ZWOLLE, La. – Boater George Jeane Jr. of Evans, Louisiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Toledo Bend Reservoir in Zwolle, Louisiana. For his victory, Jeane earned a total of $5,911.
The tournament was the third of five events in the Cowboy Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.
“I was in the mid-lake area, fishing ditches and drains with standing timber in it,” said Jeane, who pushed his career earnings to more than $310,000 in FLW competition. “I started off catching them on a sexy blueback herring-colored (Strike King) 10XD, than I went to a P.J.’s jig and a Carolina-rigged 6-inch lizard.
“The key was definitely the 6-pound, 14-ounce kicker that I caught later in the day,” Jeane went on to say. “It’s been awhile since I won one of these. I’ve had a Tour-level win, a Series win, and now this is my second BFL win. It feels good.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:
1st: George Jeane Jr. of Evans, La., five bass, 24-2, $5,911
2nd: Dwight Abshire of Santa Fe, Texas, five bass, 19-6, $2,561
3rd: Bart Stanisz of Brookeland, Texas, five bass, 17-8, $1,705
4th: John LaFitte of Keithville, La., five bass, 17-0, $1,195
5th: Josh Champagne of Breaux Bridge, La., five bass, 16-9, $1.024
6th: Leon Stone of Carthage, Texas, five bass, 16-5, $939
7th: Scotty Villines of Ponca, Ark., five bass, 15-9, $854
8th: Daniel Blanton of Huntington, Texas, five bass, 15-6, $725
8th: Jim Dillard of West Monroe, La., five bass, 15-6, $725
10th: Kyle Dragulski of Lufkin, Texas, five bass, 15-5, $598
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Jeane’s 6-pound, 14-ounce kicker was also the largest bass weighed on the day and earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $790.
Dicky Newberry of Houston, Texas, 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.
Travis Pearson of Trout, Louisiana, won the Co-angler Division and $2,561 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 13 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:
1st: Travis Pearson of Trout, La., five bass, 12-13, $2,561
2nd: Grayson Honeycutt of Temple, Texas, five bass, 12-7, $1,280
3rd: Loren Rives of Austin, Texas, four bass, 12-2, $854
4th: Brandt Dillon of Houston, Texas, four bass, 11-12, $598
5th: Randy Hitt of Belton, Texas, four bass, 10-12, $512
6th: Ken Ford of Benton, Ark., five bass, 10-10, $469
7th: Jordan Ebarb of Stonewall, La., five bass, 10-7, $427
7th: Cody Laird of Goodrich, Texas, five bass, 10-3, $384
9th: Ron Aulds of Choudrant, La., five bass, 10-2, $341
9th: Bradley Mock of Ragley, La., five bass, 10-1, $299
Don Johnson of Lufkin, Texas caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $395.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Cowboy Division presented by A.R.E. based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 22-24 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, hosted by Explore Branson. 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.
FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW is expanding its programming in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).
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