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Shaver Frogs for Mighty Miss Title

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Jeremiah Shaver
Frye nets co-angler title in Great Lakes Division event
August 18, 2020 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

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

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


Co-angler Austin Frye

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 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.