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Pilcher Stays Deep on Grand

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John Pilcher
Yang earns co-angler win
October 6, 2020 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Boater John Pilcher of Kansas, Oklahoma, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 32 pounds, 1 ounce to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Okie Division Super-Tournament at Grand Lake. For his victory, Pilcher earned $7,922.

This was the fifth and final qualifying event in the 2020 Okie Division and was hosted by the City of Grove.

“The main thing was just sticking with it,” said Pilcher. “We didn’t catch much until about noon on Sunday, when the sun came out. It was pretty slow starting, so we ran 40 to 50 different spots and I lost a couple fish at the end, but we finished well.”

Pilcher said he mainly fished offshore brush, flats and ledges to secure his first Phoenix Bass Fishing League win.

“I fished from mid-lake down to the dam, in about 12- to 20-feet-deep,” Pilcher continued. “I caught most of my fish on a ¾-ounce Bass X Jig, a River2Sea Whopper Plopper and a buzzbait.”


Top 10 boaters: 

 1st: John Pilcher of Kansas, Okla., 10 bass, 32-1, $7,922

 2nd: Ed Barton of Vian, Okla., 10 bass, 31-15, $3,461

 3rd: Crawford Brantley of Grove, Okla., 10 bass, 31-14, $3,826

 4th: Toby Hartsell of Afton, Okla., 10 bass, 30-1, $1,615

 5th: Brian Dossey of Okmulgee, Okla., 10 bass, 29-11, $1,384

 6th: Lance Williams of Billings, Mo., 10 bass, 27-3, $1,269

 7th: Andy Newcomb of Camdenton, Mo., 10 bass, 26-14, $1,154

 8th: Chris Torkleson of Sand Springs, Okla., 10 bass, 26-10, $1,038

 9th: Shawn Kowal of Linn Creek, Mo., 10 bass, 26-1, $923

 10th: Christopher Johnson of Farmington, Ark., 10 bass, 26-0, $808

Complete results 

Brantley earned the day’s $1,020 Boater Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 8-ounce bass and 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.


Lang Yang

Yang earns co-angler win

Lang Yang of Miami, Oklahoma, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Sunday after catching a two-day total of nine bass weighing 25 pounds, 11 ounces. Yang earned $3,461 for his victory.


Top 10 co-anglers: 

 1st: Lang Yang of Miami, Okla., nine bass, 25-11, $3,461

 2nd: Matthew Cesar of Crane, Mo., eight bass, 19-6, $1,730

 3rd: Darin Comstock of Denison, Texas, eight bass, 18-7, $1,154

 4th: Sam Bremmerkamp of Joplin, Mo., eight bass, 17-8, $808

 5th: Harold Frazier of Okmulgee, Okla., eight bass, 16-15, $692

 6th: Chad Schmidt of Clearwater, Kan., seven bass, 16-6, $635

 7th: James Boston of Cabot, Ark., eight bass, 15-12, $577

 8th: Cord Colwell of Pryor, Okla., nine bass, 15-12, $519

 9th: Damon Duncan of Kansas, Okla., seven bass, 15-7, $461

 10th: Chris Bouchikas of Oktaha, Okla., eight bass, 15-0, $404

Steven McEver of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, earned the event’s Co-angler Big Bass Award of $510 with a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 4 ounces.