallatin with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Old Hickory Lake events.

Boater Daniel Johnson of Lebanon, Tennessee, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 16 pounds, 6 ounces to win Saturday’s event and earn $4,418, while John Hopkins of Hendersonville, Tennessee, brought in a limit weighing 20 pounds, 11 ounces on Sunday to earn the win and $3,164.

The tournaments were the second and third of five events in the Music City Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.

“It was pretty much the same old, same old for me,” said Johnson, who earned his fourth career victory in BFL competition. “I live about ¼ mile from the lake, and fish it all the time – primarily shallow. I caught everything that I had flipping soft plastics in 1- to 6-feet-of-water.

“The hot and sunny weather really helped me,” Johnson continued. “It positioned the fish right where they needed to be for flipping.”

Johnson said that his key bait was a Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver, which he estimated he threw 70% of the day.

The top five boaters on Saturday were:

            1st:       Daniel Johnson of Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 16-6, $4,418

            2nd:      Tim Messer of Hendersonville, Tenn., four bass, 16-0, $1,709

            3rd:       Lance Oligschlaeger of Gallatin, Tenn., five bass, 15-6, $1,138

            4th:       Dustin Hinkle of Mount Juliet, Tenn., five bass, 14-8, $1,218

            5th:       Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 14-2, $1,184

Complete results for Saturday can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Hinkle brought a 6-pound, 2-ounce bass to the scale to add Saturday’s Boater Big Bass award of $420 to his winnings.

Wagner was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500 Saturday. 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.

Beaufort, South Carolina’s Jared Kutil won the Co-angler Division and $1,868 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 11 pounds, 10 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Saturday finished as follows:

            1st:       Jared Kutil of Beaufort, S.C., five bass, 11-10, $1,868

            2nd:      Benjamin Fouts of Morehead, Ky., five bass, 11-8, $834

            3rd:       Ricky England of Sparta, Tenn., five bass, 10-15, $558

            4th:       Curtis Cline of Lafayette, Tenn., five bass, 10-6, $389

            5th:       Jimmy Cartwright of Smithville, Tenn., four bass, 9-5, $539

Cartwright caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division Saturday, weighing in at 4 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $205.

Sunday’s tournament was a completely different story as winner John Hopkins spent his day catching huge numbers of fish out deep on the ledges.

“I caught probably 60 fish throughout the day,” said Hopkins, who picked up his fifth career BFL win. “Old Hickory is fishing better than it ever has.”

Hopkins said that he caught two good fish on a jig, but most of his damage was done with an unnamed crankbait.

The top five boaters on Sunday were:

            1st:       John Hopkins of Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 20-11, $3,164

            2nd:      Mickey Beck of Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 18-2, $1,582

            3rd:       Dylan Wright of Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 17-14, $1,054

            4th:       Clabion Johns of Social Circle, Ga., five bass, 16-7, $738

            5th:       Hunter Bouldin of McMinnville, Tenn., five bass, 16-5, $633

Complete results for Sunday’s event on Old Hickory Lake can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Scott Ellis of Madison, Tennessee, brought a 6-pound, 3-ounce bass to the scale to win Sunday’s Boater Big Bass award of $380.

William Merrick of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, was Sunday’s highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500.

Doug Thompson of Mabelvale, Arkansas, won the Co-angler Division and $1,582 Sunday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 15 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Sunday finished as follows:

            1st:       Doug Thompson of Mabelvale, Ark., five bass, 14-15, $1,582

            2nd:      Ryan Mealer of Spring Hill, Tenn., five bass, 13-12, $981

            3rd:       Chris Hughes of Centerville, Tenn., five bass, 12-12, $526

            4th:       Taylor Wisniewski of Lexington, Ky., five bass, 11-5, $369

            5th:       Benjamin Fouts of Morehead, Ky., five bass, 10-15, $316

Mealer caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 5 pounds even. The catch earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $190.

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

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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Celina’s Ellis Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Ohio River at Tanners Creek

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (July 13, 2020) – Boater Jay Ellis of Celina, Ohio, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 11 pounds, 13 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. For his victory, Ellis earned a total of $6,972.

The tournament was the second of five events in the Buckeye Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.

“I went up river, about 15 miles, and fished in Muddy Creek,” said Ellis, who earned the first BFL victory of his career. “I caught them all on single tree laydowns. The water levels dropped a little bit over night, and I think it pushed those fish a little farther out, off the bank.”

Ellis said he caught his fish on a black buzzbait and a Texas-rigged black-and-blue beaver-style bait.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Jay Ellis of Celina, Ohio, five bass, 11-13, $6,972

            2nd:      Dick Shaffer of Rockford, Ohio, five bass, 8-2, $2,236

            3rd:       Kenneth Pincombe of Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 7-8, $1,492

            4th:       Seth Fricke of Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 7-1, $1,693

            5th:       Brian Campbell of Oxford, Ohio, five bass, 6-11, $894

            6th:       Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio, four bass, 6-9, $982

            6th:       Chad McCarty of Tipp City, Ohio, five bass, 6-9, $782

            8th:       Pete Justice of Sharonville, Ohio, four bass, 6-6, $671

            9th:       Donald Sibley of Strasburg, Ohio, five bass, 6-5, $596

            10th:     Joe Farkas of Grove City, Ohio, four bass, 6-2, $522

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Fricke claimed the day’s Boater Big Bass Award of $650 after bringing a 3-pound, 15-ounce bass to the scale.

Ellis also was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $2,500. 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.

Carter Mox of Minster, Ohio, won the Co-angler Division and $2,236 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Carter Mox of Minster, Ohio, five bass, 6-11, $2,236

            2nd:      Trapper Owens of Carlisle, Ohio, three bass, 6-4, $1,118

            2nd:      Cruze Eskins of Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 5-13, $745

            4th:       Larry Gunville of Gahanna, Ohio, two bass, 4-13, $847

            5th:       Ron Weisenburger of Continental, Ohio, three bass, 4-11, $447

            6th:       Virgil Grant of Findlay, Ohio, three bass, 4-5, $391

            6th:       Kenny Smith of Austin, Ind., three bass, 4-5, $391

            8th:       Hunter Smith of Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 3-15, $316

            8th:       Kenny Mitchell of Franklin, Ohio, two bass, 3-15, $316

            10th:     Brent Jones of Okeana, Ohio, two bass, 3-14, $261

Gunville caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 4 pounds even. The catch added to his winnings as he earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $325.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Buckeye Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 16-18 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Cherokee Lake 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 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Virginia’s Reynolds Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Kerr Lake

HENDERSON, N.C. (July 13, 2020) – Boater Ben Reynolds of Callands, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 16 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Kerr Lake in Henderson, North Carolina. For his victory, Reynolds earned a total of $4,350.

The tournament was the third of five events in the Shenandoah Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.

“It feels awesome to get this win,” said Reynolds, who earned his third career win in BFL competition. “I fished mostly up towards Clarksville. I didn’t go all the way into the rivers, but I did get pretty close to that end of the lake.

“I started off the morning shallow, but I didn’t do much,” Reynolds continued. “Then I went to a deep spot and caught them pretty good there. In the afternoon I made a little move to go back shallow and I caught another big one. That was the key to my victory – making the move back shallow.”

Reynolds said this his baits of choice were a worm and a Dirty Jigs flipping jig.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Ben Reynolds of Callands, Va., five bass, 16-9, $4,350

            2nd:      Martin Villa of Charlottesville, Va., five bass, 16-6, $2,175

            3rd:       Jason Tibbetts of Centreville, Va., five bass, 14-5, $1,451

            4th:       Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 13-13, $1,015

            5th:       Tom Wilkinson of Oxford, N.C., five bass, 13-12, $870

            6th:       Derik Hudson of Concord, Va., five bass, 13-7, $798

            7th:       Chris Brummett of Lynch Station, Va., five bass, 12-11, $725

            8th:       Robert Grike of Dumfries, Va., five bass, 12-8, $616

            8th:       Ben Jacobi of Richmond, Va., five bass, 12-8, $616

            10th:     Otis Darnell of Linden, Va., five bass, 12-7, $508

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Bennett Owen of Capron, Virginia, earned the day’s $615 Boater Big Bass award with a 4-pound, 15-ounce bass.

