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Bertrand Reclaims Lead at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Erie

ANDUSKY, Ohio (Aug. 13, 2020) – The stage is now set for a dramatic regular-season finale Friday at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Erie. The top 10 is loaded with former FLW Cup champions, Anglers of the Year, and an accomplished local pro with a vast wealth of experience on Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair.

MLF pro Josh Bertrand of San Tan Valley, Arizona, who led the tournament after day one, weighed a five-bass limit Thursday totaling 22 pounds, 14 ounces to reclaim the lead with a three-day total of 62-12.

Pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, (60-9), who has finished 1st and 2nd in the previous two Super Tournament events, vaulted into second place after bringing in a limit weighing 22-5. Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Alabama, (59-8), Arkansas’ Spencer Shuffield (57-14) and Alton Jones Jr. of Lorena, Texas, (57-0) round out the top five. Local angler Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Michigan, (55-4) sits in sixth place.

The four-day event featured 187 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals from FLW and Major League Fishing (MLF) angling for a piece of $1.3 million, including the first-place prize of up to $160,000.

With the field now cut to 10 and a 2-pound, 3-ounce cushion heading into the final day, Bertrand is ready to see how it all shakes out on Championship Friday.

“This morning I caught two fish early that really helped me slow down,” said Bertrand, who finished the MLF Bass Pro Tour season ranked No. 20 overall. “I had six hours to get just three more bites, and it turned out to be a great day of fishing. I even made a couple of culls, and that’s about as much as you can ask for in this tournament right now.

“Every day, as guys fall off it opens more water up,” Bertrand continued. “Yesterday, I was sharing a spot with 7 or 8 guys. Today, it was three. Tomorrow, it’ll likely be just one or two of us in the area. There is less fish, for sure, but we have the freedom to move around now and that at least gives me a chance.”

Bertrand said that his key baits and spots have remained the same all week – he’s drop-shotting a small island shoal with a Berkley PowerBait Maxscent Flat Worm.

“I’m definitely excited to be leading going into the final day,” Bertrand said. “We’ll try to get a good night’s rest and prepare for anything tomorrow. I’m hoping to go back out to the same spot and burn it up. But it could be blowing 20 miles per hour in the morning and I might be fishing for largemouth. Who knows what’ll happen, but either way I’m super excited and ready to see how it all shakes out.”

The top 10 pros advancing to the final day of competition on Lake Erie are:

            1st:       Josh Bertrand of San Tan Valley, Ariz., 15 bass, 62-12
            2nd:      Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn., 15 bass, 60-9
            3rd:       Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala, 15 bass, 59-8
            4th:       Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, Ark., 15 bass, 57-14
            5th:       Alton Jones Jr. of Lorena, Texas, 15 bass, 57-0
            6th:       Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Mich., 15 bass, 55-4
            7th:       Jim Moynagh of Carver, Minn., 15 bass, 54-6
            8th:       Jason Lambert of Michie, Tenn., 15 bass, 53-3
            9th:       David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., 15 bass, 52-11
            10th:     Russ Lane of Prattville, Ala., 15 bass, 52-2

Finishing in 11th through 30th are:

