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Persistence Pays for Haunert

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Andrew Haunert
March 10, 2020 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Andrew Haunert of Blue Ash, Ohio, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Dale Hollow Reservoir in Byrdstown, Tennessee. For his victory, Haunert earned a total of $5,103.

The tournament was the first of five events in the Music City Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.

“It feels awesome to get the win. I just got a new boat – it’s actually Hank Parker’s old Ranger – and hopefully it continues to bring me good luck,” says Haunert, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition.

“I caught my fish mid-lake, and I stayed there all day throwing a jig,” Haunert continues. “I was fishing in 15 to 20 feet of water, and I pretty much grinded it out in the same spot all day. I kept leaving them and then coming back, and it kept producing.”

Haunert said he caught his fish on a ½-ounce Stan Sloan’s Zorro jig with a Zoom Twin Tail trailer.

“The key was persistence – I knew the fish weren’t biting everywhere, so I stayed in the water that I knew was productive and just kept at it.”


The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Andrew Haunert of Blue Ash, Ohio, five bass, 19-10, $5,103

 2nd: Scott Brummett of Brentwood, Tenn., five bass, 17-15, $2,232

 3rd: Hunter Bouldin of McMinnville, Tenn., five bass, 17-0, $1,489

 4th: J.B. King of Byrdstown, Tenn., five bass, 15-15, $1,041

 5th: Jimmy Gayhart of Sadieville, Ky, five bass, 15-7, $855

 5th: Tim McDonald of Prestonsburg, Ky, five bass, 15-7, $855

 7th: Brian Copeland of Rickman, Tenn., five bass, 14-15, $744

 8th: Jayson Johnson of Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 14-14, $632

 8th: Robert Reagan of Byrdstown, Tenn., five bass, 14-14, $632

 10th: Josh Tramel of Smithville, Tenn, five bass, 14-12, $721

Complete results can be found at

Haunert also earned the day’s $640 Boater Big Bass award with his largest fish, a 5-pound, 1-ounce bass.

Eric Moore of Union, Kentucky, 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


Co-angler Mick Sansom

Mick Sansom of Salt Rock, West Virginia earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 6 ounces. Sansom earned $2,197 for his victory.


The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Mick Sansom of Salt Rock, W.Va., five bass, 14-6, $2,197

 1st: Brandon Barker of Nancy, Ky., five bass, 13-6, $1,098

 3rd: Douglas Lyon of Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 13-5, $733

 4th: Lucas Devere of Berea, Ky., five bass, 12-4, $513

 5th: Brad Goetz of Montello, Wis., five bass, 11-14, $439

 6th: Ryan Mealer of Spring Hill, Tenn., four bass, 11-11, $403

 7th: Brian Gentry of Smyrna, Tenn., five bass, 11-9, $366

 8th: Matthew Poss of Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 11-3, $330

 9th: Timothy Ernst of Winchester, Ky., four bass, 10-14, $293

 10th: Bill Haunert of Byrdstown, Tenn., four bass, 10-11, $256

Joe Gentry of Gallatin, Tennessee, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $315.


The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Dale Hollow Reservoir was hosted by Star Point Resort.


The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Music City 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 Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, hosted by the Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau. 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.