BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. – Boater Andrew Haunert of Blue Ash, Ohio, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Dale Hollow Reservoir in Byrdstown, Tennessee. For his victory, Haunert earned a total of $5,103.
The tournament was the first of five events in the Music City Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.
“It feels awesome to get the win. I just got a new boat – it’s actually Hank Parker’s old Ranger – and hopefully it continues to bring me good luck,” said Haunert, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition.
“I caught my fish mid-lake, and I stayed there all day throwing a jig,” Haunert continued. “I was fishing in 15 to 20 feet of water, and I pretty much grinded it out in the same spot all day. I kept leaving them and then coming back, and it kept producing.”
“The key was persistence – I knew the fish weren’t biting everywhere, so I stayed in the water that I knew was productive and just kept at it.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:
1st: Andrew Haunert of Blue Ash, Ohio, five bass, 19-10, $5,103
2nd: Scott Brummett of Brentwood, Tenn., five bass, 17-15, $2,232
3rd: Hunter Bouldin of McMinnville, Tenn., five bass, 17-0, $1,489
4th: J.B. King of Byrdstown, Tenn., five bass, 15-15, $1,041
5th: Jimmy Gayhart of Sadieville, Ky, five bass, 15-7, $855
5th: Tim McDonald of Prestonsburg, Ky, five bass, 15-7, $855
7th: Brian Copeland of Rickman, Tenn., five bass, 14-15, $744
8th: Jayson Johnson of Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 14-14, $632
8th: Robert Reagan of Byrdstown, Tenn., five bass, 14-14, $632
10th: Josh Tramel of Smithville, Tenn, five bass, 14-12, $721
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Haunert also earned the day’s $640 Boater Big Bass award with his largest fish, a 5-pound, 1-ounce bass.
Eric Moore of Union, Kentucky, 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.
Mick Sansom of Salt Rock, West Virginia earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 14 pounds, 6 ounces. Sansom earned $2,197 for his victory.
The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:
1st: Mick Sansom of Salt Rock, W.Va., five bass, 14-6, $2,197
1st: Brandon Barker of Nancy, Ky., five bass, 13-6, $1,098
3rd: Douglas Lyon of Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 13-5, $733
4th: Lucas Devere of Berea, Ky., five bass, 12-4, $513
5th: Brad Goetz of Montello, Wis., five bass, 11-14, $439
6th: Ryan Mealer of Spring Hill, Tenn., four bass, 11-11, $403
7th: Brian Gentry of Smyrna, Tenn., five bass, 11-9, $366
8th: Matthew Poss of Smithville, Tenn., five bass, 11-3, $330
9th: Timothy Ernst of Winchester, Ky., four bass, 10-14, $293
10th: Bill Haunert of Byrdstown, Tenn., four bass, 10-11, $256
Joe Gentry of Gallatin, Tennessee, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $315.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Dale Hollow Reservoir was hosted by Star Point Resort.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Music City 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 Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, hosted by the Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau. 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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