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            11th:     John Cox of DeBary, Fla, 15 bass, 52-2, $14,000
            12th:     Grae Buck of Green Lane, Pa., 15 bass, 51-8, $14,000
            13th:     Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif, 15 bass, 51-4, $14,000
            14th:     Boyd Duckett of Guntersville, Ala., 14 bass, 49-14, $14,000
            15th:     Joseph Webster of Winfield, Ala., 14 bass, 49-11, $14,000
            16th:     Matt Becker of Finleyville, Pa., 15 bass, 49-4, $14,000
            17th:     Randy Howell of Guntersville, Ala., 15 bass, 49-3, $14,000
            18th:     Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, 13 bass, 48-11, $14,000
            19th:     Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas, 14 bass, 47-15, $14,000
            20th:     Jeremy Lawyer of Sarcoxie, Mo., 12 bass, 47-10, $14,000
            21st:     Cole Floyd of Leesburg, Ohio., 15 bass, 47-9, $11,000
            22nd:    Keith Poche of Pike Road, Ala., 13 bass, 47-8, $11,000
            23rd:     Fred Roumbanis of London, Ark., 14 bass, 47-4, $11,000
            24th:     Skeet Reese of Auburn, Calif., 13 bass, 45-13, $11,000
            25th:     Mitch Crane of Columbus, Miss.., 15 bass, 45-1, $11,000
            26th:     Kyle Hall of Granbury, Texas, 15 bass, 45-1, $11,000
            27th:     Jon Canada of Helena, Ala., 15 bass, 44-15, $11,000
            28th:     Jonathon VanDam of Kalamazoo, Mich., 15 bass, 44-0, $11,000
            29th:     Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., 15 bass, 43-8, $11,000
            30th:     Joshua Weaver of Macon, Ga., 14 bass, 43-6, $11,000

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

Overall there were 181 bass weighing 567 pounds, 14 ounces caught by 44 pros Thursday. The catch included 26 five-bass limits.

The Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Erie is hosted by the City of Sandusky and the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center. The total purse for the event is more than $1.3 million, including a top prize of up to $160,000.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament competition, the full field of 187 pro anglers competed in the two-day opening rounds 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.

Pro Ron Nelson of Berrien Springs, Michigan, the 2019 Polaris Rookie of the Year, clinched the 2020 AOY title this week after his 34th place finish. Nelson will receive his entry fees paid for the entire 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit season for his win.

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. EDT Friday from the Shelby St. Public Boat Launch, located at 101 Shelby St., in Sandusky. Friday’s championship weigh-in will be held at the Paper District Marina, located at 611 W. Shoreline Drive, beginning 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 Lake Erie will premiere at 7 p.m. EDT, Sept. 25 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 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 each day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-the-water broadcasts will be live streamed on FLWFishing.com.

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Lucas Moves into Lead, Nelson Clinches AOY Title at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Erie

SANDUSKY, Ohio (Aug. 12, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Wednesday weighing 19 pounds, 14 ounces, to take the lead after day two of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio. Lucas’ two-day total of 10 bass weighing 41-5 gives him a slim 3-ounce advantage heading into day three of the four-day Super Tournament that features 187 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals from FLW and MLF angling for a piece of $1.3 million, including the first-place prize of up to $160,000.

The 2016 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Champion Jeremy Lawyer of Sarcoxie, Missouri, sits in second place, just 3 ounces behind Lucas with 41-2. Pro Alton Jones Jr. of Lorena, Texas, has a two-day total of 40-13, good for third place, while day one leader Arizona’s Josh Bertrand fell to fourth with a two-day total of 39-14. The field is now cut to 50 for Thursday’s competition with only the top 10 anglers advancing to Championship Friday.

“It looks really good on the scales, but it was not easy,” said Lucas, who won the final MLF Bass Pro Tour event of the season last month in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. “I only had seven keeper bites today, and I lost two of them. I only put five keepers in the boat and I never culled one time. So, it looks good but it was really tough to get there today.”

Lucas said that he spent the day hunting for active smallmouth that are ready to feed.

“They’re hard to find, but there are a few out there,” Lucas said. “Most of mine are coming on my 2D sonar. I think they’re attracted to the boat. I see them come up under the boat and then I drop straight down onto them. It can be awhile, between bites, though. Today it was hours.”

Lucas said that all of his fish came on a Berkley PowerBait Maxscent Flat Worm, and that he is “all in” on his spots.

“I don’t really have a backup plan,” Lucas said. “I do have one other area that I haven’t hit yet, but I don’t think the fish are as big there. I think 18 pounds would be a good bag there, but I think it’ll take 20 pounds a day to win this thing.

“I’m trying to stay away from the crowd – there just isn’t enough fish out there to go around,” Lucas went on to say. “I have a lot of confidence here in the summer, though. I know I can find some little sweet spots out there.”

