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Topwater Gives Trim the W

Great Lakes Division closes on Mississippi River
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Nick Trim
September 21, 2020 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Boater Nick Trim of Galesville, Wis., brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 34 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Great Lakes Division Super-Tournament at the Mississippi River. For his victory, Trim earned $6,690.

“I made the lock to Pool 7 on both days and primarily fished wingdams with a topwater,” says Trim, who earned his second career win in Bass Fishing League competition this year. “Every fish that I weighed in came on a (Heddon) Zara Spook.”


The top 10 boaters:

1st: Nick Trim of Galesville, Wis., 10 bass, 34-9, $6,690

2nd: Mike Brueggen of La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 30-13, $2,845

3rd: Brandon Gann of Sparta, Wis., 10 bass, 30-10, $1,897

4th: Rob Leidholdt of Milton, Wis., 10 bass, 28-14, $1,328

5th: Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 28-13, $1,138

6th: Kyle Von Ruden of Stoddard, Wis., 10 bass, 28-12, $1,043

7th: Rick Bosshard of Hartland, Wis., 10 bass, 28-12, $948

8th: Brian Fitzpatrick of La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 28-1, $853

9th: Kevin Wolfram of Chicago, Ill., 10 bass, 27-1, $759

10th: Jerry Robackouski of Joliet, Ill., 10 bass, 26-15, $664

Complete results can be found at

Dakota Proft of Onalaska, Wis., earned the day’s $742 Boater Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 2-ounce bass. 

Kevin Ruh of Onalaska, Wis., 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 Brad Juen

Juen wins co-angler title

Brad Juen of La Crosse, Wis., earned the win in the Co-angler Division Sunday after catching a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 25 pounds, 4 ounces. Juen earned $2,845 for his victory.


The top 10 co-anglers: 

1st: Brad Juen of La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 25-4, $2,845

2nd: Richard Conrad of Arcadia, Wis., 10 bass, 24-4, $1,422

3rd: Michael Black of Toledo, Ill., nine bass, 21-3, $948

4th: Arden Damberg of Wheatland, Iowa, 10 bass, 20-9, $664

5th: Thad Vettrus of Chippewa Falls, Wis., eight bass, 19-11, $569

6th: Scott Miller of Burlington, Wis., seven bass, 18-11, $893

7th: Lee Lewis of Peoria, Ill., seven bass, 16-11, $474

8th: Jason Swanson of Waterloo, Iowa, eight bass, 16-6, $427

9th: Ed Remian of Schiller Park, Ill., six bass, 15-11, $379

10th: Levi Schmidt of Caledonia, Minn., seven bass, 13-6, $332

Miller earned the event’s Co-angler Big Bass Award of $371 with a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 11 ounces.

The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Super Tournament on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, was hosted by the La Crosse County Convention & Visitors Bureau. It was the fifth and final qualifying tournament in the 2020 Great Lakes division.

Now 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.