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Derek Hicks Angler: Derek Hicks.
Bradford brings home co-angler title in Choo Choo Division event
March 10, 2020 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

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.


Co-angler Jeff Bradford

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.