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Freeburg’s Dickneite Earns Victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks

Co-angler Win Goes to Lees Summit’s Hammond

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Photo by Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations
Photo by Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations
(Sep 14, 2020 - WARSAW, Mo.)

Boater Andre Dickneite of Freeburg, Missouri, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 18 pounds, 7 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on Lake of the Ozarks in Warsaw, Missouri. For his victory, Dickneite earned a total of $3,794.

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Description automatically generatedThe tournament was the fourth of five events in the Ozark Division presented by Tournament Anglers Group (TAG).

“My wife let me go fishing a few weeks ago on Labor Day, and on that trip I found the docks that I caught them off of today,” said Dickneite, who earned his fourth career tournament win in FLW competition. “I caught them on two different jigs. I have one combination that I use in dirty water, and one combination for cleaner water.”

With more big tournaments upcoming, including two Toyota Series events at Lake Dardanelle and Lake of the Ozarks in the next month, Dickneite declined to divulge the specifics of his jig. 

“I caught all of my fish flipping,” Dickneite said. “I had to have the wind, I had to have shade and I had to have shad. The color of the jig is the whole key.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Andre Dickneite of Freeburg, Mo., five bass, 18-7, $3,794

            2nd:      Adam Boehle of Warrenton, Mo., five bass, 17-10, $1,897

            3rd:       Bob Bueltmann of Osage Beach, Mo., four bass, 17-1, $1,760

            4th:       Chris Aswegan of Tiffin, Iowa, five bass, 16-12, $822

            4th:       Kyle Alsop of Overland Park, Kan., five bass, 16-12, $1,322

            6th:       Chad Deaver of Russellville, Mo., five bass, 15-4, $696

            7th:       Jacob Welch of Jefferson City, Mo., five bass, 15-3, $632

            8th:       Mike Malone of Lake Ozark, Mo., five bass, 14-12, $569

            9th:       Jason Rhyne of Foristell, Mo., five bass, 14-7, $506

            10th:     Andy Newcomb of Camdenton, Mo., five bass, 14-0, $443

Complete results can be found at

Bueltmann caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces to earn the day’s $495 Boater Big Bass award.

Alsop 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

Walter Hammond of Lees Summit, Missouri, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Sunday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces. Hammond earned $1,897 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Walter Hammond of Lees Summit, Mo., five bass, 12-10, $1,897

            2nd:      Michael Clark of Richland, Mo., four bass, 11-7, $949

            3rd:       Bryan Plyter of Greeley, Colo., four bass, 9-4, $633

            4th:       David Rice of Galena, Mo., four bass, 9-0, $411

            4th:       Dennis Young of Olathe, Kan., three bass, 9-0, $411

            6th:       Zach Wilson of Kansas City, Kan., five bass, 7-9, $348

            7th:       Ed Lawrence of Florissant, Mo., two bass, 7-4, $316

            8th:       Shawn Kemper of Iberia, Mo., two bass, 6-2, $269

            8th:       Troy Ladehoff of Kansas City, Mo., three bass, 6-2, $519

            10th:     Paul Davis of Battlefield, Mo., two bass, 5-15, $210

            10th:     Jeremy Fiedler of Sullivan, Mo., three bass, 5-15, $210

Mark Landis of Ballwin, Missouri, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $247.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Ozark Division presented by TAG, based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 15-17 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, hosted by Explore La Crosse. 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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About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe.

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Photo by Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations