Boater Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tennessee, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 40 pounds, 11 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at Lake Chickamauga. For his victory, Boggs earned $61,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic entry into the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship, June 3-5, at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee.
“This is my first time in a long time to come out on top, and I’ve been trying hard,” says Boggs. “It’s been a grind with the drop in water levels, so I’m super excited with what I weighed in today.”
Boggs found his winning fish in the middle part of the lake, fishing shallow, throwing a swimbait, buzzbait and a squarebill crankbait.
“I was fishing water that hadn’t been fished and getting to places other people hadn’t been to – I think that made the biggest difference,” continues Boggs. “I’m so excited – this will be my third All-American tournament to compete in and I can’t wait.”
The top six boaters that qualified for 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American:
1st: Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tenn., 15 bass, 40-11, $61,000
2nd: Blake Tomlin of Greenville, Ga., 13 bass, 37-9, $10,000
3rd: Jason Nixon of Wetumpka, Ala., 13 bass, 37-2, $5,000
4th: Brent Butler of Vonore, Tenn., 14 bass, 35-12, $3,000
5th: Lloyd Pickett, Jr., of Bartlett, Tenn., 14 bass, 35-0, $2,000
6th: Christopher Thomas of Birmingham, Ala., 14 bass, 34-7, $1,800
Rounding out the top 10 boaters:
7th: Jeff Cannon of Douglasville, Ga., 14 bass, 33-15, $1,600
8th: Mike Quinlin of Mooresville, Ind., 14 bass, 33-2, $1,900
9th: Vernon Lowe of Oneida, Tenn., 14 bass, 32-11, $1,200
10th: David Wootton of Collierville, Tenn., 10 bass, 30-10, $1,000
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Quinlin 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.
Lemons runs away with co-angler title
Samuel Lemons of Vonore, Tennessee, weighed in 10 bass over three days totaling 32 pounds, 5 ounces to win the top co-angler prize package of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.
The top six co-anglers that qualified for the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American:
1st: Samuel Lemons of Vonore, Tenn., 32-5, 10 bass, $50,000
2nd: Brent Clark of Bowling Green, Ky., 11 bass, 21-4, $5,000
3rd: Curtis Cline of Lafayette, Tenn., 10 bass, 19-1, $2,500
4th: Keith Whipple of Iuka, Miss., eight bass, 18-8, $1,500
5th: Allen Neal of Whitley City, Ky., seven bass, 17-13, $1,000
6th: Michael Petras of Biloxi, Miss., seven bass, 17-11, $900
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers:
7th: Dennis Taylor of Murray, Ky., eight bass, 15-10, $800
8th: Nathan Martin of Golden, Miss., five bass, 15-0, $700
9th: Jojo Walsh of Lyles, Tenn., four bass, 13-13, $600
10th: Josh Allen of Salem, Ala., six bass, 13-6, $500
The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga was hosted by the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council. It featured the top pros and co-anglers from the Bama (Alabama), LBL (Kentucky), Mississippi, and Mountain (Kentucky-Tennessee) divisions.