The top 20 pros after day two on Lake Erie are:

            1st:       Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 41-5
            2nd:      Jeremy Lawyer of Sarcoxie, Mo., 10 bass, 41-2
            3rd:       Alton Jones Jr. of Lorena, Texas, 10 bass, 40-13
            4th:       Josh Bertrand of San Tan Valley, Ariz., 10 bass, 39-14
            5th:       Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, Ark., 10 bass, 38-11
            6th:       Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn., 10 bass, 38-4
            7th:       Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, 10 bass, 37-9
            8th:       Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Mich., 10 bass, 37-4
            9th:       Fred Roumbanis of London, Ark., 10 bass, 36-5
            10th:     Jim Moynagh of Carver, Minn., 10 bass, 36-2
            11th:     Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas, 10 bass, 35-4
            12th:     Randy Howell of Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 35-1
            13th:     Boyd Duckett of Guntersville, Ala., nine bass, 34-15
            14th:     Russ Lane of Prattville, Ala., 10 bass, 34-12
            15th:     Keith Poche of Pike Road, Ala., 10 bass, 34-12
            16th:     Joseph Webster of Winfield, Ala., 10 bass, 34-6
            17th:     David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., 10 bass, 34-6
            18th:     Ron Nelson of Berrien Springs, Mich., 10 bass, 34-4
            19th:     Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif., 10 bass, 34-4
            20th:     Grae Buck of Green Lane, Pa., 10 bass, 33-11

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

Anglers were also vying for the prestigious 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Angler of the Year (AOY) title that is determined by the most points accumulated over the six Pro Circuit events in 2020.

Pro Ron Nelson of Berrien Springs, Michigan, the 2019 Polaris Rookie of the Year, clinched the 2020 AOY title Wednesday, after bringing in a limit and ending the day in 18th place. Nelson can finish no worse than 50th place, which clinches the title for the Michigan pro after bringing a 73-point lead into the event. Nelson will receive his entry fees paid for the entire 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit season for his win.

Nelson also won the $500 Berkley Big Bass award Wednesday in the pro division after bringing a 6pound largemouth to the scale.

Overall there were 754 bass weighing 2,206 pounds, 8 ounces caught by 174 pros Wednesday. The catch included 121 five-bass limits.

The Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Erie is hosted by the City of Sandusky and the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center. The total purse for the event is more than $1.3 million, including a top prize of up to $160,000.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament competition, the full field of 187 pro anglers competed in the two-day opening rounds on Tuesday and Wednesday. Now, the top 50 pros based on their two-day accumulated weight advance to Thursday. 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.

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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.

Anglers will take off at 7 a.m. EDT each day from the Shelby St. Public Boat Launch, located at 101 Shelby St., in Sandusky. The weigh-in each day will be held at the Paper District Marina, located at 611 W. Shoreline Drive, beginning 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 Lake Erie will premiere at 7 p.m. EDT, Sept. 25 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 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 each day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-the-water broadcasts will be live streamed on FLWFishing.com.

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Josh Bertrand Leads Day One of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Erie

SANDUSKY, Ohio (Aug. 11, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Josh Bertrand of Sun Tan Valley, Arizona, brought five bass to the scale Tuesday weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces, to jump out to the early lead after day one of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio. Bertrand will now bring an 8-ounce advantage into day two of the four-day Super Tournament that features 187 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals from FLW and MLF angling for a piece of $1.3 million, including the first-place prize of up to $160,000.

The main decision facing tournament competitors Tuesday was where they wanted to fish. With Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair all in play for anglers, the field was spread out, with an estimated 30 to 40 boats making the long 80-mile run from Sandusky to Lake St. Clair. Tournament leader Bertrand was not among those that made the trip – he stuck to Lake Erie and had to grind out his day on the water.

“It was pretty risky both ways you went,” said the 31-year-old Bertrand, who has career earnings of more than $710,000 “It was risky to make the long run and try to fish for numbers, and it turned out to also be risky fishing close. I was around a lot of guys that did not catch a limit today, and it was very difficult to catch five fish.”