Mark Inman of Greensboro, North Carolina, 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.

Mark Blankenship of Christianburg, Virginia, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Sunday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 8 ounces. Robertson earned $2,175 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Mark Blankenship of Christianburg, Va., five bass, 13-8, $2,175

            2nd:      Lenny Baird of Stafford, Va., five bass, 11-10, $1,088

            3rd:       Colin Bennett of Axton, Va., five bass, 11-5, $726

            4th:       Ben Dacey of Chesterfield, Va., four bass, 11-0, $707

            5th:       Carl Whipple of Manassas, Va., five bass, 10-6, $435

            6th:       Brandon Cox of Ruther Glen, Va., four bass, 10-0, $399

            7th:       B.K. Kelley of Colonial Heights, Va., five bass, 9-1, $363

            8th:       Johnnie Hopkins of Durham, N.C., five bass, 8-13, $326

            9th:       Steven Jacobs of Sandford, N.C., five bass, 8-12, $290

            10th:     Jeff Mellott of Warfordsburg, Pa., four bass, 8-4, $254

Costas Melendez of Grottoes, Virginia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds even. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $307.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Shenandoah 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. 8-10 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Macclenny’s Mobley Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Harris Chain of Lakes

LEESBURG, Fla. (July 13, 2020) – Boater John Mobley of Macclenny, Florida, brought a three-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 6 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida. For his victory, Mobley earned $3,926.

The tournament was the fourth of five events in the Gator Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.

“This is my first year fishing BFLs, and I’m super pumped to get a win,” said Mobley, who currently sits in third place in the Gator Division Angler of the Year race.

“I locked down to Lake Griffin and was catching them in hydrilla mats and lily pads,” Mobley said. “I was flipping all day. I stumbled upon the bluegill bedding in the pads and that was the key – matching what the fish were eating.”

Mobley said that he flipped hydrilla mats with a Texas-rigged Missile Baits D Bomb (black and blue) with a 1-ounce tungsten weight ,and caught his fish out of the pads with a 1-ounce Medlock jig with the D-Bomb as a trailer.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       John Mobley of Macclenny, Fla., three bass, 20-6, $3,926

            2nd:      Trevor Fitzgerald of Belleview, Fla., three bass, 19-10, $1,963

            3rd:       Christian Greico of Tampa, Fla., three bass, 19-7, $1,839

            4th:       Matt Gee of Grand Island, Fla., three bass, 19-5, $1,416

            5th:       Levi Crossway of Jacksonville, Fla., three bass, 18-9, $785

            6th:       Kurt Diesing of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., three bass, 17-2, $720

            7th:       Ricky Congero of Windermere, Fla., three bass, 15-6, $654

            8th:       Robert Crosnoe of Inverness, Fla., three bass, 14-12, $589

            9th:       Scott Kirsch of Edgewater, Fla., three bass, 13-13, $523

            10th:     Kennie Steverson of Umatilla, Fla., three bass, 13-3, $458

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Greico caught a 9-pound, 4-ounce largemouth to win the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $530.

Gee 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.

Mike Bruton of Oakland, Florida, won the Co-angler Division and $1,963 Saturday after catching a three-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Mike Bruton of Oakland, Fla., three bass, 15-15, $1,963

            2nd:      Doug Staetter of Sanford, Fla., three bass, 15-12, $981

            3rd:       Reyes Reyes Jr. of Belle Glade, Fla., three bass, 15-1, $655

            4th:       Chuck Crow of Windermere, Fla., three bass, 13-12, $458

            5th:       Chris Nickle of Sanford, Fla., three bass, 12-5, $393

            6th:       Carl Scott of Coral Springs, Fla., three bass, 10-5, $343

            6th:       Dana Bass of Miami, Fla., three bass, 10-5, $343

            8th:       Jackie Barber of Cocoa, Fla., two bass, 9-12, $294

            9th:       Chris Westhelle of Sanford, Fla., three bass, 9-6, $262

            10th:     Rusty Fox of Palatka, Fla., one bass, 9-2, $494

Fox caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 9 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch alone earned him 10th place and the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $265.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Harris Chain of Lakes was hosted by Lake County, Florida.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Gator 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 & 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Spiro High School Wins FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Fort Gibson Lake Open

WAGONER, Okla. (July 13, 2020) – Oklahoma’s Spiro High School duo of Gunner West and Trey McKinney brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 4 ounces to win the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Fort Gibson Lake Open.

For their win on Fort Gibson Lake, the team now advances to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship.

The top four teams that qualified for the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship are:

  1st:    Spiro High School, Spiro, Okla. – Gunner West and Trey McKinney, five bass, 18-4

  2nd:   East Beauregard High School, DeRidder, La. – Hayden Farmer and Jayden Meadows, five bass, 18-2

  3rd:    Wagoner High School, Wagoner, Okla. – Garrett Barton and Braden Lankford, five bass, 17-7

  4th:    Flower Mound High School, Flower Mound, Texas – Ethan Boisvert and Caleb Boisvert, five bass, 17-5

Rounding out the top 10 were:

  5th:    Noble High School, Noble, Okla. – Brycen Soliday and Jaxon Windsor, four bass, 17-2

  6th:    Wagoner High School, Wagoner, Okla. – Aidan Murray and Gauge Merz, five bass, 14-2

  7th:    Charles Page High School, Sand Springs, Okla. – Reese David and Mack Taylor, five bass, 13-13

  8th:    Wagoner High School, Wagoner, Okla. – Hunter Alsip and Bryce Kyndell, five bass, 12-8

  9th:    Mannford High School, Mannford, Okla. – Sydney Meier and Joseph Case, four bass, 10-14

  10th:  Bryant High School, Little Rock, Ark. – Tucker Dottley and Brandon Gabe, five bass, 10-12

Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The event launched from the Whitehorn Cove Marina in Wagoner, Oklahoma, and was hosted by the Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce.

The FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing Fort Gibson Lake Open was a free, two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12 and open to any FLW and Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships will advance to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, the 2021 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. More than $2.8 million in scholarships and prizes were offered at the 2020 World Finals.

Full schedules and the latest announcements are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.com.


Salisbury’s Bell Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Kerr Lake

HENDERSON, N.C. (July 13, 2020) – Boater Rodney Bell of Salisbury, North Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Kerr Lake in Henderson, North Carolina. For his victory, Bell earned $5,024.

Bell said he caught his fish throwing a True South Lures V-Twin Buzz buzzbait and an E&L Lures jig.

“I was mainly fishing from the mouth of Nutbush Creek up towards Grassy Creek – about halfway between the two,” said Bell, who picked up the fifth BFL victory of his career. “Fishing in and around the bream beds seemed to be the key.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Rodney Bell of Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 18-5, $5,024

            2nd:      Marty Warren of Elon, N.C., five bass, 17-6, $2,697

            3rd:       Tom Wilkinson of Oxford, N.C., five bass, 15-2, $1,464

            4th:       Austin Farrell of Tega Cay, S.C., five bass, 14-11, $1,025

            5th:       John Wiese of Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 14-2, $879

            6th:       Ron Wolfarth of Oakboro, N.C., five bass, 13-14, $805

            7th:       Cavin Young of Prince George, Va., five bass, 13-12, $732

            8th:       Raymond Jones III of Statesville, N.C., five bass, 13-11, $659

            9th:       Jason Tibbetts of Centreville, Va., five bass, 13-4, $586

            10th:     Buddy Black of Lawndale, N.C., five bass, 12-15, $513

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Bell also caught a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass to add the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $630 to his winnings.

Warren 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.

