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Mike Seal
Kerns wins co-angler title in Hoosier Division event
July 20, 2020 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Boater Mike Seal of Richmond, Indiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 11 pounds, 2 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. For his victory, Seal earned a total of $4,127.

“I’ve fished around 60 of these events, and it feels good to finally earn a win,” says Seal. “It was a pretty slow day – I threw a slow worm and had six keeper bites. I didn’t burn more than a ½ gallon of gas.”

Seal’s worm of choice was a Berkley Powerbait 7-inch Power Worm.


The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Mike Seal of Richmond, Ind., five bass, 11-2, $4,127

 2nd: Nick Uebelhor of Loogootee, Ind., five bass, 10-4, $2,564

 3rd: Brandon Barrett of Bloomington, Ind., five bass, 8-5, $1,377

 4th: Chris Combess of Cleves, Ohio, five bass, 8-1, $963

 5th: Brannon Pickett of Franklin, Ind., five bass, 7-11, $825

 6th: Thomas Foster of Terre Haute, Ind., four bass, 6-14, $757

 7th: Tyler Land of Coatsville, Ind., two bass, 6-11, $1,263

 8th: Jared Robinson of Medora, Ind., five bass, 6-9, $619

 8th: Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio, three bass, 6-6, $750

 10th: Jeff Ellis of Danville, Ind., four bass, 5-13, $482

Complete results can be found at

Land earned the day’s $575 Boater Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 8-ounce bass.

Uebelhor 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 Alex Kerns

Kerns wins co-angler title

Alex Kerns of Carmel, Indiana, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching four bass weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces. Kerns earned $2,082 for his victory.


The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Alex Kerns of Carmel, Ind., four bass, 6-3, $2,082

 2nd: Justin Clift of Greenwood, Ind., three bass, 5-4, $1,041

 3rd: Mike Burgess of Cincinnati, Ohio, two bass, 4-5, $692

 4th: Trapper Owens of Carlisle, Ohio, three bass, 3-14, $428

 5th: Dyllan Grace of Scottsburg, Ind., three bass, 3-14, $428

 6th: Larry Ellis of Indianapolis, Ind., three bass, 3-14, $428

 7th: Brian Bogard of Camby, Ind., three bass, 3-13, $347

 8th: Gary Owens of Columbus, Ind., three bass, 3-8, $312

 9th: Dan Miller of Greenwood, Ind., two bass, 3-7, $278

 10th: Dan Schlegel of Cincinnati, Ohio, two bass, 3-6, $243

Dan Whitley of Mooresville, Indiana, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 2 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $290.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Ohio River in Lawrenceburg was the third of five qualifying events in the Hoosier Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Hoosier Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 15-17 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, hosted by Explore La Crosse. 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.