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Strong Day One Carries Sifers

Hoosier Division wraps with Super-Tournament on Rough River
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Jeramiah Sifers
September 21, 2020 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Boater Jeramiah Sifers of Sellersburg, Ind., brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale this weekend weighing 22 pounds, 14 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Hoosier Division Super-Tournament at the Rough River. Sifers earned a total of $6,917 for his victory.

Sifers caught a monster limit weighing 19 pounds, 11 ounces on day one of the event that gave him a near 10-pound lead to start the second day of competition. Sifers says he targeted shallow water in the north end.

“I flipped a black and blue jig, threw a (River2Sea) Whopper Plopper, a buzzbait and a spinnerbait,” Sifers says. “It was just a shallow-water deal – the fish were really keying on the channel stumps.

“This is my third career win, but I haven’t won since 2004,” Sifers goes on to say. “I’ve had lots of second- and third-place finishes since, but it’s awesome to get the win. When it’s your time, it’s your time.”


The top 10 boaters:

1st: Jeramiah Sifers of Sellersburg, Ind., seven bass, 22-14, $6,917

2nd: Michael Bays of Bellevue, Ky., 10 bass, 18-5, $2,628

3rd: B.J. Fitzgerald of Whitesville, Ky., nine bass, 17-1, $1,752

4th: Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio, 10 bass, 17-0, $1,927

5th: Ryan Deal of Elberfeld, Ind., 10 bass, 15-14, $1,051

6th: Brody Campbell of Oxford, Ohio, nine bass, 15-14, $964

7th: Phil Hunt of Connersville, Ind., eight bass, 15-12, $876

8th: Larry Sisk of Evansville, Ind., nine bass, 15-9, $788

9th: Chris Wilkinson of Farmersburg, Ind., eight bass, 14-15, $701

10th: Craig Carns of Noblesville, Ind., seven bass, 14-11, $613

Complete results can be found at

Sifers brought a 6-pound, 12-ounce largemouth bass to the scale to win the Boater Big Bass award of $660. 

Frank Haysley of Louisville, Ky., 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


Co-angler Colby Sorrels

Sorrels wins co-angler title

Colby Sorrels of Fordsville, Ky., won the Co-angler Division and $2,958 Sunday after catching a two-day total of six bass weighing 14 pounds, 4 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers: 

1st: Colby Sorrels of Fordsville, Ky., six bass, 14-4, $2,958

2nd: Ronnie Gill of Indianapolis, Ind., seven bass, 12-7, $1,314

3rd: Jeffery Johnson of Austin, Ind., seven bass, 12-7, $1,077

4th: Mark Sollman of Haubstadt, Ind., seven bass, 11-7, $613

5th: Ryan Sykes of Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 11-0, $526

6th: Lincoln Bowen of Crothersville, Ind., six bass, 8-15, $482

7th: Cory Malcom of Bremen, Ind., six bass, 8-13, $438

8th: Payne Blackburn of Muncie, Ind., five bass, 8-9, $394

9th: Chris Hogue of Bargersville, Ind., four bass, 8-9, $350

10th: Rod Yoder of West Lafayette, Ind., six bass, 8-3, $307

Sorrels also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 4 ounces. The catch earned him the Co-angler Big Bass award and added $330 to his winnings.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Super Tournament on the Rough River was the fifth and final qualifying event in the Hoosier Division.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Hoosier Division 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.