Lee Claims Hard-Fought Victory At B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional On Mississippi River

Steve Lee of Minneapolis, Minn., has won the 2022 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional on the Upper Mississippi River with a three-day total of 42 pounds, 14 ounces.
Photo by Grant Moxley/B.A.S.S.
July 1, 2022

Lee Claims Hard-Fought Victory At B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional On Mississippi River

CLINTON, Iowa — The first two days of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional on the Upper Mississippi River saw Steve Lee secure early limits on his way to grabbing the lead.

On Championship Friday, however, the angler from Minneapolis, Minn., needed an afternoon rally to secure the win on Pools 13, 14 and 15 with a three-day total of 42 pounds, 14 ounces.

As he waited in the bag line, Lee estimated he had closer to 10 or 11 pounds and thought the margin between him and second-place angler Eddie Levin, who finished with 40-1, would be a lot closer.

“It doesn’t really seem real. After the first day of fishing, I was like, ‘This is a tough place to fish.’ Then I got on my pattern,” Lee said. “It was a great experience. Obviously, when you win it is a heck of a lot better. I like river fishing and I like tough tournaments. You have to stay focused all the time.”

After landing in fourth with 13-3 on Day 1, Lee caught the big bag of the tournament on the second day at 16-0 and then added a 13-11 limit on Friday.

Not only did Lee win $5,000 for the victory and punch his ticket to the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship on Pickwick Lake in November, he earned $500 for catching the Big Bass of the Tournament — a 4-14 largemouth on Day 1 — and $500 in Garmin contingency money.

Fishing mostly the North end of Pool 14, Lee pitched and flipped wooded cover that was located on the front sides of islands where the current from the Pool 13 dam was pushing against the bank, as well as some eelgrass patches South of takeoff.

“I would go up to the logjams and I would put the Talons down and would just pick it apart,” he explained. “There is always current there. I would move a little bit and then do the same thing. (On Day 2) in particular the big ones bit.”

Lee mostly used a green pumpkin Zoom tube rigged on 3/16- or 1/8-ounce sinker. He threw his Texas rig on a 7-11 St. Croix heavy flipping stick paired with Daiwa reels and 20-pound Gamma fluorocarbon.

The bigger bites he got were on the back sides of the logs, so Lee had to pitch over logs to get bites. That made getting the bass free from their hiding place difficult. Both his 4-14 on Day 1 and another 4-pounder on Day 2 got stuck in the cover before Lee managed to free them.

“It seemed like about 18 inches of water was the best. If it was 4 feet deep, I didn’t even fish it,” he said. “It was so surprising that nobody else was fishing the same stuff. I didn’t have to fight for the spot. I think the big ones moved up during the tournament days.”

Water levels on the Upper Mississippi River have been falling since anglers arrived for practice on Sunday, bringing dirty water conditions with them. On Day 3, however, the water began to stabilize.

With the current slowing some on the final day and the water clearing up, Lee struggled to find bites early in the morning and decided to make a run to the South end of Pool 14. After catching two bass off docks, he moved back up the river and made several key catches late in the day that secured the victory.

“I never did give up. I had two fish at 12:30,” Lee said. “I went back up by the dam and I caught a 2 1/2. With 20 minutes left, I went over to one of the trees and I vertically jigged a tube and caught one and then a minute later I caught another one. With that one, I knew I made Nationals but I didn’t think I was going to win.”

Levin, who finished first on the Ohio state team back in 2011 on the Mississippi River, caught 13-8 to land in third on Day 1 and jumped into second place on Day 2 with a 15-9 limit, just 2 ounces behind Lee.

Several key fish eluded him on the final day, however, and Levin brought 11-0 to the scales to finish in second with 40-1.

“The good Lord blessed me,” he said. “I caught five fish every day and that’s all I could ask for. I won Ohio and that was my main goal coming down here. Mission accomplished as far as I’m concerned.”

Finding cleaner water was the key for Levin, who locked up to Pool 13 and found a stretch of lily pads and milfoil in 1 to 2 feet of water that was holding quality bass.

“Those were better-than-average fish. They just came off spawning and were a little beat up,” he said. “It seems like the river fish were a little smaller because they are fighting the current all the time. The grass fish are fat and happy.”

He did most of his damage with a 6th Sense Vega Frog, but would also flip a Venom tube from time to time.

“They seemed to shy away from dirty water,” Levin said. “The grass was cleaning the water as it came in and they were sitting in the line between clean and dirty water ambushing bluegill, perch and crawdads.”

Despite catching two bass early in the morning, Levin struggled to find consistency on the final day.

“It was a lot rougher on me,” he said. “I ran to my main frog area and they were a little pickier today. Unfortunately, I missed a lot of opportunities. I left at least three 3-pounders out there. I had the bites to win it today, but it was about execution for me.”

Nick Uebelhor finished third overall with 38-8 for a three-day total, with weights of 13-2, 13-15 and 11-7. The Indiana boater focused his efforts on very specific lily pads with clear water in 3 to 4 feet of water.

2022 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S Nation Northern Regional Mississippi River 6/29-7/1
Mississippi River, Clinton IA.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

1. Steve Lee Minneapolis, MN (MN) 15 42-14 0
2. Eddie Levin Westerville, OH (OH) 15 40-01 0
3. Nick Uebelhor Jasper, IN (IN) 15 38-08 0
4. Chris Fredrick Marshfield, WI (WI) 15 38-06 0
5. Jim Barczak Osceola, WI (WI) 15 37-05 0
6. Kyle Goltz Cornell, WI (WI) 14 35-13 0
7. Brian Funkhouser Bloomington, IN (IN) 15 35-08 0
8. Tanner Bock Davenport, IA (IA) 14 34-08 0
9. Monty Fralick Martin, SD (SD) 15 33-01 0
10. Jared Knuth Wahoo, NE (NE) 15 32-15 0
11. Dan Mohn Lansing, IA (IA) 14 32-09 0
12. Cory Hauk River Falls, WI (MN) 13 32-04 0
13. Pete Saele New Lenox, IL (IL) 15 32-01 0
14. Josh Hubbard Braidwood, IL (IL) 15 31-15 0
15. Chris Wilkinson Farmersburg, IN (IN) 15 31-14 0
16. Allen Williford West Frankfort, IL (IL) 14 31-07 0
17. Jeremy Knepp Montgomery, IN (IN) 15 31-06 0
18. Curtis Samo Rochelle, IL (IL) 14 31-05 0
19. Jerry Pape Bella Vista, AR (NE) 13 31-03 0
20. Bryce Hauf Winner, SD (SD) 12 29-13 0
21. Doug Ruster New Palestine, IN (IN) 15 29-05 0
22. Joseph Gorman Farmington, MN (MN) 13 28-09 0
23. Robert Hime Odessa, MO (NE) 11 25-05 0
24. Donald Roberts Bellville, OH (OH) 13 23-09 0
25. Dan Mundy Swartz Creek, MI (MI) 10 23-06 0
26. Wyatt Stout Winona, MN (WI) 8 19-08 0
27. Mark Goetsch Gibraltar, MI (MI) 11 19-04 0
28. Dan Hendley Mankato, MN (MN) 9 18-04 0
29. Kevin Schleeter Fort Jennings, OH (OH) 9 17-14 0
30. Brent Haimes Elgin, MN (MN) 8 17-10 0
31. Bryce Kalen Greenwood, IN (IN) 9 17-02 0
32. Casey Knaup Montello, WI (WI) 9 17-02 0
33. Adam Bartusek Lakeville, MN (MN) 10 16-15 0
34. TP Patten Metamora, MI (MI) 8 16-03 0
35. Joseph Sestak Tabor, SD (SD) 8 15-15 0
36. Jeffrey Mulholland Elgin, MN (MN) 7 15-10 0
37. Greg Vance Delhi, IA (IA) 7 15-09 0
38. Jesse Weener Holland, MI (MI) 7 14-13 0
39. Collin Tweten Decorah, IA (IA) 7 14-07 0
40. Curt Fiessinger Fort Loramie, OH (OH) 7 14-05 0
41. Chris Brokman Council Bluffs, IA (NE) 6 14-03 0
42. Nic Rand Kalamazoo, MI (MI) 6 13-11 0
43. Jarrod Sherwood Vassar, MI (MI) 6 13-10 0
44. Jon Dybel Bedford, IN (IN) 7 13-10 0
45. Kenneth Reed Buck, IN (IN) 7 13-10 0
46. Justin Schneider New London, MN (MN) 7 13-09 0
47. Tad Tinlin Des Moines, IA (IA) 6 13-07 0
48. Brandon Osting Delphos, OH (OH) 7 13-06 0
49. Lee Wubbels Lincoln, NE (NE) 6 13-05 0
50. Luke Kerstetter Brookfield, WI (WI) 6 12-15 0
51. Brandon Barrett Bloomington, IN (IN) 7 12-13 0
52. Eric Storms Winner, SD (SD) 7 12-12 0
53. Kenny Mittelstaedt Sturgis, SD (MN) 5 12-11 0
54. Troy Diede Sioux Falls, SD (SD) 5 12-11 0
55. Jeffrey Bauer Merrillan, WI (WI) 7 11-12 0
56. Terry Cooper Hamburg, IA (NE) 6 11-06 0
57. Will Presley Jr Grove City, OH (OH) 6 11-04 0
58. Rick Sawyer Albion, IN (MI) 5 11-00 0
59. Andrew Paulsen Marion, IA (IA) 4 10-05 0
60. Brock Belik Orchard, NE (SD) 6 10-05 0
61. Jesse Schwark East Leroy, MI (MI) 5 10-01 0
62. Tom Kiefer Fowlerville, MI (MI) 5 09-07 0
63. Brian Mailot Columbus, OH (OH) 4 09-05 0
64. Trevor Herman Winner, SD (SD) 4 08-15 0
65. Ryan Whitacre Chicago, IL (WI) 5 08-14 0
66. Rex Ryckman Ft. Pierre, SD (SD) 4 07-06 0
67. Shane Peters Shelbyville, IN (IN) 4 07-01 0
68. Cody Graff Glenvil, NE (NE) 4 07-00 0
69. Jerry Ramm Bennington, NE (NE) 4 06-12 0
70. Edward Gad Braidwood, IL (IL) 4 06-09 0
71. Bryan Close Fairbank, IA (IA) 3 06-02 0
72. Ken Milender Hayward, WI (MN) 3 05-15 0
73. Joshua Barr Louisville, OH (OH) 2 05-14 0
74. Joe Paulson Winner, WY (SD) 3 05-12 0
75. Joshua Olson Pepin, WI (WI) 3 05-12 0
76. Eddie Charlton Alma, IL (IL) 3 04-12 0
77. Kent Johnson Mc Gregor, IA (IA) 2 04-05 0
78. Eric Wilkas Princeton, IN (IL) 4 04-03 0
79. John Thomsen Creston, IA (NE) 2 04-00 0
80. Danny Ryan Jr Louisville, KY (OH) 2 03-12 0
81. Josh Ystenes La Crosse, WI (WI) 2 03-11 0
82. Devin Knoblauch La Vista, NE (NE) 2 03-06 0
83. James Maisenbacher Eureka, IL (IL) 2 03-05 0
84. Chase Loftus Solon, IA (IA) 2 03-04 0
85. Steven Smith Johnstown, OH (OH) 2 03-02 0
86. Ron Cherkas Ankeny, IA (IA) 2 02-14 0
87. Josh Uthe Braidwood, IL (IL) 1 02-02 0
88. Dallas Wennberg Braidwood, IL (IL) 1 01-14 0
89. Trent Beier Crystal Lake, IL (IA) 0 00-00 0
89. William Thompson Athens, MI (MI) 0 00-00 0
89. Russell Volquardsen Creighton, NE (SD) 0 00-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 34 293 614-00
2 33 274 596-14
3 18 113 262-05
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85 680 1473-03

TEAM STANDINGS Day 3
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State Lbs-Oz
1 INDIANA 361-10
2 WISCONSIN 284-08
3 MINNESOTA 251-04
4 OHIO 228-10
5 NEBRASKA 223-15
6 ILLINOIS 209-12
7 IOWA 198-03
8 MICHIGAN 174-15
9 SOUTH DAKOTA 168-04

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 3
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IOWA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Tanner Bock Davenport, IA 14 34-08 0
2 Dan Mohn Lansing, IA 14 32-09 0
3 Greg Vance Delhi, IA 7 15-09 0
4 Collin Tweten Decorah, IA 7 14-07 0
5 Tad Tinlin Des Moines, IA 6 13-07 0
6 Andrew Paulsen Marion, IA 4 10-05 0
7 Bryan Close Fairbank, IA 3 06-02 0
8 Kent Johnson Mc Gregor, IA 2 04-05 0
9 Chase Loftus Solon, IA 2 03-04 0
10 Ron Cherkas Ankeny, IA 2 02-14 0
11 Trent Beier Crystal Lake, IL 0 00-00 0

ILLINOIS
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Pete Saele New Lenox, IL 15 32-01 0
2 Josh Hubbard Braidwood, IL 15 31-15 0
3 Allen Williford West Frankfort, IL 14 31-07 0
4 Curtis Samo Rochelle, IL 14 31-05 0
5 Edward Gad Braidwood, IL 4 06-09 0
6 Eddie Charlton Alma, IL 3 04-12 0
7 Eric Wilkas Princeton, IN 4 04-03 0
8 James Maisenbacher Eureka, IL 2 03-05 0
9 Josh Uthe Braidwood, IL 1 02-02 0
10 Dallas Wennberg Braidwood, IL 1 01-14 0

INDIANA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Nick Uebelhor Jasper, IN 15 38-08 0
2 Brian Funkhouser Bloomington, IN 15 35-08 0
3 Chris Wilkinson Farmersburg, IN 15 31-14 0
4 Jeremy Knepp Montgomery, IN 15 31-06 0
5 Doug Ruster New Palestine, IN 15 29-05 0
6 Bryce Kalen Greenwood, IN 9 17-02 0
7 Jon Dybel Bedford, IN 7 13-10 0
8 Kenneth Reed Buck, IN 7 13-10 0
9 Brandon Barrett Bloomington, IN 7 12-13 0
10 Shane Peters Shelbyville, IN 4 07-01 0

MICHIGAN
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Dan Mundy Swartz Creek, MI 10 23-06 0
2 Mark Goetsch Gibraltar, MI 11 19-04 0
3 TP Patten Metamora, MI 8 16-03 0
4 Jesse Weener Holland, MI 7 14-13 0
5 Nic Rand Kalamazoo, MI 6 13-11 0
6 Jarrod Sherwood Vassar, MI 6 13-10 0
7 Rick Sawyer Albion, IN 5 11-00 0
8 Jesse Schwark East Leroy, MI 5 10-01 0
9 Tom Kiefer Fowlerville, MI 5 09-07 0
10 William Thompson Athens, MI 0 00-00 0

MINNESOTA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Steve Lee Minneapolis, MN 15 42-14 0
2 Cory Hauk River Falls, WI 13 32-04 0
3 Joseph Gorman Farmington, MN 13 28-09 0
4 Dan Hendley Mankato, MN 9 18-04 0
5 Brent Haimes Elgin, MN 8 17-10 0
6 Adam Bartusek Lakeville, MN 10 16-15 0
7 Jeffrey Mulholland Elgin, MN 7 15-10 0
8 Justin Schneider New London, MN 7 13-09 0
9 Kenny Mittelstaedt Sturgis, SD 5 12-11 0
10 Ken Milender Hayward, WI 3 05-15 0

OHIO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Eddie Levin Westerville, OH 15 40-01 0
2 Donald Roberts Bellville, OH 13 23-09 0
3 Kevin Schleeter Fort Jennings, OH 9 17-14 0
4 Curt Fiessinger Fort Loramie, OH 7 14-05 0
5 Brandon Osting Delphos, OH 7 13-06 0
6 Will Presley Jr Grove City, OH 6 11-04 0
7 Brian Mailot Columbus, OH 4 09-05 0
8 Joshua Barr Louisville, OH 2 05-14 0
9 Danny Ryan Jr Louisville, KY 2 03-12 0
10 Steven Smith Johnstown, OH 2 03-02 0

SOUTH DAKOTA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Monty Fralick Martin, SD 15 33-01 0
2 Bryce Hauf Winner, SD 12 29-13 0
3 Joseph Sestak Tabor, SD 8 15-15 0
4 Eric Storms Winner, SD 7 12-12 0
5 Troy Diede Sioux Falls, SD 5 12-11 0
6 Brock Belik Orchard, NE 6 10-05 0
7 Trevor Herman Winner, SD 4 08-15 0
8 Rex Ryckman Ft. Pierre, SD 4 07-06 0
9 Joe Paulson Winner, WY 3 05-12 0
10 Russell Volquardsen Creighton, NE 0 00-00 0

WISCONSIN
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Chris Fredrick Marshfield, WI 15 38-06 0
2 Jim Barczak Osceola, WI 15 37-05 0
3 Kyle Goltz Cornell, WI 14 35-13 0
4 Wyatt Stout Winona, MN 8 19-08 0
5 Casey Knaup Montello, WI 9 17-02 0
6 Luke Kerstetter Brookfield, WI 6 12-15 0
7 Jeffrey Bauer Merrillan, WI 7 11-12 0
8 Ryan Whitacre Chicago, IL 5 08-14 0
9 Joshua Olson Pepin, WI 3 05-12 0
10 Josh Ystenes La Crosse, WI 2 03-11 0

NEBRASKA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jared Knuth Wahoo, NE 15 32-15 0
2 Jerry Pape Bella Vista, AR 13 31-03 0
3 Robert Hime Odessa, MO 11 25-05 0
4 Chris Brokman Council Bluffs, IA 6 14-03 0
5 Lee Wubbels Lincoln, NE 6 13-05 0
6 Terry Cooper Hamburg, IA 6 11-06 0
7 Cody Graff Glenvil, NE 4 07-00 0
8 Jerry Ramm Bennington, NE 4 06-12 0
9 John Thomsen Creston, IA 2 04-00 0
10 Devin Knoblauch La Vista, NE 2 03-06 0

2022 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S Nation Northern Regional Mississippi River 6/29-7/1
Mississippi River, Clinton IA.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 3

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

1. Jeff Wehner Fishers, IN (IN) 9 21-12 0
2. John Albertson Bloomington, IN (IN) 9 20-04 0
3. Nick Schuetz Loogootee, IN (IN) 9 19-07 0
4. Jeremy Johnson Austin, IN (IN) 9 19-00 0
5. Tom Leblanc Jr Omaha, NE (NE) 8 18-10 0
6. Andy Strickland Raymond, OH (OH) 8 18-10 0
7. Colten Didion Mount Vernon, OH (OH) 8 18-02 0
8. Don Goldsberry Mitchell, IN (IN) 8 16-09 0
9. Matt Goltz Monona, IA (IA) 7 15-10 0
10. Colton Haney Baldwin, WI (WI) 7 15-04 0
11. Tyler Hatfield Augusta, MI (MI) 6 14-04 0
12. Dave Rahrig Delphos, OH (OH) 7 14-02 0
13. Kristopher Gaertner Morris, IL (IL) 7 14-01 0
14. AJ Mende Bellevue, NE (NE) 7 13-13 0
15. Richard Conrad Arcadia, WI (WI) 7 13-09 0
16. Bryan Schumacher Sparta, WI (WI) 7 13-08 0
17. Brad Goetz Montello, WI (WI) 6 13-07 0
18. Will Forister Thornville, OH (OH) 7 13-07 0
19. Tim Meyer Neenah, WI (WI) 6 13-05 0
20. Brandon Logue Greenwood, NE (SD) 5 12-01 0
21. Pheerayout See Rochester, MN (MN) 7 11-12 0
22. Ted Tinlin Des Moines, IA (IA) 6 10-13 0
23. Steven Johnson Duluth, MN (MN) 5 10-08 0
24. Randal Burr Chesterfield, MI (MI) 4 09-01 0
25. Charles Capehart Olathe, KS (NE) 4 08-12 0
26. Aaron Olsen Lenexa, KS (NE) 4 08-12 0
27. Bryan Kalen Mooresville, IN (IN) 5 08-11 0
28. Heath Kohlmeier Princeton, IN (IN) 4 08-09 0
29. Kyle Taylor Sullivan, IN (IN) 4 08-08 0
30. Dillan White Bloomington, IN (IN) 4 08-01 0
31. Rich Purington Papillion, NE (NE) 3 07-15 0
32. Kevin Yeska Madison, WI (WI) 4 07-15 0
33. Joe Fiegen Onalaska, WI (WI) 3 07-05 0
34. Jerry Duncklee Fayette, IA (IA) 3 07-04 0
35. Scott Bree San Jose, IL (IL) 4 07-04 0
36. Charles Carroll West Liberty, OH (OH) 4 07-01 0
37. Bill Skowronski Hennepin, IL (IL) 3 06-14 0
38. Gary Ford Jr Sheridan, IL (IL) 3 06-13 0
39. Jody Adkins Navarre, OH (OH) 4 06-13 0
40. Paul Huse Omaha, NE (NE) 3 06-12 0
41. Kyle Coffman Minbun, IA (IA) 3 06-12 0
42. Richard Pach Jr Chicago, IL (IL) 4 06-11 0
43. Dan Wiyninger Champlin, MN (MN) 3 06-07 0
44. Michael Schelling Sioux Falls, SD (SD) 3 06-04 0
45. Duane Michaels Fort Wayne, IN (MI) 3 05-14 0
46. Jeremy Prchlik Flushing, MI (MI) 3 05-06 0
47. Bryan Freyermuth Muscatine, IA (IA) 3 05-01 0
48. Matteo Turano Naperville, IL (IL) 2 04-09 0
49. Omar Khan Sioux Falls, SD (SD) 2 04-08 0
50. Aaron Bunge Fairfax, IA (IA) 2 04-05 0
50. Devon Dvorak Keystone, IA (IA) 2 04-05 0
52. Eddie Gad Braidwood, IL (IL) 2 04-03 0
52. Thomas Uthe Braidwood, IL (IL) 2 04-03 0
54. Jasyn Bachtell Castalian Springs, TN ( 2 04-01 0
55. Scott Pitlick Pierre, SD (SD) 2 04-00 0
56. Michael Gertsch Denton, NE (NE) 2 03-15 0
57. Robert Swem Buchanan, MI (MI) 2 03-13 0
58. Joseph Adam Lake Zurich, IL (IL) 2 03-13 0
59. Steve Mortenson Oshkosh, WI (WI) 2 03-13 0
60. Peter Haire South St Paul, MN (MN) 2 03-11 0
61. Ryan Mertzig Rochester, MN (WI) 2 03-10 0
62. Cameron Ingle Coggon, IA (IA) 2 03-10 0
63. Tim Berg Prior Lake, MN (MN) 2 03-09 0
64. Ben Stacy Cincinnati, OH (OH) 2 03-06 0
65. Tanner Albrecht Lonsdale, MN (MN) 2 03-06 0
66. Leray Anderson II Crofton, NE (SD) 2 03-05 0
67. Cory Leonard Maywood, NE (NE) 1 02-02 0
68. Jason Kloepper Doniphan, NE (NE) 1 01-15 0
69. Paul Andorfer Albion , IN (MI) 1 01-14 0
69. Ken Harants Fort Wayne, IN (MI) 1 01-14 0
69. Blake Macumber Elkhorn, NE (NE) 1 01-14 0
72. Scott Schneider New London, MN (MN) 1 01-13 0
73. Craig Heft Jr Schererville, IN (IL) 1 01-12 0
73. Scott Schaefer Rochester, MN (MN) 1 01-12 0
75. Brian Christianson La Crosse, WI (WI) 1 01-10 0
75. Jeff Schultz Amelia, OH (OH) 1 01-10 0
77. Mark Folsom Waterville, IA (IA) 1 01-09 0
77. Ian Mangino Sunbury, OH (OH) 1 01-09 0
79. Miles Coffin Van Meter, IA (IA) 1 01-08 0
79. Craig Cottam Hastings, NE (SD) 1 01-08 0
81. Nick Kelley Oak Hill, OH (OH) 1 01-06 0
81. Steven Rodgers Birch Run , MI (MI) 1 01-06 0
83. Gary Delamielleure Fenton, MI (MI) 0 00-00 0
83. Trey Fails Brooklyn Center, MN (MN 0 00-00 0
83. Boyce Gargus Muskegon, MI (MI) 0 00-00 0
83. Allan Hall Brandon, SD (SD) 0 00-00 0
83. Jack Johnson Brandon, SD (SD) 0 00-00 0
83. Mike Peschl Tyndall, SD (SD) 0 00-00 0
83. David Rector Brazil, IN (IN) 0 00-00 0
83. Ryan Volquardsen Creighton, NE (SD) 0 00-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 23 130 269-01
2 0 124 250-04
3 0 50 108-09
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23 304 627-14

TEAM STANDINGS Day 3
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State Lbs-Oz
1 INDIANA 361-10
2 WISCONSIN 284-08
3 MINNESOTA 251-04
4 OHIO 228-10
5 NEBRASKA 223-15
6 ILLINOIS 209-12
7 IOWA 198-03
8 MICHIGAN 174-15
9 SOUTH DAKOTA 168-04

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 3
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IOWA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Matt Goltz Monona, IA 7 15-10 0
2 Ted Tinlin Des Moines, IA 6 10-13 0
3 Jerry Duncklee Fayette, IA 3 07-04 0
4 Kyle Coffman Minbun, IA 3 06-12 0
5 Bryan Freyermuth Muscatine, IA 3 05-01 0
6 Aaron Bunge Fairfax, IA 2 04-05 0
6 Devon Dvorak Keystone, IA 2 04-05 0
8 Cameron Ingle Coggon, IA 2 03-10 0
9 Mark Folsom Waterville, IA 1 01-09 0
10 Miles Coffin Van Meter, IA 1 01-08 0

ILLINOIS
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Kristopher Gaertner Morris, IL 7 14-01 0
2 Scott Bree San Jose, IL 4 07-04 0
3 Bill Skowronski Hennepin, IL 3 06-14 0
4 Gary Ford Jr Sheridan, IL 3 06-13 0
5 Richard Pach Jr Chicago, IL 4 06-11 0
6 Matteo Turano Naperville, IL 2 04-09 0
7 Eddie Gad Braidwood, IL 2 04-03 0
7 Thomas Uthe Braidwood, IL 2 04-03 0
9 Joseph Adam Lake Zurich, IL 2 03-13 0
10 Craig Heft Jr Schererville, IN 1 01-12 0

INDIANA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jeff Wehner Fishers, IN 9 21-12 0
2 John Albertson Bloomington, IN 9 20-04 0
3 Nick Schuetz Loogootee, IN 9 19-07 0
4 Jeremy Johnson Austin, IN 9 19-00 0
5 Don Goldsberry Mitchell, IN 8 16-09 0
6 Bryan Kalen Mooresville, IN 5 08-11 0
7 Heath Kohlmeier Princeton, IN 4 08-09 0
8 Kyle Taylor Sullivan, IN 4 08-08 0
9 Dillan White Bloomington, IN 4 08-01 0
10 David Rector Brazil, IN 0 00-00 0

MICHIGAN
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Tyler Hatfield Augusta, MI 6 14-04 0
2 Randal Burr Chesterfield, MI 4 09-01 0
3 Duane Michaels Fort Wayne, IN 3 05-14 0
4 Jeremy Prchlik Flushing, MI 3 05-06 0
5 Robert Swem Buchanan, MI 2 03-13 0
6 Paul Andorfer Albion , IN 1 01-14 0
6 Ken Harants Fort Wayne, IN 1 01-14 0
8 Steven Rodgers Birch Run , MI 1 01-06 0
9 Gary Delamielleure Fenton, MI 0 00-00 0
9 Boyce Gargus Muskegon, MI 0 00-00 0

MINNESOTA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Pheerayout See Rochester, MN 7 11-12 0
2 Steven Johnson Duluth, MN 5 10-08 0
3 Dan Wiyninger Champlin, MN 3 06-07 0
4 Jasyn Bachtell Castalian Springs, TN 2 04-01 0
5 Peter Haire South St Paul, MN 2 03-11 0
6 Tim Berg Prior Lake, MN 2 03-09 0
7 Tanner Albrecht Lonsdale, MN 2 03-06 0
8 Scott Schneider New London, MN 1 01-13 0
9 Scott Schaefer Rochester, MN 1 01-12 0
10 Trey Fails Brooklyn Center, MN 0 00-00 0

OHIO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Andy Strickland Raymond, OH 8 18-10 0
2 Colten Didion Mount Vernon, OH 8 18-02 0
3 Dave Rahrig Delphos, OH 7 14-02 0
4 Will Forister Thornville, OH 7 13-07 0
5 Charles Carroll West Liberty, OH 4 07-01 0
6 Jody Adkins Navarre, OH 4 06-13 0
7 Ben Stacy Cincinnati, OH 2 03-06 0
8 Jeff Schultz Amelia, OH 1 01-10 0
9 Ian Mangino Sunbury, OH 1 01-09 0
10 Nick Kelley Oak Hill, OH 1 01-06 0

SOUTH DAKOTA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Brandon Logue Greenwood, NE 5 12-01 0
2 Michael Schelling Sioux Falls, SD 3 06-04 0
3 Omar Khan Sioux Falls, SD 2 04-08 0
4 Scott Pitlick Pierre, SD 2 04-00 0
5 Leray Anderson II Crofton, NE 2 03-05 0
6 Craig Cottam Hastings, NE 1 01-08 0
7 Allan Hall Brandon, SD 0 00-00 0
7 Jack Johnson Brandon, SD 0 00-00 0
7 Mike Peschl Tyndall, SD 0 00-00 0
7 Ryan Volquardsen Creighton, NE 0 00-00 0

WISCONSIN
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Colton Haney Baldwin, WI 7 15-04 0
2 Richard Conrad Arcadia, WI 7 13-09 0
3 Bryan Schumacher Sparta, WI 7 13-08 0
4 Brad Goetz Montello, WI 6 13-07 0
5 Tim Meyer Neenah, WI 6 13-05 0
6 Kevin Yeska Madison, WI 4 07-15 0
7 Joe Fiegen Onalaska, WI 3 07-05 0
8 Steve Mortenson Oshkosh, WI 2 03-13 0
9 Ryan Mertzig Rochester, MN 2 03-10 0
10 Brian Christianson La Crosse, WI 1 01-10 0

NEBRASKA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Tom Leblanc Jr Omaha, NE 8 18-10 0
2 AJ Mende Bellevue, NE 7 13-13 0
3 Charles Capehart Olathe, KS 4 08-12 0
4 Aaron Olsen Lenexa, KS 4 08-12 0
5 Rich Purington Papillion, NE 3 07-15 0
6 Paul Huse Omaha, NE 3 06-12 0
7 Michael Gertsch Denton, NE 2 03-15 0
8 Cory Leonard Maywood, NE 1 02-02 0
9 Jason Kloepper Doniphan, NE 1 01-15 0
10 Blake Macumber Elkhorn, NE 1 01-14 0


Industry veteran Jay Harris joins the team at American Baitworks as Vice President of Sales

Harris to lead sales team for fishing tackle and soft plastics manufacturing

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (June 15, 2022) – Jay Harris has joined the team at American Baitworks as Vice President of Sales. Jay has worked in the fishing industry for 16 years, having spent the last 4 years as National Sales Manager at Savage Gear Americas, where he was integral in the sales development, growth, and new product offerings.

Harris’ addition is another step in American Baitworks’ focus on the growth and momentum of the company’s products as well as the company’s contract manufacturing soft plastics business. American Baitworks will rely on Harris’ experience to grow the company’s product lines; BaitFuel, Freedom Tackle, Halo Rods, NetBait, Scum Frog, STH Bait Co., and Snag Proof. 

“We are extremely pleased to have Jay join American Baitworks,” said CEO Robert Greenberg. “We are committed to investing in our brands, people, and culture to drive our growth. Jay has a huge passion for fishing, like all of us at American Baitworks, as well as a depth of knowledge and experience that is a great addition to our team.” 

Jay will also focus on building American Baitworks’ manufacturing business primarily on growing opportunities for bait manufacturers to leverage American Baitworks’ state-of-the-art facility in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, offering product design, mold manufacturing, injection molding, package design, and packaging, as well as pick and pack fulfillment services.

“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity to join the American Baitworks family and build on the momentum the company and its brands are seeing in the industry,” said Jay Harris.  “Beyond our product brands, our manufacturing capabilities at our facility in Mississippi opens many doors for partnering with other brands to support their manufacturing needs domestically.”  

American Baitworks Co. is an innovative American-based fishing tackle company that provides custom manufacturing of fishing lures and products for our customer’s specifications. Our brands include BaitFuel, NetBait, Halo Fishing, Snag Proof, Scum Frog, Freedom Tackle, and STH Bait Co.

Our passion for fishing runs deep at American Baitworks Co., where our focus on innovation and advancing the sport of fishing never ends.

From our manufacturing and distribution center on the coast of Mississippi, USA, we want anglers of every level to have the best experience every time they’re on the water.

For more information about American Baitworks and our brands, please visit www.americanbaitworks.com.

 


Frabill WITNESS 30 LB Weigh Net

First of its kind net does it all for both freshwater and saltwater anglers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 30, 2022) – The Frabill WITNESS Weigh Net is the first all-in-one fish net, scale and ruler for fresh and saltwater anglers. With a built-in 30 lb scale, anglers can now quickly get the weight of a fish and release it without having to hang the fish on a handheld scale.

