UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Pickwick Lake

Morgan Cranks up Win on Norman

Morgan Cranks up Win on Norman
Brian Morgan

Boater Brian Morgan of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, brought five bass to the scale Saturday totaling 18 pounds, 13 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Norman in Mooresville, North Carolina. For his victory, Morgan earned a total of $5,014.

“The key to my victory was cranking all day,” says Morgan, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “I told my co-angler that I was not going to put the crankbait down and we ran all over the lake. I kept the crankbait in my hand all day.”

Morgan remained tight-lipped about his specific color and presentation but mentioned that his lure of choice was a Lucky Craft crankbait.

“I was fishing stained water on the south end of the lake,” Morgan went on to say. “It feels awesome to get this win. I’ve had a chance to win many of them, and then I end up blowing it. To win this one feels great – it’s been a long time coming.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Brian Morgan of Sherrills Ford, N.C., five bass, 18-13, $5,014

 2nd: Cole Blythe of Stanley, N.C., five bass, 17-14, $2,507

 3rd: Stephen Cannon of Wilkesboro, N.C., five bass, 17-8, $1,670

 4th: Derik Hudson of Concord, Va., five bass, 17-0, $1,370

 5th: Roger Pope of Statesville, N.C., five bass, 16-11, $1,103

 6th: David Cooke of Mooresville, N.C., five bass, 16-7, $877

 6th: Scott Hamrick of Denver, N.C., five bass, 16-7, $877

 8th: Kelly Logan of Morganton, N.C., five bass, 16-3, $752

 9th: Robert Walser of Lexington, N.C., five bass, 15-14, $1,433

 10th: Michael Stephens of Gastonia, N.C., five bass, 15-12, $585

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Walser brought a 7-pound, 2-ounce bass to the scale to win the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $765.

Adam Waters of Denver, North Carolina 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.

 

Co-angler Artie Phillips

Artie Phillips of Monroe, North Carolina, won the Co-angler Division and $2,507 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 5 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Artie Phillips of Monroe, N.C., five bass, 15-5, $2,507

 2nd: David Deciucis of Chester, Va., five bass, 13-2, $1,253

 3rd: Nathan Grose of Summersville, W. Va., five bass, 12-15, $837

 4th: Colby Schuping of North Wilkesboro, N.C., five bass, 12-11, $585

 5th: Mathew Baker of Asheboro, N.C., five bass, 11-10, $501

 6th: Quin Motley of Sherrills Ford, N.C., five bass, 11-6, $439

 7th: Stuart Hicks of Statesville, N.C., five bass, 11-6, $439

 8th: Josh Neal of Lincolnton, N.C., five bass, 10-11, $376

 9th: Charles Wood of Thomasville, N.C., four bass, 10-4, $334

 10th: Jesse Jodon of Windber, Pa., three bass, 9-10, $674

Jodon caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 5 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $382.

 

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Norman was hosted by the Mooresville Convention & Visitors Bureau and was the first of five qualifying events in the North Carolina Division.

 

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the North Carolina Division 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 Visit Richmond. 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.

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