Indiana’s Wagner Wins Saturday, Idaho’s Gelles Wins Sunday at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Detroit River - Major League Fishing

Indiana’s Wagner Wins Saturday, Idaho’s Gelles Wins Sunday at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Detroit River

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Co-angler Division Victories go to Plainwell’s Laupp and Birch Run’s Hall
August 17, 2020 • FLW Communications • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

TRENTON, Mich. – It was a double-header for weekend bass anglers this past weekend in Trenton with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Detroit River events.

Boater Heath Wagner of Angola, Indiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 22 pounds, 2 ounces to win on Saturday and earn $3,794, then pro Kyle Gelles of Pingree, Idaho, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 20 pounds, 14 ounces to win $4,003.

The double-header events were the third and fourth of five events in the Michigan Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.

“I ran to St. Clair and fished deep,” said Wagner, who earned his sixth career BFL win – all on the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair. “It took me a day to find them, but the key was using my electronics to locate them. Every fish that I caught came watching my graph.

“I caught them all on a drop-shot rig with a variety of baits – mostly Z-Man,” Wagner continued. “I fished a Z-Man TRD and a Strike King Z-Too. I even caught one on the famous Ned rig.”

The top five boaters on Saturday were:

 1st: Heath Wagner of Angola, Ind., five bass, 22-2, $3,794

 2nd: Alex Redwine of Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 21-14, $1,897

 3rd: Daniel Sepeck of Norwood, Ohio, five bass, 21-8, $1,265

 4th: Tom Beale of St. Clair Shores, Mich., five bass, 21-5, $885

 5th: Angel Rosario of Kalamazoo, Mich., five bass, 20-4, $727

 5th: Scott Allen of New Philadelphia, Ohio, five bass, 20-4, $727

Complete results for Saturday’s event can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Kyle Greene of Ortonville, Michigan, earned the day’s Boater Big Bass Award of $495 after bringing a 6-pound, 2-ounce bass to the scale.

Devon Banks of West Bloomfield, Michigan, 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.

Zach Laupp of Plainwell, Michigan, won the Co-angler Division and $1,897 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 22 pounds, 9 ounces.

The top five co-anglers on Saturday were:

 1st: Zach Laupp of Plainwell, Mich., five bass, 22-9, $1,897

 2nd: Austin Freed of Wolcottville, Ind., five bass, 19-7, $949

 3rd: Michael Lukich of Chillicothe, Ill., five bass, 18-5, $633

 4th: Mark Lyons of Marion, Ind., five bass, 18-1, $443

 5th: Trent Norman of Union, Ky., five bass, 18-0, $379

Jeff Copley of Marengo, Ohio, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 6 pounds, 1 ounce and earned him Saturday’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $247.

On Sunday winning boater Kyle Gelles did not go to Lake St. Clair, but instead fished the mouth of the Detroit River.

“I didn’t want to run all the way up the river today and deal with St. Clair, so I stuck tight and caught some good fish,” said Gelles, a rookie on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit who finished the season ranked No. 55. “The key to my win was maximizing my fishing time,

“I caught my fish on a variety of baits – everything from a spybait to a tube to a drop-shot rig to a crankbait,” Gelles continued. “A lot of my big fish came on the drop-shot rig, throwing the Berkley (Powerbait Maxscent) Flat Worm. I just covered a lot of water and tried to catch the good ones.”

The top five boaters on Sunday were:

 1st: Kyle Gelles of Pingree, Idaho, five bass, 20-14, $4,003

 2nd: Mike Raber of Wolcottville, Ind., five bass, 20-2, $1,777

 3rd: Terry McWilliams of Greenfield, Ind., five bass, 20-0, $1,185

 4th: Dayton Land of Coatesville, Ind., five bass, 19-4, $829

 5th: Angel Rosario of Kalamazoo, Mich., five bass, 19-3, $711

Complete results for Sunday’s event can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Bill Crapsey of Monroe, Michigan, earned Sunday’s $455 Boater Big Bass award with a 5-pound, 8-ounce bass.

Cody Kelley of Portage, Michigan, took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member.

Zack Hall of Birch Run, Michigan, earned the win Sunday in the Co-angler Division after catching five bass weighing 22 pounds, 3 ounces. For his victory Hall earned $1,777.

The top five co-anglers Sunday finished as follows:

 1st: Zack Hall of Birch Run, Mich., five bass, 22-3, $1,777

 2nd: Logan Roller of Tremont, Ill., five bass, 19-11, $888

 3rd: Corey Gue of Huntington, W. Va., five bass, 18-2, $592

 4th: Nathan O’Hara of Warsaw, Ind., five bass, 18-0, $415

 5th: Craig Fanning of Elwood, Ill., five bass, 17-7, $355

Ken Ramsey of Cassopolis, Michigan, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 5 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned him Sunday’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $227.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Michigan Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps 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 FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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