Designed to make a day on the lake hassle-free, the WITNESS Weigh Net is the innovative way to capture a fish's weight, length and snap a quick photo before returning the fish safely back into the water. Simply scoop up any fish up to 30 lb and remove the hook. Turn on the scale and hold the net in a vertical position with the net portion down to record the quick weight of any catch.

The WITNESS Weigh Net features tangle-free Micro-Mesh netting and a flat bottom net making it safe for fish handling. The molded rubber grip with 48-inch handle is easy for anyone to use and features an integrated 30-inch ruler to measure your catch.

Key Features
• 30 lb digital scale
• 48” aluminum handle with molded rubber grip and integrated 30” ruler
• Tangle-free Micro-Mesh netting
• Flat bottom net to better protect the fish
• Meshguard hoop resists wear and prolongs the life of the net

MSRP: $149.99
Available: Fall 2022


Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour Season Four Set to Premiere Saturday on Discovery Channel

REDCREST 2022 Presented by Costa to Kick Off Fourth Season of Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour on Discovery Channel, New Episodes Premiere Every Saturday from 7-9 a.m. ET

TULSA, Okla. (June 29, 2022) – The fourth season of Major League Fishing’s (MLF) Bass Pro Tour is set to premiere this Saturday, July 2, at 7 a.m. ET with a two-hour episode on the Discovery Channel.

The Bass Pro Tour showcases a field of 80 of the top professional anglers in the world competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual General Tire Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2023 championship.

The first two-hour episode of Major League Fishing premiering Saturday will feature the Knockout Round from REDCREST 2022 Presented by Costa at Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, the Bass Pro Tour Championship. Each week a new episode will premiere on Discovery Channel, through mid-November.

The complete air schedule for the 2022 Bass Pro Tour on the Discovery Channel is:

- July 2         REDCREST 2022 Presented by Costa on Grand Lake Knockout Round
- July 9         REDCREST 2022 Presented by Costa on Grand Lake Championship Round
July 16      General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops 2022 at Lake Palestine Qualifying Round Group A – Day 1
July 23      General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops 2022 at Lake Palestine Qualifying Round Group B – Day 1
July 30      NO EPISODE – DISCOVERY CHANNEL SHARK WEEK
- Aug. 6        General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops at Lake Palestine Qualifying Round Group A – Day 2
- Aug. 13      General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops at Lake Palestine Qualifying Round Group B – Day 2
- Aug. 20      General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops at Lake Palestine Knockout Round
- Aug. 27      General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops at Lake Palestine Championship Round
- Sept. 3       B&W Trailer Hitches Stage One in West Monroe, Louisiana Presented by Power-Pole Knockout Round
- Sept. 10     B&W Trailer Hitches Stage One in West Monroe, Louisiana Presented by Power-Pole Championship Round
- Sept. 17     Toro Stage Two at Lake Fork Presented by Grundéns Knockout Round
- Sept. 24     Toro Stage Two at Lake Fork Presented by Grundéns Championship Round
- Oct. 1         Favorite Fishing Stage Three at Lewis Smith Lake Presented by Mercury Knockout Round
- Oct. 8         Favorite Fishing Stage Three at Lewis Smith Lake Presented by Mercury Championship Round
- Oct. 15       Bass Boat Technologies Stage Four at Lake of the Ozarks Presented by Bass Cat Knockout Round
- Oct. 22       Bass Boat Technologies Stage Four at Lake of the Ozarks Presented by Bass Cat Championship Round
- Oct. 29       General Tire Stage Five at Watts Bar Lake Presented by Covercraft Knockout Round
- Nov. 5        General Tire Stage Five at Watts Bar Lake Presented by Covercraft Championship Round
- Nov. 12     Bass Pro Tour Stage Six at Cayuga Lake Presented by Googan Baits Championship Round
- Nov. 19     Bass Pro Tour Stage Seven at Mille Lacs Lake Presented by Minn Kota Championship Round

The full television schedule can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

For complete details and updated information on Major League Fishing and the Bass Pro Tour, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and  YouTube.


Plano EDGE Frog Box

  1. Increasing the lifespan of your topwater frogs with a new innovative storage option.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 29, 2022) — The EDGE line of tackle storage solutions from Plano are proven favorites thanks to their intuitive designs that store tackle securely while keeping it easy to access when the bite heats up. The new Plano EDGE Frog Box further expands the EDGE offering this year with an innovative design that allows for storage of up to 50 baits securely by the line tie for perfect protection and organization.

With additional features such as a WaterWick divider with a reusable moisture-wicking packet, a Dri-Loc O-ring seal and Rustrictor technology – the new Plano EDGE Frog Box protects frog baits from rust and moisture-related damage. The EZ Label system allows for quick identification of contents and a DuraView crystal-clear polycarbonate lid allows anglers to see what baits are in the box without needing to open the lid.

The EDGE Frog box stores a variety of topwater frogs by utilizing the line tie to vertically hang the baits. This allows the legs of each bait to quickly dry off and maintain their shape for long-term usage. Gone are the days of jumbled up, dry-rotted rubber resulting in unusable baits. The EDGE Frog Box will maintain the quality of each frog from the moment you take it out of its package and place it in the box to the moment it’s tied on. This durable box was designed to toss in the boat when the frog bite is “on” and keep your topwater frogs organized and safe in storage during the “off” season.

Key Features
• Holds up to 50 baits by the line-tie
• Protects and maintains baits for longevity
• WaterWick technology with reusable moisture-wicking packet
• Dri-Loc O-ring seal
• EZ Label system for quick identification of contents
• DuraView crystal-clear polycarbonate lid

MSRP: $54.99
Available: September 2022


Former NFL All-Pro Cole Goes From Pass Rush to Bass Rush

Two-time All-Pro Trent Cole Jr. of Xenia, Ohio, retired from the NFL in 2017 but is fueling his competitive fire on the Bassmaster circuit.

Photo by B.A.S.S.

June 29, 2022

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — As a kid growing up in Southern Ohio, Trent Cole Jr. and his siblings idolized legendary angler Jimmy Houston and imitated his techniques as they learned to fish for white bass and largemouth.

After spending 12 years playing in the NFL, the two-time All-Pro pass rusher for the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts is attempting to follow in Houston’s shoes by qualifying for the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” through the St. Croix Bassmaster Northern Opens presented by Mossy Oak Fishing.

“As a child, I always dreamed of fishing in the Bassmaster Classic. After my NFL career, fishing tournaments was on my bucket list and I was going to go hardcore at it,” Cole said. “There is nothing like the Bassmasters. I have three chances this year to make the Bassmaster Classic.”

Cole landed a limit on Day 1 of his first Northern Open of the season at the James River, but wasn’t able to find a consistent pattern on the second day and landed in 144th. It is all part of the learning process for him.

“I made some mistakes,” he said. “I got stubborn.”

Being an outdoorsman has always been part of Cole’s DNA — from hunting to fishing around reservoirs and farm ponds in Xenia, Ohio. During his NFL career, Cole was never able to jump into the tournament scene but was always watching and keeping track of the anglers he was familiar with in New Jersey like current Bassmaster Elite Series pros Mike Iaconelli and Greg DiPalma.

After retiring in 2017, Cole began fishing tournaments while also filming a television show on Sportsman Channel called Blitz Outdoors. His mindset for fishing tournaments doesn’t vary much from his approach to football.

“You have to do your homework and put in the time. I have definitely become a better fisherman,” Cole said. “The way I approach the game is the same way I approach this fishing thing. Now, I have opponents and the biggest opponent is trying to catch one of those big ol’ bass.”

Playing football was second nature for Cole, who racked up 90.5 sacks during his career. In his next competitive career, he wants to develop the type of instincts his fishing idols compete with every day.

“The guys I’m fishing against are the guys I have watched,” he said. “It is like me being a pass rusher. I don’t think, I just do it. These guys out here, they know as soon as they see something it is a split-second decision on what to do. I’m trying to be better at another craft.”

The one major difference Cole noted in fishing is the individual nature of the sport.

“Only you can make the mistakes. It is all on you. I’m the type of guy where there is no room for mistakes,” he said. “I’m going to leave it all out on the water and do everything I have to do to be successful.”

Cole’s sole focus in the short term is to qualify for an Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. He will have two more attempts to do so in the 2022 Northern Opens. Cole has experience at both fisheries left on the schedule and he hopes that experience will pay off.

“I fished these because the schedule fit me,” he said. “I know the Chesapeake and Oneida. I’m excited for the upcoming events.”

Cole will take to the water again July 7-9 at the Bassmaster Northern Open on Oneida Lake.


Costa Pros Talk Lens Colors and Frames

Courtesy of Luke Stoner - Dynamic Sponsorships

A good pair of fishing sunglasses are not one size (or color) fits all. Just like you’d want a different rod and reel setup when throwing a jerkbait in open water versus a topwater frog in heavy cover, different face structures and weather conditions call for distinct frame and lens color selections regarding sunglasses.

Bass Pro Tour competitors Casey Ashley, Marty Robinson, and Kevin VanDam all agree that’s one of their favorite things about Costa Sunglasses. The iconic Florida based eyewear brand offers a myriad of different frame styles and lens options to fit any angler’s needs.

“Broad or skinny face, man or woman, young or old – Costa has a frame that’ll fit you,” said the always easy-going Casey Ashley. “The new PRO Series frames take the search for a ‘perfect fit’ a step further with the adjustable nose pads. Finding a pair of shades that fit well is crucial, but so is the right lens color, and a lot of anglers don’t pay enough attention to that.”

Ashley and Robinson have worn Costas on their face every day they’ve been on the water for nearly two decades. KVD joined the Costa team at the start of 2022, but just as he approaches everything in his career, VanDam did his research and left no stone unturned when aligning with Costa.

In general, all three agree that Sunrise Silver is their favorite lens color for lowlight situations like dusk, dawn, or cloudy weather; and Green Mirror lens are their favorite for sunny, everyday-bass-fishing. But there are still plenty of discrepancies in the frame and lens combination that best suites each angler.

  •  Casey Ashley – Fantail PRO and Jose frames. Always 580g.
    o Green Mirror lens for everyday fishing.
    o Sunrise Silver in the morning and overcast conditions
  • Marty Robinson – Corbina frames. Always 580g.
    o Green Mirror lens 99% of the time.
  •  Kevin VanDam – Blackfin PRO and Reefton PRO frames. Always 580g.
    o Sunrise Silver 75% of the time.
    o Green Mirror on the brightest days.

Lens colors should be considered more similarly to lures, fishing line, or rod actions than a simple style choice. They are tools best suited for certain conditions and scenarios. Costa offers seven lens colors that are all best suited for different light conditions. That’s why many savvy anglers pack multiple pairs of sunglasses in their boats and trucks; so they can wear the pair best suited for the given day.

There are resources like Costas’ Virtual Mirror that take a lot of the guesswork out of online shopping but Robinson, Ashley, and KVD insist that seeing how a pair looks and feels in person is ideal.

“There are tools on Costas’ website that’ll help you see frame fit and choose lens color but finding a dealer in your area and actually putting a few pairs on your face is the best way to go,” Robinson added. “Talk to your buddies, use online resources, but you can’t beat seeing it for yourself.”

Sunglasses play a multi-faceted role for bass fishermen. They protect our eyes from UV and HEV light, from debris when running to our next spot, from errant hooks and weights, but most importantly they allow you to see into the water. Which results in catching more fish.

Whether that’s spotting a tucked-away spawning bass, noticing pieces of overlooked cover, or easily making out the edge of a deep grass line a good pair of optics absolutely equate to more bites and more bass.

“As anglers, you can’t overstate just how important our eyes are to what we do on the water,” VanDam said. “The bottom line is, Costas help us see more in the water. But just like lures, electronics, or anything else in your boat you must understand the tool to really get the most out of it. Learning about the ‘why’ is just as important as the ‘what’. That’s partially why I’ve really enjoyed diving into the details around the four new PRO Series frames. All the technology included is performance driven and, man, they are just hard to beat.”


Jacob Wheeler Earns Fourth Career MLF Cup Victory at 2022 Wiley X Summit Cup on Outdoor Channel

Harrison, Tennessee Pro Catches 2-Pounder in Final Minutes to Earn Summit Cup Title – Record-Setting Fourth Career Cup Victory

PALM BAY, Fla. (June 27, 2022) – Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, caught 21 scorable bass weighing 50 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the 2022 Wiley X Summit Cup Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches in Palm Bay, Florida, which premiered Saturday on the Outdoor Channel and Monday on the MyOutdoorTV app. The victory was Wheeler’s fourth career MLF Cup victory – the most Cup wins ever by a single angler. Both Kevin VanDam and Edwin Evers have three career Cup wins.

The victory did not come easy for Wheeler. He and Shelby, North Carolina, pro Bryan Thrift traded the lead back and forth throughout most of the day. Thrift held the lead to start Period 2, but Wheeler rocketed to the top of the leaderboard with a 6-pound, 2-ounce giant and built a commanding 14-pound lead over Thrift and the rest of the pack in the second period.

But Thrift battled back, catching five scorable bass in a row – including two 4-pounders – to retake the lead from the Tennessee pro. Midway through the third period, Thrift caught a 3-pound, 3-ounce bass that pushed his lead over Wheeler to 4 pounds, 9 ounces and it looked like the story was already being written.

The two traded scorable keepers back and forth, and as the clock clicked down to the end of competition it looked as if Thrift had the win in the bag. With just three minutes remaining, Thrift had a 1-pound, 11-ounce lead over Wheeler and looked to be on his way to claiming his first career MLF Cup victory. Wheeler, however, had other ideas.

Wheeler hooked up with just two minutes remaining in competition – the fish weighed 2 pounds, 1 ounce. Wheeler had overtaken Thrift by 6 ounces, and as time ticked down, he was giddy as he knew he had earned the win over the North Carolina pro in a thrilling finale.

“Oh my gosh, you have got to be freaking kidding me,” Wheeler said as time expired. “I was running around like a mad man those last few minutes. Where I caught that last fish – that was the zone that I had already milked today, really hard. I went through there and had missed two good ones – I had lost a good one at the beginning of the third period. I was running the lake and I shut down there and had 9½ minutes to fish. I told myself I was going to hit every hyacinth mat in there, and if we got a bite, hopefully it was enough. And it happened.”

Wheeler flipped and punched heavy creature baits to win the event. He threw an unnamed soft plastic craw with a heavy 2-ounce tungsten weight and a 4/0 punching hook.

“In Florida, it’s tough because if you fish too fast, you pass them. But if you fish too slow, you don’t catch enough fish to win,” Wheeler said. “I just kept hearing Thrift – ding, ding, ding, the SCORETRACKER® was going off and I knew I had to make an adjustment.

“I can’t believe it happened,” Wheeler went on to say. “What an incredible way to end the season. I only fished one Cup event this year – to come down to Florida and hoist the trophy… wow. This is so surreal – it’s so much fun to be able to do something that I absolutely love to do.”

The final eight anglers at the 2022 Wiley X Summit Cup Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches finished:

1st:          Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 21 bass, 50-6
2nd:         Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 20 bass, 50-0
3rd:         Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C., 18 bass, 33-11
4th:         Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 13 bass, 27-1
5th:         Matt Lee, Cullman, Ala., eight bass, 20-1
6th:         David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va., 10 bass, 18-7
7th:         Jeff Sprague, Wills Point, Texas, nine bass, 13-4
8th:         Fred Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark., five bass, 12-13

Complete results along with photos from the event can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Wheeler also caught the Championship Round Berkley Big Bass, boating a 6-pound, 2-ounce largemouth flipping a creature craw in Period 2.

Overall, there were 104 bass weighing 225 pounds, 11 ounces caught by the final eight pros during the Championship Round of competition on Kenansville Lake.

The 2022 Wiley X Summit Cup Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches was hosted by hosted by Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism and premiered on the Outdoor Channel as six, two-hour original episodes each Saturday afternoon debuting on May 21, 2022, and running through June 25, 2022.

The event was shot over six days in December on lakes surrounding the Palm Bay area and featured 24 MLF pro anglers visiting the Space Coast of Florida to compete on either Headwaters Lake, Kenansville Lake, Garcia Reservoir or Stick Marsh on each day of competition. The fisheries were unknown to the anglers – they did not learn where they were competing until they arrived to the launch ramp each morning of competition.

All six episodes of the event are now available for viewing on the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) streaming app. The full television schedule can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

For complete details and updated information on Major League Fishing and the MLF Cup events, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and  YouTube.


Montgomery, Texas’ Lake Creek High School Leads Wire-to-Wire to Win 2022 High School Fishing National Championship

Student Anglers Fallon Clepper and Wyatt Ford Claim Title with Three-Day Total of Nine Bass Weighing 39-9

FLORENCE, Ala. (June 27, 2022) – The Lake Creek High School duo of Fallon Clepper and Wyatt Ford, both of Montgomery, Texas, brought a final day limit to the scale Saturday weighing 12 pounds, 14 ounces to win the 2022 High School Fishing National Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. Clepper became the first female to ever win the High School Fishing National Championship.

The duo’s three-day total of nine bass weighing 39 pounds, 9 ounces, earned them the victory by a 5-pound, 5-ounce margin over the runner-up, New Hampshire’s Keene High School, and earned the duo thousands of dollars in prizes and scholarship offers – including a four-year $80,000 offer to California’s Simpson University and a four-year $100,000 offer to attend Kentucky Christian University. The duo also now advances to the 2022 MLF Toyota Series Championship, held Nov. 3-5 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, to compete as co-anglers and a shot at the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard.

Going into the third and final day of competition, Clepper and Ford held just a 1-ounce lead on their competition.

“I was nervous at takeoff,” Clepper said. “I thought we were going to get gapped by everybody; but when we got to our spot there was only one other boat there.”

Leaning on sage advice from their captain, Julian Clepper — Fallon’s father — the team weathered wracked nerves to boat a 12-pound bag on the final day for the win.

“We stayed on our juice the entire time today,” Ford said. “That was the only spot we consistently caught fish over 2 pounds, so we figured we would try to win it all and stay there all day.”

It didn’t take long for the team to launch themselves into serious contention for the crown on the final day.

At 6:40 a.m., Ford plunged a Zoom Trick Worm to the bottom of Pickwick Lake ledge on a shaky head jig. Its hook connected with a Tennessee River stud, and seconds later, a 7-pound, 8-ounce largemouth crashed into the net held by his teammate’s father.

“I was thinking that we had been here before,” said Ford, a soft-spoken football tight end who kept his composure throughout the event. “I knew if we got it in the boat that we might have a shot.”

The fish was the largest landed in a tournament featuring 236 boats competing in the 2022 High School Fishing National Championship. Combined with a pair of quality keepers from teammate Fallon Clepper, the Pickwick kicker was enough to outpace the pack and land the duo high school fishing’s highest honor.

In the process, Clepper, who started fishing competitively with her father at 11 years old, became the first female angler to ever win the High School Bass Fishing National Championship.

“I want to see more girls out here getting in it,” she said. “Just because a boy says you can’t do it doesn’t mean you can’t. Just keep after them.”

In a tournament fought out mostly under bluebird skies, slow current and brutal summer heat, Clepper and Ford’s single honey hole was productive enough to get the job done.

“When we found the spot in practice, we drove over it with the graphs and saw a really big school of fish,” Ford said. “It was like something we had never seen before.”

Clepper and Ford began fishing together when their parents, who were childhood friends, reconnected at a meet-the-teacher event during their freshman year.

“I asked him if he was going to fish,” Clepper said. “He said ‘yes’ and that he didn’t have a partner, so we ended up together ever since then.”

Three years later, the two fishing-forged friends stood together on stage with one of bass fishing’s most famous rivers as a backdrop. At their feet lay massive checks and scholarship offers. The two most coveted trophies in high school bass fishing were hoisted above their heads. And in the crowd, a pair of overjoyed parents cheered feverishly for their kids.

“It doesn’t even seem real right now,” Clepper said. “I feel like I am in a dream. I have always dreamed of this day and it finally came true.”

The top 10 teams at the 2022 High School Fishing National Championship on Lake Pickwick finished:

1st: Lake Creek High School, Montgomery, Texas – Fallon Clepper and Wyatt Ford, nine bass, 39-9
2nd: Keene High School, Keene, N.H. – Bradyn Antosiewicz and Connor Holbrook, nine bass, 34-4
3rd: Owatonna High School, Owatonna, Minn. – Walker Krampitz and Brady Matz, nine bass, 32-5
4th: Northeast Louisiana High School Anglers – Ian Carter and Colby Dark, nine bass, 32-3
5th: Fairview High School, Fairview, Ala. – Levi Harris and Zane Roberts, nine bass, 31-15
6th: Alcoa Fishing Team, Alcoa, Tenn. – Walker LaRue and Joe Vaulton, nine bass, 31-9
7th: Calvary Baptist Academy, Shreveport, La. – Noah Trant and Mark Andrew Trant, nine bass, 29-2
8th: Osseo High School, Osseo, Minn. – Jackson Betker and Kenrick Kisch, nine bass, 28-9
9th: Central High School, Martinsburg, Pa. – Gerald Brumbaugh and Dalton Metzger, nine bass, 28-9
10th: Benton High School, Benton, La. – Zachary Halbert and Gray Allums, seven bass, 25-9

Complete results for the entire field can be found at HighSchoolFishing.org.

The 2022 High School Fishing National Championship on Pickwick Lake was hosted by the Florence-Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. MLF High School Fishing tournaments are free, two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and are open to any MLF and TBF Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club. The top 10% of teams at each Open event, along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships, will advance to the 2022 High School Fishing National Championship.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X and YETI.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular High School Fishing updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


Marcine Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake St. Clair

Stoner Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (June 27, 2022) – Boater Darren Marcine of Merlin, Ontario, Canada, caught five bass Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Lake St. Clair . The tournament was the season-opener for the Bass Fishing League Michigan Division. Marcine earned $5,981 for his victory.

“This is quite amazing,” said Marcine, who notched his win in the first Phoenix Bass Fishing League event he entered. “I’m new to the area since about four years ago, and I wanted to try an event out, so this one came up, and I ended up winning it. I’m still blown away by the whole thing.”

Marcine said he pre-fished for the tournament and found some weeds that were starting to pop up in the depths of the central part of the lake. Marcine used a drop-shot rig to drag Berkley baits around the grass clumps and bare spots during the tournament in 19 to 21 feet of water.

“The weed clumps haven’t fully set in yet, but they’re starting to show up,” Marcine said. “They’re giving guys a bit of a target to fish.”

Marcine said he culled five times during the course of the day.

“It wasn’t fast and furious by any means,” Marcine said.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Darren Marcine, Merlin, Ontario, Canada, five bass, 24-4, $5,981
2nd:        Kyle Greene, Ortonville, Mich., five bass, 24-1, $2,490
3rd:        Troy Stokes, Trenton, Mich., five bass, 23-2, $2,162 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
4th:         Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich., five bass, 21-14, $1,162
5th:         Tom Beale, St. Clair Shores, Mich., five bass, 21-13, $996
6th:         Drew Six, Clinton, Ohio, five bass, 21-9, $1,673
7th:         Hugh Cosculluela, The Woodlands, Texas, five bass, 21-3, $788
7th:         Dan Holbrook, Chesterfield, Mich., five bass, 21-3, $788
9th:         Alex Redwine, Cincinnati, Ohio, five bass, 21-1, $664
10th:      Clayton Reitz, Morton, Ill., five bass, 20-6, $528
10th:      Dawson Johnson, Luck, Wis., five bass, 20-6, $528
10th:      Brian Jackson, Crete, Ill., five bass, 20-6, $528
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Six caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – earning him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $760.

Aric Stoner of Blenheim, Ontario, Canada, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,990 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 21 pounds, 7 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:          Aric Stoner, Blenheim, Ontario, five bass, 21-7, $2,990
2nd:        Ron Norris, Portage, Mich., five bass, 21-0, $1,245
3rd:        Robert Busby, Fenton, Mich., five bass, 20-9, $829
4th:         Jeffrey Thomson, Birmingham, Mich., five bass, 18-7, $781
5th:         Jim Betts, Fort Wayne, Ind., five bass, 18-4, $498
6th:         Dennis Sepeck, Bethel, Ohio, five bass, 18-2, $457
7th:         Craig Fanning, Elwood, Ill., five bass, 17-9, $415
8th:         Greg Elswick, Goshen, Ind., five bass, 17-3, $374
9th:         Hunter Brinkman, Wolcottville, Ind., five bass, 16-14, $332
10th:      Daniel Hechler, Franklin, Ohio, five bass, 16-13, $291
David Borsa of Redford, Michigan, and Peter Quent of Akron, Ohio, both caught bass weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces in the Co-angler Division to tie for the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award. Each angler received $190.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 13-15 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 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 Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships 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 top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Wilkinson Bests Field at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on the Ohio River

Zelinskas Tops Strike King Co-Angler Division

LAWRENCEBERG, Ind. (June 27, 2022) – Boater Chris Wilkinson of Farmersburg, Indiana, caught five bass Saturday weighing 12 pounds, 9 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on the Ohio River . The tournament was the second event for the Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division. Wilkinson earned $4,938 for his victory.

“We started off with a bit of a fog delay and got off a bit later than we wanted to, but I went to an area where I felt like it had some better fish that I could catch,” said Wilkinson, who now has seven career BFL wins.

Wilkinson said he focused on creeks with current breaks that featured rock and wood.  A buzzbait accounted for his fish early in the day before the sun was directly overhead.

“Later on in the day I caught two of my better fish on a Honey Creek Tackle tube,” Wilkinson said. “I caught eight keepers during the day.

“Every win is special,” Wilkinson added. “I’ve been lucky enough to win seven, and you never know when one is going to be your last.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Chris Wilkinson, Farmersburg, Indiana, five bass, 12-9, $4,938
2nd:        Brian Wrobleski, Alexandria, Ky., five bass, 9-10, $3,714 (Includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
3rd:        William Jackson, Lawrenceburg, Ind., five bass, 9-0, $1,646
4th:         Ryan Collins, Fairfield, Ohio, four bass, 8-15, $1,352
5th:         Nathan Brown, five bass, 8-3, $988
6th:         Kenny Dials, Gallipolis, Ohio, four bass, 7-15, $905
7th:         Jeremy Higgins, Union, Ky., five bass, 7-7, $782
7th:         Pat White, Batavia, Ohio, five bass, 7-7, $982
9th:         Mark Dove, North Vernon, Ind., four bass, 7-6, $617
9th:         Trevor Howard, four bass, 7-6, $617
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Wrobleski caught a fish that weighing 4 pounds, 11 ounces that – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – earning him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $745.

Brian Zelinskas of Beavercreek, Ohio, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,469 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 8 pounds even.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:          Brian Zelinskas, Beavercreek, Ohio, five bass, 8-0, $2,469
2nd:        Ryan Zwick, Oxford, Ohio, four bass, 7-2, $1,435
3rd:        Kyle Taylor, Sullivan, Ind., three bass, 5-12, $823
4th:         Zach Smith, Flatwoods, Ky., three bass, 5-9, $948
5th:         Austin Thome, Oxford, Ohio, four bass, 5-5, $494
6th:         Brian Short, Oxford, Ohio, four bass, 5-4, $453
7th:         Matt Luken, Independence, Ky., four bass, 4-15, $412
8th:         Matt Fisher, three bass, 4-13, $820
9th:         Douglas Shope, Troy, Ohio, three bass, 4-9, $329
10th:      Marcus Dudley, Twinsburg, Ohio, two bass, 4-8, $288
Smith also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 3 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $372.

After two events, David Fricke of Hamilton, Ohio, leads the Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 486 points, while Brian Zelinskas of Beavercreek, Ohio, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 481 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 20-22 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Virginia. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 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 Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships 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 top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Thomas Tops Field at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on High Rock Lake

White Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

SALISBURY, N.C. (June 27, 2022) – Boater Jason Thomas of Lexington, North Carolina, caught five bass Saturday weighing 23 pounds even to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on High Rock Lake . The tournament was the fourth event for the Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division. Thomas earned $4,584 for his victory.

“I practiced on Wednesday and Thursday and the fish hadn’t really been biting until later in the day,” Thomas said. “We fished topwater for a couple of hours and that didn’t pan out too good, so we went a couple of places I’d had some bites on.

“We had three bites pretty quick and ended up staying on just a couple of places most of the day,” Thomas added.

Thomas said he fished the mid-lake area and Abbott’s Creek to fill his limit during the tournament. A jig and a spoon fished from 13 to 17 feet deep accounted for most of his eight keepers during the day, and most of the fish were caught from 10:30 until noon.

“It’s a big accomplishment to win against this crowd down here,” said Thomas, who also posted a BFL win on High Rock Lake in 2020. “There were a lot of great local guys in this tournament, and there’s been a lot of boat traffic and pressure on the lake, so it feels great to pull it off.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Jason Thomas, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 23-0, $4,584
2nd:        Byron Brush, Rockwell, N.C., five bass, 19-6, $2,292
3rd:        David Wright, Lexington, N.C., five bass, 19-0, $2,229 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
4th:         Jackson Pleasant, Four Oaks, N.C., five bass, 17-15, $1,270
5th:         Ray Griffin, Greensboro, N.C., four bass, 16-2, $917
6th:         Conrad Manuel, Pilot Mountain, N.C., five bass, 15-4, $840
7th:         Travis Willis, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 15-2, $764
8th:         Doug Young, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 14-14, $688
9th:         John Ritchie, Salisbury, N.C., five bass, 14-13, $611
10th:      Mark Cannon, Youngsville, N.C., five bass, 14-11, $535

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Robert Drew of Gold Hill, North Carolina, caught a largemouth weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – earning him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $675.

 

 

Will White of Wake Forest, North Carolina, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,292 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 20 pounds, 9 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:          Will White, Wake Forest, N.C., five bass, 20-9, $2,292
2nd:        Cole File, Gold Hill, N.C., five bass, 14-10, $955
2nd:        James Jackson, Raeford, N.C., five bass, 14-10, $955
4th:         Jonathan Strickland, Graham, N.C., four bass, 13-14, $535
5th:         Wayne Smelser, Wytheville, Va., four bass, 13-6, $895
6th:         Jeff Frazier, Trinity, N.C., four bass, 12-6, $420
7th:         George Boyce, Youngsville, N.C., five bass, 12-5, $382
8th:         Adam Edwards, Cana, Va., five bass, 12-0, $344
9th:         Samuel Jones, Fuquay Varina, N.C., five bass, 11-10, $306
10th:      Zach Pringle, Newton, N.C., four bass, 11-5, $267

Smelser also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $337.

After four events, Aaron Digh of Denver, North Carolina, leads the Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 948 points, while Trevor Wright of Chesterfield, Virginia, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 875 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 20-22 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Virginia. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 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 Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships 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 top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Wright Posts Victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on the Barren River

Lloyd Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (June 27, 2022) – Boater Dylan Wright of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 5 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on the Barren River . The tournament was the fourth event for the Bass Fishing League Mountain Division. Wright earned $4,796 for his victory.

“I got to my first spot and nobody was on it,” Wright said. “I caught a limit on it pretty early and then moved to a different spot about 9 o’clock and stayed there and just culled up throughout the day. All in all, it went pretty smooth.”

Wright said he had never fished the Barren River before, except for two practice days in the week leading up to the event. During the tournament he focused on mid-lake points with a shaky-head rig, tipped with a Roboworm, casting into 10 feet of water on points and dragging his bait into depths around 20 feet. Wright said his method resulted in 25 keepers and no short fish during the course of the day.

“This feels real good,” said Wright after posting his first BFL win. “I’ve had some tournaments that I’ve left the lake and just felt terrible, and I’ve also had some close calls, like last week in the Music City Division’s Old Hickory Lake event where I finished second, so to finish this one on top feels great.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Dylan Wright, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 17-5, $4,796
2nd:        Aaron Singleton, La Grange, Ky., five bass, 16-14, $2,398
3rd:        Dalton Smith, Taylorsville, Ky., five bass, 16-8, $1,595
4th:         William Merrick, Mount Juliet, Tenn., five bass, 15-14, $2,834 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
5th:         Dwight Fox, Gainesboro, Tenn., five bass, 15-13, $919
5th:         Grant Adams, Campbellsville, Ky., five bass, 15-13, $919
7th:         Anthony Bowman, Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 15-11, $799
8th:         Nick Ratliff, Vine Grove, Ky., five bass, 14-15, $719
9th:         Stephen Whobrey, Scottsville, Ky., five bass, 14-14, $639
10th:      Talmadge Marcum, McKee, Ky., five bass, 14-11, $560
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.Merrick also caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 7 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – earning him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $715.