Dale Surrett of Midland, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $2,197 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 15 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Dale Surrett of Midland, N.C., five bass, 13-15, $2,197

            2nd:      Tyler Dover of Blacksburg, S.C., five bass, 10-4, $915

            2nd:      Stephen Kocell of Waxhaw, N.C., five bass, 10-4, $915

            4th:       Jason Hinger of Timberlake, N.C., five bass, 9-12, $713

            5th:       Kiel Guin of Durham, N.C., four bass, 9-10, $439

            6th:       Clay Jackson of Daniels, W. Va., four bass, 9-9, $403

            7th:       Nathan Grose of Summersville, W. Va., five bass, 9-5, $348

            7th:       Robert Wedding of Welcome, Md., five bass, 9-5, $348

            9th:       Brian Bird of Huntersville, N.C., five bass, 9-2, $293

            10th:     William Lisenby of Centreville, Va., five bass, 8-13, $256

Eric Richards of Kannapolis, North Carolina, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $315.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Kerr Lake was hosted by the Vance County Tourism Development Authority. The event was the fourth of five qualifying events in the North Carolina Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the North Carolina Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 8-10 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Oklahoma State University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Fort Gibson Lake

WAGONER, Okla. (July 13, 2020) – The Oklahoma State University team of Rhett Meyer of Stilwell, Oklahoma and Jake Biram of Tulsa, Oklahoma, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Fort Gibson Lake event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 14 ounces. The victory earned the Oklahoma State bass club $2,000 and qualified them to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship.

The Cowboys duo won by a comfortable 2-pound, 9-ounce margin over the second-place team of Derek Pietsch and Trey Dawson from Texas A&M-Galveston, who weighed in five bass totaling 17 pounds, 5 ounces. The tournament launched from Whitehorn Cove Marina in Wagoner, Oklahoma.

The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2021 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st:       Oklahoma State University – Rhett Meyer, Stilwell, Okla., and Jake Biram, Tulsa, Okla., five bass, 19-14, $2,000

2nd:      Texas A&M at Galveston – Derek Pietsch, Montgomery, Texas, and Trey Dawson, Montgomery, Texas, five bass, 17-5, $1,000

3rd:       Lamar State College – Grady Doucet and Trent Buchholz, both of Beaumont, Texas., five bass, 17-1, $500

4th:       Rogers State University – Ty Crutchfield, Inola, Okla., and Alec Murphy, Claremore, Okla., five bass, 16-11, $500

5th:       Oklahoma State University – Dexter Flick, Stillwater, Okla., and Cameron Simmons, Owasso, Okla., five bass, 15-14, $500

6th:       Angelo State University – Lance Culak, San Angelo, Texas, and Steven Armstrong, Brownwood, Texas, five bass, 15-13

7th:       Texas A&M-Commerce – Augustus McLarry, Quinlin, Texas, and Dawson Cassidy, Gainesville, Texas, five bass, 15-13

8th:       East Texas Baptist University – Grant Hendrix, Livingston, Texas, and Josh Manuel, Burleson, Texas, five bass, 15-12

9th:       Northeastern State University – Bo Adams, Henryetta, Okla., and Jeremy Tolle, Bixby, Okla., five bass, 15-6

10th:     University of Nebraska – Charlie DeShazer, Lincoln, Neb., and Hunter Suchsland, Kearney, Neb., five bass, 15-4

Complete results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI event on Fort Gibson Lake was hosted by the Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce. It was the first of three regular-season qualifying tournaments for Southern Conference anglers. The next event for College Fishing anglers will be July 31 at the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio.

Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI teams compete in regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Skiatook’s Webb Wins Saturday, Eldon’s Fitzpatrick and Grove’s Gilbreath Tie Sunday at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Arkansas River

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (June 29, 2020) – It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Muskogee with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Arkansas River events. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March.

Boater Mitchell Webb of Skiatook, Oklahoma, brought five bass to the scale totaling 16 pounds, 1 ounce to win Saturday’s event and earn $12,839 – including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency award – while boaters Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Missouri, and Mike Gilbreath of Grove, Oklahoma, both brought in limits weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces, on Sunday to tie for the win. Fitzpatrick earned $3,380 for his victory, while Gilbreath won a total of $6,880 after contingency awards.

“It started off kind of slow for me. I just kind of caught one here, then caught one there, and by the end of the day I realized I had a pretty decent limit,” said Webb, who earned his first career FLW win. “I stayed in Muskogee Pool and just covered a lot of water. I basically ran from lock to lock.

“I caught four of my five fishing flipping shallow, and the other one I caught on an offshore spot,” Webb went on to say. “I’d had a couple of mishaps with my tow vehicle earlier this week, so it feels good to finally come out on the right side of something.”

The top five boaters on Saturday were:

            1st:       Mitchell Webb of Skiatook, Okla., five bass, 16-1, $12,839

            2nd:      Caleb Black of McAlester, Okla., five bass, 15-2, $2,419

            3rd:       Jeff Clark of Van Buren, Ark., five bass, 14-11, $1,614

            4th:       Blake Capps of Muskogee, Okla., five bass, 13-4, $1,129

            5th:       Jason Sandidge of Centerton, Ark., five bass, 13-2, $968

Complete results for Saturday can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Steven McLarty of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, brought a 5-pound, 4-ounce bass to the scale to win Saturday’s Boater Big Bass award of $730.

Webb was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home the top contingency payout of $7,000. 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.

Aubrey Herlocker of Stillwater, Oklahoma, won the Co-angler Division and $2,419 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 4 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Saturday finished as follows:

            1st:       Aubrey Herlocker of Stillwater, Okla., five bass, 13-15, $2,419

            2nd:      Hunter Moody of Norman, Okla., three bass, 12-11, $1,210

            3rd:       Porky Roberts of Morris, Okla., three bass, 12-10, $807

            4th:       Matthew Hargarten of Bolivar, Mo., three bass, 12-9, $565

            5th:       Chase Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Mo., two bass, 12-3, $484

Joe Landers of Okemah, Oklahoma, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division Saturday, weighing in at 5 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $365.

On Sunday, winning boaters Roger Fitzpatrick and Mike Gilbreath also stayed in Muskogee Pool.

“I caught a limit fairly early on a crankbait, but it only weighed around 10 pounds and I knew it wasn’t going to help me much,” said Fitzpatrick, who earned his ninth career FLW victory. “I spent the rest of my day flipping wood with a Zoom Speed Craw.

“I also found a little hyacinth patch that had floated to the bank,” Fitzpatrick continued. “It was near deeper water – over 5 feet – and I ended up catching my three biggest fish out of that.”

Gilbreath fished a similar pattern as Fitzpatrick.

“I had a great time out there,” Gilbreath said. “I caught some early on a squarebill crankbait, then flipped in the creeks later in the day. It was tough – I found a few areas where I had to make 8 to 10 casts to the same piece of structure before I’d get a bite – but all in all it was a very good day.”

The top five boaters on Sunday were:

            1st:       Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Mo., five bass, 13-13, $3,380

            1st:       Mike Gilbreath of Grove, Okla., five bass, 13-13, $6,880

            3rd:       Ed Barton of Vian, Okla., five bass, 13-11, $1,502

            4th:       Jared Miller of Norman, Okla., five bass, 12-7, $1,052

            5th:       Joel Baker of Talala, Okla., five bass, 11-10, $901

Complete results for Sunday’s event on the Arkansas River can be found at FLWFishing.com

 

Scott Burkett of Bokchito, Oklahoma, brought a 4-pound, 12-ounce bass to the scale Sunday to earn the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $655.

