BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. (Aug. 25, 2020) – Boater Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tennessee, brought a three-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 10 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Music City event at Dale Hollow Lake in Byrdstown, Tennessee. For his victory, Wagner earned $11,113, including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus contingency award.
The tournament was the fourth of five events in the Music City Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.
“It feels good to win another one – it never gets old,” said Wagner, the 2009 BFL All-American Champion who earned his 14th career Bass Fishing League win. “I was fishing down lake, all the way to the dam.
“I only caught four keepers on the day,” Wagner continued. “I caught them 30 to 50 feet deep. Of the three that I weighed in, I caught two on a 6-inch flutter spoon and one on a drop-shot rig.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:
1st: Adam Wagner of Cookeville, Tenn., three bass, 10-2, $11,113
2nd: Kyle Jolley of Livingston, Tenn., three bass, 10-1, $1,557
3rd: John Hopkins of Hendersonville, Tenn., three bass, 9-1, $1,037
4th: Dylan Wright of Murfreesboro, Tenn., three bass, 9-0, $674
4th: Isaac Peavyhouse of Jamestown, Tenn., three bass, 9-0, $1,039
6th: Hunter Bouldin of McMinnville, Tenn., three bass, 8-1, $571
7th: Kevin Meeks of Smyrna, Tenn., three bass, 7-11, $519
8th: William Merrick of Mount Juliet, Tenn., three bass, 7-7, $467
9th: Mike Lemons of Huntington, W. Va., three bass, 6-11, $415
10th: Steve Cornett of Manchester, Ky., three bass, 6-6, $563
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Peavyhouse caught a 4-pound, 3-ounce bass to add the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $365 to his winnings.
Wagner 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.
Kenny Botts of Alvaton, Kentucky, won the Co-angler Division and $1,557 Sunday after catching two bass weighing 7 pounds, 2 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:
1st: Kenny Botts of Alvaton, Ky., two bass, 7-2, $1,557
2nd: Gilbert Jolley of Livingston, Tenn., three bass, 6-10, $778
3rd: Ryan Heilmann of Manchester, Tenn., two bass, 5-13, $521
4th: Gary Slaughter of Waddy, Ky., two bass, 5-6, $363
5th: John Fitzpatrick of Baxter, Tenn., one bass, 5-1, $480
5th: Jared Rudd of Salyersville, Ky., two bass, 5-1, $298
7th: Jason Kirks of Clarksville, Tenn., two bass, 4-9, $259
8th: Mark Talbert of Dickson, Tenn., two bass, 4-6, $233
9th: Brandon Barker of Nicholasville, Ky., two bass, 4-2, $208
10th: Bryan Jenkins of Franklin, Tenn., one bass, 2-14, $182
Fitzpatrick caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $182.
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.