Travis Lloyd of Jamestown, Tennessee, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,533 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 17 pounds, 7 ounces.The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:          Travis Lloyd, Jamestown, Tenn., five bass, 17-7, $2,533
2nd:        Brent Clark, Bowling Green, Ky., five bass, 16-15, $1,453
3rd:        Gilbert Jolley, Livingston, Tenn., five bass, 14-3, $1,187
4th:         Taylor Wisniewski, Lexington, Ky., five bass, 13-15, $701
5th:         Jeff Hartgrove, Mt. Sterling, Ky., five bass, 13-3, $472
6th:         Wayne Crouch, Jamestown, Tenn., five bass, 13-2, $433
7th:         Bert Kissick, Danville, Ky., five bass, 12-13, $393
8th:         Josh Gadd, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 12-9, $354
9th:         Matthew Short, Florence, Ky., five bass, 12-7, $315
10th:      Lucas Devere, Berea, Ky., five bass, 12-0, $275
Lloyd and Clark both caught bass weighing 4 pounds, 15 ounces in the Co-angler Division to tie for the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award. Each angler received $173.After four events, Michael Morrison of Stamping Ground, Kentucky, leads the Bass Fishing League Mountain Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 957 points, while Todd Stopher of London, Kentucky, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 947 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 20-22 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Smith Lake in Cullman, Alabama. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 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 Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships 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 top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


Linsinbigler Comes from Behind to Win Toyota Series Event on the Potomac River

MARBURY, Md. (June 26, 2022) – After sitting in 46th place after Day One of the three-day tournament, pro Harry Linsinbigler IV of Dover, Florida rallied on Day Two, finishing in 6th place with 31 pounds, 15 ounces going into the final day. On Saturday, Linsinbigler brought another limit weighing 20 pounds, 14 ounces to the scales to win the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at the Potomac River. Linsinbigler’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 52-13 earned him the win by a 13-ounce margin over second-place pro Robert Henderson of King George, Virginia and earned Linsinbigler the top payout of $44,000.

Hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners, the tournament was the first event of the season for Toyota Series Northern Division anglers, featuring the region’s best bass-fishing pros and Strike King co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $75,000, including the lucrative $35,000 Phoenix MLF Bonus.

After pulling in 14 pounds, 11-ounces early on Day One, Linsinbigler said he decided to save his fish and go look for bigger fish, a decision he instantly regretted after seeing the 20-pound plus bags at the top of the leaderboard following the weigh-in.

“I really didn’t think it was going to take that much weight to be in the top 25, so once I had over 14 pounds, I laid off my fish and started looking for new and better fish,” Linsinbigler said. “I’d only caught one fish over four pounds, but I figured I would probably need some bigger ones.

“They grew up a little on Day Two and I hit a new area that I’d found in practice,” Linsinbigler continued. “That helped my bag a bit, but I was still only catching 3-pounders.”

Linsinbigler said he caught most of his fish on grass flats out of three major creeks throughout the event – Mattawoman, Chicamuxen and Quantico – throwing a ChatterBait, a frog and a swim jig.

“Those are really the only three baits I was catching those quality bites on, so I just stuck with them,” he said. “Most of the pressure was inside the grass flats, so I stayed outside and fished the outside corners so I could have the areas all to myself.”

Linsinbigler said he was excited to be in the Top 10 going into Day 3 but had no grand aspirations of winning the event at that point.

“Going into the final day, I knew I was going to do good in points, but I felt like the deficit I had was pretty insurmountable,” Linsinbigler said. “There were three guys in front of me that had over 6 pounds on me, and I didn’t expect those guys on top to struggle because they had done so good the first two days.

“I got back to one of my spots on Day 3 – still by myself in my area – and caught a 4 ½-pounder and two more that were right at 4 pounds,” Linsinbigler continued. “That was huge because I’d only caught one other 4-pounder throughout the rest of the week.”

Those three 4-pound bass and two more added up to the winning limit of 20 pounds, 14 ounces – by far the heaviest bag of the day – leading Linsinbigler to his first big win.

“This is actually my first year to fish the Toyota Series as a pro and only my second tournament as a pro, so this win is absolutely amazing,” Linsinbigler said. “I’ve fished tournaments for over 10 years, so this is something I’ve worked toward for a long time.

“I do want to eventually go pro, and this win solidifies the fact that I can compete at this level.”

The top 10 pros on the Potomac River finished:

1st:           Harry Linsinbigler IV of Dover, Fla., 15 bass, 52-13, $44,000
2nd:          Robert Henderson of King George, Va., 15 bass, 52-0, $18,000
3rd:          Rod Mackinnon III of Middletown, N.Y., 15 bass, 50-14, $13,250
4th:           Martin Villa of Charlottesville, Va., 15 bass, 48-7, $10,750
5th:           Tristan McCormick of Burns, Tenn., 15 bass, 47-13, $9,750
6th:           Wil Dieffenbauch of Morgantown, W.V., 15 bass, 45-12, $8,375
7th:           Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, Ark., 15 bass, 45-11, $7,300
8th:           Christian Greico of Tampa, Fla., 15 bass, 45-5, $6,300
9th:           Marshall Robinson of Landrum, S.C., 15 bass, 45-2, $5,300
10th:        Tommy Dickerson of Orange, Texas, 15 bass, 45-0, $4,200`
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.Mackinnon won the $500 Day One Berkley Big Bass award in the pro division Thursday, bringing a bass weighing 5 pounds, 15 ounces to the scale. Marty Robinson of Lyman, South Carolina won Friday’s $500 Berkley Big Bass award, bringing a 7-pound, 9-ounce bass to the scale.

Henderson took home an extra $1,000 as the highest finishing Phoenix MLF Bonus member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $35,000 per event in each Toyota Series tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Carter Wijangco of Naperville, Illinois won the Strike King Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 41 pounds, 7 ounces. Wijangco took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard motor.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers on the Potomac River finished:

1st:           Carter Wijangco of Naperville, Ill., 15 bass, 41-7, Phoenix 518 Pro boat w/115-hp Mercury outboard
2nd:          David Williams of Fredericksburg, Va., 15 bass, 41-0, $5,925
3rd:          James Roten of West Jefferson, N.C., 15 bass, 40-11, $4,300
4th:           Robert Wedding of Welcome, Md., 15 bass, 39-1, $3,650
5th:           Michael Duarte of Baltimore, Md., 15 bass, 38-14, $3,150
6th:           Nicholas Veselka of Fishers, Ind., 15 bass, 38-6, $2,650
7th:           Andrew Peters of Stafford, Va., 15 bass, 38-5, $2,150
8th:           Justin Thompson of Marshall, Va., 15 bass, 37-2, $1,825
9th:           Robert Griswold of Lincolnton, N.C., 15 bass, 36-14, $1,530
10th:        Tom Rufenacht of Bel Air, Md., 14 bass, 36-2, $1,290
The Day One Berkley Big Bass $150 award winner in the Strike King co-angler division, was Roy Marchant of Elkhart, Indiana with a 5-pound, 12-ounce bass, while the Day Two $150 award went to Devon Norwood Kitson of Montclair, New Jersey with a 5-pound, 4-ounce bass.The Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at the Potomac River was hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners and was the first of three tournaments in the Northern Division. The next event for Toyota Series anglers will take place on August 9-11 – the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E on Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, New York, hosted by the City of Plattsburgh. For a complete schedule, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The 2022 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. consists of six divisions – Central, Northern, Plains, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International and Wild Card divisions. Anglers who fish in any of the six divisions and finish in the top 25 – or the top 12 from the Wild Card division – will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Championship for a shot at winning up to $235,000 cash. The winning Strike King co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard. The 2022 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Championship will be held Nov. 3-5 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, and is hosted by Marshall County Tourism and Sports.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Outlaw Ordinance, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X and YETI.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the MLF Toyota Series on the MLF5 social media outlets at Facebook , Instagram and YouTube.


Dube Goes Wire-To-Wire At B.A.S.S. Nation Lead On St. Lawrence

Timothy Dube of Nashua, N. H., has won the 2022 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northeast Regional at St Lawrence River with a three-day total of 62 pounds, 10 ounces.

Photo by Brenden Kanies/B.A.S.S.

June 24, 2022

WADDINGTON, N.Y. — After a rocky start, Timothy Dube of Nashua, N.H., regrouped, secured his limit and claimed a wire-to-wire win at the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northeast Regional at the St. Lawrence River with a three-day total of 62 pounds, 10 ounces.

Setting the Day 1 mark with 23-3, Dube added a second-day limit of 21-4. After entering Championship Friday with a lead of 2-1 over Hamburg, N.Y.’s Billy Gilbert, Dube finished with 18-3 and edged Danny McGarry of Newcastle, Canada, by 1-14.

Dube won the top prize of $5,500 and qualified for the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, which will be held Nov. 9-11 on Pickwick Lake. The top boater and nonboater from each state and the province of Ontario qualified for the championship.

“Eight years ago, I fished my first qualifier and I never thought I’d be here,” Dube said of his win. “I have no words for this.”

The first two days saw Dube enjoying remarkable efficiency by catching his four-bass limit on his first four stops. The final round tested him with an early frustration, but Dube was able to overcome the setback and rally for the win.

“Today was a struggle; it was the first day all week that I’ve lost fish,” Dube said. “I worked on a big fish that was about 5 pounds for about an hour early in the morning, finally got it to bite, and she came off and disappeared.

“I was definitely nervous. I didn’t even have a fish in the boat when I lost that big one and I thought ‘Here we go.’ But I put the train back on the tracks, found some other fish and caught my limit.”

Targeting bottom with a rock/sand/gravel mix, Dube caught his fish on a Ned rig with a 3/8-ounce Swagger Tungsten head and a goby colored Z-Man Finesse T.R.D. and a drop shot with a 1-ounce weight, a No. 1 Owner mosquito hook and a white Berkley MaxScent Flatworm.

Day 1 brought mostly sunny skies, but Day 2 saw dimming cloud cover. Sunshine returned for the final round, but while Dube found the brighter day facilitated his sight fishing, the fish seemed to be in a finicky mood.

“Today it was about reading the mood of the fish and seeing how they reacted,” Dube said. “Today, they wanted it on the bottom, so instead of using a short drop-shot leader, I just used the Ned. I lost two fish on the drop shot today, so I switched over to the Ned and had better hook ups.”

Essential to his success, Dube expanded his territory. For two days, Dube fished upriver in the Alexandria Bay area, where vast land masses in the heart of the famed Thousand Islands region created more of the current breaks that smallmouth need for spawning.

“Today, I went to the Clayton, N.Y., area, past the American Narrows,” Dube said. “There seemed to be more fish pulling up every day in that general area and Alex Bay and this weather pulled even more up.”

Representing the Ontario team, McGarry spent all three days at the tournament’s western boundary where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River. Relying on his knowledge of this area, he turned in daily bags of 21-0, 20-6 and 19-6 to tally 60-12.

“I put probably 300 to 400 miles on my Mercury the past three days,” McGarry said. “I caught a lot of bedding fish and it was a good week.

“I caught my fish in 8 to 12 feet on sparse rock. It’s not everywhere, but when you do find it, they’re usually in it this time of year.”

McGarry caught his fish by drop shotting an XZone Finesse Slammer and a Ned rig with a Z-Man Finesse T.R.D. The drop shot produced the majority of his weight.

“I had to work on all of my fish for about 15 minutes each today,” McGarry said. “They were being tricky and I had to keep switching up baits.”

Brad Brodnicki of Buffalo, N.Y., finished third with 60-8. Focusing on bed fish, he used drop shots and turned in daily weights of 21-4, 20-5 and 18-15.

“Today, I made the run to Clayton,” Brodnicki said. “The first two days, the farthest I went was Morristown. I practiced in Clayton on Tuesday, found some fish and saved them for the third day.

“I had to space it out and today was the day to make that run.”

Thomas Waltz of St. Albans, Vt., won the $500 Big Bass award with a 6-9.

Dube also took home the $500 Garmin Tournament Rewards prize.

Tracy Rich of North Bay, Ontario, won the nonboater division with 36-12. Making his first trip to the St. Lawrence, Rich weighed daily limits of 12-12, 10-8 and 13-8 and earned the top prize of $2,750.

Rich caught his fish on a mix of drop shots with 2.8 Keitech Swing Impact Fat, swimbaits, spy baits, a 4-inch YUM Dinger on a light ball head jig and a Ned.

“The first two days, I fished my baits really slow because we were fishing deeper water,” Rich said. “Today, I had to cast to the bed and let it sit there.”

Cole Moulton of Enfield, N.H., a former member of the Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, won the $250 Big Bass award among nonboaters with a 5-15.

2022 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S Nation Northeastern Regional 6/22-6/24
St. Lawrence River, Waddington NY.
(BOATER) Standings Day 3

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

1. Timothy Dube Nashua , NH (NH) 12 62-10 0
2. Danny McGarry Newcastle CANADA (ON) 12 60-12 0
3. Brad Brodnicki Buffalo, NY (NY) 12 60-08 0
4. Jonathan Dietz Corry, PA (PA) 12 60-06 0
5. Dave Andrews Hudson, MA (NH) 12 59-07 0
6. Aaron Orsi Millbury, MA (MA) 12 59-04 0
7. Harry Colberg Pittsburgh, PA (PA) 12 58-14 0
8. Jesse Spellicy Gouverneur, NY (NY) 12 58-12 0
9. Conor Cahill North East, MD (NJ) 12 58-07 0
10. Dan Patane Canastota, NY (NY) 12 57-04 0
11. Steven Griffith Schellsburg, PA (PA) 12 57-03 0
12. Thomas Waltz St. Albans, VT (VT) 12 56-12 0
13. Tim Talento Meriden, CT (CT) 12 56-09 0
14. Noah Winslow Naugatuck, CT (CT) 12 56-05 0
15. Mike Moran Ruffs Dale, PA (PA) 12 55-10 0
16. Zack Hajecate Wallkill, NY (NY) 12 55-01 0
17. Phil Curtis Rosseau ONTARIO CANADA 12 54-14 0
18. Nicholas Holt Ellsworth, ME (ME) 12 54-01 0
19. Will Rogers Alden, NY (NY) 12 53-12 0
20. Mike Wolfenden Warwick, RI (RI) 12 53-11 0
21. Jeremy Sadowski Voluntown, CT (RI) 12 53-03 0
22. Josh Cotier Clinton, MA (MA) 12 53-00 0
23. Kevin Miller Hollis, NH (NH) 12 52-08 0
24. Michael Iovino Naugatuck, CT (CT) 12 52-07 0
25. James Loomis III Parish, NY (NY) 12 52-02 0
26. Bill Kanwisher Ramsey, NJ (NJ) 12 51-10 0
27. Justin Wooddell Charlestown, NH (NH) 12 51-07 0
28. John Fitzgerald Salisbury, VT (VT) 12 49-04 0
29. Paul Gietka Abingdon, MD (MD) 12 48-00 0
30. Amos Dixon Camden Wyoming, DE (DE) 12 47-07 0
31. Brian Trieschman Ellicott City, MD (MD) 12 45-00 0
32. Billy Gilbert Hamburg, NY (NY) 8 42-06 0
33. Craig Morris Ocean City, DE (DE) 12 42-03 0
34. Keith Aucoin Hollis Center, ME (ME) 12 39-15 0
35. Robert Ramasci Wakefield, MA (MA) 8 35-09 0
36. COOPER Gallant Bowmanville Ontario CAN 8 35-05 0
37. Jesse Magee Williamstown, NJ (NJ) 8 35-05 0
38. Jeff Marianetti Ontario, NY (NY) 8 35-04 0
39. Brandon Labove Mystic, CT (RI) 8 34-15 0
40. Warren Mcrae Havelock CANADA (ON) 8 34-13 0
41. Nicholas Papotto Cheshire, CT (CT) 8 34-05 0
42. Garrett Kruger Monroe, CT (CT) 8 34-00 0
43. Matty Szczoczarz Cumberland, RI (RI) 8 33-15 0
44. Jared Leicht Millville, NJ (NJ) 8 33-05 0
45. Michael Comeau Alburgh, VT (VT) 8 33-03 0
46. Rob Willwerth Medford, NJ (NJ) 8 32-06 0
47. Michael Shay Cheshire, CT (CT) 8 32-04 0
48. Michael Zachodny Nashua, NH (NH) 8 31-14 0
49. Jeffrey Patch Rutland, VT (VT) 8 31-12 0
50. JJ Elmer Red Creek, NY (NY) 8 31-05 0
51. Cliff Humphreys Candler, PA (NJ) 8 31-04 0
52. Kamil Jaskolski Dudley, MA (MA) 8 31-01 0
53. Brian Kline Dysart, PA (PA) 8 31-01 0
54. John Rottman Dudley, MA (MA) 8 30-14 0
55. Andrew Sams Easton, MD (MD) 8 30-12 0
56. Shaun Brown Slippery Rock, PA (PA) 8 30-12 0
57. Stephen Gillis Milford, NH (NH) 8 30-03 0
58. Richard Leadbeater Haddon Heights, NJ (NJ) 8 29-15 0
59. Ed Gauthier Tyngsboro, MA (NH) 8 29-14 0
60. Charlie Russler Hedgesville, WV (MD) 8 29-12 0
61. Ken Bugden Westbrook, CT (VT) 8 29-10 0
62. Robert Brennan Forked River, NJ (NJ) 8 29-04 0
63. John Fortier Sanbornton, NH (NH) 8 28-15 0
64. Mark Burgess Norton, MA (MA) 8 28-15 0
65. Chris Groman West Cornwall, VT (VT) 8 28-11 0
66. Brian Morin Manchester, NH (NH) 8 28-10 0
67. Justin Bronson Glenn Dale, MD (MD) 8 28-09 0
68. Brian La Clair Denton, MD (DE) 8 28-05 0
69. Mark Hogan Milford, DE (DE) 8 27-13 0
70. Jason Hall Hesston, PA (PA) 8 27-12 0
71. Sean Mckee IV Haddon Heights, NJ (NJ) 8 27-09 0
72. Christopher Warren Southington, CT (CT) 8 27-09 0
73. Rick Svoboda Cockeysville , MD (MD) 8 27-08 0
74. Russell Phillips Guilford, CT (VT) 8 27-02 0
75. Tim Dubuc Bowdoinham, ME (ME) 8 27-01 0
76. Patrick Martin St Roch De L Achigan Qu 8 27-01 0
77. Andy Kent Denton, MD (DE) 8 26-01 0
78. Mark Desjardin Vassalboro, ME (ME) 8 25-15 0
79. Mark Cavanaugh Port Perry ONTARIO CANA 8 25-13 0
80. Rodney Oberdick Felton, DE (DE) 8 25-10 0
81. RJ Ricci Cranston, RI (RI) 8 25-09 0
82. Robert Pepe Plainville, CT (CT) 7 25-08 0
83. David Miller Stratford, CT (CT) 8 25-06 0
84. Michael Mello Jr Manville, RI (MA) 8 24-14 0
85. Eric Manseau Lunenburg, MA (NH) 8 24-14 0
86. Chad Shutty Northern Cambria, PA (P 8 24-11 0
87. Chuck Rowlee Fulton, NY (NY) 8 24-06 0
88. David Mathieu Woodstock, CT (VT) 8 24-05 0
89. Mike Roselle La Plata, MD (MD) 8 24-04 0
90. Michael Nutter La Plata, MD (MD) 8 23-14 0
91. Jason Barker Pembroke Ontario CANADA 7 23-13 0
92. Nick Deering Portland, ME (ME) 8 23-09 0
93. Brenden Wood Monmouth, ME (ME) 7 23-05 0
94. David Reiss Westport Island, ME (ME 8 23-04 0
95. Scott Robert Greene, ME (ME) 8 23-03 0
96. Jason Vaughn Laurel, DE (DE) 8 22-02 0
97. Benjamin Hale Rowley, MA (MA) 8 21-12 0
98. Frank McCormick Warwick, RI (RI) 7 21-11 0
99. Deron Eck Kittanning, PA (PA) 8 21-09 0
100. Clayton Grimm Mechanic Falls, ME (ME) 8 21-06 0
101. Travis Surette Petawawa Ontario CANADA 6 21-03 0
102. GL Mitchell Millsboro, DE (DE) 8 21-03 0
103. Steven Dorsey Warwick, RI (RI) 7 21-00 0
104. Tony Kibler Milford, DE (DE) 6 20-04 0
105. Ray Lentine Oxford, MA (MA) 6 19-15 0
106. Richard Martin Chapeau CANADA (ON) 6 19-09 0
107. Robbie Araujo Attleboro, MA (RI) 8 18-09 0
108. Mark Hunter Bowmanville Ontario CAN 8 17-14 0
109. Jean-Marie Landry Pierrefonds Quebec CANA 8 17-13 0
110. Travis Miller Colchester, CT (RI) 8 17-03 0
111. Todd Rose Stafford Springs, CT (C 6 17-00 0
112. Ed String Sewell, NJ (NJ) 6 16-12 0
113. Todd Caddy Carnegie, PA (PA) 4 16-02 0
114. Rod Eshleman Greencastle, PA (MD) 5 15-14 0
115. Charles Sawyer Raymond, ME (ME) 6 14-15 0
116. Joe Van Hoof Pembroke CANADA (ON) 5 14-14 0
117. Woody McKechnie Peabody, MA (MA) 4 14-06 0
118. Brian Croteau Blackstone, MA (RI) 4 14-02 0
119. Jay Walls Milford, DE (DE) 7 13-02 0
120. Garrett Hoffman Swanton, MD (MD) 4 11-00 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 113 467 1862-07
2 108 451 1620-02
3 33 132 562-15
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254 1050 4045-08

TEAM STANDINGS Day 3
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State Lbs-Oz
1 NEW YORK 702-05
2 NEW HAMPSHIRE 617-07
3 CONNECTICUT 600-08
4 PENNSYLVANIA 564-14
5 ONTARIO 539-13
6 NEW JERSEY 523-00
7 VERMONT 503-09
8 MASSACHUSETTS 499-04
9 MARYLAND 482-02
10 RHODE ISLAND 472-05
11 MAINE 457-05
12 DELAWARE 455-08

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 3
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CONNECTICUT
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Tim Talento Meriden, CT 12 56-09 0
2 Noah Winslow Naugatuck, CT 12 56-05 0
3 Michael Iovino Naugatuck, CT 12 52-07 0
4 Nicholas Papotto Cheshire, CT 8 34-05 0
5 Garrett Kruger Monroe, CT 8 34-00 0
6 Michael Shay Cheshire, CT 8 32-04 0
7 Christopher Warren Southington, CT 8 27-09 0
8 Robert Pepe Plainville, CT 7 25-08 0
9 David Miller Stratford, CT 8 25-06 0
10 Todd Rose Stafford Springs, CT 6 17-00 0

DELAWARE
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Amos Dixon Camden Wyoming, DE 12 47-07 0
2 Craig Morris Ocean City, DE 12 42-03 0
3 Brian La Clair Denton, MD 8 28-05 0
4 Mark Hogan Milford, DE 8 27-13 0
5 Andy Kent Denton, MD 8 26-01 0
6 Rodney Oberdick Felton, DE 8 25-10 0
7 Jason Vaughn Laurel, DE 8 22-02 0
8 GL Mitchell Millsboro, DE 8 21-03 0
9 Tony Kibler Milford, DE 6 20-04 0
10 Jay Walls Milford, DE 7 13-02 0

MASSACHUSETTS
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Aaron Orsi Millbury, MA 12 59-04 0
2 Josh Cotier Clinton, MA 12 53-00 0
3 Robert Ramasci Wakefield, MA 8 35-09 0
4 Kamil Jaskolski Dudley, MA 8 31-01 0
5 John Rottman Dudley, MA 8 30-14 0
6 Mark Burgess Norton, MA 8 28-15 0
7 Michael Mello Jr Manville, RI 8 24-14 0
8 Benjamin Hale Rowley, MA 8 21-12 0
9 Ray Lentine Oxford, MA 6 19-15 0
10 Woody McKechnie Peabody, MA 4 14-06 0

MARYLAND
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Paul Gietka Abingdon, MD 12 48-00 0
2 Brian Trieschman Ellicott City, MD 12 45-00 0
3 Andrew Sams Easton, MD 8 30-12 0
4 Charlie Russler Hedgesville, WV 8 29-12 0
5 Justin Bronson Glenn Dale, MD 8 28-09 0
6 Rick Svoboda Cockeysville , MD 8 27-08 0
7 Mike Roselle La Plata, MD 8 24-04 0
8 Michael Nutter La Plata, MD 8 23-14 0
9 Rod Eshleman Greencastle, PA 5 15-14 0
10 Garrett Hoffman Swanton, MD 4 11-00 0

MAINE
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Nicholas Holt Ellsworth, ME 12 54-01 0
2 Keith Aucoin Hollis Center, ME 12 39-15 0
3 Tim Dubuc Bowdoinham, ME 8 27-01 0
4 Mark Desjardin Vassalboro, ME 8 25-15 0
5 Nick Deering Portland, ME 8 23-09 0
6 Brenden Wood Monmouth, ME 7 23-05 0
7 David Reiss Westport Island, ME 8 23-04 0
8 Scott Robert Greene, ME 8 23-03 0
9 Clayton Grimm Mechanic Falls, ME 8 21-06 0
10 Charles Sawyer Raymond, ME 6 14-15 0

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Timothy Dube Nashua , NH 12 62-10 0
2 Dave Andrews Hudson, MA 12 59-07 0
3 Kevin Miller Hollis, NH 12 52-08 0
4 Justin Wooddell Charlestown, NH 12 51-07 0
5 Michael Zachodny Nashua, NH 8 31-14 0
6 Stephen Gillis Milford, NH 8 30-03 0
7 Ed Gauthier Tyngsboro, MA 8 29-14 0
8 John Fortier Sanbornton, NH 8 28-15 0
9 Brian Morin Manchester, NH 8 28-10 0
10 Eric Manseau Lunenburg, MA 8 24-14 0

NEW JERSEY
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Conor Cahill North East, MD 12 58-07 0
2 Bill Kanwisher Ramsey, NJ 12 51-10 0
3 Jesse Magee Williamstown, NJ 8 35-05 0
4 Jared Leicht Millville, NJ 8 33-05 0
5 Rob Willwerth Medford, NJ 8 32-06 0
6 Cliff Humphreys Candler, PA 8 31-04 0
7 Richard Leadbeater Haddon Heights, NJ 8 29-15 0
8 Robert Brennan Forked River, NJ 8 29-04 0
9 Sean Mckee IV Haddon Heights, NJ 8 27-09 0
10 Ed String Sewell, NJ 6 16-12 0

NEW YORK
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Brad Brodnicki Buffalo, NY 12 60-08 0
2 Jesse Spellicy Gouverneur, NY 12 58-12 0
3 Dan Patane Canastota, NY 12 57-04 0
4 Zack Hajecate Wallkill, NY 12 55-01 0
5 Will Rogers Alden, NY 12 53-12 0
6 James Loomis III Parish, NY 12 52-02 0
7 Billy Gilbert Hamburg, NY 8 42-06 0
8 Jeff Marianetti Ontario, NY 8 35-04 0
9 JJ Elmer Red Creek, NY 8 31-05 0
10 Chuck Rowlee Fulton, NY 8 24-06 0

PENNSYLVANIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jonathan Dietz Corry, PA 12 60-06 0
2 Harry Colberg Pittsburgh, PA 12 58-14 0
3 Steven Griffith Schellsburg, PA 12 57-03 0
4 Mike Moran Ruffs Dale, PA 12 55-10 0
5 Brian Kline Dysart, PA 8 31-01 0
6 Shaun Brown Slippery Rock, PA 8 30-12 0
7 Jason Hall Hesston, PA 8 27-12 0
8 Chad Shutty Northern Cambria, PA 8 24-11 0
9 Deron Eck Kittanning, PA 8 21-09 0
10 Todd Caddy Carnegie, PA 4 16-02 0

RHODE ISLAND
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Mike Wolfenden Warwick, RI 12 53-11 0
2 Jeremy Sadowski Voluntown, CT 12 53-03 0
3 Brandon Labove Mystic, CT 8 34-15 0
4 Matty Szczoczarz Cumberland, RI 8 33-15 0
5 RJ Ricci Cranston, RI 8 25-09 0
6 Frank McCormick Warwick, RI 7 21-11 0
7 Steven Dorsey Warwick, RI 7 21-00 0
8 Robbie Araujo Attleboro, MA 8 18-09 0
9 Travis Miller Colchester, CT 8 17-03 0
10 Brian Croteau Blackstone, MA 4 14-02 0

VERMONT
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Thomas Waltz St. Albans, VT 12 56-12 0
2 John Fitzgerald Salisbury, VT 12 49-04 0
3 Michael Comeau Alburgh, VT 8 33-03 0
4 Jeffrey Patch Rutland, VT 8 31-12 0
5 Ken Bugden Westbrook, CT 8 29-10 0
6 Chris Groman West Cornwall, VT 8 28-11 0
7 Russell Phillips Guilford, CT 8 27-02 0
8 Patrick Martin St Roch De L Achigan Qu 8 27-01 0
9 David Mathieu Woodstock, CT 8 24-05 0
10 Jean-Marie Landry Pierrefonds Quebec CANA 8 17-13 0

ONTARIO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Danny McGarry Newcastle CANADA 12 60-12 0
2 Phil Curtis Rosseau ONTARIO CANADA 12 54-14 0
3 COOPER Gallant Bowmanville Ontario CAN 8 35-05 0
4 Warren Mcrae Havelock CANADA 8 34-13 0
5 Mark Cavanaugh Port Perry ONTARIO CANA 8 25-13 0
6 Jason Barker Pembroke Ontario CANADA 7 23-13 0
7 Travis Surette Petawawa Ontario CANADA 6 21-03 0
8 Richard Martin Chapeau CANADA 6 19-09 0
9 Mark Hunter Bowmanville Ontario CAN 8 17-14 0
10 Joe Van Hoof Pembroke CANADA 5 14-14 0

2022 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S Nation Northeastern Regional 6/22-6/24
St. Lawrence River, Waddington NY.
(NON_BOATER) Standings Day 3

Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$

1. Tracy Rich North Bay CANADA (ON) 9 36-12 0
2. JT Fitzgerald Lincoln, DE (DE) 9 36-08 0
3. Peter Owen Barnstead, NH (NH) 9 36-00 0
4. Jacob Zaremski Rochester, NY (NY) 9 35-15 0
5. Lewis Mendall Winthrop, MA (RI) 9 35-08 0
6. Cory Badman Syracuse, NY (NY) 9 35-05 0
7. Larry Taylor Blades, DE (DE) 9 35-01 0
8. Ricky Schlauch Chester, MD (MD) 9 35-00 0
9. Cole Moulton Enfield, NH (NH) 9 34-12 0
10. Anthony Dulac Harpswell, ME (ME) 9 34-06 0
11. Tynan Manns Depp River CANADA (ON) 9 33-11 0
12. Josh Giran Elizabeth, PA (PA) 9 33-08 0
13. Josh Herting Sudbury, MA (MA) 9 33-06 0
14. Devin Hines West Haven, CT (CT) 9 33-01 0
15. Rob Ross Hopedale, MA (NH) 9 33-00 0
16. Brian Marino Vineland, NJ (NJ) 9 32-14 0
17. Joshua Smith Coventry, RI (RI) 9 32-14 0
18. Tyler Ashick Pembroke CANADA (ON) 9 32-11 0
19. Max Meister Atco, NJ (NJ) 9 32-06 0
20. Evan Young Hancock, ME (ME) 9 32-04 0
21. Craig Winegardner West River, MD (MD) 9 31-14 0
22. Tyler Rush Clearville, PA (PA) 9 31-12 0
23. Ryan Gould Syracuse, NY (NY) 9 31-06 0
24. Eric Cavallaro Wallingford, CT (CT) 9 31-05 0
25. Garrett Sicely Albany, VT (VT) 9 31-03 0
26. David Torres Fallston, MD (MD) 9 31-03 0
27. Ronald Humiston Oakville, CT (CT) 9 30-15 0
28. Travis Turcotte Pembroke CANADA (ON) 9 30-14 0
29. Gary Belanger Southington, CT (CT) 9 30-13 0
30. Matthew Furtado Attleboro, MA (MA) 9 30-13 0
31. Chris Heltemes Coventry, RI (MA) 9 30-04 0
32. David Schori Petawawa CANADA (ON) 9 29-08 0
33. John Zera Newington, CT (CT) 8 28-05 0
34. Casey Baroffio Northfield, VT (VT) 9 27-09 0
35. Robert Rull Coventry, RI (RI) 6 20-12 0
36. Peter Knight Fulton, NY (NY) 6 20-10 0
37. Chris Adams Bow, NH (NH) 6 20-01 0
38. Jacob Patch Rutland, VT (VT) 6 20-00 0
39. Joe Puller Middle River, MD (MD) 6 19-13 0
40. Mario Villegas North Kingstown, RI (RI 6 19-08 0
41. TJ Dobs Oneida , NY (NY) 5 19-06 0
42. Mike Bell Lisbon, NY (NY) 6 19-03 0
43. Neil Talento Meriden, CT (CT) 6 19-02 0
44. Andrew Sellers Richmond, NH (VT) 6 19-01 0
45. Nick Nelson Walden, NY (NY) 6 19-01 0
46. Jason Muir Milford, DE (DE) 6 18-12 0
47. Jp Harrell Chevy Chase, MD (MD) 6 18-08 0
48. Eric Moulton Enfield, NH (NH) 6 18-06 0
49. Cooper Gilroy Middlebury, CT (CT) 6 18-06 0
50. Paul Decker Milford, PA (NY) 6 18-04 0
51. Zachary McNaughton Proctorsville, VT (VT) 6 18-04 0
52. Michael Schrader North Attleboro, MA (RI 6 18-03 0
53. Alicia Raytrowsky Delaware CANADA (ON) 6 17-15 0
54. Tyler Stratton Manchester, NH (NH) 6 17-14 0
55. Sammy Chhoeun Fall River, MA (MA) 5 17-12 0
56. Corey Kennington Eden, MD (DE) 6 17-11 0
57. Evan Miller Cumberland, ME (ME) 6 17-11 0
58. Armand Fortier Farmington, CT (CT) 6 17-10 0
59. Mac Maccallini Not Hispanic Or Latino, 6 17-09 0
60. Bobby Smith Laurel, DE (DE) 6 17-07 0
61. Vic Guimond Sidney , ME (ME) 6 17-07 0
62. Terin Damron Gorham, ME (ME) 5 17-05 0
63. Rick Ryver Philipsburg, PA (PA) 6 17-04 0
64. Jake Haas Elmer, NJ (NJ) 6 17-04 0
65. Dominick Krause Pennellville, NY (NY) 6 17-02 0
66. Matt Evans Pittsburg, PA (PA) 6 16-15 0
67. Mark Pryal Silver Springs, MD (MD) 6 16-11 0
68. Leno Corazzi Fredericktown, PA (PA) 6 16-08 0
69. Brian Jarvis Coventry, RI (RI) 6 16-07 0
70. Dave Haas Sewell, NJ (NJ) 6 16-03 0
71. Olivia Baroffio Northfield, VT (VT) 6 16-03 0
72. Jeffrey Perron South Berwick, ME (NH) 6 16-02 0
73. John Foster Byfield, MA (NH) 6 16-01 0
74. Bob Stella Middletown, CT (CT) 5 15-14 0
75. Jake Fordyce New Alexandria, PA (PA) 5 15-14 0
76. Jacob Muir Milford, DE (DE) 6 15-14 0
77. Luke Dixon Ridgley, MD (DE) 6 15-08 0
78. Mark Westrick Hastings, PA (PA) 5 15-07 0
79. Dayton Lilly Hope Valley, RI (RI) 6 15-07 0
80. Joe Buthusiem Collingswood, NJ (NJ) 6 15-06 0
81. Richard Carr Jefferson, MD (MD) 6 15-06 0
82. Pannha Mouangkhoua Montgomery, NY (NY) 6 15-05 0
83. Ken Nantais Markham CANADA (ON) 6 15-05 0
84. Guiseppe Andreoli Harrisville, RI (MA) 6 15-03 0
85. Jeffrey Graiff Vineland, NJ (NJ) 6 15-02 0
86. Norio Angelo New Salem, PA (PA) 6 14-15 0
87. Dana Stevens West Kennebunk, ME (ME) 5 14-12 0
88. Victor Papaiz St. Catharines CANADA ( 6 14-04 0
89. Bob Wetzler Rutland, VT (VT) 6 14-01 0
90. Jim Morris Jr Milford, CT (CT) 4 13-12 0
91. Frank Hutchinson Wenonah, NJ (NJ) 5 13-12 0
92. Buck Buckley Jackson, NJ (NJ) 6 13-12 0
93. Timothy Yandow Essex Junction, VT (VT) 6 13-10 0
94. Stacey Manseau Lunenburg, MA (NH) 4 13-10 0
95. Dave Metivier Gray, ME (ME) 4 13-06 0
96. Vincent Melfi Bellmawr, NJ (NJ) 5 13-03 0
97. Chris Washinger Chambersburg, PA (PA) 6 13-00 0
98. Chandler Lowe Harrison, ME (ME) 4 12-10 0
99. Ron Gilbert South China, ME (ME) 4 12-08 0
100. Anthony Dube Etobicoke Ontario CANAD 4 11-14 0
101. Justin Mccarthy Tiverton, RI (MA) 3 11-13 0
102. Larry Wigmore Smyrna, DE (DE) 4 11-11 0
103. Logan Riley Westport, MA (MA) 4 11-08 0
104. Greg Decell Bridgewater, VT (VT) 3 11-06 0
105. David Pfeiffer Milton Mills, NH (NH) 3 11-03 0
106. James Blue Canton, MA (MA) 5 10-14 0
107. Jerry Ramasci Wakefield, MA (MA) 6 10-09 0
108. Domenic Malaga Warwick, RI (RI) 3 10-03 0
109. Steven Davis Dover, PA (MD) 3 09-02 0
110. Brian Lipe Gorham, ME (ME) 3 08-06 0
111. Brian Haley Toronto CANADA (ON) 3 08-01 0
112. Donald Rider Jr Smyrna, DE (DE) 3 07-08 0
113. Matthew Breach Douglas, MA (MA) 3 07-08 0
114. Scott Reilly Hammonton, NJ (NJ) 3 07-05 0
115. David Dias Brattleboro, VT (VT) 2 06-11 0
116. John Sirochman Monogahela, PA (PA) 4 05-11 0
117. Steven Conde Chepachet, RI (RI) 3 05-08 0
118. Greg Darling Frederica, DE (DE) 3 05-06 0
119. Kevin Plouffe Warwick, RI (RI) 2 04-01 0
120. Jerry Brown Jr Hagerstown, MD (MD) 1 02-07 0
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 106 336 1078-00
2 96 307 944-06
3 33 101 350-02
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235 744 2372-08

TEAM STANDINGS Day 3
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State Lbs-Oz
1 NEW YORK 702-05
2 NEW HAMPSHIRE 617-07
3 CONNECTICUT 600-08
4 PENNSYLVANIA 564-14
5 ONTARIO 539-13
6 NEW JERSEY 523-00
7 VERMONT 503-09
8 MASSACHUSETTS 499-04
9 MARYLAND 482-02
10 RHODE ISLAND 472-05
11 MAINE 457-05
12 DELAWARE 455-08

INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS Day 3
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CONNECTICUT
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Devin Hines West Haven, CT 9 33-01 0
2 Eric Cavallaro Wallingford, CT 9 31-05 0
3 Ronald Humiston Oakville, CT 9 30-15 0
4 Gary Belanger Southington, CT 9 30-13 0
5 John Zera Newington, CT 8 28-05 0
6 Neil Talento Meriden, CT 6 19-02 0
7 Cooper Gilroy Middlebury, CT 6 18-06 0
8 Armand Fortier Farmington, CT 6 17-10 0
9 Bob Stella Middletown, CT 5 15-14 0
10 Jim Morris Jr Milford, CT 4 13-12 0

DELAWARE
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 JT Fitzgerald Lincoln, DE 9 36-08 0
2 Larry Taylor Blades, DE 9 35-01 0
3 Jason Muir Milford, DE 6 18-12 0
4 Corey Kennington Eden, MD 6 17-11 0
5 Bobby Smith Laurel, DE 6 17-07 0
6 Jacob Muir Milford, DE 6 15-14 0
7 Luke Dixon Ridgley, MD 6 15-08 0
8 Larry Wigmore Smyrna, DE 4 11-11 0
9 Donald Rider Jr Smyrna, DE 3 07-08 0
10 Greg Darling Frederica, DE 3 05-06 0

MASSACHUSETTS
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Josh Herting Sudbury, MA 9 33-06 0
2 Matthew Furtado Attleboro, MA 9 30-13 0
3 Chris Heltemes Coventry, RI 9 30-04 0
4 Sammy Chhoeun Fall River, MA 5 17-12 0
5 Guiseppe Andreoli Harrisville, RI 6 15-03 0
6 Justin Mccarthy Tiverton, RI 3 11-13 0
7 Logan Riley Westport, MA 4 11-08 0
8 James Blue Canton, MA 5 10-14 0
9 Jerry Ramasci Wakefield, MA 6 10-09 0
10 Matthew Breach Douglas, MA 3 07-08 0

MARYLAND
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Ricky Schlauch Chester, MD 9 35-00 0
2 Craig Winegardner West River, MD 9 31-14 0
3 David Torres Fallston, MD 9 31-03 0
4 Joe Puller Middle River, MD 6 19-13 0
5 Jp Harrell Chevy Chase, MD 6 18-08 0
6 Mac Maccallini Not Hispanic Or Latino, 6 17-09 0
7 Mark Pryal Silver Springs, MD 6 16-11 0
8 Richard Carr Jefferson, MD 6 15-06 0
9 Steven Davis Dover, PA 3 09-02 0
10 Jerry Brown Jr Hagerstown, MD 1 02-07 0

MAINE
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Anthony Dulac Harpswell, ME 9 34-06 0
2 Evan Young Hancock, ME 9 32-04 0
3 Evan Miller Cumberland, ME 6 17-11 0
4 Vic Guimond Sidney , ME 6 17-07 0
5 Terin Damron Gorham, ME 5 17-05 0
6 Dana Stevens West Kennebunk, ME 5 14-12 0
7 Dave Metivier Gray, ME 4 13-06 0
8 Chandler Lowe Harrison, ME 4 12-10 0
9 Ron Gilbert South China, ME 4 12-08 0
10 Brian Lipe Gorham, ME 3 08-06 0

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Peter Owen Barnstead, NH 9 36-00 0
2 Cole Moulton Enfield, NH 9 34-12 0
3 Rob Ross Hopedale, MA 9 33-00 0
4 Chris Adams Bow, NH 6 20-01 0
5 Eric Moulton Enfield, NH 6 18-06 0
6 Tyler Stratton Manchester, NH 6 17-14 0
7 Jeffrey Perron South Berwick, ME 6 16-02 0
8 John Foster Byfield, MA 6 16-01 0
9 Stacey Manseau Lunenburg, MA 4 13-10 0
10 David Pfeiffer Milton Mills, NH 3 11-03 0

NEW JERSEY
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Brian Marino Vineland, NJ 9 32-14 0
2 Max Meister Atco, NJ 9 32-06 0
3 Jake Haas Elmer, NJ 6 17-04 0
4 Dave Haas Sewell, NJ 6 16-03 0
5 Joe Buthusiem Collingswood, NJ 6 15-06 0
6 Jeffrey Graiff Vineland, NJ 6 15-02 0
7 Frank Hutchinson Wenonah, NJ 5 13-12 0
8 Buck Buckley Jackson, NJ 6 13-12 0
9 Vincent Melfi Bellmawr, NJ 5 13-03 0
10 Scott Reilly Hammonton, NJ 3 07-05 0

NEW YORK
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Jacob Zaremski Rochester, NY 9 35-15 0
2 Cory Badman Syracuse, NY 9 35-05 0
3 Ryan Gould Syracuse, NY 9 31-06 0
4 Peter Knight Fulton, NY 6 20-10 0
5 TJ Dobs Oneida , NY 5 19-06 0
6 Mike Bell Lisbon, NY 6 19-03 0
7 Nick Nelson Walden, NY 6 19-01 0
8 Paul Decker Milford, PA 6 18-04 0
9 Dominick Krause Pennellville, NY 6 17-02 0
10 Pannha Mouangkhoua Montgomery, NY 6 15-05 0

PENNSYLVANIA
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Josh Giran Elizabeth, PA 9 33-08 0
2 Tyler Rush Clearville, PA 9 31-12 0
3 Rick Ryver Philipsburg, PA 6 17-04 0
4 Matt Evans Pittsburg, PA 6 16-15 0
5 Leno Corazzi Fredericktown, PA 6 16-08 0
6 Jake Fordyce New Alexandria, PA 5 15-14 0
7 Mark Westrick Hastings, PA 5 15-07 0
8 Norio Angelo New Salem, PA 6 14-15 0
9 Chris Washinger Chambersburg, PA 6 13-00 0
10 John Sirochman Monogahela, PA 4 05-11 0

RHODE ISLAND
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Lewis Mendall Winthrop, MA 9 35-08 0
2 Joshua Smith Coventry, RI 9 32-14 0
3 Robert Rull Coventry, RI 6 20-12 0
4 Mario Villegas North Kingstown, RI 6 19-08 0
5 Michael Schrader North Attleboro, MA 6 18-03 0
6 Brian Jarvis Coventry, RI 6 16-07 0
7 Dayton Lilly Hope Valley, RI 6 15-07 0
8 Domenic Malaga Warwick, RI 3 10-03 0
9 Steven Conde Chepachet, RI 3 05-08 0
10 Kevin Plouffe Warwick, RI 2 04-01 0

VERMONT
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Garrett Sicely Albany, VT 9 31-03 0
2 Casey Baroffio Northfield, VT 9 27-09 0
3 Jacob Patch Rutland, VT 6 20-00 0
4 Andrew Sellers Richmond, NH 6 19-01 0
5 Zachary McNaughton Proctorsville, VT 6 18-04 0
6 Olivia Baroffio Northfield, VT 6 16-03 0
7 Bob Wetzler Rutland, VT 6 14-01 0
8 Timothy Yandow Essex Junction, VT 6 13-10 0
9 Greg Decell Bridgewater, VT 3 11-06 0
10 David Dias Brattleboro, VT 2 06-11 0

ONTARIO
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Total $$$
1 Tracy Rich North Bay CANADA 9 36-12 0
2 Tynan Manns Depp River CANADA 9 33-11 0
3 Tyler Ashick Pembroke CANADA 9 32-11 0
4 Travis Turcotte Pembroke CANADA 9 30-14 0
5 David Schori Petawawa CANADA 9 29-08 0
6 Alicia Raytrowsky Delaware CANADA 6 17-15 0
7 Ken Nantais Markham CANADA 6 15-05 0
8 Victor Papaiz St. Catharines CANADA 6 14-04 0
9 Anthony Dube Etobicoke Ontario CANAD 4 11-14 0
10 Brian Haley Toronto CANADA 3 08-01 0


Morgenthaler Retiring From Bassmaster Elite Series

June 23, 2022

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — After making the decision to pursue angling full-time 19 years ago, Bassmaster Elite Series pro Chad Morgenthaler of Reeds Spring, Mo., is retiring from the circuit, effective immediately.

“The plan all along was for this to be my final season. Due to rapidly changing times, I’m starting another new chapter a few months earlier than planned,” said Morgenthaler in a letter to fans on Bassmaster.com. “My desire to help anglers achieve their goals is back stronger than ever. I will now be able to share the skills, lessons and experiences gained along my journey.”

Morgenthaler — along with help from other talented anglers and friends — is starting FutureCast Academy, a skills development, coaching, mentoring and hands-on program designed for anglers of all ages. Classes will be available to benefit anglers hoping to climb the bass fishing ladder or just have fun catching more fish.

In his B.A.S.S. career, Morgenthaler has qualified for seven Bassmaster Classics, amassed 21 Top 10 finishes and earned two victories, the 2013 Bassmaster Classic Wild Card on Lake Okeechobee and the 2015 Southern Open on Lake Tohopekaliga.

“I will always cherish those memories, experiences, the lifelong friends I’ve made and competing in some of the most beautiful places our country has to offer,” said Morgenthaler. “I know in my heart, this is the right choice. To all my friends, family, partners, and most of all the fans that make it all possible, thank you, I’m forever grateful.”


Iowa And Upper Mississippi Host B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional

Clinton, Iowa, will host the 2022 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional at Upper Mississippi River June 29-July 1.

Photo by Kara Pasma/B.A.S.S.

June 23, 2022

CLINTON, Iowa — Anglers qualified for the 2022 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional at Upper Mississippi River June 29-July 1 will tackle a new section of the river this time around, making for a unique tournament with a lot of question marks.

Fans have watched several Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments, as well as the 2021 B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional, launch out of La Crosse, Wis., and compete out of Pools 7, 8 and 9. This year, Nation anglers representing nine Northern states will launch out of Clinton, Iowa, and will have access to Pools 13, 14 and 15.

Even Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Jay Przekurat of Stevens Point, Wis., who has grown up on the more northern portions of the Upper Mississippi River, has not spent much time on these particular pools but knows it will set up similarly to the rest of the river system.

“A place like this hasn’t seen as much tournament pressure as La Crosse has seen,” Przekurat said. “I feel like you can find smaller areas that have more fish and you can probably have them more to yourself and they haven’t been beat up as much.”

When anglers arrive, Przekurat said the bass will likely be done with their spawning routine and moving toward their summer holes.

“That will be a postspawn period for sure and when all the vegetation will be growing to the highest point,” the Wisconsin native said. “Generally, in that later part of June, the water is a little higher. But it depends on what type of weather we are having. I would expect largemouth to play the most. The smallmouth tend to be bigger in the upper pools.”

The major difference, however, is Pools 13, 14 and 15 do not have expansive backwaters like the areas around La Crosse. The bass on the lower pools are more current-oriented, and that causes them to group up more around various current breaks.

“Pools 7 and 8 have so many more backwaters and the lower pools are more of a straight river with smaller backwaters,” Przekurat said.

Cut banks, sand drops and isolated targets like wood and laydowns will be important players, and Pzrekurat added that there aren’t as many hard bottom areas in the lower pools.

Anglers will launch from Clinton Marina starting at 5:30 a.m. CT and will return for weigh-in beginning at 2 p.m. This is the final Nation Regional for the 2022 season, and the top boater and nonboater from each state at the end of the tournament will advance to the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, which will be held Nov. 9-11 on Pickwick Lake.


RYAN SALZMAN WINS 100K AT BASS PRO TOUR WATT’S BAR WITH BAITFUEL

BaitFuel factors Big for the Bass Pro Tour Rookie’s First Major Career Win

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS – June 14, 2022. “I’m not sponsored by them, but DUDE it works!” and with that Ryan Salzman let his secret out on what was giving him the edge over his competitors during Stage Five of the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour at Watt’s Bar.

Salzman spent his entire week focusing on an area above the Watt’s Bar Dam, primarily drop-shotting with BaitFuel applied on a Roboworm in Morning Dawn color. 

“I seriously won because of BaitFuel!” said Salzman. “When it was slow, I could consistently pitch my drop shot to a fish I’d see on my Lowrance Active Target, and it wouldn’t bite. I’d put some BaitFuel directly on the worm and boom! He’d eat! It’s one thing to think scent gives you an advantage, but to watch BaitFuel consistently get inactive fish to go in real time shows it’s the real deal!”

Salzman had the Tennessee Valley Authority dam to himself all week, which allowed him to slowly pick apart key areas with his drop shot targeting both active and inactive fish. BaitFuel was critical in triggering those fish to bite and rack up enough weight to take home the win and the $100,000 prize.

BaitFuel Gel works with any bait type. It can easily be added to your favorite bag of soft plastics to marinate your baits overnight or on tournament day, giving you the full power of BaitFuel with every cast. Because it’s a gel, BaitFuel will stay on longer and is super-slick to help your lure slide through cover easier. Unlike other scents, BaitFuel Gel is virtually odorless to humans and won’t stain your carpets.

BaitFuel products have undergone extensive scientific research and testing to ensure the mix of bite-inducing ingredients is fully optimized for maximum performance in both BaitFuel Gel and BaitFuel integrated soft plastics. BaitFuel is supercharged with F.A.S.T. (Fish Active Scent Technology), water-based technology that releases scent easily and mimics the smell and taste of actual prey. 

BaitFuel provokes key predatory aggression habits in fish, stimulating more bites and longer hold times for your bait. It keeps fish biting, cast after cast, even on pressured bass by creating a supercharged scent cloud behind your bait. BaitFuel expands your strike zone and brings more fish to your bait.

 

Learn more about BaitFuel by visiting BaitFuel.com


Major League Fishing Donates 300+ Pounds of Catfish Meat to Richmond’s Beacon Hill Church and Hunters for the Hungry – Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (June 22, 2022) – Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Nick LeBrun wasn’t the only winner this past week at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River Presented by PowerStop Brakes in Richmond, Virginia. The Bossier City, Louisiana, native pocketed a nice $100,000 paycheck Sunday after earning the tournament victory, but local homeless and food poor individuals in the Richmond and Hopewell communities are also benefiting from the event this weekend.

After the MLF Festival concluded on Sunday, the live catfish from the Kid’s Fishing Tanks (more than 300 pounds) were donated to the Hunters for the Hungry – Virginia, in partnership with Beacon Hill Church. Hunters for the Hungry - Virginia, a 501(c)(3) charity, has been helping feed those in need since 1991 and provided more than 29.6 million servings since their program began.

“This donation is such a huge blessing for us,” said Dr. Michael Moore, Lead Pastor of Hopewell’s Beacon Hill Church. “We have a lot of food poor in our community, and a lot of needy individuals will benefit from this meat. We’ve got a crew ready to clean these fish, and we’ll package it up and hand them out to people that need it in our community. This fish is going to go a long way to making sure that people can eat, today, and we are very grateful.”

The four-day MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River Presented by PowerStop Brakes was hosted by Richmond Region Tourism in cooperation with the Henrico Sports & Entertainment Authority. The event will premiere on the CBS Sports Network in early September.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on the MLF5 social media outlets at FacebookInstagram and  YouTube.


B.A.S.S. And Shimano To Award First Helen Sevier Pioneer Scholarships

June 22, 2022

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — B.A.S.S. and Shimano are partnering to award the first Helen Sevier Pioneer Scholarships to deserving female high school anglers who want to pursue competitive fishing at the college level. The two $2,500 scholarships honor Sevier’s leadership and long-term vision for the growth of sportfishing.

“B.A.S.S. is excited to partner with Shimano on the Helen Sevier Pioneer Scholarship. This partnership provides an outstanding opportunity to honor the incredible legacy and impact that former B.A.S.S. CEO Helen Sevier had on the entire sportfishing industry. Female participation is higher in our youth tournament trails, and supporting the scholarship is a wonderful opportunity to encourage and support driven female anglers as they look to take their fishing to the next level,” said Chase Anderson, B.A.S.S. CEO.

Scholarship applications are being accepted until July 15, 2022, and after being reviewed by a panel of judges from Shimano and B.A.S.S., including Sevier, the recipients will be honored at the 2022 Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Sevier, just the second full-time member of B.A.S.S. hired by founder Ray Scott in 1970, was a pioneer at all levels of the organization. During her 31-year career at B.A.S.S., Sevier oversaw a boom in membership — the organization boasted more than 600,000 members when she sold to ESPN in 2001 — as well as the expansion of Bassmaster’s media operation to include seven magazines and two television shows, including the iconic TV program, The Bassmasters. Sevier was also instrumental in recruiting young people to the sport through the innovative CastingKids program. In 2004, Sevier was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, and her induction into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame came in 2018.

“Helen Sevier broke down invisible barriers in the fishing industry. In doing so, she paved a path forward for future female anglers and leaders,” said Sarah Harper Burke, Senior Marketing Manager, Shimano North America Fishing. “Shimano is proud to support the Helen Sevier Pioneer Scholarship in 2022 to continue in and share her vision of growth in sportfishing. This scholarship will help ensure future ‘pioneers’ have support and recognition in their endeavors to compete at the college level.”

To be eligible for the inaugural Helen Sevier Pioneer Scholarship, the female angler must be a rising senior or recent high school graduate and B.A.S.S. member with plans to fish competitively at a four-year college or university, two-year college or university or vocational school.

More information on the scholarship requirements can be found at Bassmaster.com/Sevier-Scholarship or by contacting [email protected]


Consistency Gives Virginia’s Largen Lead In Bassmaster Kayak Angler Of The Year Race

After a win at the 2022 Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series at Harris Chain powered by TourneyX and two other Top 10 finishes, Justin Largen of Roanoke, Va., is leading the Old Town Bassmaster Kayak Series Angler of the Year race with one event left in the season.

Photo by Mark Cisneros/B.A.S.S.

June 21, 2022

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — With a fifth-place finish at the Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series at Lewis Smith Lake powered by TourneyX, Justin Largen of Roanoke, Va., grabbed the lead in the Old Town Bassmaster Kayak Series Angler of the Year standings with 972 points. Largen logged his third Top 10 finish of the year at Smith Lake, adding to a season that includes a victory at the Harris Chain of Lakes and an eighth-place showing at Grand Lake.

“Going into Grand and into Smith, they weren’t places I have fished before, and I didn’t have a ton of confidence, but my goal was to be competitive and stay relevant,” Largen said. “Don’t have a bomb and take myself out of it. To be leading it feels great.”

Largen is followed closely by West Virginia’s Larry Edwards (967 points) and Arkansas angler Garrett Morgan (950), who led the AOY standings through the season’s first three events.

After lackluster tournaments before the start of the Bassmaster Kayak Series season, Largen arrived at Texas’ Lake Fork in February to freezing, low-water conditions but figured out a pattern that helped him grind out an 18th-place finish.

“Fork was really a turning point for me,” he said. “It was tough fishing, and the first day I had one bass and was 66th out of 150. The second day I decided I needed to get bites and picked up a spinning rod. I had seen a turtle at some point on Day 1 near the surface and didn’t think a whole lot of it. But later that night I started thinking that the surface water was a little warmer and that the fish might be holding shallower. I was dragging a Carolina rig and maybe I was dragging it underneath them. So on the second day, all I did was fish a wacky-rigged Missile (Baits) 48 worm on 6-pound line, and it was like a different lake. I had 95 inches.”

Largen then went to Florida and won at the Harris Chain, giving him his first national-level victory in a field of anglers he greatly respects.

“When I saw B.A.S.S. was doing an Angler of the Year, I signed up for all of them right away,” he said. “The win was huge for me. It was my first win at a national level, and there were a bunch of big names fishing. It was a huge confidence boost.”

Growing up on the Potomac River, Largen has grown into a power fisherman and would try to force a power bite during tough days. But this season, Largen has been more willing to pick up a spinning rod and finesse fish more, an attitude change that has made all the difference this season.

“That was something I noticed last year I wasn’t doing a lot of. I might bring a spinning rod or two, but I would try and force the power fishing,” he said. “This year, I have kept a spinning rod in my hand when it has been tough or the fish have had a lot of pressure. A lot of the lakes we’ve fished have been really pressured, and I have caught a lot of fish with that spinning rod.”

Largen added that a simpler approach has also helped his confidence.

“I’m not taking quite as much gear,” he said. “I own a ton of stuff, but I found the more things you take the more weight is in the boat. In addition to cluttering the boat, it clutters my head. Just having the Missile line of plastics and jigs, I can eliminate a lot of extra stuff, and if I’m not getting bit, I need to change techniques and think about the rate of fall.”

The Old Town Bassmaster Kayak Series Angler of the Year will be decided by an angler’s four best finishes. The worst finish for each angler who fished all five regular-season tournaments will be dropped.

With this format, there is still plenty to be decided.

The 2022 season wraps up Oct. 8-9 at the Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series at Pickwick Lake powered by TourneyX.


Fitzpatrick Victorious at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on the Wolf River Chain of Lakes

Jenkins Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

WINNECONNE, Wis. (June 20, 2022) – Boater Brian Fitzpatrick of La Crosse, Wisconsin, caught five bass Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on the Wolf River Chain of Lakes . The tournament was the third event for the Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division. Fitzpatrick earned $3,963 for his victory.

“I started off catching a few pretty quick,” Fitzpatrick said. “You know, just putting some in the boat. That always helps out mentally. I was just running around, hitting a bunch of areas and fishing fast.”

Fitzpatrick said he employed a swim jig and a buzzbait to cover water quickly and boated 20 to 25 bass during the course of the day, 15 of which were keepers.

“Around mid-day I got rid of a couple of 14-inchers I had and knew I had a little more than 15 pounds, so I knew I might have a shot at winning,” Fitzpatrick said. “I really felt like I needed to upgrade one more fish, though. I knew it would be close.”

It turns out Fitzpatrick, who calls the Mississippi River his home water, did not need to upgrade his weight, and the tournament trophy was his.

“This feels great,” Fitzpatrick said. “It feels a little bit better getting a win here than it does on my home water.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Brian Fitzpatrick, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 15-12, $3,963
2nd:        Andrew Behnke, Fond Du Lac, Wis., five bass, 15-2, $1,981
3rd:        Kyle Meyer, Blaine, Minn., five bass, 14-14, $1,322
4th:         Kory Rose, Waterloo, Iowa, five bass, 14-2, $925
5th:         Nick Trim, Galesville, Wis., five bass, 13-15, $1,293 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
6th:         Jeremy Nokken, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 13-12, $727
7th:         Jeff Ritter, Prairie Du Chien, Wis., five bass, 13-9, $627
7th:         Hunter Litchfield, Macomb, Ill., five bass, 13-9, $827
9th:         Mike Feldermann, Galena, Ill., five bass, 13-7, $528
10th:      Brandon Gann, Sparta, Wis., five bass, 13-4, $462
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Alex Standerfer of New London, Wisconsin, caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – to earn the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $535.

Devan Jenkins of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $1,921 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 1 ounce.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:          Devan Jenkins, Milwaukee, Wis., five bass, 12-1, $1,921
2nd:        John Sordahl, Holmen, Wis., five bass, 11-12, $960
3rd:        Ron Mairet, Columbus Junction, Iowa, five bass, 11-0, $641
4th:         Chad Plaskey, West Bend, Wis., five bass, 10-14, $448
5th:         Brady Rufenacht, Lavalle, Wis., four bass, 10-8, $384
6th:         Kevin Anderson, Ettrick, Wis., five bass, 10-6, $352
7th:         Matthew Vang, Milwaukee, Wis., five bass, 10-5, $320
8th:         Zachary Burns, Campbellsport, Wis., four bass, 9-5, $288
9th:         Carter Wijangco, Naperville, Ill., four bass, 8-15, $256
10th:      Cody Oberfoell, Marion, Iowa, three bass, 8-7, $224
Kyle Simonson of Appleton, Wisconsin, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $255.

After three events, Jeff Ritter of Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, leads the Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 720 points, while Chad Plaskey of West Bend, Wisconsin, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 722 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 20-22 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 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 Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships 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 top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Harbin Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Clarks Hill Lake

Robbins Tops Strike King Co-Angler Division

APPLING, Ga. (June 20, 2022) – Boater Kameron Harbin of Abbeville, South Carolina, caught five bass Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Clarks Hill Lake . The tournament was the fourth event for the Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division. Harbin earned $11,856, which includes a $7,000 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus, for his victory.

“I found one area of the lake that I ran and had some very quality bites,” Harbin said. “I caught a 2-pounder right off the bat and then followed that up 30 minutes later with a 5-pounder. I just kept picking them off one by one all day long and caught my last good fish about noon.”

Harbin said he fished from the middle of Clarks Hill toward the upper end. He targeted shallow ditches in the backs of creeks with a Berkley J-Walker and a Berkley PowerBait Bottom Hopper Worm fished on a shaky head rig.

After catching 20 keepers during the tournament, Harbin said he felt confident in his weigh bag for the most part, but had a 2-pound fish he wanted to upgrade.

“I had a 5-pounder on that ended up spitting the bait out, and I thought, ‘That’s going to be the one that costs me the win,’” Harbin said. “I just didn’t think I had it won.

“I’ve had a lot of experience at Clarks Hill and fished it for many years,” Harbin added. “I’ve been close before in BFL competition and have finished second, so to finally get one wrapped up in a win feels really good.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Kameron Harbin, Abbeville, S.C., five bass, 20-7, $11,856 (includes $7,000 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
2nd:        Donald Miller, Harlem, Ga., five bass, 20-6, $1,913
3rd:        Tucker Veronee, Gilbert, S.C., five bass, 18-9, $1,141
4th:         Joshua Rockefeller, Harlem, Ga., five bass, 17-2, $799
5th:         Randall Clark, Hephzibah, Ga., five bass, 15-7, $685
6th:         Wesley Story, Clarks Hill, S.C., five bass, 15-3, $628
7th:         Tyler Walls, Gastonia, N.C., five bass, 15-0, $771
8th:         Joshua Weaver, Monroe, Ga., five bass, 14-8, $514
9th:         D.J. Hadden, Appling, Ga., five bass, 13-1, $457
10th:      Danny Kirk, Midville, Ga., five bass, 13-0, $400
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Harbin also caught a largemouth weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – to earn the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $430.

Rennison Robbins of Jackson, South Carolina, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $1,928 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 11 pounds, 14 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:          Rennison Robbins, Jackson, S.C., five bass, 11-14, $1,928
2nd:        Brennan Gunther, Mount Pleasant, S.C., five bass, 10-11, $956
3rd:        Cameron Mullis, Gastonia, N.C., five bass, 9-13, $571
4th:         James Akins, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 9-12, $400
5th:         Kevin Henderson, Honea Path, S.C., five bass, 9-10, $343
6th:         Matthew Guffey, Simpsonville, S.C., five bass, 8-14, $314
7th:         Hunter Bailey, North Augusta, S.C., five bass, 8-0, $285
8th:         Arthur Harris, York, S.C., four bass, 7-12, $257
9th:         Joey Alexander, Salem, N.C., five bass, 7-11, $228
10th:      Heath Pieczynski, Forsyth, Ga., three bass, 7-8, $200
Robbins also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $215.

After four events, Jason Burroughs of Hodges, South Carolina, leads the Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 976 points, while Jacob Barfield of Conway, South Carolina, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 948 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 13-15 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tennessee. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 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 Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships 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 top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Boggs Claims First at Bass Fishing League Event on Old Hickory Lake

Oxford Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

GALLATIN, Tenn. (June 20, 2022) – Boater Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Old Hickory Lake Presented by Lithium Pros . The tournament, hosted by Sumner County Tourism, was the fourth event for the Bass Fishing League Music City Division. Boggs earned $5,315 for his victory.

“I concentrated my efforts on the upper end of Old Hickory and targeted grass, wood and docks – basically anything that offered shade during the sunny day,” Boggs said.

Boggs said he flipped a tube in one to three feet of water to boat 15 bass, including 12 keepers during the course of the tournament.

