Derek Hicks of Rocky Face, Georgia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 22 pounds, 10 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Chickamauga in Hixson, Tennessee. Hicks earned a total of $5,519 for his victory.
“Lake Chickamauga is my home waters, so it feels pretty nice to get a win here,” says Hicks, who earned his second career victory in Bass Fishing League competition. “I fished the lower end of the lake all the way to above Dayton – about 25 different spots in that 20-mile stretch.
“I was targeting shallow rock – 1½- to 3-feet-deep,” Hicks continues. “I caught my fish on three baits – a 5/8-ounce Stan Sloan Zorro Bango Blade spinnerbait, a Sonny McFarland Flat-Shad crankbait and a homemade 5/8-ounce brown jig.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Derek Hicks of Rocky Face, Ga., five bass, 22-10, $5,519
2nd: Seth Davis of Harrison, Tenn., five bass, 21-4, $4,345
3rd: Justin Freeman of Dayton, Tenn., five bass, 19-0, $1,837
4th: Steve Barnes of Harrison, Tenn., five bass, 18-3, $1,288
5th: Brian Hatfield of Spring City, Tenn., five bass, 18-2, $1,104
6th: Chase Henley of Kingston, Tenn., five bass, 17-11, $1,012
7th: Brian Elder of Locust Grove, Ga., five bass, 17-8, $920
8th: Derrick Blake of Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 17-5, $782
8th: Kevin Drake of Cleveland, Tenn., five bass, 17-5, $782
10th: Jay Fagan of Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 16-15, $644
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Davis brought an 8-pound, 7-ounce bass to the scale to win the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $885.
Davis also 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.
Jeff Bradford of Chattanooga, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $2,760 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 1 ounce.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Jeff Bradford of Chattanooga, Tenn., five bass, 21-1, $2,760
2nd: Adam Godsey of Harriman, Tenn., five bass, 14-15, $1,380
3rd: Joshua Jernigan of Rocky Top, Tenn., five bass, 14-1, $918
4th: Elliott Gault of Leesburg, Ala., four bass, 12-15, $644
5th: Wayne Hancock of Cumming, Ga., three bass, 12-12, $552
6th: Thomas Pierce of Calhoun, Ga., two bass, 12-11, $506
7th: Tony Pendley of Oakman, Ala., five bass, 12-7, $460
8th: Ryan Wallace of Odenville, Ala., three bass, 10-8, $564
9th: Shane Browder of Lynnville, Ind., four bass, 9-4, $368
10th: Gene Delk of Georgetown, Tenn., three bass, 9-2, $322
Adam Hickman of Caledonia, Mississippi, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 8 pounds even. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $442.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Choo Choo 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.