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
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.
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.