“Each win is always a surprise,” said Boggs, who now has nine Phoenix Bass Fishing League wins. “I’m very grateful to God and very humbled by the win. I’ve set a goal to get 10 BFL wins, and I’m fired up to do it.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Drew Boggs, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 17-1, $5,315
2nd:        Dylan Wright, Murfreesboro, Tenn., five bass, 16-3, $2,157
3rd:        Tim Messer, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 14-12, $1,939 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
4th:         Mike Todd, Summertown, Tenn., five bass, 14-9, $1,007
5th:         James Crague, Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 14-1, $863
6th:         William Merrick, Mount Juliet, Tenn., five bass, 13-14, $1,291
7th:         Corey Steakley, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 13-11, $719
8th:         Ben Ballou, Dickson, Tenn., five bass, 13-10, $647
9th:         Christopher Noel Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., five bass, 13-9, $575
10th:      Daniel Johnson, Lebanon, Tenn., five bass, 13-8, $503
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Justin Saling of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, caught a largemouth weighing 6 pounds, 1 ounce, the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division, to earn the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $610.

Marty Oxford of Dale, Indiana, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,157 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 6 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:          Marty Oxford, Dale, Ind., five bass, 16-6, $2,157
2nd:        Jeremy Nash, Cookeville, Tenn., five bass, 9-9, $1,079
3rd:        Rocky Williams, Portland, Tenn., four bass, 9-0, $1,017
4th:         Shane Overly, Brentwood, Tenn., four bass, 8-15, $503
5th:         Eric Eden, Hartsville, Tenn., three bass, 8-11, $431
6th:         Daniel McLaughlin, Hermitage, Tenn., five bass, 8-10, $396
7th:         Arturo Mariscal, Nashville, Tenn., five bass, 8-9, $324
7th:         David Womack, Gallatin, Tenn., five bass, 8-9, $324
7th:         Jackson Viall, Gallatin, Tenn., five bass, 8-9, $324
10th:      Bill Kissinger, Knoxville, Tenn., five bass, 8-8, $252
Theron Hawkes of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $305.

After four events, William Merrick of Juliet, Tennessee, leads the Bass Fishing League Music City Division Outdoors Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 925 points, while Grant Frazier of Manchester, Tennessee, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 958 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 13-15 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tennessee. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 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 Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships 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 top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


McKinney Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Shelbyville

Wehmeyer Best in Strike King Co-Angler Division

SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (June 20, 2022) – Boater Trey McKinney of Carbondale, Illinois, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Lake Shelbyville . The tournament was the second event for the Bass Fishing League Illini Division. McKinney earned $4,889 for his victory.

“The first 30 minutes on a rock bite you can always catch one or two keepers as a safety net during the tournament,” McKinney said. “So we fished that way, and I actually ended up catching one of my big ones – a 4-pounder. That was a surprise.

“I’ve had a problem the last few times I’ve fished getting a big bite,” McKinney added. “When I finally got it right off the bat, I thought, ‘I need to start taking some more risks.’ I felt pretty confident I could catch a limit just junk fishing.”

McKinney said he switched to more of an offshore tactic that focused on edges and sides of points and different targets many anglers might overlook.

“Everybody out there has their ‘milk run’, and everybody runs their same points,” McKinney said. “Sometimes something a little different doesn’t hurt much.”

McKinney said he employed the use of a Freedom Baits Jig in natural colors with a dyed tail as well as a shaky head rig with plum-colored baits instead of more conventional natural colors.

“I fished my confidence colors,” McKinney said. “If you don’t have confidence in your bait, it’s just not going to happen.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Trey McKinney, Carbondale, Illinois., five bass, 14-4, $4,889
2nd:        Jeremy Mull, Pawnee, Ill., five bass, 14-2, $2,144
3rd:        John Wright, Windsor, Ill., five bass, 12-3, $1,297
4th:         Todd Blakeman, Chatham, Ill., five bass, 11-12, $1,557
5th:         Larry Diveley, Saint Jacob, Ill., five bass, 11-9, $778
6th:         Micah Mulvany, Salem, Ill., five bass, 10-9, $713
7th:         Travis Boley, Weldon, Ill., five bass, 10-3, $615
7th:         Matt Weber, Glen Carbon, Ill., five bass, 10-3, $615
9th:         Terry Holsapple, Greenup, Ill., five bass, 10-0, $486
9th:         Kyle Dowdy, El Paso, Ill., five bass, 10-0, $486
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Michael Black of Toledo, Illinois, caught a largemouth weighing 5 pounds, 6 ounces, the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division, to earn the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $525.

Aaron Wehmeyer of Bloomington, Illinois, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $1,944 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 1 ounce.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:          Aaron Wehmeyer, Bloomington, Ill., five bass, 14-1, $1,944
2nd:        Joe Andres, Effingham, Ill., four bass, 12-15, $972
3rd:        Shaun Avery, Plainfield, Ill., five bass, 12-2, $949
4th:         Aaron Arning, Walnut Hill, Ill., five bass, 11-14, $454
5th:         Drew Williams, Homer, Ill., five bass, 11-3, $539
6th:         Jojo Johnson, Benton, Ill., four bass, 10-15, $356
7th:         Matt Chumbler, Carbondale, Ill., five bass, 9-14, $324
8th:         Eugene Kim, Lindenhurst, Ill., four bass, 9-7, $292
9th:         Tom Lyskawka, Arlington Heights, Ill., five bass, 8-13, $259
10th:      Tad Cain, La Place, Ill., two bass, 7-14, $427
Mike Swetland of Tamaroa, Illinois, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 10 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $262.

After two events, Trey McKinney of Carbondale, Illinois, leads the Bass Fishing League Illini Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 495 points, while Aaron Wehmeyer of Bloomington, Illinois, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 496 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 13-15 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 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 Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships 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 top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Felton Tops Field at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Truman

Siebert Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

WARSAW, Mo. (June 20, 2022) – Boater Derek Felton of Willard, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Lake Truman . The tournament was the fourth event for the Bass Fishing League Ozark Division. Felton earned $13,488 for his victory.

“We made a long run up the lake to Thibault Point and started out flipping bushes and caught a couple of keepers,” said Felton while recounting his first tournament experience on Lake Truman. “Then the sun got up, and we decided to run back down the lake and fished some pockets I’d found in practice.”

Felton said the first pocket he stopped at produced a couple of 3-pound bass, and the next stop resulted in a 4-pounder.

“After that, I just slowly upgraded one at a time throughout the day,” Felton said. “I probably caught 20 to 25 fish during the day flipping bushes in three feet of water with a Jewel Baits Pro Spider Jig. Nine of those were keepers.”

Felton said he didn’t feel comfortable with the limit he had in the livewell at the end of the day, but Felton’s tournament had a surprise ending.

“I felt like I would end up in the top 10,” Felton said. “But I had more weight than I expected. This win feels amazing.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:          Derek Felton, Willard, Mo., five bass, 17-9, $13,488 (includes $7,000 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
2nd:        Jonathan Pimentel, Camdenton, Mo., five bass, 15-8, $3,244
3rd:        Dillon Statler, Kimberling City, Mo., five bass, 14-4, $2,709
4th:         Tom Alsop, Overland Park, Kansas, five bass, 13-13, $1,281
5th:         Jacob Welch, Jefferson City, Mo., five bass, 13-12, $1,098
6th:         Wesley Myers, Raytown, Mo., five bass, 13-10, $1,006
7th:         Samuel Louw, Story City, Iowa, five bass, 13-8, $915
8th:         Brock Reinkemeyer, Warsaw, Mo., five bass, 13-7, $777
8th:         Michael Stetich, Ankeny, Iowa, five bass, 13-7, $777
10th:      Dennis Young, Olathe, Kan., five bass, 13-6, $640
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.Statler also caught a largemouth weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces, the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division, to earn the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $880.

 

Oliver Siebert of Fenton, Missouri, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,728 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 7 ounces.The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:          Oliver Siebert, Fenton, Mo., five bass, 13-7, $2,728
2nd:        Stanislav Sedletskii, Springfield, Mo., five bass, 11-11, $1,364
3rd:        Will Billeter, Springfield, Mo., five bass, 11-7, $911
4th:         Grant Larkins, Farmington, Mo., three bass, 11-5, $837
5th:         Josh Hood, Dupo, Ill., five bass, 10-14, $546
6th:         Jeremy Fiedler, Sullivan, Mo., five bass, 10-10, $477
6th:         Chris McClellan, Desoto, Mo., five bass, 10-10, $577
8th:         J.D. Smith, Carthage, Mo., four bass, 10-4, $409
9th:         Joe Dietz, O’Fallon, Mo., five bass, 9-12, $364
10th:      Caleb Welch, Bolivar, Mo., four bass, 8-12, $302
10th:      Kelby Humble, Rogersville, Mo., four bass, 8-12, $302
Tom Leblanc of Omaha, Nebraska, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 15 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $437.After four events, Travis Harriman of Huntsville, Arkansas, leads the Bass Fishing League Ozark Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 909 points, while Shawn Kemper of Iberia, Missouri, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 858 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 20-22 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 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 Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships 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 top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


LeBoom! Louisiana Pro Nick LeBrun Goes Back-to-Back, Wins MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River

Louisiana Pro Catches 17-9 Five-Bass Limit on Championship Sunday to Become Third Angler to Ever Win Back-to-Back Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Events

RICHMOND, Va. (June 19, 2022) – After weighing in his first four fish on Sunday afternoon, Bossier City, Louisiana’s Nick LeBrun was feeling the pressure at the Toyota Stop 5 on the James River Presented by PowerStop Brakes in Richmond, Virginia. Pro Dakota Ebare of Brookeland, Texas , one of the hottest bass anglers on the planet, had just weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 5 ounces and was atop the leaderboard with only LeBrun left to weigh in. LeBrun’s first four keepers weighed a total of 12 pounds, 5 ounces – his last fish had to weigh at least four pounds to have a chance at catching Ebare and earning back-to-back Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Fuel Me wins.

“Let’s see that fifth keeper,” said longtime Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit emcee Chris Jones.

“How about a nice James River 5-pounder,” LeBrun yelled, pulling out a beautiful kicker fish that weighed 5 pounds, 4 ounces – more than enough to earn LeBrun his second career Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit victory, and the $100,000 top prize.

LeBrun became just the third angler in MLF history to ever win back-to-back Pro Circuit events after this victory and his win last month at the Pro Circuit event at Lake Guntersville. Pro Brett Hite of Phoenix, Arizona, was the first angler to accomplish the feat in 2008, winning back-to-back events at an FLW Tour (now Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit) event on Lake Toho and then an FLW Tour event on the California Delta just two weeks later. General Tire pro Mark Rose also accomplished the feat in 2017, winning back-to-back FLW Tour events on Lake Guntersville and Lake Travis.

“This was the most stressful tournament I’ve ever fished,” an emotional LeBrun said on stage after learning he had won. “I was running a long way every day and put over 450 miles in this week, and the running isn’t easy. It’s treacherous, especially when you’ve never been here before. I probably ran across areas I shouldn’t have and then once you get to your area, you are constantly looking at the tide and planning your strategy and timing for each area. My brain is fried right now.”

LeBrun’s key area this week was in the Chickahominy River. He said that of the more than 81 career events he has fished, he had never relied on his Power-Poles as much as he had this week. He targeted docks and cypress trees with an unnamed bluegill-colored squarebill crankbait and a wacky-rigged 5-inch junebug-colored V&M Chopstick with a 1/0 Hayabusa WRM201 hook.

“I rotated between a few different crankbaits, but the key was changing out the stock hooks to No. 2 Hayabusa TBL930 trebles with the NRB coating,” LeBrun said. “I was deflecting the bait off the trees to get them to react, and that hook was critical to keeping them buttoned up.”

His wacky-rigged Chopstick provided a finesse alternative when the fish weren’t interested in the squarebill.

“I’d lob it in there and let it sit and then barely shake it,” LeBrun said. “The rod would load up when they’d swim off with it. That was key this week for me to get the win. I set up on the spot today, caught four small ones and then the big ones started biting it pretty good. I caught a 5-pound fish and went to the other side of the dock and caught a 4-pounder; it was a special day, today.”

With two wins and more than $200,000 in winnings in just the last four weeks, LeBrun now sits in 10th place in the Bally Bet Angler of the Year race and looks to be well in the driver’s seat to qualify for the Tackle Warehouse TITLE, the Pro Circuit Championship.

“I’ve had a blessed year,” the Louisiana pro went on to say. “To add my name to the list of anglers that have won back-to-back – those are some awesome names to be mentioned with. The James River will always be a very special place to me.”

The top 10 pros at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River finished:

1st:          Nick LeBrun, Bossier City, La., five bass, 17-9, $100,000
2nd:         Dakota Ebare, Brookeland, Texas, five bass, 16-5, $30,000
3rd:         Mitch Crane, Columbus, Miss., five bass, 15-14, $25,000
4th:         Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., five bass, 15-11, $20,000
5th:         Braxton Setzer, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 14-7, $19,000
6th:         Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, five bass, 13-0, $18,000
7th:         Cole Hewett, Orange Park, Fla., five bass, 12-14, $17,000
8th:         Robby Lefere, Jackson, Mich., five bass, 10-14, $16,000
9th:         Martin Villa, Charlottesville, Va., five bass, 9-7, $15,000
10th:       John Cox, DeBary, Fla., 15 bass, 8-9, $14,000

For a full list of results visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Overall, there were 50 bass weighing 134 pounds, 10 ounces caught by the final 10 pros Sunday. All of the final 10 pros weighed in a five-bass limit.

With five of six regular-season events now wrapped up in the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Fuel Me season, Hayden, Alabama’s Josh Butler currently leads the Bally Bet Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 896 pounds, while reigning AOY Michael Neal of Dayton, Tennessee, sits right behind him in second place with 882 points. Berkley pro Justin Lucas of Guntersville, Alabama, and Florence, Italy’s Jacopo Gallelli are both tied for third with 863 points, while Columbus, Mississippi’s Mitch Crane rounds out the top five with 857 points.

The four-day MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River Presented by PowerStop Brakes was hosted by Richmond Region Tourism in cooperation with the Henrico Sports & Entertainment Authority. The event will premiere on the CBS Sports Network in early September.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition, the full field of 154 anglers competed in the two-day opening round on Thursday and Friday. The top 50 pros based on their two-day cumulative weight advanced to Saturday, then only the top 10 pros based on cumulative weight from the first three days continued competition on Championship Sunday, where weights were zeroed and the winner was determined by the heaviest weight from the final day of competition.

The Toyota Stop 5 on the James River Presented by PowerStop Brakes was the fifth of six regular-season MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Fuel Me events in 2022. The sixth and final regular-season event for Pro Circuit anglers will be the Covercraft Stop 6 at Lake Champlain Presented by Wiley X, July 29- Aug. 1 in Plattsburgh, New York.

Throughout the season, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, where they will compete for up to $235,000. The 2022 TITLE will be on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York on Aug. 16-21, and is hosted by the Town of Massena.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X and YETI.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on the MLF5 social media outlets at FacebookInstagram and  YouTube.


LeBrun Surges Ahead to Pace Final 10 Pros at MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River

Louisiana Pro Brings 16-6 to the Scale to Vault to Top of Leaderboard, Day 2 Leader Grae Buck Falls to 11th and Misses Final Day Cut

RICHMOND, Va. (June 18, 2022) – Fresh off the first Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit victory of his career last month at Lake Guntersville, pro Nick LeBrun certainly has momentum on his side. After starting Saturday in 10th place, the Bossier City, Louisiana, pro brought a five-bass limit to the stage weighing 16 pounds, 6 ounces, to vault to the top of the leaderboard and lead the final 10 anglers that now advance to Championship Sunday at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River Presented by PowerStop Brakes in Richmond, Virginia. The four-day event, hosted by Richmond Region Tourism in cooperation with the Henrico Sports & Entertainment Authority, features a field of 154 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals competing for a total purse of more than $850,000.

Green Lane, Pennsylvania’s Grae Buck, who led the event for the first two days of competition, struggled on Saturday and only managed to scratch up a 8-pound, 14-ounce limit. Buck narrowly missed the Championship Sunday cut, finishing the event in 11th place and earning $11,000.

The top 10 pros advancing to the final day of competition on the James River are:

1st:          Nick LeBrun, Bossier City, La., 15 bass, 47-11
2nd:         Braxton Setzer, Wetumpka, Ala., 15 bass, 46-14
3rd:         Mitch Crane, Columbus, Miss., 15 bass, 46-9
4th:         Martin Villa, Charlottesville, Va., 15 bass, 46-7
5th:         John Cox, DeBary, Fla., 15 bass, 46-3
6th:         Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 46-1
7th:         Dakota Ebare, Brookeland, Texas, 15 bass, 45-14
8th:         Robby Lefere, Jackson, Mich., 15 bass, 45-13
9th:         Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, 15 bass, 45-10
10th:       Cole Hewett, Orange Park, Fla., 15 bass, 45-9

Competition will resume Sunday morning with the Championship Round. Weights are zeroed, and the angler that catches the heaviest five bass will take home top prize of up to $135,000

“Today started off great,” said LeBrun, who entered this event ranked No. 24 in the Angler of the Year race and season earnings of $126,000. “I made the 45-minute run down to the Chickahominy, and there wasn’t anyone near my spot. I got in there, got set up, Power-Poled down, made one cast with a crankbait and caught a 2½- and a 3½-pounder at the same time – each fish had one of the Hayabusa TBL930 hooks – and that was a really good way to start the day.

“I’ve never caught two fish on one cast in a tournament before,” LeBrun continued. “Normally when that happens, they’re little peanuts, but those were two good fish so that was very cool.”

LeBrun said that his main area that he has been catching fish in is a current seam, throwing a V&M Chopstick. He thinks it is replenishing each day with quality, fresh “tournament” fish.

“It seems to be a hang-up spot,” LeBrun said. “I really don’t know where they’re coming from, but I think it is replenishing and when you get there at daylight, they’re fresh. But, I haven’t hit it past 10:30 (a.m.) each day. I’ve only been hitting it once or twice, and then I’ve been getting off it and trying to conserve. I’m excited to get back out there tomorrow, because I can sit there and not worry about being conservative and catch every fish that is there. I haven’t caught a 4-pounder there, yet, but there are definitely some 3-pounders there and we’re going to give it all we’ve got.”

With LeBrun’s victory last month at Lake Guntersville, LeBrun now has the opportunity to add his name to a small list of anglers that have won back-to-back events. General Tire pro Mark Rose and Phoenix, Arizona’s Brett Hite are the only two pros that have ever won back-to-back pro-level events in MLF history before.

“To go back-to-back would be mind-blowing,” the Louisiana pro went on to say. “I can’t even imagine. I think the weights might go down just a little bit, but if a guy can catch 16 to 17 pounds tomorrow, he’ll have a real good shot at it. This is such a fun place to fish, and it’s an honor to just make the top 10 with this group of guys on this tour. Tomorrow we’re going to go out and catch every single one that we can, and I’m excited to see what happens.”

Finishing in 11th through 50th are:

11th:       Grae Buck, Green Lane, Pa., 15 bass, 45-3, $11,000
12th:       Jeff Reynolds, Calera, Okla., 15 bass, 45-0, $11,000
13th:       Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 15 bass, 44-9, $11,000
14th:       Jacopo Gallelli, Florence, Italy, 15 bass, 44-5, $11,000
15th:       Chad Warren, Sand Springs, Okla., 15 bass, 44-1, $11,000
16th:       Kyle Weisenburger, Columbus Grove, Ohio, 15 bass, 43-1, $11,000
17th:       Cody Pike, Powhatan, Va., 15 bass, 42-7, $11,000
18th:       Barron Adams, Mineral Bluff, Ga., 15 bass, 42-5, $11,000
19th:       Clabion Johns, Social Circle, Ga., 15 bass, 41-12, $11,000
20th:       Tyler Woolcott, Port Orange, Fla., 15 bass, 41-9, $11,000
21st:       Brian Latimer, Belton, S.C., 15 bass, 41-4, $10,500
22nd:      Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., 15 bass, 40-15, $10,500
23rd:      Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala., 15 bass, 40-14, $10,500
24th:       Phillip Dutra, Guntersville, Ala., 15 bass, 40-8, $10,500
25th:       Josh Butler, Hayden, Ala., 15 bass, 40-6, $10,500
26th:       Chad Grigsby, Maple Grove, Minn., 15 bass, 40-3, $10,500
27th:       Josh Bragg, Fayetteville, Ga., 15 bass, 40-1, $10,500
28th:       Evan Barnes, Dardanelle, Ark., 15 bass, 40-1, $10,500
29th:       Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 15 bass, 40-1, $10,500
30th:       Stephen Albertson, Stuart, Fla., 15 bass, 40-0, $10,500
31st:       Jacob Wall, New Hope, Ala., 15 bass, 39-9, $10,000
32nd:      Tyler Stewart, Dubach, La., 15 bass, 39-8, $10,000
33rd:      Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., 15 bass, 39-8, $10,000
34th:       Jason Lieblong, Conway, Ark., 15 bass, 39-1, $10,000
35th:       Tai Au, Glendale, Ariz., 15 bass, 38-15, $10,000
36th:       Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas, 15 bass, 38-14, $10,000
37th:       Joey Cifuentes, Clinton, Ark., 15 bass, 38-14, $10,000
38th:       Chris Lane, Guntersville, Ala., 15 bass, 38-12, $10,000
39th:       Chris Groh, Spring Grove, Ill., 15 bass, 38-3, $10,000
40th:       Kyle Hall, Granbury, Texas, 15 bass, 37-7, $10,000
41st:       Justin Cooper, Zwolle, La., 15 bass, 37-5, $10,000
42nd:      Jason Vance, Battle Ground, Ind., 15 bass, 37-4, $10,000
43rd:      Grant Galloway, Houlka, Miss., 15 bass, 36-12, $10,000
44th:       David Walker, Sevierville, Tenn., 15 bass, 36-2, $10,000
45th:       Miles Howe, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 15 bass, 36-1, $10,000
46th:       Cal Lane, Guntersville, Ala., 12 bass, 34-12, $10,000
47th:       J. Todd Tucker, Moultrie, Ga., 15 bass, 34-9, $10,000
48th:       Richard Lowitzki, Hampshire, Ill., 13 bass, 34-2, $10,000
49th:       Jim Moynagh, Shakopee, Minn., 15 bass, 33-3, $10,000
50th:       Cole Harris, Raleigh, N.C., 12 bass, 33-0, $10,000

Complete results for the entire field can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Overall, there were 242 bass weighing 573 pounds, 8 ounces caught by the 50 pros Saturday. The catch included 47 five-bass limits.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition, the full field of 154 anglers competed in the two-day opening round on Thursday and Friday. Only the top 50 pros based on their two-day cumulative weight advanced to Saturday. Now, the top 10 pros based on cumulative weight from the first three days will continue competition on Championship Sunday. Weights are reset to zero, and the 10 pros will compete in a one-day shootout for the grand prize of up to $135,000, including the lucrative $35,000 Phoenix MLF Bonus for qualified anglers.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River Presented by PowerStop Brakes marks the fifth of six regular-season Pro Circuit events in 2022.Throughout the season, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, where they will compete for up to $235,000. The 2022 TITLE will be on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York on Aug. 16-21, and is hosted by the Town of Massena.

The final 10 anglers will launch at 6:30 a.m. ET each day from the Osborne Landing, located at 9530 Osborne Turnpike in Richmond. Sunday’s Championship weigh-in will also be held at the landing beginning at 2:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to attend the morning take off and Championship weigh-ins, and also follow the live on-the-water action all four days of competition online on MLF NOW! beginning at 7 a.m. ET at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

As part of the event, on Sunday, June 19, from Noon to 4 p.m., fans are invited out to the Major League Fishing Festival at the Osborne Landing. Hosted by Richmond Region Tourism, the event will feature fans meeting and getting autographs from their favorite pro anglers that compete on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit. Children are welcome to visit the Kids Zone to meet Skye & Marshall from PAW Patrol, fish for live fish in the Kids Fishing Pond, show off their artistic skills at the coloring stations, and more. Vendor booths from MLF sponsors, food, prizes and giveaways, including a FREE Abu Garcia rod and reel combo for the first 50 high school or middle school anglers, are available to festival goers. One lucky attendee will play for a brand new 2022 Toyota Tundra in the Bully Dog Pick ‘Til You Win game, with runner up prizes of a new 70-inch 4K UHD Smart TV or a Bully Dog Performance Tuner. For more information on the Major League Fishing Festival, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com/Attend.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on Championship Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River Presented by PowerStop Brakes will feature live on-the-water coverage and a two-hour action-packed television show that will premiere on the CBS Sports Network in early September.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X and YETI.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on the MLF5 social media outlets at FacebookInstagram and  YouTube.


Patient Smith And Mize Win Bassmaster College Series Wild Card On Logan Martin

Lucas Smith and Dalton Mize of Jacksonville State University have won the 2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series Wild Card on Logan Martin Lake presented by Bass Pro Shops with a two-day total of 28 pounds, 2 ounces.

Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

June 18, 2022

LINCOLN, Ala. — Lucas Smith and Dalton Mize patiently waited for their moments of opportunity and executed a flawless game plan to win the Strike King Bassmaster College Series Wild Card on Logan Martin Lake presented by Bass Pro Shops with a two-day total of 28 pounds, 2 ounces.

After placing sixth on Day 1 with 12-13, Smith and Mize added 15-5 — the event’s second-heaviest bag, behind Day 1 leaders Jonathon Garbacz and Kevin Dunahoo of the University of North Georgia, who weighed 15-7 in the first round.

Turning in two limits of spotted bass, Smith and Mize earned a first-place prize of $1,294 and a berth in the Strike King Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops at South Carolina’s Winyah Bay, Sept. 2-4.

“This means the world to us because I know how many great fishermen are in this event,” Smith said. “We’ve had a lackluster year, so this is incredible.”

Mize said he and his partner knew the bite windows would come later in the day. Having faced a similar scenario on Day 1, they knew success would require tenacity and a big-picture vision.

“Both days started off really slow; yesterday we didn’t have a fish until 11 o’clock and today we had one 2-pounder at 11,” Mize said. “It was just a grind out there.”

Currently current: The winners were waiting for Alabama Power to start generating current, as the increased water flow dependably positioned bass and put them in a feeding mood. They filled the day’s earlier hours by fishing shallow cover.

“We had a few key laydowns that we would fish with 1/8-ounce shaky heads and redbug-color Zoom Trick Worms,” Mize said.

Smith said their best laydowns were positioned on the main river. The fish, he said, seemed to be holding in the cover prior to the current starting.

“We had a few offshore schools that were really close to the Lincoln area and that’s what helped us make the key culls,” Mize said. “There were a few different schools and the depth really varied. It was from 6 to 8 feet and some were deeper than 15 feet, but 15 seemed to be that key area.”

The winners caught their offshore bass on shad colored Rapala DT14 crankbaits. Smith said their 12-pound monofilament was a key element, as it allowed them to get their crankbaits down quickly.

Once the offshore bite started, Smith and Mize got their work done in short order.

“Yesterday was more of a grind than today; we didn’t have a limit until nearly weigh-in time,” Smith said. “Today we found one of those magical schools around 11:30 and caught 20 to 30 fish off of it.

“We really thought we needed a bag in the 17- to 18-pound range today. We left some fish out there yesterday to have a bag like we had today, but we didn’t think that it was possible with what we caught today.”

Second place: Tommy Sendek and Cal Culpepper of the University of Montevallo (Ala.) finished second with 26-8. A Day 1 bag of 12-14 put Sendek and Culpepper in fifth place and today they added 13-10.

“We had dialed in what brushpiles we wanted to hit today. We took into consideration it’s Saturday on the Coosa River and knew we were going to have some boat traffic,” Sendek said. “The brushpiles had to be big and fresh — recently dropped in 8 to 15 feet.

“We knew we were going to have to catch them early because that boat traffic and the wind was going to affect our bite. We got off to a good start and dialing in what brushpiles we wanted to fish made us more efficient.”

Culpepper said he and Sendek caught their fish on Texas-rigged Zoom Mag II and a 1/2-ounce Arkie jig with a big skirt and a big trailer.

“I know a lot of guys were talking about how they couldn’t get bit on those baits — and it was a tough bite; we only caught seven keepers each day,” Culpepper said. “I think what separated us was that we committed to it. We knew if we got five bites on them, they’d be a little better quality.”

Third place: Victor Alford and Logan East of Bryan College took third with 25-2. Their daily weights were 12-5 and 12-13.

Running upriver, the anglers targeted current breaks and rock drop-offs and caught their fish on 5-inch Zoom Swimmers in the blueback herring color. They also fished 1/2-ounce Berkley football head jigs with Strike King Rage Craw trailers in summer craw.

“We were sitting on the backside of current and stroking a swimbait,” East said. “Sometimes we’d miss a bite and we’d stroke it a few more times and they’d take it.

“There was a 10- to 15-minute deal and we had our limit and that was it. On Day 1 we had our limit about 10 to 15 minutes after takeoff. Today, it was about 25 minutes because we had a later flight.”

