MARBURY, Md. – Boaters Cody Pike of Powhatan, Virginia, and Keith Estes of Spring Grove, Virginia, both brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 9 ounces to tie for the win at the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. Estes earned a total of $4,262 after contingency awards, while Pike took home $10,262, including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency award.
The tournament was the fourth of five events in the Shenandoah Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.
“Today was a slow grind for me, and everything that I caught came fishing extremely slow in the grass with soft plastics and Strike King creature baits,” said Estes, who earned his second career win in FLW competition. “The key was just being patient. I love river fishing – especially when there is an outgoing tide – so I had to wait for the small window at the end of the day with the outgoing water and it paid off for me in the end.”
“I was fishing grass – not the thick matted hydrilla, but the sparser deep grass,” said Pike, who also picked up the second win of his FLW career. “It had to be the deepest grass that you could find. I caught them all on a black-and-blue-colored 3/8-ounce Dave’s Tournament Tackle Swim Jig.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:
1st: Keith Estes of Spring Grove, Va., five bass, 14-14, $4,262
1st: Cody Pike of Powhatan, Va., five bass, 14-14, $10,262
3rd: John Duarte of Middle River, Md., five bass, 14-5, $1,451
4th: Mike Roselle of La Plata, Md., five bass, 14-4, $1,215
5th: Carlton Owens of Franklin, Va., five bass, 14-0, $870
6th: Chris Brummett, Lynch Station, Va., five bass, 13-12, $798
7th: Todd Langford of Great Falls, Va., five bass, 13-9, $689
7th: Robert Henderson of King George, Va., five bass, 13-9, $689
9th: Ben Jacobi of Richmond, Va., five bass, 13-8, $580
10th: Jack Dice of Lynchburg, Va., five bass, 11-10, $508
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Cavin Young of Prince George, Virginia, earned the day’s $615 Boater Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 8-ounce largemouth.
Pike took home an extra $7,000 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.
Jonathan Patkus of Columbia, Maryland, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces. Patkus earned $2,175 for his victory.
The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:
1st: Jonathan Patkus of Columbia, Md., five bass, 12-10, $2,175
2nd: Cornell Badra of Clarksburg, Md., five bass, 12-0, $1,088
3rd: Matt McCluskey of Ashburn, Va., four bass, 11-2, $726
4th: Richard Hare of Fredericksburg, Va., five bass, 10-3, $507
5th: Mark Blankenship of Christiansburg, Va., five bass, 10-1, $435
6th: Timothy Kinder of Manassas, Va., five bass, 9-14, $899
7th: Austin Burdette of Pembroke, Va., five bass, 9-7, $363
8th: Alex Titus of Annandale, Va., five bass, 9-6, $326
9th: John Poos of Manassas, Va., five bass, 9-1, $272
9th: Bernie Scheiner of Burke, Va., four bass, 9-1, $272
Edward Dustin of Fredericksburg, Virginia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds 4 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $307.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Shenandoah 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. 8-10 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Virginia, hosted by Richmond Region Tourism. 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.
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