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Panzironi Sacks 24 Pounds on Harris to Win First Gator Division Event
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Panzironi Sacks 24 Pounds on Harris to Win First Gator Division Event

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Eric Panzironi won the first Gator Division Phoenix Bass Fishing League event of the year. Angler: Eric Panzironi.
January 12, 2021 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Eric Panzironi of Longwood, Florida, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 12 ounces to win the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine at Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida. Panzironi earned $6,000 for his victory.  

“I stayed on Harris all day, which was a short run for me but it worked out nicely,” said Panzironi. “I caught all my fish on a black-colored Zoom Magnum Trick Worm in 10 to 12 feet of mostly dirty water.

“The real key to the victory was the Garmin LiveScope. I caught every single one of my fish directly beneath my boat and I could see them all. I dropped down to them and they’d eat it – it was amazing.”

Panzaroni said he was excited to walk away with a win at the first tournament of the year for the Gator division.

“It’s awesome – I love it,” he said. “To start off 2021 with a win at my first event – I definitely have no regrets.”

Top 10 Boaters

  1. Eric Panzironi of  Longwood, Fla., five bass, 24-12, $6,000
  2. Peter Thliveros of Saint Augustine, Fla., five bass, 22-7, $3,000
  3. Joshua Parry of Saint Johns, Fla., five bass, 20-11, $3,000
  4. Jonathan Semento of Okahumpka, Fla., five bass, 19-8, $1,900 (includes $500 Phoenix Bonus)
  5. Tyler Sheppard of Jacksonville, Fla., five bass, 19-7, $1,200
  6. Grady Johnson of Saint Cloud, Fla., five bass, 18-7, $1,100
  7. Bill Troyer of Sarasota, Fla., five bass, 17-11, $1,000
  8. Robert Crosnoe of Inverness, Fla., five bass, 17-10, $900
  9. Grady Maynard of Umatilla, Fla., five bass, 17-4, $800
  10. McCoy (Simon) Borja of Fruitland Park, Fla., five bass, 16-9, $700

Complete results

Parry also caught the largest bass in the Boater Division, a 10-pound, 2-ounce largemouth, which was good for the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $1,000. 

Semento took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing Phoenix MLF BIG5 Contingency 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 Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Co-angler Mike Garrett poses with his trophy after weigh-in.

Mike Garrett of Pensacola, Florida, won the Co-angler Division and $3,000 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 3 ounces.

Top 10 Co-anglers

  1. Mike Garrett of Pensacola, Fla., five bass, 22-3, $3,000
  2. Shaun Ireland of Lake Worth, Fla., five bass, 17-4, $1,500
  3. Aymon Wilcox of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., five bass, 17-3, $1,000
  4.  Justin Brown of Frostproof, Fla., five bass, 16-6, $900
  5. Bradley Phillips of Alachua, Fla., five bass, 15-11, $600
  6. Justin Bun of Lake Alfred, Fla., five bass, 15-0, $550
  7. Joshua Dunn of Mulberry, Fla., five bass, 14-7, $500
  8. Jason Cooper of Shelbyville, Tenn., five bass, 14-0, $450
  9. Bobby McMullin of Pevely, Mo., five bass, 13-12, $400
  10. Jake Stines of Plant City, Fla., five bass, 12-8, $350

Luke Cocke of Valdosta, Georgia caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $500.

The 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Harris Chain of Lakes was hosted by Visit Lake County, FL.