Boater Mike Wallis of Hallsville, Mo., brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 14 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on Lake Truman in Warsaw, Mo. For his victory, Wallis earned a total of $5,009.
The tournament was the third of five events in the Ozark Division presented by Tournament Anglers Group (TAG).
“My day started off real slow – I went to primary spot and didn’t have fish before 10 o’clock,” says Wallis, who was fishing in his first career Bass Fishing League event. “After the sun popped out I caught a couple of big ones, then the sun went back in and they stopped. Later in the day they started biting again and I caught three more.”
Wallis says that his key baits were a shaky-head rig and a Pig Sticker jig.
The top 10 boaters:
1st: Mike Wallis of Hallsville, Mo., five bass, 19-14, $5,009
2nd: Kyle Alsop of Overland Park, Kan., five bass, 19-2, $2,505
3rd: Darrell Reach of Kansas City, Mo., five bass, 18-10, $1,336
4th: Andy Newcomb of Camdenton, Mo., five bass, 18-0, $935
5th: Mark Tucker of Kirkwood, Mo., five bass, 17-12, $802
6th: Chris Aswegan of Tiffin, Iowa, five bass, 17-10, $735
7th: Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Mo., five bass, 17-9, $668
8th: Tom Alsop of Overland Park, Kan., five bass, 16-7, $601
8th: Jared Knuth of Wahoo, Neb., five bass, 16-1, $535
10th: Keith Nickell of Raymore, Mo., five bass, 15-12, $468
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
McCormick earned the day’s $550 Boater Big Bass award with a 6-pound, 11-ounce bass.
Alsop 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.
Bernicky wins co-angler title
Alan Bernicky of Joliet, Ill., earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 15 ounces. Bernicky earned $2,705 for his victory.
The top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Alan Bernicky of Joliet, Ill., five bass, 14-15, $2,705
2nd: Ryan Stagner of Robertsville, Mo., five bass, 14-14, $1,002
3rd: Anthony Johnson of Excelsior Springs, Mo., five bass, 14-3, $668
4th: Brian Huber of Saint Peters, Mo., four bass, 12-4, $468
5th: Cameron Rieder of Independence, Mo., four bass, 11-7, $401
6th: Larry Rothweil of Saint Charles, Mo., five bass, 10-15, $368
7th: William Hoffert of Columbia, Mo., four bass, 9-9, $334
8th: Tim Sisco of Fair Grove, Mo., two bass, 9-4, $301
9th: Jon Cordray of House Springs, Mo., three bass, 9-3, $250
9th: Kyle Anderson of Foley, Mo., three bass, 9-3, $250
Steve Schaefer of Palmyra, Missouri, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $275.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Ozark Division presented by TAG, 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.