Boater Robert Shockley of Springfield, Missouri, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale this weekend weighing 35 pounds, 3 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Super-Tournament at Lake of the Ozarks. For his win at the event, presented by Navionics, Shockley earned $6,295.
The tournament was the fifth and final event in the Ozark Division presented by Tournament Anglers Group (TAG).
“I caught all of my fish on the first day on a drop-shot rig,” said Shockley, who earned his first career Bass Fishing League win. “On day two, they were eating the jig.
“I had my weight by 10 (a.m.),” Shockley continued. “I sat down to eat a sandwich and told my co-angler to throw at a specific dock, and he caught a 4-pounder. It was an awesome weekend.”
Shockley said that he fished near the Niangua River. He threw an unnamed ½-ounce green pumpkin-colored tungsten jig with a craw trailer.
Top 10 boaters:
1st: Robert Shockley of Springfield, Mo., 10 bass, 35-3, $6,295
2nd: Cory Steckler of Rocky Mount, Mo., 10 bass, 31-3, $3,648
3rd: Chad Deaver of Russellville, Mo., 10 bass, 28-14, $2,096
4th: Ben Verhoef of Osage Beach, Mo., 10 bass, 28-4, $1,469
5th: Brad Jelinek of Deepwater, Mo., 10 bass, 28-3, $1,259
6th: Rick Fishback of Springfield, Mo., 10 bass, 28-3, $1,154
7th: Brian Maloney of Osage Beach, Mo., 10 bass, 28-0, $1,049
8th: Brett Govreau of House Springs, Mo., 10 bass, 27-8, $944
9th: Dennis Berhorst of Holts Summit, Mo., nine bass, 27-3, $839
10th: Marty McGinnis of Gravois Mills, Mo., seven bass, 26-4, $734
Mike Eustler of Everton, Missouri, brought a 6-pound, 1-ounce bass to the scale to win the Boater Big Bass award of $877.
Steckler 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.
Misenhelter tops co-anglers
Terry Misenhelter of Four Seasons, Missouri, won the Co-angler Division and $3,148 Sunday after catching a two-day total of six bass weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces.
Top 10 co-anglers:
1st: Terry Misenhelter of Four Seasons, Mo., six bass, 16-14, $3,148
2nd: Max Wilson of Everton, Mo., five bass, 15-1, $1,574
3rd: Jeremy Davis of Imperial, Mo., seven bass, 14-11, $1,050
4th: Michael Carter of Raytown, Mo., seven bass, 14-2, $734
5th: Matt Finkeldei of Davenport, Iowa, four bass, 12-6, $1,569
6th: Steve Schaefer of Palmyra, Mo., five bass,10-10, $577
7th: Mark Landis of Ballwin, Mo., four bass, 10-9, $525
8th: Michael Dempsey of Wentzville, Mo., four bass, 10-5, $472
9th: Jeremy Fiedler of Sullivan, Mo., five bass, 10-2, $420
10th: Jeffrey Adams of Steelville, Mo., four bass, 10-1, $367
Finkeldei caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the Co-angler Big Bass award and added $439 to his winnings.