Phillips caught his five keepers in deep water near structure.
"I threw a Carolina-rig and a DD-22 crankbait all day around ledges and points," said Phillips, who tipped his Carolina-rigs with lizards and trick worms on his way to pocketing $1,656 for the win.
Ronnie McCoy of Lamar took second place, bringing a limit weighing 19.12 pounds to the scales and collecting $828. A Buckeye Mop jig secured the majority of his keeper fish; he also caught a few fish on double-bladed buzzbaits.
Buzzbaits worked for third-place finisher Phillip Anderson as well, along with big worms that he flipped in shallow water around docks, mostly in the middle part of the lake. The Saluda angler's 18.83-pound stringer included a 5.61-pound kicker fish and won him a total of $552.
Ronnie Wilson of Grover, N.C., took fourth with 17.74 pounds, winning $386, while Brian Gunn of Savannah, Ga,. took fifth place with 17.68, winning $331.
Joey Sabbagha, who finished sixth with 17.40, took big-fish honors with a 6.53-pound lunker caught on a Buckeye Mop jig that was worth $135.
In the co-angler division, Alex Hester of Monroe, N.C. brought in three fish for 8.66 pounds to win $828. Charles Gilley of Columbia finished second with 8.29, pocketing $414. David Cook of Clemmons was third with 8.11, winning $276. Myrtle Beach's Michael Norris took fourth with 7.72 and George Parker of Liberty finished fifth with 7.51. Dan McGlohorn of Liberty brought only one fish to the weigh-in, but it was a good one, weighing 7.41 pounds and taking big-fish honors and $100.
Dixie Hornets win state youth tournament
The Dixie High School Hornet Anglers won the recent TBF of SC State Youth Championship on Lake Murray, beating a field of 21 teams with 26.75 pounds. The six-man team of Christopher Bensel, Ben Stone, Alex Davenport, Parker Cann, Steven Riddle, and Cody Powell beat runnerup Abbeville High School by more than a pound. Bensel's 14.31 pounds paced Dixie and put Bensel in the TBF Junior World Championship this August in Shreveport, La. Colin Slentz's 8.97 pounds for Abbeville also earned him a berth in the tournament.
SC Kayak Tournament Trail, June 15, Lake Jocassee
1. Tony Young, 28.85 inches, $350; 2. Saturday Mel, 27.75, $280; 3. Kevin Nguyen, 24.25, $165; 4. Zach Caldwell, 16, $80; 5. Pae Yeo Thao, 14.25, $40.
Walmart BFL Tournament, June 15, Lake Wylie
Boater Division: 1. James Buchanan (Monroe, N.C.), 16.15, $3671; 2. Norm Attaway (Clearwater), 15.10, $1,835; 3. Ken Ellis (Bowman), 15.02, $1,224; 4. Ross Burns (Columbia), 15.01, $856; 5. Rodney Chastain (Fountain Inn), 14.15, $734. Big Fish: Robby Hipps (Simpsonville), 4.15, $470. Co-Angler Division: 1. Bryan New (Belmont, N.C.), 13.08, $1816; 2. Dennis Burdette (Lindside, W.Va.), 12.03, $908; 3. DJ McEachern (Columbia), 11.00, $606; 4. Ryan Shoaf (Rock Hill), 10.14, $424; 5. Steven Felder (Manning), 10.00, $363. Big Fish: Jason Sturgill (Pennington Gap, Va), 3.12, $232.
Waccamaw River CATT Tournament, June 15
1. Carlton Thompkins-Sherri Thompkins (Myrtle Beach), 10.50, $810; 2. Mike Phipps-Mikey Phipps (Georgetown), 9.00, $512; 3. Timmy Thompkins-Jacob Thompkins (Myrtle Beach), 7.80, $210; 4. Lin Fore (Georgetown), 7.70, $110; 5. Jason Owens (Georgetown)-Anthony Lee (Georgetown), 7.30, $100. Big Fish: Mike Phipps-Mikey Phipps, 3.75, $100.
Lake Wylie Thursday Night Tournament Trail, June 13