Thad Hewitt of Delaware, Oklahoma, won the Co-angler Division and $2,253 Sunday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 11 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Sunday finished as follows:

            1st:       Thad Hewitt of Delaware, Okla., five bass, 12-11, $2,253

            2nd:      Ken Coats of Claremore, Okla., five bass, 12-10, $1,127

            3rd:       Maverick Mosiman of Bel Aire, Kan., five bass, 11-12, $751

            4th:       Aaron Warren of Inola, Okla., four bass, 10-14, $526

            4th:       Raymond Moody of Norman, Okla., five bass, 10-13, $451

Bill Wiles of Arcadia, Oklahoma caught Sunday’s largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 4 pounds, 8 ounces to earn him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $327.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Double-Header on the Arkansas River was the third and fourth of five qualifying events in the Okie Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Okie Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 22-24 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, hosted by ExploreBranson.com. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


FLW Shifts Toyota Series Northern Event to Lake Erie

SANDUSKY, Ohio (June 29, 2020) – FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that due to New York’s recently announced travel restrictions, the organization will shift its July 9-11 Toyota Series Northern Division opener from the St. Lawrence River at Massena, New York, to Lake Erie at Sandusky, Ohio.

“The City of Sandusky is excited for the opportunity to host the Toyota Series at the Shelby Street Boat Launch facility,” said Eric Wobser, City Manager for the City of Sandusky. “We welcome the opportunity to provide access from our waterfront downtown destination and are encouraged by FLW’s commitment to safety and the guidelines set during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The Town of Massena deeply regrets that FLW has to reschedule the Toyota Series outside New York State due to the newly-implemented directives for people traveling from other parts of the country,” said Don Meissner, Tournament Coordinator for the Town of Massena. “The town highly values its relationship with FLW and we look forward to future tournaments.”

Entries will roll over to the rescheduled event unless instructed otherwise.

Anglers will take off daily at 6 a.m. EDT from the Shelby Street Boat Launch Facility, located at 101 Shelby St., in Sandusky. Weigh-ins will also be held at the Shelby Street Launch Facility and will begin at 2 p.m. To minimize the spread of COVID-19, attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to forgo the daily takeoffs and weigh-ins and follow the event online through the “FLW Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at FLWFishing.com.

FLW continues to monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, state and local guidelines. Officials are still evaluating options for other New York events, including the 2020 Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota, currently scheduled Aug. 24-29 at the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York. No additional updates are available at this time.

The 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Sheridan’s Richmond Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Ouachita

MOUNT IDA, Ark. (June 29, 2020) – Boater Russell Richmond of Sheridan, Arkansas, brought three bass to the scale Saturday totaling 11 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Ouachita in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Richmond topped his neared competitor, Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Arkansas, by 1-pound, 1-ounce and earned $4,394 for his victory.

“I caught all of my fish on a white Strike King swimjig, running grass in Webb and Twin Creeks,” said Richmond, who earned his second career win in FLW competition. “I had all of my fish that I weighed in by 6:30 (a.m.). I caught a bunch of more small ones throughout the day, but I never could upgrade.

“The area that I was fishing had a creek channel really close. My boat was sitting in about 10 foot of water and it went up to about 3 to 4 feet at the edge of the grass,” Richmond continued. “I hadn’t practiced there, but I had fished it before and I was committed to that spot. I knew that if I stayed there long enough I could catch enough to win, and it only took 15 minutes.”

Richmond was ecstatic about earning the win in the tough Bass Fishing League Arkie division.

“This division is very hard to win as a boater. These guys are very good, and we fish all different types of water – clear-water reservoirs, rivers – so it’s hard to beat these guys,” Richmond went on to say. “I’ve been fishing BFL events since 2005 and this is my second trophy. I’ve been to the All-American once, and I really want to make it back.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Russell Richmond of Sheridan, Ark., three bass, 11-5, $4,394

            2nd:      Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 10-4, $1,940

            3rd:       Beau Browning of Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 10-1, $1,293

            4th:       Chris Darby of Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 9-13, $905

            5th:       Chris Layton of North Little Rock, Ark., three bass, 9-8, $776

            6th:       Brian Bean of Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 9-5, $711

            7th:       Josh Busby of Rogersville, Mo., three bass, 9-3, $1,147

            8th:       Eric Pinter of Little Rock, Ark., three bass, 9-1, $582

            9th:       Evan Barnes of Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 8-12, $517

            10th:     Derwin Thomas of Little Rock, Ark., three bass, 8-11, $453

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Richmond caught brought a 5-pound, 3-ounce bass to the scale to add the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $515 to his winnings.

Busby was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500. 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.

Alvin Williams of Hartman, Arkansas, won the Co-angler Division and $1,897 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Alvin Williams of Hartman, Ark., three bass, 8-5, $1,897

            2nd:      Bryan Barnard of Harrison, Ark., three bass, 7-7, $949

            3rd:       Brian Choate of Conway, Ark., three bass, 7-0, $661

            4th:       Justin Eldridge of Marion, Ark., three bass, 7-0, $538

            5th:       Jason Phillips of Rison, Ark., three bass, 6-14, $379

            6th:       John McCullar of Benton, Ark., three bass, 6-12, $348

            7th:       Buck Blackwell of Pine Bluff, Ark., three bass, 6-10, $316

            8th:       Terry Dugger of Little Rock, Ark., three bass, 6-9, $285

            9th:       Robert Bogard Jr. of Conway, Ark., three bass, 6-8, $237

            9th:       Chris Cusick of Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 6-8, $237

Choate caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 3 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $123.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Ouachita was the fourth of five qualifying events in the Arkie Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Arkie Division 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 Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, hosted by Explore Branson. 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe.

FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW is expanding its programming in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).


Wheeler Reclaims Lead at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga

DAYTON, Tenn. (June 25, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, caught a five-bass limit weighing 27 pounds, 12 ounces Thursday to reclaim his lead in the $1.3 million Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super-Tournament at Lake Chickamauga. Wheeler now holds a 4-pound, 13-ounce edge over his closest competitor, Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas, heading into the fourth and final day of competition. The $1.3 million Super Tournament that featured 204 anglers competing from FLW and Major League Fishing (MLF) with a top prize of up to $160,000.

Although Wheeler’s weight on the scale was 27-12, he was credited with 25-12 after being assessed a 2-pound penalty for accidently making a cast with six fish in his livewell. After catching a 10-pound largemouth, Wheeler placed it into his livewell and quickly jumped up to make another cast. The problem was that Wheeler already had a five-bass limit. Wheeler made one cast before realizing his mistake, and did not catch a fish, but the Tennessee pro was assessed a 2-pound penalty and allowed to cull out his smallest fish.

“When you catch one that big, you get a little flustered,” Wheeler joked on the weigh-in stage. “I was so excited to make another cast. As soon as I fired it out there, I was like ‘Gosh, dang it. I’ve got six in my livewell.’ I immediately called (Tournament Director) Daniel Fennel and I knew I was getting a 2-pound penalty. I was so mad at myself for making that error, I used it to motivate myself to go out and catch even more than what I had.”

Other than the penalty, it was a near flawless day for Wheeler on the water Thursday as he caught the largest limit of the tournament. After spending the first two days of the tournament bouncing back and forth between shallow and deep water, Wheeler spent day three mainly offshore.

“It was an awesome day out there on the lake,” Wheeler said. “Yesterday I had 10 to 15 places shallow, but today I spent most of my time deep. I had some stuff in my back pocket that I was sort of saving, and I still have some stuff that I saved shallow where there should be some big ones.

“I’m going out tomorrow with the mindset that I’m going to have to catch a really big bag,” Wheeler said. “It’s so easy here for someone to catch a 10-pounder and put together a 30-pound limit, so I’ve got to catch another 20+ pounds. If I lose, I lose, and I leave it out on the water, but for me, my goal is to keep catching 20.”

