UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Erie

Bama Division Goes Back-to-Back

Bama Division Goes Back-to-Back
Byron Smith and Jason Nixon tied for the Bama Division win on Saturday's competition at Neely Henry.

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Gadsden with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Neely Henry Lake events. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March.

Boaters Jason Nixon of Wetumpka, Alabama, and Byron Smith of Tyrone, Georgia, both brought a five-bass limit to the scale totaling 13 pounds, 10 ounces to tie for the win at Saturday’s event, while Hunter Hayes of Gadsden, Alabama, brought in a limit weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces on Sunday to earn the win. Nixon and Smith each earned $2,937 for their wins Saturday, while Hayes won Sunday’s top prize of $4,545.

Smith fished shallow, flipping to wood and isolated grass clumps in the mid-lake area, while Nixon used nine different rods and junk-fished his way to a solid limit. Nixon said his key bait was flipping a watermelon red flake-colored Zoom Brush Hog.

“It was a tough practice, so I just kept a bait in the water,” Nixon says. “I culled one time and caught two short fish – only eight bites all day.”

 

The top five boaters on Saturday:

 1st: Jason Nixon of Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 13-10, $3,457

 1st: Byron Smith of Tyrone, Ga., five bass, 13-10, $2,937

 3rd: Steven White of Ashville, Ala., five bass, 13-4, $1,807

 4th: Jordan Heath of Rainbow City, Ala., five bass, 13-2, $914

 5th: Geoff McKnight of Rainbow City, Ala., five bass, 12-2, $983

Complete results for Saturday can be found at FLWFishing.com.

 

Nixon brought a 5-pound, 3-ounce bass to the scale to add Saturday’s Boater Big Bass award of $520 to his winnings.

 

White was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500 Saturday. 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 Justin Thomas

Thomas wins co-angler title Saturday

Justin Thomas of Panama City, Florida, won the Co-angler Division and $1,958 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 10 pounds, 5 ounces.

 

The top five co-anglers Saturday:

 1st: Justin Thomas of Panama City, Fla., four bass, 10-5, $1,958

 2nd: Mark Denney of Perry, Ga., five bass, 9-4, $979

 3rd: Justin Nalley of Fayetteville, Ga., four bass, 9-3, $653

 4th: Daniel Buswell Jr. of Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 9-0, $457

 5th: Thomas Taylor Ellington of Opelika, Ala., four bass, 8-12, $392

 

Chris Wade of Acworth, Georgia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division Saturday, weighing in at 4 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $260.

 

Hunter Hayes

Hayes goes upriver on Sunday

On Sunday, Hayes went up the river targeting laydowns and openings with a crankbait to earn his victory.

“I knew how tough the grass was yesterday, so today (Sunday) I went way up the river fishing for spotted bass,” Hayes says. “I got lucky and caught a nice 4-pound largemouth and ended up filling out my limit with 2¼-pound spots.

“I caught my fish on a (Rapala) DT6 crankbait in chartreuse with a blue top,” Hayes continues. “There was no pressure up the river – I might have seen five other boats all day.”

 

The top five boaters on Sunday:

 1st: Hunter Hayes of Gadsden, Ala., five bass, 14-12, $4,545

 2nd: Geoff McKnight of Rainbow City, Ala., five bass, 13-5, $1,973

 3rd: Kris Colley of Ragland, Ala., five bass, 12-8, $1,181

 4th: Jason Nixon of Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 12-3, $827

 5th: George Crain of Cropwell, Ala., five bass, 11-15, $1,154

 

Complete results for Sunday’s event on Neely Henry Lake can be found at FLWFishing.com.

 

Crain brought a 5-pound, 1-ounce bass to the scale to win Sunday’s Boater Big Bass award of $445.

 

Jeff Kitchens of Auburn, Alabama, was Sunday’s highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500.

 

Co-angler Danny Moss

Moss wins co-angler title Sunday

Danny Moss of Glencoe, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $1,773 Sunday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 9 pounds, 15 ounces.

 

The top five co-anglers Sunday:

 1st: Danny Moss of Glencoe, Ala., five bass, 9-15, $1,773

 2nd: Dennis Sandoval of Decatur, Ala., five bass, 9-13, $886

 3rd: Andrew Fisher of Anniston, Ala., five bass, 9-1, $591

 4th: Scott Carpenter of Childersburg, Ala., five bass, 8-4, $414

 5th: Rod Smith of Pell City, Ala., five bass, 8-1, $355

 

Brad Sampson of Carriere, Mississippi, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 5 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $222.

 

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Double-Header on Neely Henry Lake was hosted by the City of Gadsden. It was the second and third of five qualifying events in the Bama Division.

 

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Bama 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 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.

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