Boater Brian Morgan of Mooresville, N.C., brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale this weekend weighing 24 pounds, 10 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine North Carolina Division Super-Tournament at Lake Norman. Morgan earned a total of $5,831 for his victory – his third win of the year in the North Carolina Division.
“To be honest, I kind of want to cry right now,” says Morgan, who earned a total of $16,693 in Bass Fishing League tournaments this season. “I can’t even think straight. To win three in a year… unbelievable.”
Morgan says that his key bait throughout the weekend was a jig.
“I caught most of my fish on a jig, but I got my biggest one of the day Sunday on a buzzbait,” Morgan says. “I worked hard for this one. I spent almost three months planting brush piles.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Brian Morgan of Mooresville, N.C., 10 bass, 24-10, $5,831
2nd: Chris Baumgardner of Gastonia, N.C., 10 bass, 24-2, $3,702
3rd: Craig Chambers of Charlotte, N.C., 10 bass, 23-0, $1,945
4th: John Parker of Gaffney, S.C., 10 bass, 22-14, $1,361
5th: Maurice Freeze of Concord, N.C., 10 bass, 22-12, $1,166
6th: Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., 10 bass, 22-10, $1,069
7th: Drew Montgomery of Maiden, N.C., nine bass, 22-7, $972
8th: Kyle Austin of Ridgeville, S.C., 10 bass, 21-12, $875
9th: Donald Poteat of Morganton, N.C., 10 bass, 21-10, $777
10th: Scott Hamrick of Denver, N.C., 10 bass, 21-3, $680
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Baumgardner brought a 4-pound, 1-ounce bass to the scale to win the Boater Big Bass award of $787.
Jake Monti of Mooresville, North Carolina, 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 PhoenixBassBoats.com.
Harwell wins co-angler title
Hunter Harwell of Hickory, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $2,916 Sunday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 20 pounds, 2 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Hunter Harwell of Hickory, N.C., 10 bass, 20-2, $2,916
2nd: Carson Palmer of Richfield, N.C., nine bass, 16-4, $1,458
3rd: Dale Surrett of Midland, N.C., seven bass, 13-10, $971
4th: Willard Taylor of Newton, N.C., seven bass, 13-5, $680
5th: David Miller of China Grove, N.C., eight bass, 13-3, $583
6th: Logan Anderson of Catawba, N.C., seven bass, 13-0, $535
7th: David Deciucis of Chester, Va., eight bass, 12-5, $628
8th: Bryon Medeiros of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., four bass, 11-8, $565
9th: Steven Jacobs of Sanford, N.C., seven bass, 11-1, $502
10th: Artie Phillips of Monroe, N.C., six bass, 11-0, $439
Medeiros caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him the Co-angler Big Bass award and added $394 to his winnings.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Super-Tournament on Lake Norman was hosted by the Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was the fifth and final qualifying event in the 2020 North Carolina Division.
Now, the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the North Carolina Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 8-10 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Virginia, hosted by Richmond Region Tourism. 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.