The top 10 pros advancing to the final day of competition Friday on Lake Chickamauga are:

1st:       Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn., 15 bass, 72-6
2nd:      Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas, 15 bass, 67-9
3rd:       Cole Floyd of Leesburg, Ohio, 15 bass, 62-3
4th:       Cody Meyer of Auburn, Calif., 15 bass, 57-1
5th:       Miles Burghoff of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., 15 bass, 55-6
6th:       John Cox of DeBary, Fla., 15 bass, 55-1
7th:       Alex Davis of Albertville, Ala., 15 bass, 54-11
8th:       Joshua Weaver of Macon, Ga., 15 bass, 53-2
9th:       David Williams of Maiden, N.C., 15 bass, 51-15
10th:     Alton Jones of Lorena, Texas, 15 bass, 51-14

Finishing in 11th through 30th are:

            11th:     Dakota Ebare of Denham Springs, La., 15 bass, 51-10, $14,000
12th:     Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, Ark., 15 bass, 50-1, $14,000
13th:     Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 49-2, $14,000
14th:     Wade Strelic of Alpine, Calif., 15 bass, 48-14, $14,000
15th:     Mark Daniels Jr. of Tuskegee, Ala., 15 bass, 48-9, $14,000
16th:     Lendell Martin Jr. of Nacogdoches, Texas, 15 bass, 48-3, $14,000
17th:     Kerry Milner of Bono, Ark., 15 bass, 48-1, $14,000
18th:     Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis., 15 bass, 47-11, $14,000
19th:     Jesse Wiggins of Logan, Ala., 15 bass, 46-14, $14,000
20th:     Fred Roumbanis of London, Ark., 15 bass, 46-10, $14,000
21st:     Matt Greenblatt of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., 15 bass, 46-8, $11,000
22nd:    Christopher Brasher of Longview, Texas, 15 bass, 46-7, $11,000
23rd:     Justin Atkins of Florence, Ala., 15 bass, 46-6, $11,000
24th:     Jason Meninger of Saint Augustine, Fla., 15 bass, 46-3, $11,000
25th:     Jonathan Canada of Helena, Ala., 15 bass, 46-1, $11,000
26th:     Barry Wilson of Birmingham, Ala., 15 bass, 45-15, $11,000
27th:     Kyle Cortiana of Coweta, Okla., 15 bass, 45-14, $11,000
28th:     Adrian Avena of Vineland, N.J., 15 bass, 45-9, $11,000
29th:     Michael Neal of Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 45-9, $11,000
30th:     Terry Scroggins of San Mateo, Fla., 15 bass, 45-5, $11,000

Full results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 237 bass weighing 678 pounds, 3 ounces, caught by 50 pros Thursday. Of the final 50 pros, 44 of them were able to bring a five-bass limit to the scale.

The Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Chickamauga is hosted by Fish Dayton and the Rhea Economic & Tourism Council.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament competition, the full field of 204 pro anglers competed in the two-day opening round on Tuesday and Wednesday. The top 50 pros based on their two-day accumulated weight advanced to Thursday. Now only the top 10 pros will continue competition on Championship Friday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition.

FLW anglers are vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota, the Pro Circuit championship. The 2020 Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota will be held on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York, Aug. 24-29.

MLF pros competing in the Pro Circuit Super Tournaments will fish for prize money only. No points will be awarded toward any championship or title to MLF competitors. Only the original Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers will compete for the AOY title throughout the remainder of the season. AOY points in the final events will be awarded based on Pro Circuit anglers finishing order. The top-finishing FLW pro will receive “first-place points” regardless of where he finishes in the overall standings, and so on.

The top 10 anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. EDT Friday from Point Park at Dayton Boat Dock, located at 185 Chickamauga Drive, in Dayton. Friday’s Championship weigh-in will also be held at Dayton Boat Dock and will begin at 3 p.m. To minimize the spread of COVID-19, attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to forgo the daily takeoffs and weigh-ins and follow the event online through the expanded “FLW Live” broadcasts and weigh-in coverage at FLWFishing.com.

Television coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Chickamauga will premiere at 7 p.m. EDT, Aug. 14 on the Outdoor Channel. Beginning July 3 and running through Dec. 27, FLW will air 312 hours of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit action on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Episodes have been expanded to two hours long, allowing each show to go in-depth to break down the final rounds of regular-season competition. Each episode will premiere in Friday night primetime slots on the Outdoor Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel.

The popular FLW Live on-the-water broadcast has been expanded to air on all four days of competition, featuring live action from the boats of the tournament’s top pros each day. Host Travis Moran is joined by Toyota Series pro Todd Hollowell and MLF’s Marty Stone to break down the extended action Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-the-water broadcasts will be live streamed on FLWFishing.com.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


FLW Set for Return to Competition with Toyota Series Tournament on Pickwick Lake

FLORENCE, Ala. (May 21, 2020) – FLW is set to return to tournament competition next week in Florence, Alabama, with the three-day Toyota Series event at Pickwick Lake, May 28-30. Hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, the event will feature a return to action for the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers.

The event will be the first FLW tournament held since the organization paused all competition in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament will be held under an abundance of caution, with limited attendance to anglers and essential tournament staff only. Fans are encouraged to forgo daily takeoffs and weigh-ins and follow the event online through “FLW Live” weigh-in broadcasts and coverage at FLWFishing.com.

“It’s definitely going to be an offshore deal, and it’s going to be a slugfest,” said Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit rookie Cole Floyd.

Floyd said that on Kentucky Lake, the fishing has been a little behind this year, but he thinks that only makes the timing better at Pickwick.

“I’ll usually start finding fish out on mid-range stuff now, or a week before now (mid-May),” said Floyd of the offshore bite. “It’s kind of behind here (at Kentucky Lake). We haven’t had a shad spawn yet, and usually it’s going on now. I’ve heard that it hasn’t quite happened yet there (at Pickwick), but I think this tournament will hit it right on the nail.”

For catching offshore fish, Floyd thinks that cranking will be clutch, as that’s usually one of the best early producers offshore on the Tennessee River. Other traditional ledge-fishing baits will work as well, including football jigs and other dragging baits. Swimbaits, hair jigs and fluke-style baits on Scrounger-style heads could also produce, and they have a history of success in the summer on Pickwick.

For the shallow-water stuff, Floyd said that big spinnerbaits can be very good around spawning shad. Big, shallow-running crankbaits may also be a good bet to catch the better-than-average largemouth that are shallow and gorging on big gizzard shad.

“I bet it’s going to be crazy. There will also be guys that catch them out of shallower stuff, too. They will be tough to beat if they find that stuff,” Floyd went on to say. “I bet the weights will be crazy. I’d say it’ll take high 60s to win over three days.”

Anglers will take off from McFarland Park, located at 200 Jim Spain Drive, in Florence at 6 a.m. CDT each day of competition. The weigh-ins will be broadcast at FLWFishing.com each day from McFarland Park, beginning at 2 p.m.

In Toyota Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event, scaling up for every 20 boats over 160 and scaling down for every boat below 160. With a 160-boat field, pros fish for a top prize of $40,000, plus an extra $35,000 if FLW PHOENIX BONUS qualified. Co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard (valued at $33,500). With a 260-boat field, pros fish for a top award of $65,000, plus an extra $35,000 if FLW PHOENIX BONUS qualified. Co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard (valued at $33,500) plus $5,000 cash.

The 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Duckett Adds Insights About new FLW Super Tournaments

There’s always a silver lining.

As COVID-19 has forced a shutdown and restructuring of many
American industries, bass tournament organizations have followed suit.
FLW recently announced that it shortened the remaining regular
season schedule from four tournaments to three along with changes in
locations and dates.

Likewise, Major League Fishing has suffered schedule interruptions and
a shortened season. In an effort to give all pros under the MLFFLW
umbrella a chance to fish more, gain more exposure and make more
money, FLW has extended invites for Major League Fishing pros to
participate in the three remaining FLW events – billed as ‘Super
Tournaments’.

Only FLW Pro Circuit anglers will gain points toward their Angler of the
Year title and the championship but MLF anglers have a shot at the
money and will gain exposure for their sponsors.
While touring pros are forced to start all over with travel planning, etc.,
there are some serious perks. Prize purses have been increased.
Benefits are brewing for anglers and fans alike when competition
resumes June 23 rd on Lake Chickamauga.

As fans, we get to see FOUR days of live internet coverage on
FLWFishing.com now instead of the two days we were getting earlier
this year.

MLF owner/angler Boyd Duckett sees the positives, says he may jump
in and fish too.

