Indiana’s Hochstetler Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake St. Clair

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 6 mins ago by Keith Worrall 

Modified Jul 21st, 2020 at 9:33 AM

Indiana’s Hochstetler Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake St. Clair

Davison’s Ireland Wins Co-angler Division

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (July 20, 2020) – Boater Ryan Hochstetler of Shipshewana, Indiana, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 22 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township, Michigan. For his victory, Hochstetler earned a total of $6,972.

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

“I was fishing in Anchor Bay, north of the North Channel,” said Hochstetler, who earned his first career victory in FLW competition. “I was fishing a shallow weedline in 4 to 6 foot of water.”

Hochstetler said that his key baits were a Duo Realis Spybait and a drop-shot rig with a Duo Realis V-Tailshad.

“I found these fish two weeks ago, and they stayed there along with the bait,” Hochstetler went on to say. “I put in a lot of hard work for this, so winning feels really good.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

1st: Ryan Hochstetler of Shipshewana, Ind., five bass, 22-9, $6,972

2nd: Dawson Johnson of Luck, Wis., five bass, 21-14, $2,236

3rd: Mike Raber of Wolcottville, Ind., five bass, 21-8, $1,492

4th: Mark Modrak of China Township, Mich., five bass, 21-6, $1,043

5th: Hayden Scott of Ann Arbor, Mich., five bass, 21-3, $894

6th: Troy Stokes of Brownstown, Mich., five bass, 20-13, $820

7th: Beau Bickford of Findlay, Ohio, five bass, 20-9, $708

7th: Tim Gillies of Union City, Mich., five bass, 20-9, $708

9th: Tom Beale of St. Clair Shores, Mich., five bass, 20-7, $596

10th: Tony Mitchell of Plainwell, Mich., five bass, 20-3, $496

10th: Russel Buffa of Fenton, Mich., five bass, 20-3, $496

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Gary Solomon of Clinton Township, Michigan, claimed the day’s Boater Big Bass Award of $650 after bringing a 6-pound, 1-ounce bass to the scale.

Hochstetler was also the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $2,500. 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.

Nicholas Ireland of Davison, Michigan, won the Co-angler Division and $2,571 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 20 pounds, 7 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

1st: Nicholas Ireland of Davison, Mich., five bass, 20-7, $2,571

2nd: Joseph Sittler of Fort Wayne, Ind., five bass, 20-6, $1,125

3rd: Scott Lutz of Bremen, Ind., five bass, 19-7, $752

4th: Calvin Fitch of Kokomo, Ind., five bass, 19-4, $525

5th: Trent Norman of Union, Ky., five bass, 19-3, $450

6th: Kendra Mueller of Pinckney, Mich., five bass, 18-4, $393

6th: Tony Grubb of Ann Arbor, Mich., five bass, 18-4, $393

8th: Nicholas Veselka of Fishers, Ind., five bass, 17-15, $337

9th: Evan Ellis of Greentown, Ind., five bass, 17-13, $300

10th: Logan Roller of Tremont, Ill., five bass, 17-10, $262

Ireland also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces. The catch added to his winnings as he earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $322.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Michigan Division presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps 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.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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.

FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW is expanding its programming in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

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