Bertrand said that he spent his day cycling through about 15 different spots, and that he managed seven keeper bites.

“It was not an easy day of fishing, but it worked out perfectly,” Bertrand said. “Things just clicked for me. I’m not really doing anything different – just drop-shotting a Berkley (PowerBait Maxscent) Flat Worm, like everyone else. It was just one of those days that you’re really thankful for, because it all worked out.

“I don’t feel great about any of the days moving forward, because I have no idea how they’re going to go,” Bertrand went on to say. “They could all go really well like today. But it’s always tough fishing in waves. You have to do everything a bit slower and really take your time. Fighting a fish, driving your boat, pulling up to a new area – you can’t get in a rush. Slow and steady will win the race when we’re fishing the rough water.” 

The top 10 pros after day one on Lake Erie are:

            1st:       Josh Bertrand of San Tan Valley, Ariz., five bass, 22-6
            2nd:      Boyd Duckett of Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 21-14
            3rd:       Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 21-7
            4th:       Jeremy Lawyer of Sarcoxie, Mo., five bass, 20-14
            4th:       Joseph Webster of Winfield, Ala., five bass, 20-14
            6th:       Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn., five bass, 20-6
            7th:       Gerald Spohrer of Gonzales, La., five bass, 20-0
            8th:       Tommy Dickerson of Orange, Texas, five bass, 19-13
            9th:       Kelly Jordon of Flint, Texas, five bass, 19-10
            10th:     Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, five bass, 19-1

For a full list of results visit FLWFishing.com.

Dustin Connell of Clanton, Alabama, won Tuesday’s $500 Berkley Big Bass award in the pro division with a 5-pound, 14-ounce smallmouth bass.

Overall there were 767 bass weighing 2,132 pounds, 10 ounces caught by 180 pros Tuesday. The catch included 122 five-bass limits.

The Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Erie is hosted by the City of Sandusky and the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Welcome Center. The total purse for the event is more than $1.3 million, including a top prize of up to $160,000.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament competition, the full field of 187 pro anglers compete in the two-day opening round on Tuesday and Wednesday. The top 50 pros based on their two-day accumulated weight advance to Thursday. Only the top 10 pros 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 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.

Anglers will take off at 7 a.m. EDT each day from the Shelby St. Public Boat Launch, located at 101 Shelby St., in Sandusky. The weigh-in each day will be held at the Paper District Marina, located at 611 W. Shoreline Drive, and will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

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 Lake Erie will premiere at 7 p.m. EDT, Sept. 25 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 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 each day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-the-water broadcasts will be live streamed on FLWFishing.com.

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Indiana’s Sisk Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Ohio River in Cannelton

CANNELTON, Ind. (Aug. 10, 2020) – Boater Marty Sisk of Evansville, Indiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Ohio River in Cannelton, Indiana. For his victory, Sisk earned a total of $3,718.

Sisk was one of just two limits weighed in Saturday, as the Ohio River was fishing tough for competitors. Sisk said that he was happy to have caught five.

“I caught my first bass of the day on a spinnerbait, and the rest came flipping a black neon-colored tube,” said Sisk, who earned his sixth career FLW victory. “It was very tough, but I was happy to catch what I had.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Marty Sisk of Evansville, Ind., five bass, 7-9, $3,718

            2nd:      Mark Dove of North Vernon, Ind., five bass, 7-5, $1,859

            3rd:       Chris Wilkinson of Farmersburg, Ind., four bass, 6-4, $1,238

            4th:       Jeramiah Sifers of Sellersburg, Ind., two bass, 6-1, $1,352

            5th:       Kevin Meunier of Lamar, Ind., three bass, 5-11, $744

            6th:       Scott Bateman of Jasper, Ind., three bass, 5-8, $682

            7th:       Brandon Barker of Magnet, Ind., three bass, 4-12, $620

            8th:       Shane Oxford of St. Meinrad, Ind., four bass, 4-9, $527

            8th:       James White of Martinsville, Ind., four bass, 4-9, $527

            10th:     Danny Abrams of Greensfork, Ind., three bass, 4-6, $434

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Sifers earned the day’s $485 Boater Big Bass award with a 4-pound, 14-ounce bass.

