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Ray Takes Title on Hamilton

Allen wins co-angler title in Arkie Division event
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Josh Ray
March 3, 2020 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Boater Josh Ray of Alexander, Arkansas, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday totaling 18 pounds, 14 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas. For his victory, Ray earned a total of $12,350, including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus contingency award.

“It feels good to win, and to win in a Phoenix boat makes it that much sweeter,” says Ray, who earned his second career win in Bass Fishing League competition. “I caught them all over the lake today – three on an Alabama rig and two on a brown football-head jig. I just got lucky and had six or seven good bites.”


The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Josh Ray of Alexander, Ark., five bass, 18-14, $12,350

 2nd: Quincy Houchin of Mabelvale, Ark., five bass, 16-5, $2,175

 3rd: Brian Bean of Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 13-15, $1,651

 4th: Chris Darby of Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 13-10, $1,015

 5th: John Carroll of Cabot, Ark., five bass, 13-4, $1,585

 6th: Travis Mosley of Benton, Ark., five bass, 12-15, $798

 7th: Mark Hensiek of England, Ark., five bass, 12-12, $725

 8th: Russell Richmond of Sheridan, Ark., five bass, 12-11, $653

 9th: Dustin Huggins of Russellville, Ark., five bass, 12-4, $580

 10th: Steve Howard of Conway, Ark., five bass, 12-3, $508

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Carroll brought a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass to the scale to win the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $615.

Ray was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $7,000. 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.


Co-angler Jared Allen

Jared Allen of Conway, Arkansas, won the Co-angler Division and $2,175 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 10 pounds, 10 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Jared Allen of Conway, Ark., four bass, 10-10, $2,175

 2nd: Steve Duggan of Pearcy, Ark., five bass, 9-12, $1,088

 3rd: Jody Jones of Harvey, Ark., five bass, 9-8, $726

 4th: Chris Cusick of Hot Springs, Ark., four bass, 9-4, $507

 5th: Kanon Harmon of Benton, Ark., four bass, 7-14, $435

 6th: Justin Wagner of Mena, Ark., four bass, 7-10, $399

 7th: Glenn Russell of Sherwood, Ark., four bass, 7-6, $363

 8th: Luke Hendrixson of Conway, Ark., three bass, 6-11, $326

 9th: Terry Dugger of Little Rock, Ark., three bass, 5-8, $290

 10th: Robert Bogard Jr. of Conway, Ark., three bass, 5-7, $241

 10th: Jordan Pirraglia of Booneville, Ark., three bass, 5-7, $241

Joshua Elmore of Hot Springs caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 4 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $307.


The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Hamilton was the first of five qualifying events in the Arkie Division.


The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Arkie Division 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.