Boater Michael M. Smith of Andalusia, Ala., brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 40 pounds, 4 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Bama Division Super-Tournament at Lake Eufaula. For his victory, Smith earned $6,329.
“The key to this win was running as many places as I could where I had found big fish over the past couple months,” says Smith. “I probably pulled the trolling motor up more than 50 times today and the key was to just keep moving.
“Almost every fish I caught this weekend was on the first or second cast on a spot, so if I’d made five casts and hadn’t caught one, I’d move somewhere else,” Smith continues. “I spent a lot of time practicing up here and finding as many places as I could and it certainly paid off.”
Smith says this was his third BFL win and he was excited to get a win on one of his home lakes.
“Out deep I was cranking a 6th Sense C20 and C15 Crankbait in a custom color, so I had something a little different than anyone else on the lake,” Smith says. “I’ve run my Mercury outboard all over this place the past two days. Having great equipment definitely helps, as well as using products you’re confident in and trusting what you’ve got.”
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Michael M. Smith of Andalusia, Ala, 10 bass, 40-4, $6,329
2nd: Ryan Ingram of Phenix City, Ala., 10 bass, 32-14, $2,664
3rd: Dustin Wood of Eufaula, Ala., 10 bass, 32-13, $1,777
4th: Robert Werner of Spanish Fort, Ala., 10 bass, 31-3, $1,925
5th: Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Ala., 10 bass, 30-9, $1,066
6th: Clayton Batts of Butler, Ga., 10 bass, 29-0, $1,477
7th: Ashley Brasher of Clanton, Ala., eight bass, 26-14, $888
8th: Ethan Greene of Eufaula, Ala., 10 bass, 25-13, $799
9th: Scott Daughtry of Abbeville, Ala., 10 bass, 24-11, $710
10th: Guy Jordan of Gainesville, Ga., 10 bass, 24-1, $622
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Werner earned the day’s $682 Boater Big Bass award with a 6-pound, 4-ounce bass.
Batts 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.
Brown wins co-angler title
Garrett Brown of Trion, Ga., earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a two-day total of eight bass weighing 20 pounds,11 ounces. Brown earned $2,658 for his victory.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Garrett Brown of Trion, Ga., eight bass, 20-11, $2,658
2nd: Mark Denney of Perry, Ga., 10 bass, 20-10, $1,329
3rd: Charles Davis of Wetumpka, Ala., seven bass, 19-5, $886
4th: Michael Anderson of Newton, Ala., nine bass, 18-11, $620
5th: Jacob Smith of Daleville, Ala., seven bass, 17-5, $532
6th: Christian Bladen of Dothan, Ala., nine bass, 16-2, $487
7th: Randy Hill of Athens, Ala., nine bass, 15-10, $443
8th: Randy Brooks of Dozier, Ala., eight bass, 15-2, $399
9th: Keith Lynch of River Falls, Ala., seven bass, 14-12, $354
10th: Keith Reynolds of Ozark, Ala., six bass, 13-9, $310
Girdner earned the event’s Co-angler Big Bass Award of $334 with a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Eufaula was the fifth and final qualifying event in the 2020 Bama Division.
Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Bama Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will advance to the Oct. 8-10 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee, hosted by Rhea Economic and Tourism Council. 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.