IUKA, Miss. – It was a double-header for weekend bass anglers this past weekend in Iuka with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Pickwick Lake events.
Boater Dayton Scott of Memphis, Tennessee, brought a three-bass limit to the scale totaling 12 pounds, 6 ounces to win Saturday’s event and earn $5,575, while boater Brent Anderson of Kingston Springs, Tennessee, brought in three bass weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces on Sunday to earn the win and the top prize of $5,394.
It was a unique win for 18-year-old Scott, who just wrapped up his High School Fishing career as he fished in his last High School tournament last weekend. Saturday was Scott’s first ever BFL tournament, and the young angler had a special day.
“I thought I’d do okay, but the Good Lord blessed me with an 8½-pounder that helped me get my weight,” Scott said. “Most of my fish came on a swimjig, but the big fish came on a Texas-rigged 7-inch Strike King Cut-R Worm (green pumpkin).
“I noticed in practice that the ledges were getting pounded, so I tried to key on shallow flats where they were pushing bait,” Scott continued. “I fished near State Line Island and caught most of my fish in 6 feet of water.”
The top five boaters on Saturday were:
1st: Dayton Scott of Memphis, Tenn., three bass, 12-6, $5,575
1st: Steve Hughes of Mooreville, Miss., three bass, 11-13, $2,288
3rd: T.A. Cook III of Booneville, Miss., three bass, 11-10, $1,525
4th: Jennings Earnest of Guin, Ala., three bass, 11-0, $1,068
5th: Bryan Waldon of Falkner, Miss., three bass, 10-11, $915
Complete results for Saturday can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Casey Taylor of Smithville, Tennessee, brought a 9-pound, 4-ounce largemouth to the scale to earn Saturday’s Boater Big Bass award of $665.
Johnny Suratt of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $2,288 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces.
The top five co-anglers Saturday finished as follows:
1st: Johnny Suratt of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., three bass, 13-4, $2,288
2nd: Kiowa Terry of Hamilton, Ala., three bass, 11-3, $1,144
3rd: Brian Toth of Pearl, Miss., three bass, 10-13, $762
4th: Farley Fondren of Maben, Miss., three bass, 10-12, $534
5th: Anthony Rasberry of New Albany, Miss., three bass, 9-15, $458
Eddie Armstrong of West Point, Mississippi, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $332.
On Sunday, winning boater Brent Anderson also caught his fish shallow.
“My experience guiding on this lake has taught me that I could not win out deep,” said Anderson, who earned his eighth career BFL win. “I ran up the river and fished anything that looked good – some water willows, laydowns and stumps.
The top five boaters on Sunday were:
1st: Brent Anderson of Kingston Springs, Tenn., three bass, 12-8, $5,394
2nd: Michael Wooley of Booneville, Miss., three bass, 12-3, $2,197
3rd: Randy Craft of Seminary, Miss., three bass, 10-13, $1,464
4th: Ben Webb of Mooreville, Miss., three bass, 10-11, $1,025
5th: Andy Coy of Corinth, Miss., three bass, 10-9, $2,009
Complete results for Sunday’s event on Pickwick Lake can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Coy brought a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass to the scale to win Sunday’s Boater Big Bass award of $630.
Coy also picked up Sunday’s FLW PHOENIX BONUS of $500 as he was the highest-finishing 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.
Cameron Petras of Biloxi, Mississippi, won the Co-angler Division and $2,197 Sunday after catching a three-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 4 ounces.
The top five co-anglers Sunday finished as follows:
1st: Cameron Petras of Biloxi, Miss., three bass, 11-4, $2,197
2nd: Chris Estes of Shannon, Miss., three bass, 11-0, $1,098
3rd: John Swords of Collierville, Tenn., three bass, 10-6, $733
4th: Todd Ware of Meridian, Miss., three bass, 10-5, $513
5th: Billy Robertson of Waterloo, Ala., three bass, 10-4, $439
Scott Kirk of Houston, Mississippi, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $157.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Double-Header on Pickwick Lake was the second and third of five qualifying events in the Mississippi Division.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Mississippi Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 8-10 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee, hosted by the Rhea Economic & Tourism Council. 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.
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