“Being able to pick up these additional Super Tournaments, especially
with the additional money FLW’s putting into it, the first-place payout
went up some but that’s not the big deal. The big difference is through

the field - $10,000 to 100 th place, where it used to be $5,000, so if you
make the top 100 you get ten-grand. That’s solid.”

FLW has said that, based on a 200-angler field, first place will pay
$125,000 and contingency awards may swell the top prize to $160,000.
“We had a comparison that showed the previous FLW Pro Circuit
payout, next to this, and every single place is up substantially. It’s about
half-a-million more, per event, added to the payout. Half-a-million per
event. That’s a lot.”

While an infusion of money will be welcome, the addition of well-
known anglers will benefit everyone, especially young FLW pros who
will glow under the halo effect of competing against the sport’s top
names on television and other media platforms.

Duckett has high praise for the entire tournament industry. About
Bassmaster he said, “Phenomenal organization, great brand. I’m proud
of my years at B.A.S.S.,” as well he should be, having won the
Bassmaster Classic in Alabama to become the first angler to win a
Classic in his home state. He is also excited about the strength of
competition FLW will now offer viewers this summer. “Man, you put 30
or 40 of our guys in over there, it’ll be the biggest 5-fish-limit tour there
is.”

It’s uncertain as to how many MLF pros will fish FLW this year. One
high-profile angler told AnglersChannel.com that he will not participate
but knows several friends who are very excited about doing so. Duckett
is thinking of what could be, “Hey, I tell you, there’s a bunch of the guys
(MLF pros) who want to fish (FLW Pro Circuit) next year, just want to
fish two circuits like we did in the old days when we fished B.A.S.S. and
FLW – that’s how we did it in the old days.”

But even Duckett isn’t sure if the field will total 200 competitors this
summer. “I don’t know. It’s a great option that FLW has created for the
guys that can do it. I think most of the guys want to do it. A bunch of us
haven’t fished FLW or any 5-fish-limit tour in a while so it’s kind of
exciting to go back and fish it.”

Duckett is Co-Founder of MLF and, by extension, an owner of FLW after
the acquisition last year and, while he had an idea this might be
happening, he got the email with final details just a few days before the
deadline to commit, as did all the MLF anglers.

“This was not an MLF action. This was an FLW action. The FLW team
getting together and making it to where it was offered to Major League
Fishing guys, I thought, was cool as hell.”

So, what would motivate an MLF pro to jump in for a three-event run
on the FLW Pro Circuit? “Number one, you have the time,” noted
Duckett, “because this COVID year your season was shortened. Pro
anglers need to fish. That’s what they do for their sponsors and they
need to stay relevant every opportunity they get.

“Not only that, but I can tell you, for all the years I’ve fished, this is the
three highest-paid standard events I’ve ever fished.”

The Super Tournament Schedule:
June 23-26 – Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tenn.
July 29-Aug. 1 – Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis.
Aug. 11-14 – Detroit River in Trenton, Mich.


FLW Announces Updated Dates and Locations for Free High School Fishing Minicamps

What:
FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today updated dates and locations for the three FREE High School Fishing minicamps, held in conjunction with three 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit events.

Traditionally a three-day summer camp held at Murray State University, FLW shifted the format to three single-day minicamps last month in response to the coronavirus pandemic and to allow more anglers, coaches and boat captains the opportunity to attend.

When/Where:

  • June 25                       Lake Chickamauga  

Dayton Boat Dock – Point Park, 185 Chickamauga Drive, Dayton, Tenn.

  • July 31                        Mississippi River (La Crosse)         

Veterans Freedom Park, 1 Clinton St., La Crosse, Wis.

  • Aug. 25                       St. Lawrence River

Massena Intake Boat Launch, 1415 State Hwy. 131, Massena, N.Y.

Notes:
Each camp will be held in conjunction with a Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event and will provide valuable instruction from top pros and industry executives for students, coaches and boat captains.

Participants will check in on site and receive a free camp t-shirt, free product from participating sponsors and a free lakeside cookout. Campers will have time to practice their newfound skills with some fishing from the bank and will be invited to help mentor grade-school children during an FLW Foundation Unified Fishing Derby held at the same location. Each of the first two camps will conclude at the start of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit weigh-in with participating campers recognized on the popular FLW LIVE webcast. The third camp will be held at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE championship with camp integrated into opening-day festivities. FLW is hosting these exciting new camps to help encourage high school anglers throughout the country to pursue their passion for fishing.

Registration for the minicamps is now open. To sign up for each camp, or for more information – including camp schedules – visit FLWFishing.com/camp.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Major League Fishing Returns June 7 to Kissimmee Chain: 2020 Bass Pro Tour Schedule Cut Short in Wake of COVID-19

May 8, 2020 (Tulsa, Okla.) Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the return of the 2020 Bass Pro Tour on June 7-12 with Heavy Hitters featuring a $745,000 purse and the full field of 80 Pros. The 2020 Tour will conclude July 10-15 on Lake Champlain after five Stages. For the safety of all involved, fan events and gatherings are cancelled for the remainder of the season. This revised schedule permits MLF to deliver an additional 100+ hours of live-action sports as well as meet television production deadlines to fulfill sponsorship agreements despite the unprecedented season. On March 23rd following three successful Stages, MLF paused the Bass Pro Tour in an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“After working with state, local, and Public Health officials, we feel we can return to the water for two final tournaments in 2020,” said Boyd Duckett, MLF Co-Founder and pro angler.  “Fishing is an inherently socially distant sport and while we will miss seeing our fans face-to-face, the Bass Pro Tour can deliver the drama of live-action sports to fans, while participating responsibly in a phased approach to help restart the economy.”

Heavy Hitters presented by Venmo will take place on Lake Tohopekaliga (Toho) and the Kissimmee Chain two weeks later than originally planned, June 7-12. No longer a mid-season qualifier, the event will feature all 80 MLF Pros in a traditional six-day, Bass Pro Tour format while still featuring an untraditional $745,000 purse and full-field payout. Heavy Hitters will serve as Stage Four toward the season-long Bass Pro Tour Points Championship, awarded to the angler with the most points at the conclusion of the season.

In addition to the traditional payout schedule based on finishing order, the biggest bass caught for each Group over the two-day Qualifying Rounds (June 7-10) will pay a $25,000 big bass bonus ($50,000 total). The Knockout Round on day five (June 11), will feature a $50,000 big bass bonus, while the Championship Round (June 12) will feature a $100,000 big bass bonus, on top of the Stage Title $100,000 prize.

In response to the shortened season, MLF revised the payout schedule for Heavy Hitters presented by Venmo to include all 80 anglers: 1st $100,000; 2nd $40,000; 3rd $15,000; 4th $13,000; 5th $12,000; 6th $11,000; 7th $10,000; 8th $9,000; 9th $8,000; 10th$7,000; 11th – 20th $6,000; 21st – 40th $5,000; 41st – 80th $4,000. Each competitor is guaranteed a $4,000 check.

“As an angler-driven league, we worked with the Pros to identify a schedule that preserves as many opportunities as possible for our guys to compete and receive a paycheck during this unprecedented time,” said Jim Wilburn, MLF President and CEO.  “Our media-centric format and exceptional production team enables us to create significant exposure for our field with over 550 hours of original programming via livestream, Discovery Channel, CBS, CBS Sports, and Sportsman Channel.”

As the economy begins to reopen in Florida, Experience Kissimmee looks forward to welcoming Major League Fishing to their community.

"We are thrilled to welcome back Major League Fishing to Kissimmee for another successful event," said Kissimmee Sports Executive Director John Poole. "While the destination is following the Florida governor's plan to reopen in phases, we are grateful to have the opportunity to provide both live and recorded television content for viewers across the country to continue experiencing Kissimmee from home."

The 2020 Bass Pro Tour will conclude with the Evinrude Stage Five presented by Covercraft July 10–15 on Lake Champlain hosted by Experience Vermont. The abbreviated five-stage Bass Pro Tour encompasses the race to qualify for the 2021 REDCREST Championship and win the overall 2020 points race. After the General Tire Stage Three presented by TrueTimber on Lake Fork, Ott DeFoe leads the field with 227 points, while reigning Champion Edwin Evers sits near the Elimination Line at 29thplace with 146 points.

