CULLMAN, Ala. – Local boater Jackie Flack of Cullman, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 3 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lewis Smith Lake in Cullman. For his victory, Flack earned a total of $6,011.
“It feels great to get the win here – this is my home lake, and the field of anglers in this tournament was so tough,” said Flack, who earned his second career victory in Bass Fishing League competition. “There were a lot of really good fisherman out there so to get this win really means a lot. I am tickled to death.”
Flack said he caught his fish running a typical Smith Lake pattern for this time of the year.
“I was fishing ditches with shaky-head rigs and Ned rigs,” he said. “I was setting up in 40 to 45 feet of water and throwing into 25 to 30 feet. I found a few areas where the fish were stacked up and I got lucky with a couple of 4-pound bites that really helped me.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:
1st: Jackie Flack of Cullman, Ala., five bass, 17-3, $6,011
2nd: Josh Butler of Hayden, Ala., five bass, 16-11, $3,506
3rd: Kyle Glasgow of Guin, Ala., five bass, 15-0, $2,001
4th: Dale Pelfrey of Rockwood, Tenn., five bass, 14-12, $1,403
5th: Greg Lamb of Birchwood, Tenn., five bass, 14-8, $1,152
5th: Billy Brindle of Calhoun, Ga., five bass, 14-8, $1,152
7th: Tim Arnold of Cullman, Ala., five bass, 14-7, $1,002
8th: Jody Brooks of Birmingham, Ala., five bass, 14-2, $902
9th: Jason Sloan of Warrior, Ala., five bass, 14-1, $802
10th: Colton Chambers of Elizabethton, Tenn., five bass, 13-12, $701
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Butler 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.
Jason Berrong of Crossville, Alabama, brought a 5-pound, 4-ounce bass to the scale to win the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $995.
Kenneth Underwood of Columbus, Mississippi, won the Co-angler Division and $3,486 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 13 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:
1st: Kenneth Underwood of Columbus, Miss., five bass, 12-13, $3,486
2nd: Michael Matlock of Olivehill, Tenn., five bass, 12-9, $1,495
3rd: Don Bible of Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 12-0, $998
4th: Hayden O’Barr of Gurley, Ala., five bass, 11-13, $698
5th: Justin Stephenson of Jasper, Ala., five bass, 11-11, $598
6th: Jason Smith of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., five bass, 11-7, $548
7th: Richard Pugh of Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 10-11, $498
8th: Jacob Pospy of Morris, Ala., five bass, 10-9, $449
9th: Nathan Brewer of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., five bass, 10-8, $374
9th: Cameron Gatlin of Chattanooga, Tenn., five bass, 10-8, $524
Underwood also earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $495 after bringing a bass weighing 4 pounds, 13 ounces to the scale.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lewis Smith Lake was hosted by Cullman County Parks and Recreation. The tournament was the second of five events in the Choo Choo Division.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Choo Choo Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 16-18 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Cherokee in Jefferson City, Tennessee, hosted by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new 18-foot Phoenix bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held April 30 through May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina and is hosted by Visit Anderson. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the FLW Series, the pathway to the FLW Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour, where top pros compete with no entry fees.
For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe.
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