2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series Wild Card at Logan Martin Lake presented by Bass Pro Shops 6/17-6/18
Logan Martin Lake, Lincoln AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Lucas Smith - Dalton Mize Jacksonville State University 250
Day 1: 5 12-13 Day 2: 5 15-05 Total: 10 28-02
2. Tommy Sendek - Cal Culpepper University of Montevallo 249
Day 1: 5 12-14 Day 2: 5 13-10 Total: 10 26-08
3. Victor Alford - Logan East Bryan College 248
Day 1: 5 12-05 Day 2: 5 12-13 Total: 10 25-02
4. Ryan Branch - Kopeland Rosser University of Montevallo 247
Day 1: 5 13-11 Day 2: 5 10-10 Total: 10 24-05
5. Grayson Morris - Cade Holcomb University of Montevallo 246
Day 1: 5 11-09 Day 2: 5 12-05 Total: 10 23-14
6. Parker Greer - Andrew Shadle Baylor University 245
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 5 09-05 Total: 10 23-08
7. Hunter Keller - Wesley Smith Catawba Valley Community College 244
Day 1: 5 10-13 Day 2: 5 12-11 Total: 10 23-08
8. Andrew Vereen - Connor Cartmell Coastal Carolina University 243
Day 1: 5 10-07 Day 2: 5 12-10 Total: 10 23-01
9. Lane Bailey - Justin Eggers Catawba Valley Community College 242
Day 1: 5 11-05 Day 2: 5 11-07 Total: 10 22-12
10. Logan Parks - Tucker Smith Auburn University 241
Day 1: 5 14-02 Day 2: 5 08-09 Total: 10 22-11
11. James Willoughby - Jacob Pfundt University of Montevallo 240
Day 1: 5 10-00 Day 2: 5 12-07 Total: 10 22-07
12. Cody Griffith - Drew Jennings Auburn University 239
Day 1: 5 11-02 Day 2: 5 11-05 Total: 10 22-07
13. Cy Casey - Tanner Hadden Emmanuel College 238
Day 1: 5 11-10 Day 2: 5 10-06 Total: 10 22-00
14. Colton White - Jack Alexander University Montevallo 237
Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 5 09-04 Total: 10 20-11
15. Drew Traffanstedt - Dakendrick Patterson University of Montevallo 236
Day 1: 5 10-05 Day 2: 5 10-05 Total: 10 20-10
16. Vince Maffei - Andrew Ready Webber International University 235
Day 1: 5 09-10 Day 2: 5 10-15 Total: 10 20-09
17. Cole Zagrzebski - Logan Paul Western Michigan University 234
Day 1: 5 08-10 Day 2: 5 11-09 Total: 10 20-03
18. Tyler Cain - Cole Dodson University of Montevallo 233
Day 1: 5 10-07 Day 2: 5 09-10 Total: 10 20-01
19. James Romig - Colton Morris Florida Gateway College 232
Day 1: 5 10-13 Day 2: 5 09-01 Total: 10 19-14
20. Brody Robison - Carson Miller University of Montevallo 231
Day 1: 5 09-12 Day 2: 5 10-01 Total: 10 19-13
21. Cole Thompson - John Heacock University of North Alabama 230
Day 1: 5 09-06 Day 2: 5 09-13 Total: 10 19-03
22. Clent Blackwood - Bryar Chambers Wallace State Community College 229
Day 1: 5 11-11 Day 2: 4 07-07 Total: 9 19-02
23. Cole Holloway - Taylor Mcmullen Emmanuel College 228
Day 1: 2 06-04 Day 2: 5 12-08 Total: 7 18-12
24. Caleb Bridges - Jacob Davidson Bryan College 227
Day 1: 5 11-14 Day 2: 5 06-14 Total: 10 18-12
25. Reese Melven - Hunter Waldrop University of South Carolina 226
Day 1: 5 10-15 Day 2: 3 07-13 Total: 8 18-12
26. Clayton Primrose - Fisher Davis Etbu 225
Day 1: 5 11-05 Day 2: 4 07-00 Total: 9 18-05
27. Brady Duncan - Stevie Mills Carson-Newman University 224
Day 1: 5 10-10 Day 2: 5 07-08 Total: 10 18-02
28. Dawson Cowden - Nathan Coffman Lousiana State University- Shrev 223
Day 1: 5 08-14 Day 2: 5 09-00 Total: 10 17-14
29. Caleb Barrow - Reese Kingston Brewton Parker College 222
Day 1: 5 11-10 Day 2: 3 06-03 Total: 8 17-13
30. Hayden Marbut - Garrett Warren Auburn University 221
Day 1: 4 05-02 Day 2: 5 12-09 Total: 9 17-11
31. Cole Rankin - Storm Cline Carson-Newman University 220
Day 1: 5 06-15 Day 2: 5 10-09 Total: 10 17-08
32. Cameron Tullis - Brett Jolley East Texas Baptist University 219
Day 1: 5 08-05 Day 2: 5 08-13 Total: 10 17-02
33. Jordan Brewer - Conner Crosby Auburn University 218
Day 1: 5 07-14 Day 2: 5 09-03 Total: 10 17-01
34. Tyler Campbell - Brandon Martin Emmanuel College 217
Day 1: 4 05-10 Day 2: 5 11-06 Total: 9 17-00
35. Brenton Godwin - Hunter Odom University of Montevallo 216
Day 1: 5 09-13 Day 2: 5 07-01 Total: 10 16-14
36. Wes Kinard - Dillan Olvera Shelton State Community College 215
Day 1: 5 09-09 Day 2: 4 07-05 Total: 9 16-14
37. Tommy Dunaway - Seth Jones Florida Gateway College 214
Day 1: 3 07-04 Day 2: 5 09-08 Total: 8 16-12
38. Jonathon Garbacz - Kevin Dunahoo University of North Georgia 213
Day 1: 5 15-07 Day 2: 1 01-03 Total: 6 16-10
39. Branden Burrill - Jaret Bailey Western Michigan University 212
Day 1: 5 08-07 Day 2: 5 08-02 Total: 10 16-09
40. Hunter Jones - Dayton Scott Columbia State Community College 211
Day 1: 5 08-05 Day 2: 4 07-13 Total: 9 16-02
41. Gabe Brown - Alex Cooke University of South Carolina 210
Day 1: 5 07-11 Day 2: 5 08-04 Total: 10 15-15
42. Spencer Black - Grant Harris Catawba Valley Community College 209
Day 1: 4 09-14 Day 2: 4 05-14 Total: 8 15-12
43. Jase Smith - Reed Rambo Georgia College and State Univer 208
Day 1: 4 05-13 Day 2: 3 09-14 Total: 7 15-11
44. Zach Williams - James Broderick Mississippi State University 207
Day 1: 5 05-14 Day 2: 5 09-07 Total: 10 15-05
45. Jack Dice - Jeramy Evans Liberty University 206
Day 1: 3 04-13 Day 2: 5 09-14 Total: 8 14-11
46. Evan Sutton - Maxwell Trotter McKendree University 205
Day 1: 4 08-04 Day 2: 4 06-07 Total: 8 14-11
47. Allen Powe - Jonathan Combs Georgetown College 204
Day 1: 5 06-13 Day 2: 5 07-08 Total: 10 14-05
48. Kaden Proffitt - Cason Ragsdale East Texas Baptist University 203
Day 1: 5 10-01 Day 2: 2 03-15 Total: 7 14-00
49. Matthew Wilson - Southern union state community c 202
Day 1: 5 11-14 Day 2: 1 02-01 Total: 6 13-15
50. Gus McLarry - Jared West Texas A and M Commerce 201
Day 1: 5 10-12 Day 2: 2 02-14 Total: 7 13-10
51. Jameson Jenkins - Cameron Loveless Texas A&M 200
Day 1: 5 07-06 Day 2: 4 06-01 Total: 9 13-07
52. Jacob Frazier - Austin Smith Carson-Newman University 199
Day 1: 5 09-01 Day 2: 3 04-04 Total: 8 13-05
53. Brayden Nichols - Ty Gentry LSU Shreveport 198
Day 1: 3 04-13 Day 2: 5 08-08 Total: 8 13-05
54. Dawson Andrews - Wyatt Ensminger Southeastern Louisiana Universit 197
Day 1: 3 07-01 Day 2: 3 05-10 Total: 6 12-11
55. Carson Palmer - Chase Hastings Carson-Newman University 196
Day 1: 5 09-11 Day 2: 2 02-15 Total: 7 12-10
56. Garrison Forrester - Preston Hatz Auburn University 195
Day 1: 4 06-01 Day 2: 5 06-06 Total: 9 12-07
57. Conner Johnson - Tyler Greenlee Georgetown College 194
Day 1: 5 09-04 Day 2: 2 03-00 Total: 7 12-04
58. Jake Kimbrough - Chandler Pruett Blue Mountain College 193
Day 1: 1 04-06 Day 2: 5 07-00 Total: 6 11-06
59. Carson Maddux - Auburn University 192
Day 1: 1 01-14 Day 2: 4 08-15 Total: 5 10-13
60. Mason Bohland - Brady Metzger Purdue University 191
Day 1: 2 02-11 Day 2: 5 08-00 Total: 7 10-11
61. Cole Taylor - Hunter Temples Lander University 190
Day 1: 4 05-15 Day 2: 2 04-08 Total: 6 10-07
62. Cody Monlezun - Atlan Pfluger Texas A&M 189
Day 1: 4 06-07 Day 2: 2 03-01 Total: 6 09-08
63. Corey Yaden - Hunter Richie Brewton Parker college 188
Day 1: 1 02-04 Day 2: 4 07-01 Total: 5 09-05
64. Kaden Liles - Benson Dowler University of North Alabama 187
Day 1: 4 06-09 Day 2: 1 02-11 Total: 5 09-04
65. Carter Koza - Lee Koza Carson Newman University 186
Day 1: 4 06-12 Day 2: 2 02-05 Total: 6 09-01
66. Hagan Marlin - Tanner English University of Montevallo 185
Day 1: 5 08-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 08-15
67. Garrett Huddleston - Riley Voltz Auburn University 184
Day 1: 4 05-11 Day 2: 2 03-02 Total: 6 08-13
68. Zane O'Domirok - Brandon Sales 183
Day 1: 5 08-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 08-11
69. Tristen Dubbs - Colin Pflederer Grace College 182
Day 1: 3 05-07 Day 2: 2 03-04 Total: 5 08-11
70. Henry Mcpherson - University Of Alabama 181
Day 1: 5 08-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 08-09
71. Lane Collier - Cody Lunsford University of North Georgia 180
Day 1: 3 03-14 Day 2: 2 04-05 Total: 5 08-03
72. Jim Mcpherson - Mississippi State University 179
Day 1: 1 01-03 Day 2: 2 06-11 Total: 3 07-14
73. Hunter Enlow - Lander University 178
Day 1: 3 06-10 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 06-10
74. Micah Goosby - Joseph Taylor Mississippi State University 177
Day 1: 2 02-07 Day 2: 2 04-00 Total: 4 06-07
75. Matthew German - Adam Hollingsworth University Of Alabama 176
Day 1: 2 03-00 Day 2: 2 02-10 Total: 4 05-10
76. Spencer Brister - Roeh Burton Lamar State College Orange 175
Day 1: 4 05-08 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 05-08
77. Charlie Pennington - Carson Peevy The University of Alabama 174
Day 1: 4 05-03 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 05-03
78. Cade Fortenberry - Nicholls State University 173
Day 1: 2 03-07 Day 2: 1 01-09 Total: 3 05-00
79. Lucas Bowers - Luke Willis University of South Carolina 172
Day 1: 2 04-12 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-12
80. Jonathan Goforth - James Bonnell Auburn University 171
Day 1: 1 02-02 Day 2: 2 02-08 Total: 3 04-10
81. Mary Goode - Nicholas Watson Brewton-Parker College 170
Day 1: 2 04-04 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-04
82. William Vega - Will Emmert Sam Houston State University 169
Day 1: 2 04-03 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-03
83. Ryan Bradway - Hunter Jordan Western Michigan University 168
Day 1: 2 04-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 04-00
84. Hayden Fuhr - Lander University 167
Day 1: 3 03-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 03-11
85. Isaac Warta - Middle Tennessee State Universit 166
Day 1: 2 03-09 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 03-09
86. Davian Smith - Jordan Turner University of Montevallo 165
Day 1: 3 02-01 Day 2: 1 01-02 Total: 4 03-03
87. Nate Triplett - Cy Lambert University of North Alabama 164
Day 1: 1 03-02 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-02
88. Hunter Jenkins - Dallas Baptist University 163
Day 1: 1 03-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 03-01
89. Logan Hicks - Preston Parker Shelton State Community College 162
Day 1: 2 02-14 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 02-14
90. K.D. Sizemore - Bryce Quick Auburn University 161
Day 1: 1 01-08 Day 2: 1 01-04 Total: 2 02-12
91. Trevor Johnston - Josh Kerr Texas AM University 160
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 1 02-11 Total: 1 02-11
92. Elijah Walker - Hunter Hillanbrand AUBURN 159
Day 1: 2 02-10 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 2 02-10
93. Jacob Butts - Mark Kershaw Erskine College 158
Day 1: 3 02-05 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 02-05
94. Mason Phillpotts - Grand Valley State University 157
Day 1: 1 01-07 Day 2: 1 00-13 Total: 2 02-04
95. Matthew Roberts - Alice Lloyd College 156
Day 1: 1 01-06 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-06
96. Brendon Brones - Ethan Tant Lamar State College Orange 155
Day 1: 1 01-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 01-00
97. Garrett Walters - Reese Walters University of Alabama 154
Day 1: 1 00-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 1 00-11
98. Syon Barnes - Jacksonville State University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
98. Chase Davis - Camden Keeton CACC 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
98. Drew Deloney - University of Alabama 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
98. Trey Dickert - University of Montevallo 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
98. Dale Hansard - Seth Elkins Jacksonville State University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
98. Ryan Michek - University of Wisconsin Plattevi 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
98. John Ortman - Emmanuel College 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
98. Walker Sahagun - University of North Alabama 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 49 363 702-05
2 41 292 572-04
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90 655 1274-09


Buck Extends Lead at MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River

Pennsylvania Pro Steady with Limit Weighing 15-2, Gallelli and Neal Both Vault into Top Five with 18-9 Limits

RICHMOND, Va. (June 17, 2022) – Pro Grae Buck of Green Lane, Pennsylvania, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Friday weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces, to extend his lead after Day 2 at the Major League Fishing (MLF) Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River Presented by PowerStop Brakes in Richmond, Virginia. The four-day event, hosted by Richmond Region Tourism in cooperation with the Henrico Sports & Entertainment Authority, features a field of 154 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals competing for a top award of up to $135,000.

Buck’s two-day total of 10 bass weighing 36-5 gives him a two-pound advantage over second-place pro, Florence, Italy’s Jacopo Gallelli, who brought an 18-pound, 9-ounce limit to the scale for a two-day total of 34-5. Pro Dakota Ebare of Brookeland, Texas, slipped to third with 10 bass totaling 33-7, and reigning Pro Circuit Angler of the Year Michael Neal of Dayton, Tennessee , jumped into fourth place with 10 bass weighing 33 pounds even. The 73-year-old La Crosse, Wisconsin, pro Tom Monsoor, rounds out the top five with 10 bass totaling 32-15.

“I ran the gameplan, the same as I did yesterday. But, with the tide being 45 minutes different, I had to wait a little bit longer today for those fish to set up and get right,” Buck said. “Once they did, I caught a big one that was almost 6 pounds, just throwing a Z-Man Bang Stick out and letting it flutter in the current.”

After that, Buck said he bounced around to a couple of different areas, plucking a couple of keepers off of two little drains located on a big flat, and a couple more from the duck blinds that he had fished on Day 1.

“I also ran up to the top of the Chickahominy, which I didn’t have an opportunity to do yesterday because I had a short day,” Buck said. “I wanted to do a little more exploring to see what was going on up there. What I found was decent. I had the opportunity at one real big one that just came off. It was good, though, because it was good information for Day 4, and it’s just going to keep getting longer and longer that I have to wait at my best spot.”

Buck mentioned a Neko-rigged California Craw-colored Z-Man Bang Stick as being a key bait for him this week, but also said he was catching fish on a Z-Man Jack Hammer and an unnamed swimjig.

“I don’t know where I’m going to start tomorrow, because it will now be two hours until it gets right. I’m very tempted to not go to that ditch right away, because I don’t want to waste time,” Buck said. “But it’s a gamble, because if someone else pulls in there and then I can’t get on it, that would be an issue. But if I can catch them somewhere else in the morning, that would really be valuable information for Championship Sunday. So, I don’t know what I’m going to do tomorrow and I’m really going to have to come up with a good gameplan tonight.”

The top 50 pros that made the cut after Day 2 and will fish Saturday on the James River are:

1st:          Grae Buck, Green Lane, Pa., 10 bass, 36-5
2nd:         Jacopo Gallelli, Florence, Italy, 10 bass, 34-5
3rd:         Dakota Ebare, Brookeland, Texas, 10 bass, 33-7
4th:         Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 33-0
5th:         Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 32-15
6th:         Cole Hewett, Orange Park, Fla., 10 bass, 32-11
7th:         Tyler Woolcott, Port Orange, Fla., 10 bass, 32-3
8th:         Jeff Reynolds, Calera, Okla., 10 bass, 31-8
9th:         Stephen Albertson, Stuart, Fla., 10 bass, 31-5
10th:       Nick LeBrun, Bossier City, La., 10 bass, 31-5
11th:       Martin Villa, Charlottesville, Va., 10 bass, 31-2
12th:       Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, 10 bass, 31-1
13th:       Josh Butler, Hayden, Ala., 10 bass, 30-8
14th:       Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas, 10 bass, 30-3
15th:       Josh Bragg, Fayetteville, Ga., 10 bass, 30-3
16th:       Jacob Wall, New Hope, Ala., 10 bass, 30-1
17th:       Barron Adams, Mineral Bluff, Ga., 10 bass, 30-0
18th:       Tyler Stewart, Dubach, La., 10 bass, 30-0
19th:       Mitch Crane, Columbus, Miss., 10 bass, 29-14
20th:       Cody Pike, Powhatan, Va., 10 bass, 29-13
21st:       Jason Vance, Battle Ground, Ind., 10 bass, 29-10
22nd:      John Cox, DeBary, Fla., 10 bass, 29-7
23rd:      Braxton Setzer, Wetumpka, Ala., 10 bass, 29-5
24th:       Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz., 10 bass, 29-1
25th:       Brian Latimer, Belton, S.C., 10 bass, 28-14
26th:       Chris Groh, Spring Grove, Ill., 10 bass, 28-13
27th:       Cal Lane, Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 28-13
28th:       Chad Grigsby, Maple Grove, Minn., 10 bass, 28-12
29th:       Richard Lowitzki, Hampshire, Ill., 10 bass, 28-11
30th:       Kyle Hall, Granbury, Texas, 10 bass, 28-11
31st:       Robby Lefere, Jackson, Mich., 10 bass, 28-10
32nd:      Cole Harris, Raleigh, N.C., five bass, 28-5
33rd:      Miles Howe, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., 10 bass, 28-3
34th:       Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 28-3
35th:       Jason Lieblong, Conway, Ark., 10 bass, 28-2
36th:       Evan Barnes, Dardanelle, Ark., 10 bass, 28-2
37th:       Chad Warren, Sand Springs, Okla., 10 bass, 28-1
38th:       Clabion Johns, Social Circle, Ga., 10 bass, 28-0
39th:       Chris Lane, Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 27-8
40th:       David Walker, Sevierville, Tenn., 10 bass, 27-5
41st:       Kyle Weisenburger, Columbus Grove, Ohio, 10 bass, 27-3
42nd:      Jim Moynagh, Shakopee, Minn., 10 bass, 27-1
43rd:      Tai Au, Glendale, Ariz., 10 bass, 27-1
44th:       Grant Galloway, Houlka, Miss., 10 bass, 27-1
45th:       Justin Cooper, Zwolle, La., 10 bass, 26-13
46th:       Phillip Dutra, Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 26-12
47th:       Joey Cifuentes, Clinton, Ark., 10 bass, 26-11
48th:       J. Todd Tucker, Moultrie, Ga., 10 bass, 26-11
49th:       Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., 10 bass, 26-5
50th:       Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala., 10 bass, 26-4

Complete results for the entire field can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Brett Hite earned Friday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass award with a beautiful largemouth bass that weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces.

Overall, there were 745 bass weighing 1,722 pounds, 2 ounces caught by 152 pros Friday. The catch included 144 five-bass limits.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River Presented by PowerStop Brakes marks the fifth of six regular-season Pro Circuit events in 2022 and offers competitors a total purse of more than $850,000.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition, the full field of 154 anglers competed in the two-day opening round on Thursday and Friday. Now, only the top 50 pros based on their two-day cumulative weight advance to Saturday. Only the top 10 pros, based on cumulative weight from the first three days, will continue competition on Championship Sunday. Weights are reset to zero, and anglers will compete in a one-day shootout for the grand prize of up to $135,000, including the lucrative $35,000 Phoenix MLF Bonus for qualified anglers.

Throughout the season, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, where they will compete for up to $235,000. The 2022 TITLE will be on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York on Aug. 16-21, and is hosted by the Town of Massena.

Anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. ET each day from the Osborne Landing, located at 9530 Osborne Turnpike in Richmond. Weigh-ins will also be held at the landing daily beginning at 2:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to attend the morning take offs and afternoon weigh-ins, and also follow the live on-the-water action all four days of competition online on MLF NOW! beginning at 7 a.m. ET at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

As part of the event, on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, from Noon to 4 p.m., fans are invited out to the Major League Fishing Festival at the Osborne Landing. Hosted by Richmond Region Tourism, the event will feature fans meeting and getting autographs from their favorite pro anglers that compete on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit. Children are welcome to visit the Kids Zone to meet Skye & Marshall from PAW Patrol, fish for live fish in the Kids Fishing Pond, show off their artistic skills at the coloring stations, and more. Vendor booths from MLF sponsors, food, prizes and giveaways, including a FREE Abu Garcia rod and reel combo for the first 50 high school or middle school anglers, are available to festival goers. On Saturday and Sunday, one lucky attendee will play for a brand new 2022 Toyota Tundra in the Bully Dog Pick ‘Til You Win game, with runner up prizes of a new 70-inch 4K UHD Smart TV or a Bully Dog Performance Tuner. For more information on the Major League Fishing Festival, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com/Attend.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on all four days of competition from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River Presented by PowerStop Brakes will feature live on-the-water coverage and a two-hour action-packed television show that will premiere on the CBS Sports Network in early September.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X and YETI.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on the MLF5 social media outlets at FacebookInstagram and  YouTube.


Garbacz, Dunahoo Lead Bassmaster College Series Wild Card On Logan Martin

Jonathon Garbacz and Kevin Dunahoo of the University of North Georgia are leading after Day 1 of the 2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series Wild Card on Logan Martin Lake presented by Bass Pro Shops with 15 pounds, 7 ounces.

Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

June 17, 2022

LINCOLN, Ala. — On a fishery known for its spotted bass population, University of North Georgia’s Jonathon Garbacz and Kevin Dunahoo focused on largemouth and caught a limit of 15 pounds, 7 ounces to lead Day 1 of the Strike King Bassmaster College Series Wild Card on Logan Martin Lake presented by Bass Pro Shops.

“We knew coming in that 10 big largemouth would win,” Garbacz said. “So that’s what we’re going for.”

One of 105 teams in the event, Garbacz and Dunahoo head into Saturday’s championship round with a lead of 1-4 over Baylor University’s Parker Greer and Andrew Shadle.

Dealing with extreme heat, the leaders pointed to mental toughness as a key element of their performance. Air temperatures pushed into the low to mid-90s and water temperatures weren’t far behind.

“In the morning, the water temperature was about 86, and later in the day, it got up to about 92,” Garbacz said. “You just have to keep your head in the game. The heat is going to throw you off, but you just have to keep your concentration and find the pattern.”

Noting that they believe they’ve found something unique, the leaders kept the details thin. However, Garbacz said he and Dunahoo are working a game plan based more on quality than quantity.

“We found a pretty good pattern that we can run pretty much up and down the lake, but we’re thinking it’s more of an area type thing,” Garbacz said. “It’s about maximizing your bites because we’re not getting a ton. You have to capitalize on every single bite because you never know when it’s going to be a big one.”

Dunahoo said their day involved a variety of different habitat features. Flexibility, he said, played a significant role in the outcome.

“We moved our way throughout the day and adapted,” Dunahoo said. “We did the same thing in practice; we have not (fished the same way all week) and I expect we probably won’t be able to do the same thing tomorrow.”

Dunahoo said he and Garbacz hit approximately 60 spots to get what they had. Locking up their weight by 11:30 a.m., they fished a combination of finesse and reaction baits.

The latter, Garbacz said, required pinpoint accuracy.

“These fish are going to eat, but you have to put it right in front of them,” Garbacz said.

Dunahoo said he and his partner will likely follow a similarly flexible script on Saturday.

“We don’t have any new water we know we’re going to fish, so we’re either going to be running the same (areas) or getting on the graph tonight and searching for new water.”

Turning in a limit of 14-3, Greer and Shadle anchored their bag with a 4-2. As Greer explained, their day saw them visiting a broad range of habitats.

“This has been a junk-fishing tournament; we’re fishing everything from docks to ledges,” Greer said. “We started this morning in some current throwing a glidebait where we caught some good ones in practice.

“We left that area with two fish and started swimming a jig. I actually flipped to a fish I could see — that 4-2 largemouth. It was in a little cut with thousands of gizzard shad. That fish actually spit up three large gizzard shad in the livewell.”

After catching a 3 1/2-pound spotted bass off a sunken boat in the middle of a cove, Greer said he and Shadle wrapped up their day fishing ledges — a pattern that yielded two final culls.

In addition to the glidebait, Greer and Shadle caught fish on a football jig, a drop shot and upsized shaky heads.

“We’re from Texas, we like to throw big stuff, so we upsized to a 1/2- and 3/4-ounce shaky head with a 6th Sense Magnum Trick Worm,” Greer said.

Tucker Smith and Logan Parks of Auburn University are in third place with 14-2. Spending most of their time offshore, the duo endured a plodding pace but their diligence was rewarded with an afternoon kicker.

“The day started off slow and we hit a few places but didn’t catch much,” Smith said. “We just started running and gunning a bunch of places that we like to hit up here.

“We landed on a good place and Logan caught one (that weighed 6-2) at the end of the day and that really helped out a lot.”

Parks said his big fish culled out a 1 1/4-pounder.

Working 40 to 50 different spots, the Auburn anglers caught fish on a variety of structure in 12 to 17 feet. Reaction baits and slower presentations produced fish, but the latter did most of the work.

“The fish are just moving out there, everybody’s pounding on them and they’re getting kind of finicky,” Smith said. “You have to fish slower.”

Saturday’s takeoff is scheduled for 5:30 a.m. CT at Lincoln’s Landing. The weigh-in will be held at the Landing at 1:30 p.m.

The teams are vying for a spot in the Strike King Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops scheduled for Sept. 2-4 at South Carolina’s Winyah Bay.

2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series Wild Card at Logan Martin Lake presented by Bass Pro Shops 6/17-6/18
Logan Martin Lake, Lincoln AL.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Jonathon Garbacz - Kevin Dunahoo University of North Georgia 250
Day 1: 5 15-07 Total: 5 15-07
2. Parker Greer - Andrew Shadle Baylor University 249
Day 1: 5 14-03 Total: 5 14-03
3. Logan Parks - Tucker Smith Auburn University 248
Day 1: 5 14-02 Total: 5 14-02
4. Ryan Branch - Kopeland Rosser University of Montevallo 247
Day 1: 5 13-11 Total: 5 13-11
5. Tommy Sendek - Cal Culpepper University of Montevallo 246
Day 1: 5 12-14 Total: 5 12-14
6. Lucas Smith - Dalton Mize Jacksonville State University 245
Day 1: 5 12-13 Total: 5 12-13
7. Victor Alford - Logan East Bryan College 244
Day 1: 5 12-05 Total: 5 12-05
8. Caleb Bridges - Jacob Davidson Bryan College 243
Day 1: 5 11-14 Total: 5 11-14
9. Matthew Wilson - Southern union state community c 242
Day 1: 5 11-14 Total: 5 11-14
10. Clent Blackwood - Bryar Chambers Wallace State Community College 241
Day 1: 5 11-11 Total: 5 11-11
11. Caleb Barrow - Reese Kingston Brewton Parker College 240
Day 1: 5 11-10 Total: 5 11-10
12. Cy Casey - Tanner Hadden Emmanuel College 239
Day 1: 5 11-10 Total: 5 11-10
13. Grayson Morris - Cade Holcomb University of Montevallo 238
Day 1: 5 11-09 Total: 5 11-09
14. Colton White - Jack Alexander University Montevallo 237
Day 1: 5 11-07 Total: 5 11-07
15. Clayton Primrose - Fisher Davis ETBU 236
Day 1: 5 11-05 Total: 5 11-05
16. Lane Bailey - Justin Eggers Catawba Valley Community College 235
Day 1: 5 11-05 Total: 5 11-05
17. Cody Griffith - Drew Jennings Auburn University 234
Day 1: 5 11-02 Total: 5 11-02
18. Reese Melven - Hunter Waldrop University of South Carolina 233
Day 1: 5 10-15 Total: 5 10-15
19. Hunter Keller - Wesley Smith Catawba Valley Community College 232
Day 1: 5 10-13 Total: 5 10-13
19. James Romig - Colton Morris Florida Gateway College 232
Day 1: 5 10-13 Total: 5 10-13
21. Gus McLarry - Jared West Texas A and M Commerce 230
Day 1: 5 10-12 Total: 5 10-12
22. Brady Duncan - Stevie Mills Carson-Newman University 229
Day 1: 5 10-10 Total: 5 10-10
23. Tyler Cain - Cole Dodson University of Montevallo 228
Day 1: 5 10-07 Total: 5 10-07
23. Andrew Vereen - Connor Cartmell Coastal Carolina University 228
Day 1: 5 10-07 Total: 5 10-07
25. Drew Traffanstedt - Dakendrick Patterson University of Montevallo 226
Day 1: 5 10-05 Total: 5 10-05
26. Kaden Proffitt - Cason Ragsdale East Texas Baptist University 225
Day 1: 5 10-01 Total: 5 10-01
27. James Willoughby - Jacob Pfundt University of Montevallo 224
Day 1: 5 10-00 Total: 5 10-00
28. Spencer Black - Grant Harris Catawba Valley Community College 223
Day 1: 4 09-14 Total: 4 09-14
29. Brenton Godwin - Hunter Odom University of Montevallo 222
Day 1: 5 09-13 Total: 5 09-13
30. Brody Robison - Carson Miller University of Montevallo 221
Day 1: 5 09-12 Total: 5 09-12
31. Carson Palmer - Chase Hastings Carson-Newman University 220
Day 1: 5 09-11 Total: 5 09-11
32. Vince Maffei - Andrew Ready Webber International University 219
Day 1: 5 09-10 Total: 5 09-10
33. Wes Kinard - Dillan Olvera Shelton State Community College 218
Day 1: 5 09-09 Total: 5 09-09
34. Cole Thompson - John Heacock University of North Alabama 217
Day 1: 5 09-06 Total: 5 09-06
35. Conner Johnson - Tyler Greenlee Georgetown College 216
Day 1: 5 09-04 Total: 5 09-04
36. Jacob Frazier - Austin Smith Carson-Newman University 215
Day 1: 5 09-01 Total: 5 09-01
37. Hagan Marlin - Tanner English University of Montevallo 214
Day 1: 5 08-15 Total: 5 08-15
38. Dawson Cowden - Nathan Coffman Louisiana State University- Shrev 213
Day 1: 5 08-14 Total: 5 08-14
39. Zane O'Domirok - Brandon Sales 212
Day 1: 5 08-11 Total: 5 08-11
40. Cole Zagrzebski - Logan Paul Western Michigan University 211
Day 1: 5 08-10 Total: 5 08-10
41. Henry Mcpherson - University Of Alabama 210
Day 1: 5 08-09 Total: 5 08-09
42. Branden Burrill - Jaret Bailey Western Michigan University 209
Day 1: 5 08-07 Total: 5 08-07
43. Hunter Jones - Dayton Scott Columbia State Community College 208
Day 1: 5 08-05 Total: 5 08-05
44. Cameron Tullis - Brett Jolley East Texas Baptist University 207
Day 1: 5 08-05 Total: 5 08-05
45. Evan Sutton - Maxwell Trotter McKendree University 206
Day 1: 4 08-04 Total: 4 08-04
46. Jordan Brewer - Conner Crosby Auburn University 205
Day 1: 5 07-14 Total: 5 07-14
47. Gabe Brown - Alex Cooke University of South Carolina 204
Day 1: 5 07-11 Total: 5 07-11
48. Jameson Jenkins - Cameron Loveless Texas A&M 203
Day 1: 5 07-06 Total: 5 07-06
49. Tommy Dunaway - Seth Jones Florida Gateway College 202
Day 1: 3 07-04 Total: 3 07-04
50. Dawson Andrews - Wyatt Ensminger Southeastern Louisiana Universit 201
Day 1: 3 07-01 Total: 3 07-01
51. Cole Rankin - Storm Cline Carson-Newman University 200
Day 1: 5 06-15 Total: 5 06-15
52. Allen Powe - Jonathan Combs Georgetown College 199
Day 1: 5 06-13 Total: 5 06-13
53. Carter Koza - Lee Koza Carson Newman University 198
Day 1: 4 06-12 Total: 4 06-12
54. Hunter Enlow - Lander University 197
Day 1: 3 06-10 Total: 3 06-10
55. Kaden Liles - Benson Dowler University of North Alabama 196
Day 1: 4 06-09 Total: 4 06-09
56. Cody Monlezun - Atlan Pfluger Texas A&M 195
Day 1: 4 06-07 Total: 4 06-07
57. Cole Holloway - Taylor Mcmullen Emmanuel College 194
Day 1: 2 06-04 Total: 2 06-04
58. Garrison Forrester - Preston Hatz Auburn University 193
Day 1: 4 06-01 Total: 4 06-01
59. Cole Taylor - Hunter Temples Lander University 192
Day 1: 4 05-15 Total: 4 05-15
60. Zach Williams - James Broderick Mississippi State University 191
Day 1: 5 05-14 Total: 5 05-14
61. Jase Smith - Reed Rambo Georgia College and State Univer 190
Day 1: 4 05-13 Total: 4 05-13
62. Garrett Huddleston - Riley Voltz Auburn University 189
Day 1: 4 05-11 Total: 4 05-11
63. Tyler Campbell - Brandon Martin Emmanuel College 188
Day 1: 4 05-10 Total: 4 05-10
64. Spencer Brister - Roeh Burton Lamar State College Orange 187
Day 1: 4 05-08 Total: 4 05-08
65. Tristen Dubbs - Colin Pflederer Grace College 186
Day 1: 3 05-07 Total: 3 05-07
66. Charlie Pennington - Carson Peevy The University of Alabama 185
Day 1: 4 05-03 Total: 4 05-03
67. Hayden Marbut - Garrett Warren Auburn University 184
Day 1: 4 05-02 Total: 4 05-02
68. Jack Dice - Jeramy Evans Liberty University 183
Day 1: 3 04-13 Total: 3 04-13
68. Brayden Nichols - Ty Gentry LSU Shreveport 183
Day 1: 3 04-13 Total: 3 04-13
70. Lucas Bowers - Luke Willis University of South Carolina 181
Day 1: 2 04-12 Total: 2 04-12
71. Jake Kimbrough - Chandler Pruett Blue Mountain College 180
Day 1: 1 04-06 Total: 1 04-06
72. Mary Goode - Nicholas Watson Brewton-Parker College 179
Day 1: 2 04-04 Total: 2 04-04
73. William Vega - Will Emmert Sam Houston State University 178
Day 1: 2 04-03 Total: 2 04-03
74. Ryan Bradway - Hunter Jordan Western Michigan University 177
Day 1: 2 04-00 Total: 2 04-00
75. Lane Collier - Cody Lunsford University of North Georgia 176
Day 1: 3 03-14 Total: 3 03-14
76. Hayden Fuhr - Lander University 175
Day 1: 3 03-11 Total: 3 03-11
77. Isaac Warta - Middle Tennessee State Universit 174
Day 1: 2 03-09 Total: 2 03-09
78. Cade Fortenberry - Nicholls State University 173
Day 1: 2 03-07 Total: 2 03-07
79. Nate Triplett - Cy Lambert University of North Alabama 172
Day 1: 1 03-02 Total: 1 03-02
80. Hunter Jenkins - Dallas Baptist University 171
Day 1: 1 03-01 Total: 1 03-01
81. Matthew German - Adam Hollingsworth University Of Alabama 170
Day 1: 2 03-00 Total: 2 03-00
82. Logan Hicks - Preston Parker Shelton State Community College 169
Day 1: 2 02-14 Total: 2 02-14
83. Mason Bohland - Brady Metzger Purdue University 168
Day 1: 2 02-11 Total: 2 02-11
84. Elijah Walker - Hunter Hillanbrand AUBURN 167
Day 1: 2 02-10 Total: 2 02-10
85. Micah Goosby - Joseph Taylor Mississippi State University 166
Day 1: 2 02-07 Total: 2 02-07
86. Jacob Butts - Mark Kershaw Erskine College 165
Day 1: 3 02-05 Total: 3 02-05
87. Corey Yaden - Hunter Richie Brewton Parker college 164
Day 1: 1 02-04 Total: 1 02-04
88. Jonathan Goforth - James Bonnell Auburn University 163
Day 1: 1 02-02 Total: 1 02-02
89. Davian Smith - Jordan Turner University of Montevallo 162
Day 1: 3 02-01 Total: 3 02-01
90. Carson Maddux - Auburn University 161
Day 1: 1 01-14 Total: 1 01-14
91. K.D. Sizemore - Bryce Quick Auburn University 160
Day 1: 1 01-08 Total: 1 01-08
92. Mason Phillpotts - Grand Valley State University 159
Day 1: 1 01-07 Total: 1 01-07
93. Matthew Roberts - Alice Lloyd College 158
Day 1: 1 01-06 Total: 1 01-06
94. Jim McPherson - Mississippi State University 157
Day 1: 1 01-03 Total: 1 01-03
95. Brendon Brones - Ethan Tant Lamar State College Orange 156
Day 1: 1 01-00 Total: 1 01-00
96. Garrett Walters - Reese Walters University of Alabama 155
Day 1: 1 00-11 Total: 1 00-11
97. Syon Barnes - Jacksonville State University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
97. Chase Davis - Camden Keeton CACC 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
97. Drew Deloney - University of Alabama 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
97. Trey Dickert - University of Montevallo 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
97. Dale Hansard - Seth Elkins Jacksonville State University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
97. Trevor Johnston - Josh Kerr Texas AM University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
97. Ryan Michek - University of Wisconsin Plattevi 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
97. John Ortman - Emmanuel College 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
97. Walker Sahagun - University of North Alabama 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 49 363 702-05
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49 363 702-05


Grae Buck Plays the Tide for Early Lead at MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River

Pennsylvania Pro Weighs Five-Bass Limit Totaling 21-3 To Lead on Day 1 of Four-Day Tournament

RICHMOND, Va. (June 16, 2022) – The James River showed out on Thursday. After 154 of the top professional bass-fishing anglers in the world launched this morning at the Toyota Stop 5 on the James River Presented by PowerStop Brakes, 153 of those pros returned to the weigh-in scale this afternoon with a five-bass limit. And the lone pro that didn’t catch a limit still managed to bring four bass to the scale.