“I’m glad that we’re able to return to fishing at this point,” said DeFoe. “Five stages are better than three and the fisheries that we have ahead of us are outstanding fisheries that will make for great contests. Despite being only five stages, this is a very diverse schedule and we will take what we can get in what has turned into an unprecedented season.”

“I’m excited to get back to fishing,” said Evers. “It’s in our blood and for me to have the National Anthem go off and get back in the boat and compete against the best guys in this race for a REDCREST qualifier will be fantastic. Over these last few weeks, this competition has been missing in my life!”

With the remainder of the 2020 season cut short due to the worldwide pandemic, MLF continues to work with 2020 host Bass Pro Tour hosts - Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the City of Ogdensburg - for future events. As announced last month, Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees will serve as the competition waters for REDCREST 2021 hosted by Tulsa Sports Commission, February 23-27, 2021 with the inaugural REDCREST Outdoor Expo February 26-28, 2021.


FLW Revamps 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Schedule: Extends Invitation to Major League Fishing Pro Anglers

BENTON, Ky. (May 8, 2020) – FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a revised 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit schedule, which will return June 23-26 on Lake Chickamauga. The regular season will conclude on the Detroit River, Aug. 11-14. The Tackle Warehouse TITLE, the FLW Pro Circuit Championship will remain on the St. Lawrence River, but will now take place Aug. 24-29. The 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit regular-season schedule has been shortened from seven events to six. After completing three events in the original 2020 schedule, FLW suspended the Pro Circuit on March 22 in an abundance of caution surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Updated Schedule:

  • June 23-26                  Lake Chickamauga   Dayton, Tenn.

Hosted by Fish Dayton and the Rhea Economic & Tourism Council

  • July 29- Aug. 1          Mississippi River       La Crosse, Wis.        

Hosted by the La Crosse County Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Aug. 11-14                  Detroit River             Trenton, Mich.

Hosted by the Detroit Sports Commission

2020 Tackle Warehouse TITLE, the FLW Pro Circuit Championship:

  • Aug. 24-29                  St. Lawrence River   Massena, N.Y.          

Hosted by the Town of Massena

By its nature, the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit allows for social distancing as anglers compete in individual boats on thousands of acres of water. Fans are encouraged to watch the tournaments and daily weigh-ins online from their homes through expanded live on-the-water broadcasts rather than attend weigh-ins, in an effort to avoid crowds. FLW will livestream all four days, instead of only the final two days as previously done, and the on-the-water camera crew will also be expanded to help capture more of the action. The events will proceed with marshals unless COVID-19 mitigation guidance in the host community at the time of each event dictates otherwise.

“It’s an understatement to say that these are historic times in professional bass fishing, but that’s exactly what we’re dealing with – a situation our industry has never faced before,” said FLW Executive Vice President and General Manager Kathy Fennel. “We had no choice but to shift some of our previous host commitments to finish out the 2020 season, but we are confident that the revamped schedule will make for a very exciting conclusion to the season. We will return to Lake Hartwell, Cherokee Lake and Lake Dardanelle in the future.

The abbreviated season for both MLF and FLW enabled FLW to extend invitations to Major League Fishing’s (MLF) Pros for the three final events, which will grow the field and create “Super Tournaments.” All current Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers will retain their spots on the roster, but the field size will be expanded to include any MLF pros who commit to compete in all three events.

“The major changes to the remainder of our season offered us the opportunity to create what will arguably be the most memorable bass fishing tournaments in history,” Fennel said. “FLW has extended an invitation to all MLF Pros to compete with us.

“As we discussed how FLW should emerge from the quarantine period, we realized that we could work together with MLF to give both organizations’ anglers more opportunities to earn money and represent their sponsors for the remainder of this season. We’re going to give fans an incredible show, with the best anglers in the world fishing for five-bass limits. FLW and MLF will come out of quarantine even stronger.”

As has been the case throughout the 2020 season leading up to the shelter-at-home orders that paused competitive fishing, numerous MLF pros had elected to fish other FLW tournaments. Jacob Wheeler, Jordan Lee, Marty Robinson and Michael Neal have all represented their sponsors at Toyota Series events earlier this year. The 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit “Super Tournaments” will also offer the chance for fans to tune in and see major stars from MLF compete in the traditional five-bass format against FLW’s top pros. FLW has asked that MLF pros indicate their intent to fish by May 15, 2020.

Assuming a 200-boat field, the total purse in each tournament will expand from $820,000 to $1,279,000, for an increase of $1,377,000 over three events. The first-place prize will increase from $100,000 to $125,000, and FLW will pay out $10,000 through 100th place. Contingency prizes will also remain in effect, meaning qualified FLW PHOENIX BONUS pros fish for a top award of $160,000 in each tournament.

MLF pros who choose to compete in the final three Pro Circuit “Super Tournaments” will fish for prize money only. No points will be awarded toward any championship or title to MLF competitors. Only the original Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers will compete for the Angler of the Year (AOY) title throughout the remainder of the season. AOY points in the final events will be awarded based on Pro Circuit anglers finishing order. The top-finishing FLW pro will receive “first-place points” regardless of where he finishes in the overall standings, and so on.

Qualification into the Tackle Warehouse TITLE, the FLW Pro Circuit Championship, is also open only to the original Pro Circuit field based on the anglers’ finishing order in the season-long, points standings. The TITLE remains a six-day, MLF-style catch-weigh-immediately-release tournament.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Major League Fishing Cancels 2020 MLF College Faceoffs presented by Wiley X

May 7, 2020 (Tulsa, Okla.) Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the cancellation of the 2020 MLF College Faceoffs presented by Wiley X in an effort to minimize risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Originally announced in early March, the four-tournament series featuring the MLF-style catch-weigh-immediately-release format was set to feature 20 College Fishing teams that qualified through the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI circuit. MLF officials are hopeful that the Faceoff events will return in 2021.

“The health and safety of our anglers, staff and the communities that we visit will continue to be our No. 1 priority as we assess the ongoing health crisis related to the coronavirus,” said Todd Walker, MLF Vice President of Operations. “We remain hopeful that the Faceoffs will return in 2021 and will continue to look for unique opportunities that allow College Fishing anglers to experience the thrill of competing in MLF-style events.”

As previously announced, the 2020 College Fishing season is set to resume for anglers on May 29, 2020, with the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Participation in the event is limited to only registered anglers and essential tournament staff, and fans are asked to follow the event online to minimize crowds.

Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI teams compete in regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship.

For complete details and updated information on the MLF College Faceoffs, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For updated schedules, photos, tournament news and more, follow Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at FLWFishing.com and on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


FLW Extends Rescheduling Period, Announces Dates for 51 of 61 Postponed Tournaments

BENTON, Ky. (April 15, 2020) – FLW took swift action to help flatten the curve in the fight against COVID-19 on March 17 and began rescheduling tournaments through May 3. Today, the tournament organization announced that they are extending the rescheduling period through May 23. FLW is hopeful that conditions continue to improve nationwide and they can proceed with tournaments starting with the May 28-31 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit stop on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina.

