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

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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.