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Boater Nick Uebelhor of Loogootee, Indiana, 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.

Bill Smith of Columbus, Indiana, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching four bass weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces. Smith earned $1,859 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Bill Smith of Columbus, Ind., four bass, 5-14, $1,859

            2nd:      Steven Sanders of Orleans, Ind., one bass, 3-15, $1,171

            3rd:       Kade Oliver of Muncie, Ind., three bass, 3-11, $619

            4th:       Dustin Burton of Hamilton, Ohio, two bass, 3-8, $403

            5th:       Cory Malcolm of Bremen, Ind., three bass, 3-8, $403

            6th:       Charlie Kuebler of Jasper, Ind., three bass, 3-4, $341

            7th:       Dan Miller of Greenwood, Ind., three bass, 2-15, $310

            8th:       John Chaney of Evansville, Ind., one bass, 2-14, $279

            9th:       Bo Bivins of Evansville, Ind., two bass, 2-11, $248

            10th:     Conner Sevier of Fort Branch, Ind., two bass, 2-9, $217

Sanders caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 3 pounds, 15 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $242.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Ohio River in Cannelton was the fourth 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.

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Wisconsin’s Monsoor Wins Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (Aug. 1, 2020) – The man deemed the “Godfather of the Mississippi River” finally got it done at home. La Crosse’s own 71-year-old Yamamoto Baits pro Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wisconsin, caught a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces Saturday to win $125,000 at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries with a four-day catch of 20 bass weighing 54-10.

The limit gave him the win by a narrow 1-pound, 12-ounce margin over the No. 1 ranked angler in the world, pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, who caught a total of 20 bass weighing 52-14 and earned $35,000.

“I can’t believe it. Winning at home is the neatest thing in the world. I’m going to remember this moment forever,” said Monsoor, who broke his own record as the oldest angler to ever win an FLW pro-level event. “This tournament had 50 of the best guys from MLF, and the top guys from FLW – it doesn’t get any harder than that. I am the luckiest guy in the world to be able to do what I love. To win at home – I can’t believe it.”

Monsoor caught the majority of his fish this week doing exactly what the Mississippi River legend is known for – throwing a swim jig. His jig of choice this week was a white Humdinger Tom Monsoor swim jig with a 3½-inch Yamamoto Swim Senko (pearl with silver flake). Monsoor also mixed in a homemade football-head jig with a Yamamoto Cowboy trailer and a homemade Bitsy Bug-type jig with a Fat Baby Craw to put together his winning limits.

“I caught two or three fish this week on the Bitsy Bug, but other than that everything came on the football jig and the swimming jig,” Monsoor said. “Gravel bars and drops with weeds seemed to be the two key areas this week.”

Now that the 71-year-old pro has finally earned the big win at home that had seemed to elude him for most of his career, he plans to spend a relaxing Sunday right where you’d expect to see him – back out on the water.

“I can’t wait to go out there tomorrow and see if those two schools of largemouth that I had found in practice are still there,” Monsoor went on to say. “I’m going to sleep in until 9 a.m. or so and recuperate, then I’m getting back out there.”

The top 10 pros on the Mississippi River finished:

            1st:       Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis., 20 bass, 54-10, $125,000
            2nd:      Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn., 20 bass, 52-14, $35,000
            3rd:       David Walker of Sevierville, Tenn., 20 bass, 52-5, $30,000
            4th:       Zack Birge of Blanchard, Okla., 20 bass, 50-15, $25,000
            5th:       Tyler Stewart of West Monroe, La., 20 bass, 50-7, $22,000
            6th:       Cody Meyer of Auburn, Calif., 19 bass, 48-12, $21,000
            7th:       Bailey Boutries of Daphne, Ala., 20 bass, 48-11, $19,000
            8th:       Clark Reehm of Elm Grove, La., 20 bass, 48-9, $18,000
            9th:       Kyle Hall of Granbury, Texas, 20 bass, 48-7, $17,000
            10th:     Scott Wiley of Bay Minette, Ala., 15 bass, 42-6, $16,000

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

Overall there were 46 bass weighing 102 pounds, 15 ounces caught by pros Saturday. Nine of the final 10 pros weighed in five-bass limits.

