Boater George Jeane Jr. of Evans, Louisiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Toledo Bend Reservoir in Zwolle, Louisiana. For his victory, Jeane earned a total of $5,911.
The tournament was the third of five events in the Cowboy Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.
“I was in the mid-lake area, fishing ditches and drains with standing timber in it,” says Jeane, who pushed his career earnings to more than $310,000 in FLW competition. “I started off catching them on a sexy blueback herring-colored (Strike King) 10XD, than I went to a P.J.’s jig and a Carolina-rigged 6-inch lizard.
“The key was definitely the 6-pound, 14-ounce kicker that I caught later in the day,” Jeane went on to say. “It’s been awhile since I won one of these. I’ve had a Tour-level win, a Series win, and now this is my second BFL win. It feels good.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: George Jeane Jr. of Evans, La., five bass, 24-2, $5,911
2nd: Dwight Abshire of Santa Fe, Texas, five bass, 19-6, $2,561
3rd: Bart Stanisz of Brookeland, Texas, five bass, 17-8, $1,705
4th: John LaFitte of Keithville, La., five bass, 17-0, $1,195
5th: Josh Champagne of Breaux Bridge, La., five bass, 16-9, $1.024
6th: Leon Stone of Carthage, Texas, five bass, 16-5, $939
7th: Scotty Villines of Ponca, Ark., five bass, 15-9, $854
8th: Daniel Blanton of Huntington, Texas, five bass, 15-6, $725
8th: Jim Dillard of West Monroe, La., five bass, 15-6, $725
10th: Kyle Dragulski of Lufkin, Texas, five bass, 15-5, $598
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Jeane’s 6-pound, 14-ounce kicker was also the largest bass weighed on the day and earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $790.
Dicky Newberry of Houston, Texas, 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.
Travis Pearson of Trout, Louisiana, won the Co-angler Division and $2,561 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 13 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Travis Pearson of Trout, La., five bass, 12-13, $2,561
2nd: Grayson Honeycutt of Temple, Texas, five bass, 12-7, $1,280
3rd: Loren Rives of Austin, Texas, four bass, 12-2, $854
4th: Brandt Dillon of Houston, Texas, four bass, 11-12, $598
5th: Randy Hitt of Belton, Texas, four bass, 10-12, $512
6th: Ken Ford of Benton, Ark., five bass, 10-10, $469
7th: Jordan Ebarb of Stonewall, La., five bass, 10-7, $427
7th: Cody Laird of Goodrich, Texas, five bass, 10-3, $384
9th: Ron Aulds of Choudrant, La., five bass, 10-2, $341
9th: Bradley Mock of Ragley, La., five bass, 10-1, $299
Don Johnson of Lufkin, Texas caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $395.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Cowboy 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 Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, hosted by Explore Branson. 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.