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Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament Results


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

Boater George Jeane Jr. of Evans, Louisiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Toledo Bend Reservoir in Zwolle, Louisiana. For his victory, Jeane earned a total of $5,911.

The tournament was the third of five events in the Cowboy Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps.

“I was in the mid-lake area, fishing ditches and drains with standing timber in it,” says Jeane, who pushed his career earnings to more than $310,000 in FLW competition. “I started off catching them on a sexy blueback herring-colored (Strike King) 10XD, than I went to a P.J.’s jig and a Carolina-rigged 6-inch lizard.

“The key was definitely the 6-pound, 14-ounce kicker that I caught later in the day,” Jeane went on to say. “It’s been awhile since I won one of these. I’ve had a Tour-level win, a Series win, and now this is my second BFL win. It feels good.”

The top 10 boaters:
1st: George Jeane Jr. of Evans, La., five bass, 24-2, $5,911
2nd: Dwight Abshire of Santa Fe, Texas, five bass, 19-6, $2,561
3rd: Bart Stanisz of Brookeland, Texas, five bass, 17-8, $1,705
4th: John LaFitte of Keithville, La., five bass, 17-0, $1,195
5th: Josh Champagne of Breaux Bridge, La., five bass, 16-9, $1.024
6th: Leon Stone of Carthage, Texas, five bass, 16-5, $939
7th: Scotty Villines of Ponca, Ark., five bass, 15-9, $854
8th: Daniel Blanton of Huntington, Texas, five bass, 15-6, $725
8th: Jim Dillard of West Monroe, La., five bass, 15-6, $725
10th: Kyle Dragulski of Lufkin, Texas, five bass, 15-5, $598

Complete results can be found at

Jeane’s 6-pound, 14-ounce kicker was also the largest bass weighed on the day and earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $790.
Dicky Newberry of Houston, Texas, 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

Travis Pearson topped all anglers in Co-angler division.

Photos courtesy FLW

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FAIR. Water slightly stained; 72 degrees; 0.16’ high. Largemouth bass are good with crankbaits, spinners, and jigs looking for gaps in vegetative cover. Striped bass are fair. White bass are fair in the deeper portions. Crappie are good on minnows in structure. Channel and blue catfish are fair on stinkbait. Louisiana is not allowing fishing due to Covid-19, so ensure your trip is on the Texas side of Toledo Bend.