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Whitehead Tops on Pickwick

Mississippi boater wins Super-Tournament in Mississippi Division
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Christopher Whitehead
September 21, 2020 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Boater Christopher Whitehead of Tupelo, Miss., brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 33 pounds, 1 ounce to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Mississippi Division Super-Tournament at Pickwick Lake. For his victory, Whitehead earned $5,942.

“It feels great – I had a pretty good day,” says Whitehead, who weighed the biggest limit of the event on Sunday. “I was just riding around graphing ledges, trying to find little schools. Then I’d throw a crankbait right in the middle of them and try to get them to react. If they didn’t bite the crankbait, I’d follow up with a big jig.”

Whitehead says that he targeted fish in 18- to 22-feet-of-water with a Tennessee shad-colored Strike King 6XD crankbait and an unnamed peanut butter and jelly-colored jig. 


The top 10 boaters:

1st: Christopher Whitehead of Tupelo, Miss., 10 bass, 33-1, $5,942

2nd: Cody Nichols of Fayette, Ala., 10 bass, 30-9, $2,971

3rd: Chris Quaintance of Muscle Shoals, Ala., 10 bass, 29-10, $1,983

4th: Mitch Crane of Columbus, Miss., 10 bass, 29-4, $1,386

5th: Michael Savell of Brandon, Miss., 10 bass, 29-2, $1,388

6th: Jennings Earnest of Guin, Ala., 10 bass, 28-3, $1,089

7th: Joel Barber of Brandon, Miss., nine bass, 28-1, $990

8th: Andy Coy of Corinth, Miss., 10 bass, 26-6, $1,391

9th: Mark Willins of Como, Miss., 10 bass, 26-2, $792

10th: Kyle Glasgow of Guin, Ala., 10 bass, 25-6, $693

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Bill Terrell of Memphis, Tenn., earned the day’s $802 Boater Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 5-ounce bass. 

Coy 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.


Co-angler Mitchell Bond

Bond wins co-angler title

Mitchell Bond of Collins, Miss., earned the win in the Co-angler Division Sunday after catching a two-day total of seven bass weighing 23 pounds, 5 ounces. Bond earned $2,909 for his victory.


The top 10 co-anglers: 

1st: Mitchell Bond of Collins, Miss., seven bass, 23-5, $2,909

2nd: Ty James of Iuka, Miss., seven bass, 20-5, $1,454

3rd: Justin Dobble of Leoma, Tenn., seven bass, 18-15, $970

4th: Chase Fernandez of Florence, Ala., seven bass, 16-9, $679

5th: Taylor Odom of Flowood, Miss., seven bass, 16-4, $582

6th: Gary Lucas of Columbus, Miss., five bass, 12-7, $533

7th: Nick Quaintance of Russellville, Ala., three bass, 12-6, $871

8th: Yu Han of Memphis, Tenn., five bass, 11-14, $436

9th: Michael Harrison of Moscow, Tenn., five bass, 11-1, $388

10th: Keith Whipple of Iuka, Miss., five bass, 10-9, $339

Quaintance earned the event’s Co-angler Big Bass Award of $386 with, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 1 ounce.

The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Pickwick Lake was the fifth and final qualifying event in the 2020 Mississippi Division.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Mississippi 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 Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee, hosted by the Rhea County 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.