GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. – It was a tournament double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Gilbertsville with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes events.
Boater Gary Singleton of Dickson, Tennessee, caught a three-bass limit totaling 10 pounds, 15 ounces to earn the win Saturday and earn $5,289, then boater David Young of Mayfield, Kentucky, brought three bass to the scale on Sunday weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces to earn the win and $3,592.
“I ran about 60 miles south, fishing secondary bars,” said Singleton, who earned his first career BFL victory. “I threw a white ¾-ounce Hoppy’s spinnerbait all day long.”
The top five boaters on Saturday were:
1st: Gary Singleton of Dickson, Tenn., three bass, 10-15, $5,289
2nd: Kane Hackemack of Georgetown, Ind., three bass, 9-12, $1,897
3rd: Jordan Hartman of Murray, Ky., three bass, 9-11, $1,265
4th: David Carroll of Manitou, Ky., three bass, 9-2, $885
5th: Ramie Colson Jr. of Cadiz, Ky., three bass, 9-1, $759
Complete results for Saturday can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Singleton brought a 5-pound, 8-ounce bass to the scale to add Saturday’s Boater Big Bass award of $495 to his winnings.
Edward Gettys of Paris, Tennessee, was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra contingency payout of $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.
Barry Gunter of Trafalgar, Indiana, won the Co-angler Division and $2,144 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 11 pounds, 4 ounces.
The top five co-anglers Saturday finished as follows:
1st: Barry Gunter of Trafalgar, Ind., three bass, 11-4, $2,144
2nd: Andrew Dunford of Christopher, Ill., three bass, 8-6, $949
3rd: Brad Blanton of Leitchfield, Ky., three bass, 7-4, $633
4th: Johnny Brantley of Medon, Tenn., two bass, 6-12, $443
5th: Todd Robert Mowery of Munford, Tenn., three bass, 6-6, $379
Gunter caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division Saturday, weighing in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $247.
On Sunday, winning boater David Young overcame some equipment issues and still managed to earn the victory.
“I went from the dam to Paris (Tennessee),” said Young, who earned his 11th career win in Bass Fishing League competition. “I threw a (Heddon Zara) Spook on the main lake and caught some fish, then after that I went fishing docks and random stuff – flipping a beaver and throwing a green-pumpkin-colored lizard.
“The key was moving around – well floating around,” Young went on to say. “I had some trolling motor trouble out there that I had to deal with, but it worked out in the end.”
The top five boaters on Sunday finished:
1st: David Young of Mayfield, Ky., three bass, 9-11, $3,592
2nd: Ramie Colson Jr. of Cadiz, Ky., three bass, 9-9, $1,796
3rd: Gary Singleton of Dickson, Tenn., three bass, 9-2, $1,201
3rd: Charles Jones of Beech Bluff, Tenn., three bass, 8-7, $838
5th: Patrick Ross of Almo, Ky., three bass, 8-3, $1,218
Complete results for Sunday’s event on Kentucky Lake can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Lance Freeman of Eddyville, Kentucky, claimed the day’s Boater Big Bass Award of $460 after bringing a 5-pound, 13-ounce bass to the scale.
Ross was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500.
Ryan Scott of Owensboro, Kentucky, and Chuck Ledbetter of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, tied for the win in the Co-angler Division Sunday after both anglers brought in three bass totaling 7 pounds, 7 ounces. For their wins, each angler brought home $1,347.
The top five co-anglers finished as follows:
1st: Ryan Scott of Owensboro, Ky., two bass, 7-7, $1,347
1st: Chuck Ledbetter of Fort Campbell, Ky., three bass, 7-7, $1,347
3rd: Travis Emerson of Mayfield, Ky., three bass, 6-2, $598
4th: Bobby Wade of Mayfield, Ky., two bass, 4-14, $389
4th: Alexis Joyce of Clarksville, Tenn., one bass, 4-14, $619
Joyce caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 4 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $230.
The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes events were hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau. The events were the third and fourth of five qualifying tournaments in the LBL division.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the LBL Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 8-10 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee, hosted by the Rhea Economic and 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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