After the final fish had been tallied, Green Lane, Pennsylvania pro Grae Buck, who has two top-25 finishes already this season, jumped out to the early lead with a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 3 ounces. He’ll bring a slim 4-ounce lead into Day 2 over Brookeland, Texas’ Dakota Ebare, who weighed a limit totaling 20-15. Chris Groh of Spring Grove, Illinois , sits just 8 ounces behind Ebare in third place with five bass for 20-7. Weights are stacked – just over 5 pounds separates 1st from 20th – and with three days left in the competition it is still anyone’s event.

“I found two different areas (in practice) that had fish in it, but I never caught quality like this by any means,” Buck said. “Once I finally settled in today I got to see what was actually there and I caught them pretty consistently.”

Buck said that he caught around 15 keepers on Thursday, with a nice 6-pound, 6-ouncer coming right around noon.

“The tide definitely played a role in where I was starting and where I was fishing at,” Buck said. “I’m hoping I can go out there again and catch a bunch of fish. I got that big one in the afternoon. I had to go looking for it – it wasn’t in the same spot where I caught a limit. Hopefully I can get another big one like that tomorrow. Those big bites really go far.”

Buck mentioned that there were numerous other competitors fishing in the same areas.

“There are a lot of people fishing there, but hopefully we can all work around the area together and catch them.”

Although second-place pro Dakota Ebare is much more used to fishing in southern states like Texas and Louisiana, he said that felt comfortable with how the James River was setting up for him.

"It felt a little like home in how it sets up," Ebare said. "The tide swings are much bigger here than they are in Louisiana, but once I figured out where I needed to be and how the fish were setting up, I settled in and knew exactly what to look for. I was at the right place at the right time today and was able to start running the tide, which is the key to all tidal waters. It doesn't matter what you are doing as much as where you're doing it.

"It was an all-around good day, and I'm thankful because I know you don't get a big one like that every day," he went on to say. "I was happy I could catch some more solid fish to go with it, so I didn't waste it. Historically on the James River, from what I've seen in past tournament results, consistency is the big thing, so I'm going into tomorrow as if I'm back to zero. On tidal fisheries, you can have 10 pounds as easily as you can have 20 because it's all about timing."

The tide also played a big role in how third-place pro Chris Groh of Spring Grove, Illinois, caught his fish.

"It started slow, I started where I had some really, really good bites in practice, but the tide wasn’t quite right," Groh said. "I slid to where the tide was better and was able to get my first limit, but it only weighed 7 pounds. I knew when the tide went slack; they wouldn't bite, so I left. When the tide came back in, I went over the same spots I was catching small fish and they were all good ones.

Groh revealed that he caught all of his fish Thursday on a white Berkley Powerbait Buzz'n Speed Toad paired with a Berkley Fusion19 weighted frog hook.

"I went and checked some other spots for tomorrow and caught some that I probably shouldn't have," Groh said. "I feel confident that I'll catch fish tomorrow. It just might not be 20 pounds again."

The top 20 pros after Day 1 on the James River are:

1st:          Grae Buck, Green Lane, Pa., five bass, 21-3
2nd:         Dakota Ebare, Brookeland, Texas, five bass, 20-15
3rd:         Chris Groh, Spring Grove, Ill., five bass, 20-7
4th:         Chad Warren, Sand Springs, Okla., five bass, 19-3
5th:         Tyler Woolcott, Port Orange, Fla., five bass, 19-2
6th:         Jason Lieblong, Conway, Ark., five bass, 18-13
7th:         Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, five bass, 18-6
7th:         Josh Butler, Hayden, Ala., five bass, 18-6
9th:         Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 18-3
10th:       Barron Adams, Mineral Bluff, Ga., five bass, 18-0
11th:       Cole Harris, Raleigh, N.C., five bass, 17-15
12th:       Stephen Albertson, Stuart, Fla., five bass, 17-14
13th:       Phillip Dutra, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 17-12
13th:       Miles Howe, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., five bass, 17-12
15th:       Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas, five bass, 17-6
16th:       Tyler Stewart, Dubach, La., five bass, 17-3
17th:       Josh Bragg, Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 16-11
18th:       Jacob Wall, New Hope, Ala., five bass, 16-8
18th:       Robby Lefere, Jackson, Mich., five bass, 16-8
20th:       Jim Moynagh, Shakopee, Minn., five bass, 16-0

A full list of results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Ebare weighed in the heaviest fish, Thursday – a largemouth that totaled 7 pounds, 14 ounces – to win the $1,000 Berkley Big Bass bonus.

Overall, there were 769 bass weighing 1,935 pounds, 7 ounces caught by 154 pros Thursday. The catch included 153 five-bass limits.

The four-day tournament, hosted by Richmond Region Tourism in cooperation with the Henrico Sports & Entertainment Authority, features a field of 154 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals competing for a top award of up to $135,000. The tournament marks the fifth of six regular-season Pro Circuit events in 2022 and offers competitors a total purse of more than $850,000.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition, the full field of 154 anglers compete in the two-day opening round on Thursday and Friday. The top 50 pros based on their two-day cumulative weight will advance to Saturday. Only the top 10 pros, based on cumulative weight from the first three days, will continue competition on Championship Sunday, where weights will be zeroed and anglers will compete in a one-day shootout for the grand prize of up to $135,000, including the lucrative $35,000 Phoenix MLF Bonus for qualified anglers.

Throughout the season, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, where they will compete for up to $235,000. The 2022 TITLE will be on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York on Aug. 16-21, and is hosted by the Town of Massena.

Anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. ET each day from the Osborne Landing, located at 9530 Osborne Turnpike in Richmond. Weigh-ins will also be held at the landing daily beginning at 2:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to attend the morning take offs and afternoon weigh-ins, and also follow the live on-the-water action all four days of competition online on MLF NOW! beginning at 7 a.m. ET at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

As part of the event, on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19, from Noon to 4 p.m., fans are invited out to the Major League Fishing Festival at the Osborne Landing. Hosted by Richmond Region Tourism, the event will feature fans meeting and getting autographs from their favorite pro anglers that compete on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit. Children are welcome to visit the Kids Zone to meet Skye & Marshall from PAW Patrol, fish for live fish in the Kids Fishing Pond, show off their artistic skills at the coloring stations, and more. Vendor booths from MLF sponsors, food, prizes and giveaways, including a FREE Abu Garcia rod and reel combo for the first 50 high school or middle school anglers, are available to festival goers. On Saturday and Sunday, one lucky attendee will play for a brand new 2022 Toyota Tundra in the Bully Dog Pick ‘Til You Win game, with runner up prizes of a new 70-inch 4K UHD Smart TV or a Bully Dog Performance Tuner. For more information on the Major League Fishing Festival, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com/Attend.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on all four days of competition from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. ET. MLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 on the James River Presented by PowerStop Brakes will feature live on-the-water coverage and a two-hour action-packed television show that will premiere on the CBS Sports Network in early September.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X and YETI.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on the MLF5 social media outlets at FacebookInstagram and  YouTube.


St. Lawrence River Set To Host B.A.S.S. Nation Northeast Regional

Waddington, N.Y., will host the 2022 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northeast Regional at St. Lawrence River June 22-24.

Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

June 16, 2022

St. Lawrence River Set To Host B.A.S.S. Nation Northeast Regional

WADDINGTON, N.Y. — When anglers arrive in New York for the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northeast Regional at St. Lawrence River June 22-24, St. Croix Bassmaster Opens Series presented by Mossy Oak Fishing champion Cooper Gallant anticipates the bass will be in all stages of the spawn.

“I think you are going to be able to do a lot of things,” the Canadian pro said. “You are going to be able to catch fish shallow that are roaming. You are going to be able to catch fish deep, and you are going to be able to catch some fish off the bed. I think it is going to be pretty wide open.”

Coined “smallmouth Disneyland” by Elite Series angler Taku Ito during his victory last season, the St. Lawrence River has been the backdrop for many Bassmaster events, including multiple Elites, Opens and the 2021 College Series National Championship won by Adrian College’s Griffin Fernandes and Hayden Scott.

Gallant pushed hard for an Opens win on the famed fishery last year but ultimately placed fourth as Elite Series pro Cory Johnston took the title.

With the tournament going out of Waddington, anglers will have access to the New York side of the river and will not be able to access Lake Ontario. Boaters will also only be able to bring four bass to the scales, while co-anglers will be allowed three.

Smallmouth will be the dominant species, and they will likely be in several different areas.

Boulders, rockpiles and sand flats around spawning flats will be key areas that attract prespawn smallmouth. Meanwhile, the smallmouth that have locked onto bed will be around big boulders and rocks in protected areas, flats with hard bottom and boulders away from the current and wind.

For anglers trying to catch spawners, a flogger will come in handy.

“It’s no different than a largemouth spawning on an isolated patch of lily pads,” Gallant said. “They will get on isolated boulders and have a bed next to the boulder and they will also spawn on chunk rock and things like that.”

As the smallmouth move off the bed, they make their way back to deeper water through the same areas they used in the prespawn period.

“Depending on how far along they are in the postspawn, they could be deeper or shallower,” he said. “But year-round, smallmouth love rock and you just have to find which areas of the river they are living in and if they are postspawn; you have to figure out where they are going next and how far along they are.”

Gallant expects drop shots, spybaits, jerkbaits, tubes and Marabou hair jigs to play a major role.

While there are plenty of largemouth in the fishery, Gallant said it is difficult to win a multiday event with only largemouth.

Anglers will launch from Whittaker Park starting at 6 a.m. ET and return for weigh-in starting at 2 p.m. Around 240 anglers representing 11 state teams from across the Northeast and the province of Ontario will compete on the St. Lawrence River. The top boater and co-angler from each state at the end of the tournament will punch their tickets to the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, which will be held Nov. 9-11 on Pickwick Lake.

The event is being hosted by the Village of Waddington and St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. This tournament is supported by a Market New York grant from I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism awarded as part of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.


Bassmaster Fishing 2022 Video Game Reveals Retro Cosmetic Pack Season Pass

A new Retro Cosmetic Pack Season Pass launches today for Bassmaster Fishing 2022, the video game.

June 16, 2022

Bassmaster Fishing 2022 Video Game Reveals Retro Cosmetic Pack Season Pass

Bassmaster Fishing 2022 - BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Retro Cosmetic Pack Season Pass for Bassmaster Fishing 2022, the video game, launched today with the fun Synthwave Cosmetic Pack. Dovetail Games, a developer and publisher of sports simulation games, will also be dropping two additional cosmetic packs — Pixel Pro and Throwback B.A.S.S. — later this summer as part of the season pass.

With the Synthwave Cosmetic Pack, players can light up the lake like it’s the 1980s and take bass fishing to an electrifying new level. Anglers can trick out their boats with brand-new emissive light strips, which may not help attract bass but will be sure to attract the attention of other anglers. The pack also gives players a selection of new clothing to choose from, as well as unlockable in-game fluorescent glasses that players can earn by completing new Mastery Challenges.

Retro Cosmetic Pack Season Pass owners can look forward to the release of the Pixel Pro Pack in July, a new cosmetic pack perfect for retro game enthusiasts. The Pixel Pro Pack will bring players’ favorite in-game Bassmaster Elite Series anglers into the exciting world of pixels and will feature new pixel art-style clothing and a boat wrap.

To wrap up the Season Pass, Dovetail Games will release the Throwback B.A.S.S. Pack in August, which will bring an old-school B.A.S.S. look to the game. The pack introduces vintage Bassmaster designs and badge patches spanning the groovy ’70s, radical ’80s and extreme ’90s.

Bassmaster Fishing 2022, the video game, was released on Oct. 28, 2021 in North America and Europe on the PS5™, PS4™, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One/Xbox One X, Windows PC via Steam and Xbox Game Pass. For regular updates on additional content, please visit Bassmasterthegame.com.


Potomac River Set to Host First Event for Toyota Series Northern Division

MARBURY, Md. (June 15, 2022) – The Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Northern Division will kick off its 2022 season next week in Marbury, Maryland, June 23-25, with the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at the Potomac River. Hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners, the three-day tournament is the first event of the season for the Toyota Series Northern Division anglers and will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and Strike King co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $75,000.

Pro Cody Pike of Powhatan, Virginia said he expects the fish to be biting and to see a great post-spawn event.

“June is typically a really good month on the Potomac River because the bass get to feeding and haven’t been completely pressured where they won’t bite anything,” Pike said. “They should be moving out to the grass off the bank and there will be some bass guarding fry, so if a guy can find some good milfoil off the bank in about 2- to 4-foot of water, it’s liable to hold a good group of fish.”

Pike said he believes the three most popular baits during the event will be ChatterBaits, swimjigs and senkos.

“They’ve been catching them really good on the Potomac this year and have been pulling in a lot of 15 to 16-pound bags still, which is good,” Pike said. “There will definitely be a lot of 13 to 14-pound bags, but the key will be to break that mark a couple days in a row to do well in this event. I would expect 17 to 18 pounds per day to win this tournament.”

Pike, who fished in both the Eastern and Northern Divisions of the Toyota Series for several years before qualifying to fish the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit in 2021, said it’s a great stepping-stone for anglers who are wanting to advance to the next level of professional bass fishing.

“You don’t have to travel too far from home, and it’s a great arena to play in and have the opportunity to advance further, especially if you are looking to only fish regional events,” Pike concluded.

Anglers will take off daily at 6 a.m. ET from Smallwood State Park located at 2750 Sweden Point Road in Marbury. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park and will begin at 2 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend the event or follow the action online through the “MLF Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

In Toyota Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event, scaling up for every 20 boats over 160 and scaling down for every boat below 160. With a 160-boat field, pros fish for a top prize of $40,000, plus an extra $35,000 if Phoenix MLF Bonus qualified. Strike King co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard (valued at $33,500). With a 260-boat field, pros fish for a top award of $65,000, plus an extra $35,000 if Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus qualified. Strike King co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard (valued at $33,500) plus $5,000 cash.

The 2022 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. consists of six divisions – Central, Northern, Plains, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International and Wild Card divisions. Anglers who fish in any of the six divisions and finish in the top 25 – or the top 12 from the Wild Card division – will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Championship for a shot at winning up to $235,000 cash. The winning Strike King co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard. The 2022 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Championship will be held Nov. 3-5 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, and is hosted by Marshall County Tourism and Sports.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Outlaw Ordinance, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X and YETI.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the MLF Toyota Series on the MLF5 social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram and YouTube .


Phoenix Fantasy Fishing Presented by Abu Garcia: Pick the Top 10 Anglers and Instantly Win a Toyota Tundra and Phoenix Boat Loaded with Abu Garcia Gear

FREE Fantasy Fishing Contest Gives Players Opportunity to Win Package, Including New Phoenix 818 Pro Boat and 2022 Toyota Tundra

TULSA, Okla. (June 15, 2022) – Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a new Fantasy Fishing contest that will run through the remaining Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and Bass Pro Tour events in the 2022 season. Any Fantasy Fishing player that chooses the top 10 anglers correctly (the 10 anglers on their fantasy team all make the Championship round), will automatically win a new 2022 Toyota Tundra Limited truck, a Phoenix 818 Pro boat, loaded with Abu Garcia gear – a prize package worth $100,000.

To enter the contest, fans can simply visit FantasyFishing.com and create their team of 10 anglers for each remaining free-to-play Fantasy Fishing game. Anglers earn points based on how many pounds of bass their anglers catch during the event.

Remaining 2022 MLF Phoenix Fantasy Fishing Events:

  • June 16-19 - Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Toyota Stop 5 at the James River (Richmond, Va.)
    • Presented by PowerStop Brakes
  • July 29-Aug. 1 - Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Covercraft Stop 6 at Lake Champlain (Plattsburgh, N.Y.)
    • Presented by Wiley X
  • ​​​​​​​Aug. 6-11 - Bass Pro Tour Stage Six at Cayuga Lake (Union Springs, N.Y.)
    • ​​​​​​​Presented by Googan Baits
  • ​​​​​​​Aug. 16-21 - Tackle Warehouse TITLE at the St. Lawrence River (Massena, N.Y.)
    • ​​​​​​​Presented by Mercury
  • ​​​​​​​Sept. 10-15 - Bass Pro Tour Stage Seven at Mille Lacs Lake (Onamia, Minn.)
    • ​​​​​​​Presented by Johnson Outdoors

The contest will end on Sept. 10, 2022, the start of the final Bass Pro Tour event of the season. Full contest rules can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com/promorules.

In addition to playing for the Toyota Tundra and Phoenix Boat prize package, fans can also create and join private leagues to compete against friends and family, then watch the live streams and SCORETRACKER® leaderboard to watch their team racking up the points.

Fantasy Fishing players also are competing for an all-expense-paid fishing trip with Bass Pro Tour angler Justin Lucas to the season-long winner on the Bass Pro Tour, an all-expense-paid fishing trip with REDCREST 2022 Champion Bobby Lane to the season-long winner on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, and new Abu Garcia rod and reel combos to the overall top 25 point-scorers in each Bass Pro Tour and Pro Circuit event.

Proud sponsors of MLF Fantasy Fishing include: Abu Garcia, Bally Bet, Fenwick, Mercury Marine, Phoenix Boats and Toyota.

For complete details and updated information about MLF Fantasy Fishing, visit FantasyFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


2nd Annual High School Bass Fishing Teams Conference

It’s that time of the year again, and the STL Bass Fishing Alliance’s 2nd Annual Regional High School Bass Fishing Conference is scheduled for December 10th, 2022 at Vianney High School here in St. Louis.

We would like to inquire if your company would be interested in our Sponsorship to help raise funds or participate in donorship of items for our raffle or giveaways for the participating students.  During our first Conference, we had approximately 75 students from various High School Fishing Teams from the St. Louis Metro area.  This number is expected to double with the inclusion of Central Illinois High Schools, with the maximum number of attendees set at 150 students.

Last year, businesses like yours, contributed resources for the raffles and gift bags which were presented to all attending students.  In addition to prizes and handouts, due to the generous donations, we were able to furnish all attendees with free lunch, snacks and beverages throughout the day.

Please join us this year by supporting this program through your needed sponsorship.  All sponsors receive recognition before, during and after the event through banners on Conference Day, as well as internet postings.  New this year, will be booth spaces for a limited number of booths.  These will be available on a First Come, First Served basis.

We would like to thank past sponsorship participants for their support in making that Conference such a huge success and welcome your participation again this year and new supporters that come onboard.  These young High School anglers are the future of fishing and are responsible for the industry growth!!

Should you require additional information or have additional questions, please feel free to contact either of the Event Coordinators listed below via cell phone or emails listed.  An address is supplied for those wishing to provide donated items.

We want to personally thank you for helping make this 2nd Annual Conference the success we hope it will be!!

Rod Magrew/Event Coordinator/STL Bass Fishing Alliance LLC/636-262-0763/[email protected]

Pat Bowden/Event Coordinator/STL Bass Fishing Alliance LLC/ 314-322-3525/[email protected]


13th Annual High School Fishing National Championship and World Finals Event Set for Florence, Alabama

Prestigious High School Fishing National Championship to Offer Millions in Scholarships and Prizes

FLORENCE, Ala. (June 14, 2022) – The premier High School Fishing event in the world is slated to be held next week, June 22-25, in Florence, Alabama on Pickwick and Wilson Lakes. The 13th Annual High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship dual event is expecting another record field for this event. Teams from most U.S. States and multiple foreign countries, including Canada, Zimbabwe, and South Africa, are expected to compete for a share of the richest prize pool in all of bass fishing – the total amount of scholarships and prizes offered up for grabs at this event is an eye-popping $3 million dollars, according to the TBF Student Angler Federation (SAF).

“On behalf of the Florence-Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, we are excited to host the High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship again in 2022,” stated Tyler Dolan, Manager of Group and Sports Sales for the Florence-Lauderdale CVB. “This is an event that our community is always looking forward to. We can’t wait to seethe young anglers on Pickwick Lake and in the Shoals soon.”

The student anglers pay no entry fee to compete in this one-of-a-kind dual event. The World Finals portion is the largest of all national High School events, and where the bulk of the prizes and scholarships are awarded. It is also the most difficult to win. The World Finals is open to any SAF member in the world, so all anglers attending will be competing in the World Finals. At the same time, on the dual-stage, the top 10% of High School teams from all SAF sanctioned events – including Major League Fishing High School Fishing Presented by Favorite Fishing Open tournaments – in the last year are qualified to compete in the National Championship event, with its own set of prizes and scholarships that will top $500,000. The National Championship qualified teams are entered into both events and have a chance at both prize pools all in one trip.

Each High School team consists of three people to a boat – two High School Fishing anglers and their adult boat captain or coach. Altogether, the 2022 High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship are estimated to bring roughly 3,000 people connected to Florence, Alabama, for this week-long event.

“We are excited to be heading back to Florence, Alabama,” stated The Bass Federation’s President and CEO, Robert Cartlidge. “Florence ‘fits’ this event as it has a great facility, a great fishery, and many things for the families to do while in the area. And the anglers love it.

“From the start, neither the TBF /SAF, nor our partners in fishing at MLF – who were among the first to join our SAF movement and grow it side by side with us – require any entry fees for our regular High School events,
Cartlidge continued. “Nor do we pay cash to kids at High School events. It is always prizes and scholarships. The result has been the explosion we currently see in High School Fishing participation nationwide, and it all adds up to a good wholesome experience for the kids and their families, which is what we all want.”

Student anglers will launch each day at 5:30 a.m. CT from McFarland Park, located at 200 Jim Spain Drive in Florence. Weigh-ins will also be held at McFarland Park, beginning at 1:30 p.m.each day. Fans are welcome to attend and encouraged to follow the event live online through weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at HighSchoolFishing.org.

In addition to the college scholarships and prizes offered, the High School Fishing National Champions will also advance to the 2022 MLF Toyota Series Championship, held Nov. 3-5 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, to compete as co-anglers and a shot at the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit HighSchoolFishing.org. For regular High School Fishing updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow High School Fishing on Facebook and on MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


Black Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Neely Henry Lake

GADSDEN, Ala. (June 13, 2022) – Boater Lee Black of Danville, Alabama, caught five bass Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Neely Henry Lake . The tournament, hosted by the City of Gadsden, was the fourth event for the Bass Fishing League Bama Division. Black earned $4,315 for his victory.

“I started off and ran about 40 minutes to my first place, and it was kind of slow for the first two hours,” Black said. “I had four fish in the livewell, and one that weighed 3½ pounds. Then, about noon, the bigger fish started biting and I caught three 4-pounders.”

Black said he focused on an upriver section of Neely Henry and caught 10 bass, including eight keepers, during the course of the day. He said a vibrating jig accounted for most of his keeper fish. He added that two of his biggest fish came while flipping a Z-Man Palmetto BugZ creature bait.

“I have fished a lot of BFL events and have finished second and third, but never have won one,” Black said. “It feels good to finally get one.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:        Lee Black, Danville, Ala., five bass, 15-6, $4,315
2nd:       Kris Colley, Ragland, Ala., five bass, 15-0, $2,767
3rd:       Wes Logan, Springville, Ala., five bass, 14-15, $1,439
4th:        Scott Chatham, Kingston, Ga., five bass, 13-7, $1,007
5th:        Mark McCaig, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 13-5, $1,563 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
6th:        Taylor Parker, Lake View, Ala., five bass, 12-8, $1,441
7th:        Jason Nixon, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 12-3, $683
7th:        Bradley Jones, Aragon, Ga., five bass, 12-3, $683
9th:        Beau Gregory, Tallassee, Ala., four bass, 11-14, $575
10th:     David Wesson, Southside, Ala., five bass, 11-12, $503

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Colley had a largemouth that weighed 5 pounds, 11 ounces that was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and earned the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $610.

Mike Langdale of Sycamore, Georgia, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,657 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 11 pounds, 6 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:        Mike Langdale, Sycamore, Ga., five bass, 11-6, $2,657
2nd:       Kade Kitchens, Southside, Ala., five bass, 10-8, $1,079
3rd:       Johnny Suratt, Lawrenceburg, Tenn., five bass, 10-5, $717
4th:        William Maddox, Trussville, Ala., five bass, 9-13, $503
5th:        Jon Huffine, Powder Springs, Ga., five bass, 9-8, $413
5th:        Rodney Thompson, Highland Home, Ala., five bass, 9-8, $413
7th:        Justin Nalley, Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 9-2, $360
8th:        Cameron Petras, Biloxi, Miss., five bass, 9-1, $324
9th:        Daniel Buswell Jr., Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 8-13, $288
10th:     Michael Corbett, Oxford, Ala., five bass, 8-9, $252

Marrell Deering of Rome, Georgia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $305.

After four events, Robbie Robinson of Mobile, Alabama, leads the Bass Fishing League Bama Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 961 points, while Mike Langdale of Sycamore, Georgia, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 979 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 13-15 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tennessee. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 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 Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships 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 top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


Defew Claims Victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Kentucky-Barkley Lakes

Elmore Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (June 13, 2022) – Boater Jeff Defew of Benton, Kentucky, caught five bass Saturday weighing 21 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Kentucky-Barkley Lakes. The tournament, hosted by Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, was the third event for the Bass Fishing League LBL Division. Defew earned $5,428 for his victory.

“We’ve got a lot of really good fishermen in this area, and a lot of people come in and fish Kentucky Lake,” Defew said. “It’s very competitive. It’s a dream to win one of these trophies. I’ve always wanted one.

“It just feels awesome,” Defew went on to say. “I own a body shop and work 50 hours a week, and I fish on weekends and after work. So, for an ordinary guy to win one of these against guys who get to fish a lot feels really good.”

Defew, who said he considers himself a “north end” fisherman on Kentucky Lake, said he focused on fishing from Kenlake Resort State Park to the dam during the event. Defew said he caught eight to 10 keepers during the course of the day. The bass fell for a Berkley Power Worm, as well as a jig and a Strike King 10XD crankbait.

“Kentucky Lake is as competitive as any other body of water out there,” Defew said. “Our lake has changed, but it’s definitely getting better. Even on its worst day it’s still a lot better than a lot of lakes you can go to.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:        Jeff Defew, Benton, Ky., five bass, 21-10, $5,428
2nd:       Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 17-4, $3,049
3rd:       Sam Boss, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 16-0, $1,478
4th:        David Seaton, Springville, Tenn., five bass, 15-13, $1,033
5th:        Keith Amerson, Bethel Springs, Tenn., five bass, 15-5, $886
6th:        Drew Lynch, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 15-1, $812
7th:        Gary Singleton, Dickson, Tenn., five bass, 14-15, $738
8th:        Larry Bailey, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 14-11, $864
9th:        Bobby Wade, Mayfield, Ky., five bass, 14-7, $590
10th:     Stu Moyer, Hardin, Ky., five bass, 14-1, $491
10th:     Kasey Alexander, Dawson Springs, Ky., five bass, 14-1, $491

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Dan Morehead of Paducah, Kentucky, had a largemouth that weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces that was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and earned the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $635.

Jim Elmore of Independence, Ky., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,314 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 13 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:        Jim Elmore, Independence, Ky., five bass, 15-13, $2,314
2nd:       Drake Horn, Murphysboro, Ill., five bass, 14-10, $1,424
3rd:       William Walsh, Bon Aqua, Tenn., five bass, 12-1, $738
4th:        Ed Daniell, West Frankfort, Ill., five bass, 11-15, $667
5th:        Jay Fields, Breese, Ill., five bass, 10-14, $443
6th:        Barry Gunter, Trafalger, Ind., four bass, 10-3, $406
7th:        Ronald Franks, Hermitage, Tenn., four bass, 9-14, $369
8th:        Shane Ross, Pembroke, Ky., three bass, 8-15, $332
9th:        Stan Evans, Newburgh, Ind., four bass, 8-11, $276
9th:        Chanler Fleetwood, Vallonia, Ind., three bass, 8-11, $276

Drake Horn of Murphysboro, Illinois, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $317.

After three events, Billy Schroeder of Paducah, Kentucky, leads the Bass Fishing League LBL Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 694 points, while Ed Daniell of West Frankfort, Illinois, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 723 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 13-15 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tennessee. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 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 Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships 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 top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


Mellott Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on the Potomac River

Allen Takes Strike King Co-Angler Division

MARBURY, Md. (June 13, 2022) – Boater Jeff Mellott of Warfordsburg, Pennsylvania, caught five bass Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on the Potomac River. The tournament, hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners, was the second event for the Bass Fishing League Northeast Division. Mellott earned $3,842 for his victory.

“In practice it was pretty obvious that an outgoing tide was going to be key, and the tide lined up really good for the tournament for me,” Mellott said. “I started out flipping pads in Mattawoman Creek and got a couple of fish out of the pads. Once the tide was pretty much out, I transitioned over to some grass and finished up my limit.”

Mellot said he used a green-pumpkin-colored Zoom Brush Hog, pegged with a 3/8-ounce weight to flip pads. He switched to a ¼-ounce weight when he targeted the grass. Mellot said he caught 12 bass during the course of the day, nine of which were keepers.

“I had a 20-pound bag by 9 o’clock, and I was pretty sure something special was going on,” Mellott said. “But you never know on the Potomac, and somebody can always bust one of those 24- or 25-pound bags. I’ve seen it happen. Nothing’s ever in the bag when it’s the Potomac.

“This is my first year fishing as a boater, and to get a win is pretty special,” Mellott added. “I’ve had a couple as a co-angler, but to get one as a boater is something special.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:        Jeff Mellott, Warfordsburg, Pa., five bass, 20-4, $3,842
2nd:       John Hauserman, Ellicott City, Md., five bass, 18-2, $1,921
3rd:       Chris Jackson, Jeffersonton, Va., five bass, 17-13, $1,282
4th:        Charlie Reed Jr., Gloucester, Va., five bass, 17-6, $1,032
4th:        Peter Webster, Alexandria, Va., five bass, 17-6, $832
6th:        Lenny Baird, Stafford, Va., five bass, 16-13, $1,404
7th:        Joe Wilkerson, Vienna, Va., five bass, 16-10, $640
8th:        David Houchens, Bowie, Md., five bass, 16-9, $576
9th:        Darryl Esterly, Fleetwood, Pa., five bass, 16-6, $512
10th:     Ernie Freeman, Broad Run, Va., five bass, 16-5, $948 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Alex Pirowski of Occoquan, Virginia, had a largemouth that weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces that was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and earned the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $510.

 

Keith Allen of Midland, Virginia, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,021 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 8 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:        Keith Allen, Midland, Va., five bass, 16-8, $2,021
2nd:       Troy Mills, Lewistown, Pa., five bass, 15-2, $1,160
3rd:       Chris Hurley, Carlisle, Pa., five bass, 15-1, $641
4th:        Richard Jensen, Virginia Beach, Va., five bass, 14-15, $448
5th:        Paul Kimball, Glastonbury, Conn., five bass, 14-14, $384
6th:        Calvin Bush, Mifflinburg, Pa., five bass, 14-11, $352
7th:        Shawn Minch, five bass, 14-8, $320
8th:        Scott Minch, Feasterville, Pa., five bass, 14-7, $288
9th:        James Pesilo, five bass, 14-4, $256
10th:     Josh Escobar, Bethany, Conn., five bass, 14-3, $213
10th:     Nate Barker, Newmanstown, Pa., five bass, 14-3, $213

Richard Allen caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 2 ounces, to earn the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $255.

