Boater Dustin Blevins of Harrison, Arkansas, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City, Missouri. For his victory, Blevins earned a total of $7,000.
The tournament was the first of five events in the Ozark Division presented by Tournament Anglers Group.
“I caught all of my fish today on an Alabama rig and a Strike King Coffee Tube,” says Blevins, who earned the first win of his FLW career. “I weighed in two black bass on the A-rig and three smallmouth on the tube.”
“I was fishing a 15- to 20-minute run from takeoff – near Shell Knob – running windy gravel points, fishing in 25 to 30 foot of water. The smallmouth were in 15 feet,” Blevins says.
“I’ve been so close to winning before,” Blevins went on to say. “I’ve finished second and had a couple of third place finishes, so it feels good to finally get one.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Dustin Blevins of Harrison, Ark., five bass, 19-5, $7,000
2nd: Shawn Kowal of Linn Creek, Mo., five bass, 18-15, $4,000
3rd: Dustin Lippe of Lampe, Mo., five bass, 18-6, $2,500
4th: Ben Verhoef of Osage Beach, Mo., five bass, 18-0, $1,400
5th: Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Mo., five bass, 17-11, $1,200
6th: Mike Gold of Billings, Mont., five bass, 17-7, $1,100
7th: Rick Johnston of Webb City, Mo., five bass, 17-4, $1,000
8th: Tyler Stewart of Mount Vernon, Mo., five bass, 16-15, $850
9th: Brock Reinkemeyer of Lone Jack, Mo., five bass, 16-15, $850
10th: Adam Boehle of Warrenton, Mo., five bass, 16-13, $700
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Kowal brought a 7-pound, 1-ounce bass to the scale to win the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $1,000.
Lippe 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.
Troy Ladehoff of Kansas City, Missouri, won the Co-angler Division and $3,000 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 14 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Troy Ladehoff of Kansas City, Mo., five bass, 18-14, $3,000
2nd: Alan Bernicky of Joliet, Ill., five bass, 15-5, $1,650
3rd: Zach Wilson of Kansas City, Kan., four bass, 13-2, $1,000
4th: Christian Singer of Bunceton, Mo., four bass, 12-15, $1,200
5th: Rob Melendez of Bourbonnais, Ill., five bass, 12-4, $600
6th: Dennis Kube of Arnold, Mo., five bass, 11-5, $550
7th: Joseph Lay of Gardner, Kan., five bass, 11-1, $500
7th: Zachery Hanzlik of Basehor, Kan., four bass, 10-12, $450
9th: Jacob Wade of Mountain Grove, Mo., five bass, 10-8, $400
9th: Chris Gebhardt of Columbia, Mo., four bass, 10-7, $350
Singer caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 15 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $500.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Ozark Division presented by the Tournament Anglers Group based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 15-17 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, hosted by the 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.