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Charleston’s Foutz Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Lake Chickamauga

Co-angler Victory Goes to Ten Mile’s Steele

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Photo by FLW
(Sep 14, 2020 - DAYTON, Tenn.)

 Boater Jacob Foutz of Charleston, Tennessee, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 29 pounds, 12 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Northeast Division Super-Tournament at Lake Chickamauga. For his victory, Foutz earned $5,126.

According to post-tournament reports, Foutz mainly had success targeting grass with a jig and junk-fishing to catch his 10 keepers.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Jacob Foutz of Charleston, Tenn., 10 bass, 29-12, $5,12

            2nd:      Kevin Drake of Cleveland, Tenn., 10 bass, 29-1, $2,563

            3rd:       Craig Powers of Rockwood, Tenn., nine bass, 27-12, $2,339

            4th:       Seth Davis of Harrison, Tenn., 10 bass, 26-14, $1,696

            5th:       Thomas Helton of Charleston, Tenn., 10 bass, 26-13, $1,225

            6th:       Steve Barnes of Harrison, Tenn., 10 bass, 25-4, $940

            7th:       Taylor Watkins of Clinton, Tenn., eight bass, 22-0, $854

            8th:       John Murray of Spring City, Tenn., 10 bass, 21-10, $769

            9th:       Brent Butler of Vonore, Tenn., nine bass, 21-6, $683

            10th:     Jim Leary of Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 20-15, $598

Complete results can be found at

Powers earned the day’s $630 Boater Big Bass award with a 7-pound, 10-ounce largemouth bass.

Davis took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. 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

William Steele of Ten Mile, Tennessee, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a two-day total of seven bass weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces. Steele earned $2,563 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       William Steele of Ten Mile, Tenn., seven bass, 18-5, $2,563

            2nd:      Cody Lewis of Ooltewah, Tenn., six bass, 16-5, $1,281

            3rd:       Travis Pridemore of White Pine, Tenn., six bass, 14-12, $853

            4th:       Jason Sosebee of Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 14-2, $848

            5th:       Robert Ford of Boones Mill, Va., five bass, 14-0, $513

            6th:       Darren Kelly of Wartburg, Tenn., five bass, 13-9, $670

            7th:       Harold Parsons of Fairfield, Ohio, six bass, 12-9, $427

            8th:       Curtis Brown of Loudon, Tenn., five bass, 11-1, $384

            9th:       David Perron of Dayton, Tenn., five bass, 10-14, $342

            10th:     Ben Arnold of LaFollette, Tenn., five bass, 9-8, $299

Charles Douglas of Wesson, Mississippi, earned the event’s Co-angler Big Bass Award of $315 with a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 15 ounces.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Chickamauga was the fifth and final qualifying event in the 2020 Volunteer Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Volunteer 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 Richmond Region Tourism. 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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