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.
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.