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Laydowns Lead Ellis to Top

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Jay Ellis
Mox wins co-angler title in Buckeye Division event
July 13, 2020 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Jay Ellis of Celina, Ohio, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 11 pounds, 13 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. For his victory, Ellis earned a total of $6,972.

The tournament was the second of five events in the Buckeye Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.

“I went up river, about 15 miles, and fished in Muddy Creek,” says Ellis, who earned the first BFL victory of his career. “I caught them all on single-tree laydowns. The water levels dropped a little bit over night, and I think it pushed those fish a little farther out, off the bank.”

Ellis says he caught his fish on a black buzzbait and a Texas-rigged black-and-blue beaver-style bait.

 

The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Jay Ellis of Celina, Ohio, five bass, 11-13, $6,972

 2nd: Dick Shaffer of Rockford, Ohio, five bass, 8-2, $2,236

 3rd: Kenneth Pincombe of Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 7-8, $1,492

 4th: Seth Fricke of Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 7-1, $1,693

 5th: Brian Campbell of Oxford, Ohio, five bass, 6-11, $894

 6th: Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio, four bass, 6-9, $982

 6th: Chad McCarty of Tipp City, Ohio, five bass, 6-9, $782

 8th: Pete Justice of Sharonville, Ohio, four bass, 6-6, $671

 9th: Donald Sibley of Strasburg, Ohio, five bass, 6-5, $596

 10th: Joe Farkas of Grove City, Ohio, four bass, 6-2, $522

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Fricke claimed the day’s Boater Big Bass Award of $650 after bringing a 3-pound, 15-ounce bass to the scale.

Ellis also was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $2,500. 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 Carter Mox

Mox wins co-angler title

Carter Mox of Minster, Ohio, won the Co-angler Division and $2,236 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Carter Mox of Minster, Ohio, five bass, 6-11, $2,236

 2nd: Trapper Owens of Carlisle, Ohio, three bass, 6-4, $1,118

 2nd: Cruze Eskins of Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 5-13, $745

 4th: Larry Gunville of Gahanna, Ohio, two bass, 4-13, $847

 5th: Ron Weisenburger of Continental, Ohio, three bass, 4-11, $447

 6th: Virgil Grant of Findlay, Ohio, three bass, 4-5, $391

 6th: Kenny Smith of Austin, Ind., three bass, 4-5, $391

 8th: Hunter Smith of Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 3-15, $316

 8th: Kenny Mitchell of Franklin, Ohio, two bass, 3-15, $316

 10th: Brent Jones of Okeana, Ohio, two bass, 3-14, $261

Gunville caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 4 pounds even. The catch added to his winnings as he earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $325.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Buckeye Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 16-18 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Cherokee Lake 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.