BUCKHEAD, Ga. – Boater Rob Jordan of Flowery Branch, Georgia, brought a three-bass limit bass to the scale Saturday totaling 10 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on Lake Oconee in Buckhead, Georgia. Jordan topped his nearest competitor, Kim Carver of Milledgeville, Georgia, by just 4 ounces and earned $5,784 for his victory.
“This Bulldog Division features some of the best anglers in the country, so it’s always awesome to come away with a win against these guys,” said Jordan, who earned his second career victory in FLW competition.
“I bounced around throughout the day on the upper part of Lake Oconee,” Jordan continued. “I made the decision to jump into the event late Friday, so I didn’t really have any practice time. I just ran around and fished new water. It was pretty tough. I didn’t even catch my first keeper until 11 (a.m.).”
“I was flipping to isolated wood in areas that the fish would back off to when the sun got up,” Jordan went on to say. “I was fortunate enough to catch two big ones, and that was enough to get me the win.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:
1st: Rob Jordan of Flowery Branch, Ga., three bass, 10-9, $5,784
2nd: Kim Carver of Milledgeville, Ga., three bass, 10-5, $2,100
3rd: John Duvall of Madison, Ga., three bass, 9-1, $1,898
4th: Cal Culpepper of Hamilton, Ga., three bass, 8-9, $980
5th: Bon-Oni Maldonado of Covington, Ga., three bass, 7-10, $840
6th: Jesse Millsaps of Jasper, Ga., three bass, 7-7, $770
7th: David Milsaps of Ranger, Ga., three bass, 7-3, $700
8th: Dylan Peppers of Social Circle, Ga., three bass, 6-14, $630
9th: Todd Lowe of Greensboro, Ga., three bass, 6-13, $560
10th: Brian Jamison of Greensboro, Ga., two bass, 6-10, $490
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Jordan also brought a 4-pound, 10-ounce bass to the scale to add $585 – the day’s Boater Big Bass award – to his winnings.
Duvall was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500. 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.
Will Thomas of Madison, Georgia, won the Co-angler Division and $2,392 Saturday after catching two bass weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:
1st: Will Thomas of Madison, Ga., two bass, 8-8, $2,392
2nd: Ken Smith of Lula, Ga., two bass, 6-8, $1,050
3rd: Conery Williams of Macon, Ga., three bass, 5-7, $701
4th: Albert McNair of Watkinsville, Ga., two bass, 5-2, $490
5th: Chris Ford of Buford, Ga., three bass, 5-1, $420
6th: Edgar Salva of Covington, Ga., two bass, 4-12, $385
7th: March Glenn of Decatur, Ala., three bass, 4-11, $350
8th: Jacob Robinson of Temple, Ga., two bass, 4-8, $315
9th: Benjamin Schooler of Lula, Ga., two bass, 4-7, $280
10th: Gerald Bunn of Mansfield, Ga., two bass, 4-6, $232
10th: Donald Peppers of Good Hope, Ga., two bass, 4-6, $232
Thomas caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a nice 5-pound, 9-ouncer. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $292.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Oconee was the fourth of five qualifying events in the Bulldog Division.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Bulldog Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 16-18 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Cherokee in Jefferson City, Tennessee, hosted by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. 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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