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Hallsville’s Wallis Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Truman

Joliet, Illinois’ Bernicky Earns Co-angler Victory

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

Photo by flw
(Sep 14, 2020 - WARSAW, Mo.)

Boater Mike Wallis of Hallsville, Missouri, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 14 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on Lake Truman in Warsaw, Missouri. For his victory, Wallis earned a total of $5,009.

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

“My day started off real slow – I went to primary spot and didn’t have fish before 10 o’clock,” said Wallis, who was fishing in his first career Bass Fishing League event. “After the sun popped out I caught a couple of big ones, then the sun went back in and they stopped. Later in the day they started biting again and I caught three more.”

Wallis said that his key baits were a shaky-head rig and a Pig Sticker jig.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Mike Wallis of Hallsville, Mo., five bass, 19-14, $5,009

            2nd:      Kyle Alsop of Overland Park, Kan., five bass, 19-2, $2,505

            3rd:       Darrell Reach of Kansas City, Mo., five bass, 18-10, $1,336

            4th:       Andy Newcomb of Camdenton, Mo., five bass, 18-0, $935

            5th:       Mark Tucker of Kirkwood, Mo., five bass, 17-12, $802

            6th:       Chris Aswegan of Tiffin, Iowa, five bass, 17-10, $735

            7th:       Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Mo., five bass, 17-9, $668

            8th:       Tom Alsop of Overland Park, Kan., five bass, 16-7, $601

            8th:       Jared Knuth of Wahoo, Neb., five bass, 16-1, $535

            10th:     Keith Nickell of Raymore, Mo., five bass, 15-12, $468

Complete results can be found at

McCormick earned the day’s $550 Boater Big Bass award with a 6-pound, 11-ounce bass.

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

Alan Bernicky of Joliet, Illinois, earned the win in the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 15 ounces. Bernicky earned $2,705 for his victory.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Alan Bernicky of Joliet, Ill., five bass, 14-15, $2,705

            2nd:      Ryan Stagner of Robertsville, Mo., five bass, 14-14, $1,002

            3rd:       Anthony Johnson of Excelsior Springs, Mo., five bass, 14-3, $668

            4th:       Brian Huber of Saint Peters, Mo., four bass, 12-4, $468

            5th:       Cameron Rieder of Independence, Mo., four bass, 11-7, $401

            6th:       Larry Rothweil of Saint Charles, Mo., five bass, 10-15, $368

            7th:       William Hoffert of Columbia, Mo., four bass, 9-9, $334

            8th:       Tim Sisco of Fair Grove, Mo., two bass, 9-4, $301

            9th:       Jon Cordray of House Springs, Mo., three bass, 9-3, $250

            9th:       Kyle Anderson of Foley, Mo., three bass, 9-3, $250

Steve Schaefer of Palmyra, Missouri, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $275.

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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