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Wagner triumphs in 40th All-American on Lake Hartwell
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Wagner triumphs in 40th All-American on Lake Hartwell

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Emil Wagner outdueled the rest of the field for the title on Lake Hartwell. Photo by Rob Matsuura. Angler: Emil Wagner.
June 2, 2023 • Jody White • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

SENECA, S.C. – It was mostly a two-man race going into the final day of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine All-American on Lake Hartwell, and Matthew O’Connell and Emil Wagner both outdistanced the rest of the field. In the end, it was Wagner who got it done, weighing 17 pounds, 7 ounces for a 55-11 total and the win. For his victory, Wagner takes home $122,300, plus a berth in both the 2023 Toyota Series Championship and the 2024 REDCREST.

On the Strike King co-angler side, Larry Taylor earned the win and $50,000 with a 24-8 total.

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Top 10 boaters

1. Emil Wagner – 55 – 11 (15) – $122,300 (includes $20,000 Phoenix Bonus)

2. Matthew O’Connell – 54 – 06 (15) – $35,500 (includes $15,000 Phoenix Bonus)

3. Buddy Benson – 47 – 10 (15) – $25,000 (includes $10,000 Phoenix Bonus)

4. Anthony Johnson – 42 – 09 (15) – $21,000 (includes $7,000 Phoenix Bonus)

5. Jesse Wiggins – 41 – 06 (15) – $13,000

6. Tyler Trent – 39 – 09 (15) – $14,000 (includes $2,000 Phoenix Bonus)

7. Brian LaClair – 38 – 05 (15) – $11,000

8. Jimmy Neece Jr. – 37 – 12 (15) – $10,000

9. Ian Leybas – 37 – 05 (15) – $9,200

10. Nick Uebelhor – 32 – 10 (13) – $8,000

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