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Lebanon’s Boggs Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga
Co-angler Victory Goes to Vonore’s Lemons
Boater Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tennessee, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 40 pounds, 11 ounces to win the no-entry fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship at Lake Chickamauga. For his victory, Boggs earned $61,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and automatic entry into the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship, June 3-5, at Douglas Lake inDandridge, Tennessee.
“This is my first time in a long time to come out on top, and I’ve been trying hard,” said Boggs. “It’s been a grind with the drop in water levels, so I’m super excited with what I weighed in today.”
Boggs said he found his winning fish in the middle part of the lake, fishing shallow, throwing a swimbait, buzzbait and a squarebill crankbait.
“I was fishing water that hadn’t been fished and getting to places other people hadn’t been to – I think that made the biggest difference,” continued Boggs. “I’m so excited – this will be my third All-American tournament to compete in and I can’t wait,” said Boggs.
The top six boaters that qualified for 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:
1st: Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tenn., 15 bass, 40-11, $61,000
2nd: Blake Tomlin of Greenville, Ga., 13 bass, 37-9, $10,000
3rd: Jason Nixon of Wetumpka, Ala., 13 bass, 37-2, $5,000
4th: Brent Butler of Vonore, Tenn., 14 bass, 35-12, $3,000
5th: Lloyd Pickett, Jr., of Bartlett, Tenn., 14 bass, 35-0, $2,000
6th: Christopher Thomas of Birmingham, Ala., 14 bass, 34-7, $1,800
Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:
7th: Jeff Cannon of Douglasville, Ga., 14 bass, 33-15, $1,600
8th: Mike Quinlin of Mooresville, Ind., 14 bass, 33-2, $1,900
9th: Vernon Lowe of Oneida, Tenn., 14 bass, 32-11, $1,200
10th: David Wootton of Collierville, Tenn., 10 bass, 30-10, $1,000
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
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.
Samuel Lemons of Vonore, Tennessee, weighed in 10 bass over three days totaling 32 pounds, 5 ounces to win the top co-angler prize package of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.
The top six co-anglers that qualified for the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:
1st: Samuel Lemons of Vonore, Tenn., 32-5, 10 bass, $50,000
2nd: Brent Clark of Bowling Green, Ky., 11 bass, 21-4, $5,000
3rd: Curtis Cline of Lafayette, Tenn., 10 bass, 19-1, $2,500
4th: Keith Whipple of Iuka, Miss., eight bass, 18-8, $1,500
5th: Allen Neal of Whitley City, Ky., seven bass, 17-13, $1,000
6th: Michael Petras of Biloxi, Miss., seven bass, 17-11, $900
Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
7th: Dennis Taylor of Murray, Ky., eight bass, 15-10, $800
8th: Nathan Martin of Golden, Miss., five bass, 15-0, $700
9th: Jojo Walsh of Lyles, Tenn., four bass, 13-13, $600
10th: Josh Allen of Salem, Ala., six bass, 13-6, $500
The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Regional Championship on Lake Chickamauga was hosted by the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council. It featured the top pros and co-anglers from the Bama (Alabama), LBL (Kentucky), Mississippi, and Mountain (Kentucky-Tennessee) divisions.
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 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held June 3-5 at Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee, and is hosted by the Jefferson County Department of Tourism. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour.
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