SHELBYVILLE, Ill. – Boater Jeremy Mull of Pawnee, Illinois, earned the win Saturday at the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Shelbyville after bringing a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 16 pounds, 7 ounces. For his victory, Mull earned a total of $4,463.
“I started out fishing deep on the lower end of the lake, and we pulled up on the right spot at the right time,” said Mull, who earned his third career Bass Fishing League victory. “My co-angler caught the first two fish, then we just went to work on them. I caught them on a football jig (green-pumpkin) in 20-foot-of-water.
“The key was sticking with it all day long,” Mull went on to say. “I caught one real late – within the last 10 minutes – that culled. It was a grind, but I stuck with it all day long.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:
1st: Jeremy Mull of Pawnee, Ill., five bass, 16-7, $4,463
2nd: Michael Black of Toledo, Ill., five bass, 15-12, $2,232
3rd: Todd Blakeman of Chatham, Ill., five bass, 14-11, $1,689
4th: Mike Jackson of Moweaqua, Ill., five bass, 14-3, $1,041
5th: Shane Haslett of Beecher City, Ill., five bass, 13-15, $893
6th: Martin Conaughty of Fairview Heights, Ill., five bass, 13-14, $818
7th: Matt Carroll of Hillsboro, Ill., five bass, 13-8, $744
8th: Brian Futch of Herrin, Ill., four bass, 12-9, $1,169
9th: Ryan Armstrong of Robinson, Ill., five bass, 12-2, $595
10th: Ryan Lewis of Glasford, Ill., five bass, 11-0, $521
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
James Wright of Paducah, Kentucky, claimed the day’s Boater Big Bass Award of $640 after bringing a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass to the scale.
Futch 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.
William Curtright of St. Louis, Missouri, won the Co-angler Division and $2,232 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 11 pounds, 8 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:
1st: William Liam Curtright of St. Louis, Mo., four bass, 11-8, $2,232
2nd: Blake Hadley of Pana, Ill., five bass, 11-5, $1,116
3rd: Arden Damberg of Wheatland, Iowa, five bass, 10-4, $743
3rd: Jojo Johnson of Benton, Ill., five bass, 9-15, $521
5th: Brad McElroy of Gardner, Ill., five bass, 9-7, $446
6th: Dan Brown of Glenarm, Ill., five bass, 9-5, $409
6th: Ryan Fancher of Olney, Ill., four bass, 9-2, $372
8th: Barry Aumiller of O’Fallon, Mo., three bass, 7-13, $335
9th: Ethan Fields of Breese, Ill., three bass, 7-9, $298
10th: Timothy Nanzer of Bourbonnais, Ill., two bass, 7-7, $260
Dave Dobill of Royalton, Illinois, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 4 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $320.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Shelbyville was the opening event of five qualifying tournaments in the Illini division.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Illini Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 15-17 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, hosted by Explore La Crosse. 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 Nov. 11-13 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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