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 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries was hosted by Explore La Crosse. The event featured a field of 200 anglers from FLW and Major League Fishing competing for $1.3 million.

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. Only the top 10 pros continued competition on Saturday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition.

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

LA CROSSE, Wis. – 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:

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 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.

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Monsoor Vaults into Lead on Day Two of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries

LA CROSSE, Wis. (July 30, 2020) – Local pro Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wisconsin, caught a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 8 ounces, to vault to the top of the leaderboard on day two of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at the Mississippi River presented by OPTIMA Batteries in La Crosse. Monsoor’s two-day total of 10 bass weighing 28-11 will give him a 12-ounce advantage as the event enters into day three of competition in the four-day Super Tournament that features 200 of the world’s best bass-fishing anglers from FLW and Major League Fishing (MLF) competing for a top cash award of up to $160,000.

After starting the day in seventh place, Monsoor caught a limit in Pool No. 8 consisting of two smallmouth and three largemouth bass Thursday to move into first place. He says that the tournament is still completely up for grabs with two days of competition remaining and the fishery changing each day.

“I can’t believe that the River has been fishing as tough as it has been, but I had more weight today than I did yesterday so I guess it wasn’t too bad,” said Monsoor, a 17-year FLW pro veteran who has 25 previous top-10 finishes on the Mississippi River in FLW competition. “Yesterday I started out in Pool 7 and it did not work out. My two starting spots I didn’t get a bite – and I thought I could catch a limit at both. But that’s La Crosse – it can change overnight.

“Today I hunkered down in Pool 8 and it worked out a little better,” Monsoor continued. “I tried everything. I threw a topwater, I threw a popper, I threw a buzzbait, a football jig, a swimming jig, a Senko, and a homemade Bitsy Bug. All my weight is coming on the jig, but I’m trying other stuff. I see some big fish feeding but they ain’t biting. I don’t know why, yet.”

Monsoor said he remains on the lookout for the “big bite”, and that he almost had it in the boat late yesterday.

“Near the end of the day yesterday I thought I had snagged a stick, because it wasn’t fighting – it wasn’t moving. Then it came to the surface and opened its mouth – it was a 4- or 5-pounder – and the hook flew out. I’ve got good hooks, but the fish just didn’t get all of it. That bass would have been another couple of pounds, at least.

“That’s why this is still anybody’s tournament,” Monsoor went on to say. “I could get nothing tomorrow, and somebody else can catch a big bag. You can just stumble into them. I’m going to keep looking because I haven’t really found them yet.”

The top 20 pros after day two on the Mississippi River are:

            1st:       Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 28-11
            2nd:      Scott Wiley of Bay Minette, Ala., 10 bass, 27-15
            3rd:       Bailey Boutries of Daphne, Ala., 10 bass, 27-14
            4th:       Zack Birge of Blanchard, Okla., 10 bass, 27-13
            5th:       Bradford Beavers of Summerville, S.C., 10 bass, 27-9
            6th:       Ron Nelson of Berrien Springs, Mich., 10 bass, 27-4
            7th:       Tyler Stewart of West Monroe, La., 10 bass, 27-3
            8th:       Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn., 10 bass, 27-2
            9th:       Clark Reehm of Elm Grove, La., 10 bass, 26-7
            10th:     Clayton Batts of Butler, Ga., 10 bass, 26-1
            11th:     Kyle Hall of Granbury, Texas, 10 bass, 25-7
            12th:     Matt Lee of Bremen, Ala., 10 bass, 25-7
            13th:     David Walker of Sevierville, Tenn., 10 bass, 25-7
            14th:     Mike McClelland of Blue Eye, Mo., 10 bass, 25-4
            15th:     Jon Englund of Farwell, Minn., 10 bass, 25-1
            16th:     Dustin Connell of Clanton, Ala., 10 bass, 25-1
            17th:     David Gaston of Sylacauga, Ala., 10 bass, 24-15
            18th:     Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., 10 bass, 24-13
            19th:     Kurt Mitchell of Milford, Del., 10 bass, 24-12
            20th:     Jesse Wiggins of Logan, Ala., 10 bass, 24-11

