Boater Scott Guyot of Fayetteville, North Carolina, brought five bass to the scale Saturday totaling 23 pounds, 8 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Murray in Prosperity, South Carolina. For his victory, Guyot earned a total of $4,359.
“The key was that I was in the right place at the right time,” says Guyot, who earned his first career victory as a boater in Bass Fishing League competition. “I was fishing stained water in Bear Creek – from the mouth all the way to the back of the creek.”
Guyot's most effective bait for the majority of the day was crawdad-colored shallow crankbaits, but his biggest fish came on a chartreuse and white-colored ½-ounce spinnerbait with double willow blades.
“The wind was tough in a few spots, but it really worked to our advantage later in the day,” Guyot says. “We had to adapt to it, but I made some good decisions and every spot that we went to, it worked out.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Scott Guyot, Fayetteville, N.C., five bass, 23-8, $4,359
2nd: Greg Rikard of Leesville, S.C., five bass, 21-9, $2,379
3rd: Cody Hoyle of Rutherfordton, N.C., five bass, 21-2, $1,452
4th: Wesley Story of Clarks Hill, S.C., five bass, 20-9, $1,517
5th: Michael Fuller of Pacolet, S.C., five bass, 20-6, $872
6th: Gary Michaud of Chesnee, S.C., five bass, 18-15, $799
7th: Chris Epting of Chapin, S.C., five bass, 18-12, $726
8th: Mark Collins of Inman, S.C., five bass, 18-9, $654
9th: Charles Clark of Camden, S.C., five bass, 18-6, $681
10th: Patrick Cook of Hemingway, S.C., five bass, 18-5, $1,134
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Cook brought an 8-pound, 15-ounce bass to the scale to win the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $625.
Story 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.
Dylan Locklear of Elgin, South Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $2,157 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 1 ounce.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Dylan Locklear of Elgin, S.C., five bass, 18-1, $2,157
2nd: Ronald Harris of Jefferson, Ga., four bass, 12-12, $1,079
3rd: Matthew Dangerfield of Summerville, S.C., four bass, 11-12, $717
4th: Brandon Jeffcoat of Columbia, S.C., five bass, 11-4, $503
5th: Ken Hodges of Hodges, S.C., two bass, 10-13, $736
6th: Jared Wallace of Leesville, S.C., three bass, 10-5, $396
7th: Lonnie Drusch of Sumter, S.C., five bass, 10-1, $510
8th: Paul Dunn of Prosperity, S.C., three bass, 9-9, $324
9th: Josh Kirby of Gaffney, S.C., four bass, 9-6, $288
9th: Trey Brafford of Kings Mountain, N.C., three bass, 8-13, $252
Hodges caught the 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 $305.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Murray was the first of five qualifying events in the South Carolina Division.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the South Carolina Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in 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.