Boater Jeremiah Shaver of Holmen, Wis., brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Shaver earned $3,879. for his victory.
“I threw a black and yellow Spro Bronzeye Frog all day – I never picked up another rod,” says Shaver, who earned the first tournament win of his career. “I made a long run to the top of Pool 9. It took me about an hour and a half to get there through the lock.
“I was fishing a cheese mat – literally the most disgusting, yellow cheese mat that you’d ever seen,” Shaver continues. “I caught a limit there for around 13½ pounds and made the trip back down around 11:30 (a.m.). I had two key culls late in the day that really helped.
“The wind kind of made the bite sporadic, but I just stayed confident with the frog and didn’t put it down,” Shaver goes on to say. “It’s exciting to finally get a win – it was long overdue.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Jeremiah Shaver of Holmen, Wis., five bass, 15-7, $3,879
2nd: Douglas Chapin of Green Bay, Wis., five bass, 14-8, $2,440
3rd: Mike Mertens of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, five bass, 14-3, $1,293
4th: Ryan Doty of Galena, Ill., five bass, 13-13, $905
5th: Travis Madrazo of Owatonna, Minn., five bass, 13-10, $1,291
6th: Josh Ystenes of La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 13-9, $711
7th: Kevin Ruh of Onalaska, Wis., five bass, 13-5, $647
8th: Jordan Hirt of Glenwood, Iowa, five bass, 13-4, $582
9th: Rick Bosshard of Hartland, Wis., five bass, 13-0, $485
9th: Brad Wessling of Elkhorn, Wis., five bass, 13-0, $485
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Madrazo claimed the day’s Boater Big Bass Award of $515 after bringing a 5-pound bass to the scale.
Chapin was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $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.
Frye wins co-angler title
Austin Frye of Wilton, Wisconsin, won the Co-angler Division and $1,940 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds even.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Austin Frye of Wilton, Wis., five bass, 13-0, $1,940
2nd: Andrew Hegerty of Colgate, Wis., five bass, 12-13, $970
3rd: Tyler Ackerlund of Colfax, Wis., five bass, 12-5, $646
3rd: Troy Sippl of Sussex, Wis., five bass, 12-0, $453
5th: Chris Thomas of Milan, Ill., five bass, 11-15, $388
6th: Douglas Ley of Janesville, Wis., five bass, 11-14, $356
7th: Alan Bernicky of Joliet, Ill., five bass, 11-4, $523
8th: Christopher Morgan of Greendale, Wis., five bass, 11-1, $291
9th: Bill Borgert of Boyceville, Wis., five bass, 10-10, $259
10th: Neil Stensland of Houston, Minn., five bass, 10-7, $226
Steve Schaefer of Palmyra, Missouri, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 4 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $257.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, was the third of five qualifying tournaments in the Great Lakes division.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Great Lakes Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 22-24 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, hosted by ExploreBranson.com. 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.