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

Jim Tutt of Longview, Texas, won the $500 Berkley Big Bass award Thursday in the pro division after bringing a fish weighing 4 pounds, 10 ounces to the scale.

Overall there were 797 bass weighing 1,774 pounds, 3 ounces caught by 190 pros Thursday. The catch included 119 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 now advance to Friday. 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.

Anglers will take off at 7 a.m. CDT each day from Stoddard Park, located at 502 Forest Lane, in Stoddard. The weigh-in each day 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.

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Virginia’s Pike and Estes Tie for Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Potomac River

MARBURY, Md. (July 27, 2020) – Boaters Cody Pike of Powhatan, Virginia, and Keith Estes of Spring Grove, Virginia, both brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 9 ounces to tie for the win at the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. Estes earned a total of $4,262 after contingency awards, while Pike took home $10,262, including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency award.

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

“Today was a slow grind for me, and everything that I caught came fishing extremely slow in the grass with soft plastics and Strike King creature baits,” said Estes, who earned his second career win in FLW competition. “The key was just being patient. I love river fishing – especially when there is an outgoing tide – so I had to wait for the small window at the end of the day with the outgoing water and it paid off for me in the end.”

“I was fishing grass – not the thick matted hydrilla, but the sparser deep grass,” said Pike, who also picked up the second win of his FLW career. “It had to be the deepest grass that you could find. I caught them all on a black-and-blue-colored 3/8-ounce Dave’s Tournament Tackle Swim Jig.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Keith Estes of Spring Grove, Va., five bass, 14-14, $4,262

            1st:       Cody Pike of Powhatan, Va., five bass, 14-14, $10,262

            3rd:       John Duarte of Middle River, Md., five bass, 14-5, $1,451

            4th:       Mike Roselle of La Plata, Md., five bass, 14-4, $1,215

            5th:       Carlton Owens of Franklin, Va., five bass, 14-0, $870

            6th:       Chris Brummett, Lynch Station, Va., five bass, 13-12, $798

            7th:       Todd Langford of Great Falls, Va., five bass, 13-9, $689

            7th:       Robert Henderson of King George, Va., five bass, 13-9, $689

            9th:       Ben Jacobi of Richmond, Va., five bass, 13-8, $580

            10th:     Jack Dice of Lynchburg, Va., five bass, 11-10, $508

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

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Cavin Young of Prince George, Virginia, earned the day’s $615 Boater Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 8-ounce largemouth.

Pike 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.

Jonathan Patkus of Columbia, Maryland, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces. Patkus earned $2,175 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Jonathan Patkus of Columbia, Md., five bass, 12-10, $2,175

            2nd:      Cornell Badra of Clarksburg, Md., five bass, 12-0, $1,088

            3rd:       Matt McCluskey of Ashburn, Va., four bass, 11-2, $726

            4th:       Richard Hare of Fredericksburg, Va., five bass, 10-3, $507

            5th:       Mark Blankenship of Christiansburg, Va., five bass, 10-1, $435

            6th:       Timothy Kinder of Manassas, Va., five bass, 9-14, $899

            7th:       Austin Burdette of Pembroke, Va., five bass, 9-7, $363

            8th:       Alex Titus of Annandale, Va., five bass, 9-6, $326

            9th:       John Poos of Manassas, Va., five bass, 9-1, $272

            9th:       Bernie Scheiner of Burke, Va., four bass, 9-1, $272

Edward Dustin of Fredericksburg, Virginia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds 4 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $307.

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Miss. Scott Wins Saturday, Tenn. 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:

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            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.

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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.

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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.