After working closely with host locations and sponsors, FLW is pleased to announce new dates for 51 of the 61 tournaments postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rescheduled tournaments are as follows:

Circuit                                               Event                                                Original Date     New Date

  • Abu Garcia College Fishing Open             Kentucky Lake                                                    March 17-18               Sept. 16-17
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Kentucky Lake                                                    March 21                     Aug. 22
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Eufaula (Formerly Grand Lake)                         March 21                     June 7
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Ouachita                                                     March 21                     June 27
  • Toyota Series                                              Lake of the Ozarks                                             March 26-28               Oct. 8-10
  • Toyota Series                                              Wheeler Lake                                                      March 26-28               July 30 - Aug. 1
  • Abu Garcia College Fishing                       Fort Gibson Lake                                                March 27                     July 10
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Harris Chain of Lakes                                         March 28                     July 11
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Eufaula (Formerly Lake Oconee)              March 28                     June 21
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Santee Cooper                                                     March 28                     June 20
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     South Holston                                                     March 28                     May 30
  • FLW High School Fishing                         Fort Gibson Lake                                                March 28                     July 11
  • Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit                    Cherokee                                                             April 2-5                     June 11-14
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Ferguson (Formerly Columbus Pool)                 April 4                         Aug. 22
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake O' the Pines                                                April 4                         June 13
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Hartwell                                                     April 4                         Oct. 10
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     High Rocker (Formerly Lake Wylie)                  April 4                         June 14
  • Toyota Series                                              Fort Gibson Lake                                                April 8-10                   Sept. 2-4
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Barren River (Formerly Dale Hollow)               April 11                       June 7
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Neely Henry (Formerly Lake Mitchell)              April 11                       June 14
  • Toyota Series                                              Dale Hollow Lake                                               April 16-18                 Oct. 29-31
  • Toyota Series                                              Lake Seminole                                                    April 16-18                 Nov. 5-7
  • Abu Garcia College Fishing                       Smith Mountain Lake                                         April 17                       June 14
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Grenada Lake                                                      April 18                       TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Kentucky / Barkley Lake                                    April 18                       Aug. 23
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Kerr Lake                                                            April 18                       July 11
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Norris Lake (Formerly Cherokee)                      April 18                       June 21
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Potomac River                                                    April 18                       Aug. 15
  • FLW High School Fishing                         Smith Mountain Lake                                         April 18                       June 13
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake of the Ozarks (Formerly Table Rock)       April 18                       Sept. 13
  • Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit                    Lake Hartwell                                                     April 23-26                 May 28-31
  • Abu Garcia College Fishing                       Lake Guntersville                                                April 24                       Sept. 4
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Arkansas River                                                   April 25                       June 28
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Center Hill Lake                                                 April 25                       TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Kerr Lake                                                            April 25                       July 18
  • FLW High School Fishing                         Lake Guntersville                                                April 25                       Sept. 5
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Monroe                                                      April 25                       June 28
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Mississippi River                                                April 25                       TBA
  • Toyota Series                                              California Delta                                                  April 30-May 2           Aug. 19-21
  • Bass Fishing League All-American            Lake Hartwell                                                     April 30-May 2           Nov. 11-13
  • Toyota Series                                              Lake Norman                                                      April 30-May 2           Oct. 1-3
  • Abu Garcia College Fishing                       California Delta                                                  May 2                          Aug. 21
  • FLW High School Fishing                         California Delta                                                  May 3                          TBA
  • Toyota Series                                              Neely Henry Lake                                               May 7-9                      Sept. 2-4
  • Toyota Series                                              Table Rock Lake                                                 May 7-9                      Nov. 5-7
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Sinclair                                                       May 9                          TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Norris Lake                                                         May 9                          June 20
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Percy Priest                                                         May 9                          TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Pickwick Lake                                                    May 9                          TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Potomac River                                                    May 9                          July 25
  • Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit                    Lake Dardanelle                                                  May 14-17                  July 23-26
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Grand Lake                                                         May 16                        TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Kerr Lake                                                            May 16                        July 19
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Cumberland                                                May 16                        TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Eufaula                                                       May 16                        TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Truman (Formerly Lake of the Ozarks)             May 16                        Sept. 12
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Santee Cooper (Formerly Wateree)                    May 16                        June 21
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Hartwell (Formerly Clarks Hill)                May 30                        Oct. 11
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Dardanelle                                                           July 11                        June 14
  • Toyota Series Championship                      Lake Cumberland                                                Nov. 5-7                      Dec. 3-5
  • Bass Fishing League Wild Card                 TBA                                                                    Nov. 13-14                  Nov. 20-21

FLW is working on new dates for the 10 remaining events and will announce them soon. Entries will roll over to the rescheduled events unless instructed otherwise. Balance due dates will also be adjusted in accordance with the new dates.

FLW will continue to do their part and encourages all of their dedicated members and fans to do the same by following Centers for Disease Control, federal, state and local guidelines to help prevent infection. Fishing, with special attention to social distancing guidelines, is still open in most states, so we encourage everyone to get out on the water and fish responsibly as time permits. Please visit the STATE COVID-19 UPDATES link on FLWFishing.com for the latest guidelines from your state fish and wildlife department.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


MLF and FLW Make Latest Magazine Issue Available Free to All

BENTON, Ky. (April 15, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) and FLW have come up with another solution for how anglers can continue to shelter in place safely while also scratching their fishing itch. To help everyone weather the COVID-19 pandemic at home, the organizations are offering the current April/May 2020 issue of Bass Fishing magazine for FREE to everyone – subscriber or not – in digital form at FLWFishing.com/emagazine.

Here’s a summary of what’s inside:

Features

  • A Tribute to Bass Fishing’s Greatest Gentleman – Bass fishing legend Hank Parker pays tribute to one of his good friends and mentors, the late Forrest L. Wood, who passed away in January at age 87. Parker’s stories and memories shine some light on why Forrest was bass fishing’s greatest gentleman.
  • Treble Trouble – Not many anglers are willing to sling treble hook baits into the tight confines of docks, cypress trees and other snaggy cover … which is exactly why MLF and FLW pros Wesley Strader, James Watson and Nick LeBrun do just that. Using crankbaits, Whopper Ploppers and the like, they’re able to catch unpressured fish that many other anglers miss.
  • 8 Tidal Strategies from the Locals – Pros Bradley Dortch and Wayne Vaughan have spent decades mastering tidal river fishing in their respective backyards. We picked their brains to find eight keys to continued success on tidal fisheries no matter the season or scenario.
  • From Competition Bass to Combating Carp – For former Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI angler Lance Freeman, the fight against invasive Asian carp on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley is personal. He grew up on the sister lakes, which is why he’s traded his bass boat for a commercial fishing boat and is helping to eradicate the nuisance fish one netload at a time.
  • Finding Gold in Freshwater Springs – Exploring freshwater springs that flow into lakes, rivers and reservoirs around the country is in some ways the new frontier of bass fishing. It’s also a heavily guarded secret among professional anglers. We got the scoop on how to find and fish them from any pros that were willing to talk.

Columns

  • Balog on Bass Fishing – Industry veteran Joe Balog details the unique “fish-them-all” approach of FLW road warrior Dakota Ebare, whose strategy for developing his fishing skills is to compete in as many major tournaments as possible.
  • Newell’s Notes – You ever wonder how a professional bass angler keeps all those rods organized on the front deck? Rob Newell did. He spends this issue’s column dishing on the obsessiveness of fishing rod organization and how it factors into some MLF pros’ fishing styles.
  • Conservation – Habitat is everything when it comes to the health of our fish and wildlife species, but it’s also key to finding and catching more bass. Tournament angler and former fisheries biologist TJ Maglio offers a guide to evaluating bass habitat with the goal of catching more fish.
  • Tactical Bassin’ – While sight-fishing is fun, it’s not the only way to catch a giant bass around the spawn. Big-bass experts Tim Little and Matt Allen reveal some of their favorite “no-see” strategies for capitalizing on what they think is the best season for catching a new personal best.

And More …

  • Tim Frederick shares a cool customized (and formerly secret) topwater bait that crushes giant bass in Florida.
  • Q&A: Wunderkind Jordan Lee answers questions about just how in the heck he got so good so fast.
  • Step-by-step: How Bradley Dortch makes his buzzbait squeak even louder (that’s a good thing).
  • Winning tactics from all MLF and FLW’s springtime events.
  • Product review: 13 Fishing Trash Panda Poppin’ Frog.
  • Associate Editor Justin Onslow attempts to translate some of FLW class clown Darold Gleason’s one-liners, which Onslow dubbed “Gleasonisms.”

The free magazine can be found online at FLWFishing.com/emagazine.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe.

FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW is expanding its programming in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

 


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