GREENVILLE, Miss. (Aug. 25, 2020) – Boater Mike Jordan of Dundee, Mississippi, brought a three-bass limit bass to the scale Saturday totaling 14 pounds, 11 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on Lake Ferguson in Greenville, Mississippi. Jordan topped his nearest competitor, Johnny Simmons of Oxford, Mississippi, by just 7 ounces and earned $3,964 for his victory.
“It feels real good to win one,” said Jordan, who earned his first career victory in his return to the Bass Fishing League after an eight-year hiatus. “I stayed in Lake Ferguson all day and fished on both the north and south end of the lake.
“The key for me was the sunshine, hot weather and light wind,” Jordan continued. “The fish have been scattered, but those fish have pulled out in the hot, calm weather and they are finally stacked up. I caught them fishing brush tops in 12 to 14 feet of water, with a sexy shad-colored Strike King 6XD.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:
1st: Mike Jordan of Dundee, Miss., three bass, 14-11, $3,964
2nd: Johnny Simmons of Oxford, Miss., three bass, 14-4, $1,757
3rd: Ben Webb of Mooreville, Miss., three bass, 13-0, $1,372
4th: Lloyd Pickett Jr. of Bartlett, Tenn., three bass, 12-15, $820
5th: Steve Hughes of Mooreville, Miss., three bass, 12-6, $703
6th: Andy Graves of Clarksdale, Miss., three bass, 12-3, $644
7th: Andy Coy of Corinth, Miss., three bass, 11-15, $1,086
8th: Brad McCulley of Batesville, Miss., three bass, 11-11, $527
9th: Marty Torrence of Crystal Springs, Miss., three bass, 11-10, $469
10th: Danny Carter of Hernando, Miss., three bass, 11-9, $410
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Jordan also brought a 5-pound, 10-ounce bass to the scale to add $450 – the day’s Boater Big Bass award – to his winnings.
Coy 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.
Levi Gondreau of Seminary, Mississippi, won the Co-angler Division and $1,757 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 12 pounds, 13 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:
1st: Levi Gondreau of Seminary, Miss., three bass, 12-13, $1,757
2nd: Jason Honnoll of Starkville, Miss., three bass, 12-12, $879
3rd: Blake Jeffreys of Booneville, Miss., three bass, 12-2, $585
4th: Kevin Reardon of Corinth, Miss., three bass, 11-9, $380
4th: Chris Estes of Shannon, Miss., three bass, 11-9, $605
6th: Keith Whipple of Iuka, Miss., three bass, 11-6, $322
7th: Steve Ruth of Columbus, Miss., three bass, 11-5, $293
8th: Anthony Rasberry, New Albany, Miss., three bass, 11-4, $264
9th: Dusty Price of Corinth, Miss., three bass, 10-14, $234
10th: David Hug of Eads, Tenn., three bass, 10-8, $205
Estes caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a nice 5-pound, 11-ouncer. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $225.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Ferguson was hosted by the Greenville/Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. It was the fourth 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 County 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.