Eclectic’s Robinson Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Martin

Bonaire’s Denney Wins Co-angler Division

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ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (Feb. 10, 2020) – Boater Dusty Robinson of Eclectic, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 4 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Martin in Alexander City, Alabama. For his victory, Robinson earned a total of $5,686, including a $1,000 Mercury contingency award.

“I started my day out with a spinnerbait in my hand, and I didn’t put it down throughout the entire day,” said Robinson, who earned his first career Phoenix Bass Fishing League victory. “I caught around 20 keepers all day long, fishing in the Hog Pen Slough area – around the D.A.R.E. Power Park.”

Robinson’s key lure was a 3/8-ounce purple shad-colored War Eagle Spinnerbait with a white Zoom Split Tail Trailer.

“I caught them anywhere from 6 inches to 8 feet deep,” Robinson said. “The Hog Pen Slough is a main feeder creek, about mid-river. I was targeting the blowdowns and rocky secondary points. If I didn’t get bit on the bank, I’d slow roll it all the way back to the boat.

“The bite was really hot from 9:30 to 10:30 (a.m.), then there was a lull until about 1:15 (p.m.). Then it really picked up again,” Robinson continued. “The key was definitely slowing down and being patient.

“I’ve been battling against these hammers in the Bama Division for three years now, and I’ve been one bite away from the win a couple of times. It was shocking that the weights were this low – I didn’t expect to win – but it was an awesome day and I’m glad I did.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

1st:       Dusty Robinson of Eclectic, Ala., five bass, 13-4, $5,686

2nd:      Thomas Frink of Cedartown, Ga., five bass, 12-12, $2,843

3rd:       Kip Balkcom of Auburn, Ala., five bass, 12-2, $1,562

4th:       Brad Jones of Sylacauga, Ala., five bass, 12-0, $1,093

5th:       Mason Franklin of Mulga, Ala., five bass, 11-12, $898

6th:       Steven Ingram of Tallassee, Ala., five bass, 11-12, $898

7th:       Anthony Goggins of Clanton, Ala., five bass, 11-6, $742

8th:       Ken Morris of Childersburg, Ala., five bass, 11-6, $942

9th:       Robert Werner of Spanish Fort, Ala., five bass, 11-5, $625

10th:     Greg Bearden of Oxford, Ala., five bass, 11-3, $547

Complete results can be found at

Chris Rutland of Wetumpka, Alabama, brought a 4-pound, 3-ounce bass to the scale to win the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $690.

Frink 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

Mark Denney of Bonaire, Georgia, won the Co-angler Division and $2,493 Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 2 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

1st:       Mark Denney of Bonaire, Ga., five bass, 11-2, $2,493

2nd:      Lew Moore of Roanoke, Ala., five bass, 11-1, $1,517

3rd:       Andrew Fisher of Anniston, Ala., five bass, 10-8, $781

4th:       Jacob Hays of Marbury, Ala., five bass, 10-6, $547

5th:       Justin Foster of Zebulon, Ga., five bass, 10-0, $469

6th:       Jim Laster of Newnan, Ga., five bass, 9-13, $410

7th:       Scott Carpenter of Childersburg, Ala., five bass, 9-13, $410

8th:       Bill Gaston of Sylacauga, Ala., five bass, 9-10, $351

9th:       Gary Marlowe of Montgomery, Ala., five bass, 9-9, $312

10th:     Chance Hebert of Woodstock, Ga., five bass, 9-5, $273

Moore caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds even. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $345.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Martin was hosted by the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce. It was the opening event of five qualifying tournaments in the Bama division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Bama 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 Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee, hosted by the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council. 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 April 30 through May 2 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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