After two events, Michael Duarte of Baltimore, Maryland, leads the Bass Fishing League Northeast Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 486 points, while Richard Jensen of Virginia Beach, Virginia, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 494 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 20-22 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Virginia. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 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 Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships 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 top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


Cavender and Georgia’s Durham Tie for Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Eufaula

Armstrong Tops Strike King Co-Angler Division

EUFAULA, Ala. (June 13, 2022) – Boaters Mike Cavender of Phenix City, Alabama, and Joe Durham of Albany, Georgia, both caught five bass Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 14 ounces, to tie for the win at the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Lake Eufaula . The tournament was the fourth event for the Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division. Cavender and Durham each earned $3,514 for their victory.

“The first place I stopped at I caught two of the fish I weighed in,” Durham said. “Things went well the rest of the day, and I made some weight upgrades and filled out my limit.”

Durham said he caught 20 fish during the day – all keepers – by fishing ledges from Kiwiki Creek to the causeway with a Picasso Aaron Martens Heavy Cover Shock Blade Pro vibrating jig, a Duo Realis Crankbait G87 15A and a locally produced bladed jig that produced his biggest fish of the day.

“I’ve fished this lake for a long time, and this feels great,” Durham said.

Cavender, an offshore fisherman who said he has fished Eufaula for 27 years, said his experience on the body of water finally paid off at the event. He said he targeted 16 schools of fish in 10 to 20 feet of water around mid-lake and further north.

Cavender said he started the day targeting fish in 10 feet that he had marked under early cloud cover, and then transitioned to deeper water as the day progressed. His bait of choice was a chartreuse shad-colored  Strike King Pro Model 5XD Crankbait.

“On my first cast I caught a 4-pounder,” Cavender said. “My second cast gave me a 3½-pounder. So I was happy.”

Cavender’s streak of quality fish continued, and he said he had a limit of 17 pounds in the first 30 minutes of the competition.

“I was just praying I could catch a 5-pounder and a 4-pounder and get 15 pounds total,” Cavender said. “I had no idea I was going to catch five 4-pounders.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:        Mike Cavender, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 19-14, $3,514
1st:        Joe Durham, Albany, Ga., five bass, 19-14, $3,514
3rd:       Matthew O’Connell, Brooks, Ga., five bass, 18-3, $2,362 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
4th:        Baylor Ronemus, Tiger, Ga., five bass, 17-9, $1,093
5th:        Payton Morgan, Woodstock, Ga., five bass, 16-0, $937
6th:        Bobby Padgett, Lagrange, Ga., five bass, 15-3, $820
6th:        Buddy Benson, Dawsonville, Ga., five bass, 15-3, $820
8th:        Ethan Greene, Eufaula, Ala., five bass, 14-14, $703
9th:        Chandler Ray, Georgetown, Ga., five bass, 14-11, $625
10th:     Will Harkins, Blairsville, Ga., five bass, 14-10, $547

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Blake Layfield of Sparks, Georgia, had a largemouth that weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces that was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and earned the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $690.

Noah Armstrong of Fayetteville, Georgia, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,688 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 20 pounds, 7 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:        Noah Armstrong, Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 20-7, $2,688
2nd:       Alan Ray, Georgetown, Ga., five bass, 14-13, $1,172
3rd:       Thai-Son-Le, Macon, Ga., five bass, 13-9, $781
4th:        Timothy Stone, Conyers, Ga., five bass, 11-6, $547
5th:        Jeff Rikard, Leesville, S.C., four bass, 11-3, $719
6th:        Jeff Cook, Columbus, Ga., five bass, 11-1, $430
7th:        William Mercer, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 10-10, $391
8th:        Zach Lineberry, Dothan, Ala., five bass, 9-15, $351
9th:        Chris Davies, Milner, Ga., five bass, 9-14, $312
10th:     Jeffrey Payne, Danville, Ga., five bass, 9-13, $273

Armstrong also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 15 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $345.

After four events, Kip Carter of Eatonton, Georgia, leads the Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 969 points, while Donald Peppers of Good Hope, Georgia, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 946 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 6-8 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Murray in Prosperity, South Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 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 Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships 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 top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


KLEIN AND MATHEWS CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH A RECORD-BREAKING WIN ON LAKE OKEECHOBEE

CLEWISTON, FL – When South Florida heats up and the water temperature creeps into the mid to upper 80’s, anglers start talking about the Dog Days of Summer. But on Saturday, Lake Okeechobee decided the start of summer needed more of a celebration than a hibernation. With a record-breaking event, it was Hawg Day Afternoon.

Qualifier number two of the Roland Martin Marine Center Series on June 11, 2022 presented by HUK fired up early with the eager team of James Klein and Craig Mathews bringing a limit to the stage 2-hours before the official weigh-in was to begin. With a concern for fish care, they gambled on leaving the rest of the 165 teams on the water and put their bag on the scales. What?! Yeah, 37 pounds, 4 ounces. Yeah, that’s just 5 fish. Yeah, that’s a new RMMC Series record.

“We were culling 5 pounders,” Mathews said. “We probably caught 50 fish today. Biggest bag we’ve ever caught.”

“We were fishing Fire House Baits stick bait in dark with a blue tip,” Klein said. “Quarter ounce weight just working the bottom.”

The record limit not only led to the winning check of $6,300, but also netted the team top Mercury Contingency, Top Huk Winner and 2nd big bass for one big payday.

In second place with a total weight of 28.87 pounds was the father and son team of Alex Terescenko Sr. & Jr.

“I was targeting bluegill beds and ran into some spawning fish as well,” Terescenko Jr said. “We caught fish from first light to lines up. And it’s definitely a blessing to fish with my father.”

Their bait of choice was ¾ oz. HawgTech with a Gambler Mega Daddy. All on the 7’6” Scenko Sticks Reed Beater. The second place fish earned the team $3,150.

Rounding out the top three was the team of Hoinig and Wieteha with a total weight of 28.5 pounds anchored by a 7.99 pounder on Gambler Goat Swimjig with an EZ Swimmer. They also caught a few on a frog to cap off the catch and net the team $1,600 for the third place finish.

Not only did the day produce the record-breaking winning weight but the top 24 teams brought in 20 pound plus bags with well over half the field weighing in 5 fish limits. Just take a look at the gallery. It’s a non-stop parade of monster bags. Dog Days of Summer? Hardly. This big-bass party is just getting started.

As the highest paying team tournament trail in Florida, the payouts continued deep into the 165 team field for the second qualifier of the 2022 season.

The U.S. Sugar Big Bass of 9.12 pounds earned Brad Gibson $500. Co-Winner James Klein brought in the 2nd Big Bass of 8.98 pounds and earned him $100 Gambler Bucks. As the highest finishing anglers to cross the stage in HUK Gear the champions also received an additional $250 and another $250 as the highest finishing Mercury powered team. Sharon Harris received $100 from Mary Ann Martin as the highest fishing Female Angler. The highest finishing Mercury Youth Angler earned Dalton McKinstry $100. Gilbert Chevrolet presented the team of Rick Wilhelm and Dell Hatfield $250 as the highest finishing Gilbert Chevrolet owner. And with 5 bass weighing just 5.78 pounds, the team of John Tavano and Ernie Johnson turned the smallest limit into $300 from AV Inspection – again 😄

That’s how you welcome Summer on Lake Okeechobee. A record-breaking second act that is leading up to the biggest season yet and a Championship finale in December like never before. Make sure you don’t miss out and register your team early for the next qualifier on October 8, 2022. Be safe and have a great summer!


Midland High Claims Another Victory At Bassmaster High School Series Event On Saginaw Bay

Brady Pinwar and Alec Albrecht of Midland High School have won the Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Series at Saginaw Bay presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors with a total of 21 pounds, 9 ounces.

Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.
June 11, 2022

BAY CITY, Mich. — Despite giant waves and heavy winds that prevented them from effectively fishing their preferred areas, Brady Pinwar and Alec Albrecht from Midland High School became repeat champions on Saginaw Bay by catching 21 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2022 Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

“Once B.A.S.S. announced they were coming here for another high school tournament, instantly we were both pumped and were like, ‘We have to go back-to-back.’ We have some good history out here and got it done,” Pinwar said.

Pinwar and Albrecht were followed by Fenton High School anglers Mitch Straffon and Hank Sturm with 20-7 and the Freeland High School duo of Brayden Ruckman and Nate Helmreich with 20-6, both teams that finished inside the Top 3 during the 2021 event.

While Saginaw Bay serves as their home lake, Albrecht said winning last year’s tournament helped their mental game this year.

“We came into this tournament knowing we had it in us and knowing the same spots stuck around,” he said. “We just believed in ourselves.”

Using an area similar to the one that produced 23-4 during their victory a year ago, Pinwar and Albrecht targeted spawning flats where they could see the smallmouth set up on bed. A late boat draw Friday night was just the beginning of a number of obstacles they had to overcome to win as the wind kicked up earlier than expected, making sight fishing extremely difficult.

“The waves and the wind were not on our side at all,” Albrecht said. “We were sitting in 5-footers all day trying to catch fish. We stumbled across a few later in the day and then finally on one of our last casts we caught the biggest one.”

“There wasn’t a lot of sun out either,” Pinwar added. “It was obviously hard to see them. For the first half of the day, we were blind casting to try and catch some cruisers. They were either pre- or postspawn.”

The morning was not as productive as they hoped, as they only landed three keepers by noon. Around that time, however, the sun came out and they were able to see a couple of bass on beds.

“We went up to one bed and there were two fish on it, and we caught them on back-to-back casts,” Pinwar said. “Then we went to one of the big ones we had marked. We caught it at the last minute and went in and got it done.”

All of their bass were caught on a drop-shot rig.

Straffon and Strum wanted to head out to the big water and catch smallmouth as well, but when they completed the idle up the Saginaw River and evaluated the conditions on Saginaw Bay, they turned back and pivoted to the largemouth bite.

“I wasn’t too happy with it, but at the end of the day our safety matters the most,” said Straffon, a member of the 2021 Bassmaster High School All-American Fishing Team presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors. “We knew we had a few fish back here. We didn’t know it would be that much. We put our heads down all day and flipped.”

Using two different colored jigs, they targeted a stretch of main-river bank lined with rocks and laydowns. Most of their bass were located next to the bank while a couple bit as they brought their jigs closer to the drop-off.

“We knew a lot of these fish were super pressured,” Strum said. “We both picked up a jig. We really moved slowly and they would pick it up and swim off the drop.”

Dallas Taylor and Hayden Thomas from Stilwell High School caught the Big Bass of the tournament, a 4-13 largemouth.

Saginaw Bay was the final regular-season event of the year, and now qualified teams will set their sights on Lake Hartwell for the 2022 Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Championship presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors Aug. 11-13.

2022 Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Series at Saginaw Bay presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors 6/11-6/12
Saginaw Bay, Bay City MI.
(BOATER) Standings Day 1

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Brady Pinwar - Alec Albrecht Midland High School 0
Day 1: 5 21-09 Total: 5 21-09
2. Mitch Straffon - Hank Sturm Fenton High School 0
Day 1: 5 20-07 Total: 5 20-07
3. Brayden Ruckman - Nate Helmreich Freeland High School 0
Day 1: 5 20-06 Total: 5 20-06
4. Reece Keeney - Bryce Moder Northeast Wisconsin Bass 0
Day 1: 5 19-09 Total: 5 19-09
5. Derek Davis - Connor Jaco Mt.Pleasant Bass Team 0
Day 1: 5 18-09 Total: 5 18-09
6. Mason Snider - Dalton Benson Mount Juliet Fishing 0
Day 1: 5 18-09 Total: 5 18-09
7. Presley Lannom - Morgan Lannom Mt Juliet Fishing 0
Day 1: 5 17-12 Total: 5 17-12
8. Cole Jimkoski - Jack Sprague Freeland High School 0
Day 1: 5 17-11 Total: 5 17-11
9. Max Himmel - Tyler Morris Catholic High School of Baton Ro 0
Day 1: 5 17-10 Total: 5 17-10
9. Ryan Kahut - Noah Varitek Michigan A1 Anglers 0
Day 1: 5 17-10 Total: 5 17-10
11. Andrew Haney - Kenneth Young Martin County High School 0
Day 1: 5 16-11 Total: 5 16-11
12. Carter Pjesky - JD McBroom Kaneland High School 0
Day 1: 5 16-08 Total: 5 16-08
13. Dallas Taylor - Hayden Thomas Stilwell High School 0
Day 1: 5 16-05 Total: 5 16-05
14. Austin Benson - Brendan Brown Mount Juliet 0
Day 1: 5 16-02 Total: 5 16-02
15. Trey Richardson - Reid Luckett Free State Bass 0
Day 1: 5 15-14 Total: 5 15-14
16. Lainey Judson - Ella Winchell Terre Haute North HS 0
Day 1: 5 15-11 Total: 5 15-11
17. Kyle Johnson - Carson Kellogg Black Swamp Youth Bass Club 0
Day 1: 5 15-03 Total: 5 15-03
17. Reece Nixon - John Stark Soddy Daisy High School 0
Day 1: 5 15-03 Total: 5 15-03
19. Adam Dionne - Zach Waters Eastside Elites 0
Day 1: 5 15-02 Total: 5 15-02
19. Jerrod Haney - Tanner Young Martin County High School 0
Day 1: 5 15-02 Total: 5 15-02
21. Alex Bowen - Aaron Mills Cardinal Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 5 14-11 Total: 5 14-11
22. Kyle Chouinard - Caleb Cook East side Elites Bass Team 0
Day 1: 5 14-05 Total: 5 14-05
22. Luke Somerville - Leland Fox Gaylord High School 0
Day 1: 5 14-05 Total: 5 14-05
24. Cole Berry - Graham Palmer Terre Haute North High School 0
Day 1: 5 14-04 Total: 5 14-04
25. Tyler Williams - Blaise Gatrell Terre Haute North HS 0
Day 1: 5 13-15 Total: 5 13-15
26. Tristan Fawley - Van Price Carlson High School 0
Day 1: 5 13-14 Total: 5 13-14
27. Nick Seitz - Brock Vogel 419 fishing 0
Day 1: 5 13-12 Total: 5 13-12
28. Lainie Holbert - Sarah Swindle Riverside Bass Team 0
Day 1: 5 13-03 Total: 5 13-03
29. Jake Brown - Preston Kolisek Loretto Mustangs Bass Club 0
Day 1: 5 13-02 Total: 5 13-02
29. Colten Dickerson - Gabe Aldrich Fishhawx 0
Day 1: 5 13-02 Total: 5 13-02
29. Jack Swihart - Rylan Hamlin Jackson Fishing 0
Day 1: 5 13-02 Total: 5 13-02
32. Nathan Frank - Alex Balla Howell high school 0
Day 1: 5 12-11 Total: 5 12-11
33. Benjamin Hester - Mason Caldwell Rhea County High School 0
Day 1: 5 12-09 Total: 5 12-09
34. Ryan Rang - Ben Rickard Lakeland High School 0
Day 1: 5 12-08 Total: 5 12-08
35. Christian Misciagna - Logan Wood Oneida Lake HS Bassmasters 0
Day 1: 5 12-07 Total: 5 12-07
36. Luke Bailey - Luke Barriger Meridian Early College High Scho 0
Day 1: 5 12-06 Total: 5 12-06
36. Brett Mouw - Logan Kinsella The Hill Toppers 0
Day 1: 5 12-06 Total: 5 12-06
36. Nathan Reynolds - Luke Malik Backwoods Bassin 0
Day 1: 5 12-06 Total: 5 12-06
39. Wyatt Carr - Jamie Neel Reeths-Puffer High School 0
Day 1: 5 12-04 Total: 5 12-04
39. Gus Dietrich - Max Phillpotts Powers Catholic High School 0
Day 1: 5 12-04 Total: 5 12-04
41. Alex Herter - Barret Vanmarter Howell High School 0
Day 1: 5 12-02 Total: 5 12-02
41. Andrew Lithgow - Pavel Everest Stevenson highschool 0
Day 1: 5 12-02 Total: 5 12-02
43. Tanner Wolf - Kaleb Casler Dewitt High School 0
Day 1: 5 12-01 Total: 5 12-01
44. Cade Calkins - Brayden Vallie Fruitport High School 0
Day 1: 5 12-00 Total: 5 12-00
45. Harry Richter - Jacob Piniatoglou Saline High School 0
Day 1: 5 11-14 Total: 5 11-14
46. Nick Fashho - Lucas Fashho Eastside Elites 0
Day 1: 5 11-13 Total: 5 11-13
47. Burke Aidan - Caleb Horn Martin County High School 0
Day 1: 5 11-12 Total: 5 11-12
48. William Cothran - Taedem Ashworth Mt. Pleasant High School 0
Day 1: 5 11-09 Total: 5 11-09
48. Luke Lowery - Connor Rumohr Howell High School 0
Day 1: 5 11-09 Total: 5 11-09
48. Gavyn Rapp - Israel Limon Black Swamp Youth Bass Club 0
Day 1: 5 11-09 Total: 5 11-09
48. Ryan Seitz - Brady Osborn Southeastern Bass Anglers 0
Day 1: 5 11-09 Total: 5 11-09
52. Dalton Polega - Sarah Hable Freeland High School 0
Day 1: 5 11-06 Total: 5 11-06
53. C.J. Stanley - Colton Parten Rhea County Eagle Anglers 0
Day 1: 5 11-02 Total: 5 11-02
54. Stone Grove - Wyatt Hamilton Creek Wood High School 0
Day 1: 5 11-01 Total: 5 11-01
55. Corey Parsley - Weston Jude Martin County High School 0
Day 1: 5 10-14 Total: 5 10-14
56. Avery Shoemaker - Samuel Shoemaker Buford High School 0
Day 1: 4 10-13 Total: 4 10-13
57. Camden Judson - Will Gorrell Terre Haute North HS 0
Day 1: 5 10-12 Total: 5 10-12
58. Hunter Kellogg - Tim Fulk Renegades Bass Club 0
Day 1: 5 10-08 Total: 5 10-08
59. Connor Dobrinski - Gage Brouwer Zeeland Fishhawx 0
Day 1: 5 10-06 Total: 5 10-06
60. Riley Spytma - Trent Van Dam Reeths-Puffer High School 0
Day 1: 5 10-04 Total: 5 10-04
61. Henry Fox - Grady Schultz Fruitport High School 0
Day 1: 5 10-02 Total: 5 10-02
62. Evan Ludlow - Mackenzie Taylor Fruitport High School 0
Day 1: 5 10-02 Total: 5 10-02
63. Dylan Mcgee - Caleb Kidder Licking Valley 0
Day 1: 4 09-09 Total: 4 09-09
64. Aaron King - Waupaca Junior Bass Busters 0
Day 1: 5 09-07 Total: 5 09-07
65. Kayden Waller - Andrew Schoenemann Mt. Juliet high school 0
Day 1: 3 09-03 Total: 3 09-03
66. Carson Aarup - Kyle Smith Downeast Fishing 0
Day 1: 5 08-12 Total: 5 08-12
67. William Hoskins - Joshua Vanderpool Wilson Christian Academy 0
Day 1: 3 08-12 Total: 3 08-12
68. Jack Miner - Colin Hull Detroit Catholic Central 0
Day 1: 3 08-10 Total: 3 08-10
69. Annie Lassiter - Madison Pendergraph warren county pioneer anglers 0
Day 1: 4 08-08 Total: 4 08-08
70. Remington Barkley - Carlie Mitchell Hartland 0
Day 1: 4 08-06 Total: 4 08-06
71. Connor Wallace - Sophia Balla Howell High School 0
Day 1: 3 08-05 Total: 3 08-05
72. Thomas Hinshaw - Northville High School 0
Day 1: 3 07-00 Total: 3 07-00
73. Cason Mcnutt - Mt Juliet High School 0
Day 1: 3 05-12 Total: 3 05-12
74. Kolby Angell - Evan Powell Iowa youth fishing league 0
Day 1: 3 05-08 Total: 3 05-08
75. Connor Racine - Drew Brzys Dexter Highschool 0
Day 1: 2 05-07 Total: 2 05-07
76. Alex Standerfer - Collin Mcglin New London High School 0
Day 1: 3 05-02 Total: 3 05-02
77. Nathaniel Terbush - Dima Griffiths Dexter High School 0
Day 1: 2 05-02 Total: 2 05-02
78. Brendan Shinn - Owen Silverson Dexter High School 0
Day 1: 3 04-10 Total: 3 04-10
79. Jacob Policka - Collin Jolman Fruitport High School 0
Day 1: 3 04-09 Total: 3 04-09
80. Peter Duffy - Bryce Formsma GR Bass boys Northview 0
Day 1: 2 04-08 Total: 2 04-08
81. Matthew Wenzell - Nathaniel Wenzell Midland High 0
Day 1: 3 04-07 Total: 3 04-07
82. Jack Hay - Jakob Stamper howell high school 0
Day 1: 2 04-07 Total: 2 04-07
83. Marco Wolf - Jake Maiberger Howell 0
Day 1: 1 04-01 Total: 1 04-01
84. Paxton Giem - Nolan Little Boyne City High School 0
Day 1: 2 03-15 Total: 2 03-15
85. Blake Marcum - William Copley Louisa Bass Club High School 0
Day 1: 1 03-13 Total: 1 03-13
86. Colin Oldfield - Mario Manzardo Lakeland 0
Day 1: 2 03-06 Total: 2 03-06
87. Jeffrey Mansfield - Garrett Schultz Howell High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-14 Total: 1 02-14
88. Mitch Porter - Chase Aaron White Lake Lakeland 0
Day 1: 1 02-11 Total: 1 02-11
89. Miller Pomper - Louie Alpers Benzie Central 0
Day 1: 1 02-04 Total: 1 02-04
90. Alex Decia - Jaylee Lesniak Howell High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-01 Total: 1 02-01
91. Cayden Geurts - Andon Harwood Freeland High School 0
Day 1: 1 02-00 Total: 1 02-00
92. Chase Quillin - Hunter Alviar Reeths-Puffer High School 0
Day 1: 1 01-08 Total: 1 01-08
93. Cougar Fagan - Caden Adams Michigan bass bandits 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
93. Josh Garbarino - Nathan Akahoshi Livonia 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
93. Clay George - Wayland Adkisson BGA Fishing Team 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
93. Colter Mahabir - Matthew Swanson Midland High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
93. Miles Smith - Casen Rogers Central Lafourche High School 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
93. Logan Ware - Jack Romatz Midland High 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
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BIG BASS OF TOURN
Dallas Taylor Stilwell, OK 04-13 $0.00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 63 384 1023-00
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63 384 1023-00


Linder And Thompson Come From Behind For Bassmaster College Series Win On Saginaw Bay

Brian Linder and Nathan Thompson of Minnesota State-Mankato have won the 2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series at Saginaw Bay presented by Bass Pro Shops with a two-day total of 44 pounds, 3 ounces.

Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

June 10, 2022

BAY CITY, Mich. — Since the fifth grade, Nathan Thompson and Brian Linder have been fishing tournaments together but had never been able to seal the deal on a major victory.

That changed Friday when the Minnesota State-Mankato duo claimed the title at the Strike King Bassmaster College Series at Saginaw Bay presented by Bass Pro Shops with a two-day total of 44 pounds, 3 ounces. The Mille Lacs natives landed in second place with 21-1 on Day 1 before sacking 23-2 on the final day, the biggest bag of the tournament.

“We got close so many times and with this being our last tournament, it means the world to me,” Thompson said.

After falling 9 ounces short at this same event in 2021, Linder and Thompson entered this week with redemption on their minds and beat the reigning champions, Tucker Smith and Logan Parks from Auburn University, by over a pound.

“It is a dream come true. I have been working hard at this my whole life. I never gave up. This is my last college tournament ever and it is a blessing to be able to go home with a win.” Linder said. “We were hungry coming into this tournament. We went off of what we found last year and we wanted to make sure we had enough for the win.”

When they arrived in Bangor Charter Township for practice, Linder and Thompson anticipated the smallmouth would be locked on beds in shallow water. But during practice, they discovered that was not the case and they quickly pivoted to the prespawn and postspawn bass.

They utilized two different areas on Saginaw Bay that featured isolated boulders on a sand flat in 6 to 12 feet of water. While they could see the boulders in the water, Linder said if they got too close they would spook the smallmouth. Using their Humminbird 360 sonar, they could locate the boulders while staying far enough away from the target.

Heavy winds kept the Minnesota anglers from making the run to one of those areas on Day 1, but with the wind subsiding during the morning on Day 2, they ventured out to that area and were able to catch their bass before the wind cranked back up.

“The area we fished today we only prefished for two hours,” Linder said. “Our guts were just telling us this morning that we had to go there. We gambled and it paid off.”

An Outkast Feider Fly, a Ned rig with an Outkast Perfect Ned head and a drop shot were responsible for most of their bites this week.

A Magic Boulder: Although they caught over 21 pounds on Day 1, Linder and Thompson only caught six keeper bass. On Day 2, they found the bass were more active in the morning and the quality was better.

“Today we caught our fish off of one big boulder about the size of the boat,” Linder said. “There were fish everywhere this morning and it was an awesome day.”

The duo caught three fish almost immediately on that one boulder. After giving it a short break, they returned and filled out their limit before moving to a different rock and making two important culls.

“In this area, there were multiple boulders and in practice there were fish on every single one,” Thompson said. “But today it seemed like they condensed to one or two of them. Then we culled twice at a different boulder 200 yards away.”

National Championship Bound: Before the victory, it had been a down year for Linder and Thompson. They entered this event 31st in the Bassmaster Team of the Year standings and had not notched a National Championship qualification.

But with the win, the duo earned a berth to the 2022 Strike King Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops at Winyah Bay Sept. 2-4, guaranteeing one more event together before their College Series career ends.

Second Place: Tucker Smith and Logan Parks’ bid for a repeat at Saginaw Bay fell just short after they weighed 19-12 on Day 2 to land in second place with a two-day total of 42-11. After a fast start on Day 1 that included a 22-15 bag, the Auburn duo suffered a slow start on Day 2 and had to bounce around to find a limit.

“It has been an awesome week,” Parks said. “We caught a lot of fish and a lot of really big fish. We didn’t really know what we were going to find when we came back up here. We ran into them and had a pretty good event.”

They caught most of their fish on a Berkley MaxScent Flatworm on a 3/8-ounce drop-shot rig.

The strong winds that blew across Saginaw Bay on Thursday subsided some on Championship Friday, something Smith said hurt their quality.

“We caught big ones all day yesterday. I think smallmouth like the nasty weather,” Smith said. “I think that’s when the big ones usually bite. Today we went out there and started on our hole and didn’t catch a fish. We had to go up shallow to catch some. We ended up going back out deep later in the day when it got windier and ended up catching some key fish.”

Fishing areas they used to win in 2021, Smith and Parks targeted prespawn and postspawn smallmouth on rock structures in 10 to 14 feet of water. On Day 2, they were forced to move shallower and catch some bass that were set up to spawn.

Third Place: After weighing a 20-14 bag of largemouth on Day 1, the Lamar State College Orange duo of Dakota Posey and Trent Buchholz doubled down on green fish and sacked 21-7 to land in third place and qualify for their first National Championship.

“We had one big marsh area and it produced enough for us. And for some reason, we had it all to ourselves for two days. It was a big blessing,” Posey said.

Using a spinnerbait and a flapping-style frog, Posey and Buchholz stayed in the Saginaw River and targeted grassy areas that looked similar to waters in East Texas. On Day 2, the frog played more than the spinnerbait and they landed around 100 total bass.

“Yesterday we had 20 pounds in two hours and left,” Buchholz said. “Today it was a little slower. It got hot and dead calm. We stopped throwing the spinnerbait and picked up a frog and it was instant. We worked our way up to 21 pounds. It was a numbers game, we had to work through them and get to the bigger ones.”

Final Thoughts: Just like last year, Saginaw Bay showed out as one of the hidden fisheries in the country. Anglers this week landed 4,750 pounds of bass total during the two-day event with 312 total limits amongst the 189-boat field.

While winds and some thunderstorms forced teams to leave spots in the big water early, smallmouth bags were impressive while those who stayed closer to fish for largemouth caught plenty of numbers as well as quality.

In total, there were nine bags over 20 pounds with multiple 19-pound bags as well.

022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series at Saginaw Bay presented by Bass Pro Shops 6/9-6/10
Saginaw Bay, Bay City MI.
(BOATER) Standings Day 2

Angler Club/School Pts

1. Brian Linder - Nathan Thompson Minnesota State - Mankato 250
Day 1: 5 21-01 Day 2: 5 23-02 Total: 10 44-03
2. Logan Parks - Tucker Smith Auburn University 249
Day 1: 5 22-15 Day 2: 5 19-12 Total: 10 42-11
3. Dakota Posey - Trent Buchholz Lamar State College Orange 248
Day 1: 5 20-14 Day 2: 5 21-07 Total: 10 42-05
4. Easton Fothergill - Nick Dumke University of Montevallo 247
Day 1: 5 20-09 Day 2: 5 21-02 Total: 10 41-11
5. Justin Botts - Conner Dimauro Bryan college 246
Day 1: 5 17-15 Day 2: 5 20-12 Total: 10 38-11
6. Brooks Anderson - Parker Guy Emmanuel College 245
Day 1: 5 19-01 Day 2: 5 19-09 Total: 10 38-10
7. Owen Januszewski - Matt Mosby Adrian College 244
Day 1: 5 19-13 Day 2: 5 17-14 Total: 10 37-11
8. Chase Carey - Dylan Akins Emmanuel College 243
Day 1: 5 17-08 Day 2: 5 19-14 Total: 10 37-06
9. Sam Hanggi - Sam Hoesley Auburn University 242
Day 1: 5 19-10 Day 2: 5 17-09 Total: 10 37-03
10. Cason Ragsdale - Kaden Proffitt East Texas Baptist University 241
Day 1: 5 16-03 Day 2: 5 20-15 Total: 10 37-02
11. Louis Monetti - Michael Fugaro UNC Charlotte 240
Day 1: 5 17-05 Day 2: 5 19-05 Total: 10 36-10
12. Tyler Christy - Trey Schroeder McKendree University 239
Day 1: 5 19-15 Day 2: 5 16-10 Total: 10 36-09
13. Mitchell Gunn - Kyle Kunst Grand Valley State University 238
Day 1: 5 19-04 Day 2: 5 17-01 Total: 10 36-05
14. Connor Jacob - Sam Smith Auburn University 237
Day 1: 5 19-00 Day 2: 5 16-06 Total: 10 35-06
15. Robert Gee - Chad Sentell University of Tennessee 236
Day 1: 5 18-14 Day 2: 5 15-15 Total: 10 34-13
16. Adrian Urso - Corbin Templon Murray State University 235
Day 1: 5 17-04 Day 2: 5 17-03 Total: 10 34-07
17. Ryan Park - Samuel Niemeyer Murray State University 234
Day 1: 5 16-10 Day 2: 5 17-10 Total: 10 34-04
18. Landon Lawson - Hunter MCClaskey King University 233
Day 1: 5 16-02 Day 2: 5 17-15 Total: 10 34-01
19. Lafe Messer - Matt Messer Kentucky Christian University 232
Day 1: 5 18-15 Day 2: 5 14-12 Total: 10 33-11
20. Ryan Thomas - Solomon Glenn University of Montevallo 231
Day 1: 5 14-01 Day 2: 5 19-07 Total: 10 33-08
21. Weston Hollar - Jordan Pennington University of Montevallo 230
Day 1: 5 16-14 Day 2: 5 16-10 Total: 10 33-08
22. Troy Gibson - Jake Novotny University of Louisville 229
Day 1: 5 14-07 Day 2: 5 18-09 Total: 10 33-00
23. Tyler Cory - Scott Sledge University of Montevallo 228
Day 1: 5 16-12 Day 2: 5 16-00 Total: 10 32-12
24. Connor Hicks - Austin Wadzinski University of Tennessee 227
Day 1: 5 16-07 Day 2: 5 16-05 Total: 10 32-12
25. Dustin Bauer - Wyatt Pearman Campbellsville University 226
Day 1: 5 16-00 Day 2: 5 16-07 Total: 10 32-07
26. Jack York - Jacob Miller stephen f austin state universit 225
Day 1: 5 17-08 Day 2: 5 14-13 Total: 10 32-05
27. Jack Baron - Bradley Martin University of Montevallo 224
Day 1: 5 18-06 Day 2: 5 13-14 Total: 10 32-04
28. Ryan Franks - Jason Reding Kent State University 223
Day 1: 5 14-04 Day 2: 5 17-14 Total: 10 32-02
29. Zach Mcnary - Eric Hanover Grand Valley State University 222
Day 1: 5 18-07 Day 2: 5 13-04 Total: 10 31-11
30. Russel Buffa - Jenson Kay Adrian College 221
Day 1: 5 16-13 Day 2: 5 14-12 Total: 10 31-09
31. Easton Lindus - Matthew Zdrazil Emmanuel College 220
Day 1: 5 19-07 Day 2: 5 12-01 Total: 10 31-08
32. Caz Anderson - William Harris Carson-Newman University 219
Day 1: 5 14-14 Day 2: 5 16-09 Total: 10 31-07
33. Cody Ross - Ethan Thurston East Texas Baptist University 218
Day 1: 5 16-01 Day 2: 5 15-05 Total: 10 31-06
34. Tim Herrmann - Austin Goins Bryan College 217
Day 1: 5 16-15 Day 2: 5 14-06 Total: 10 31-05
35. Drew Traffanstedt - Dakendrick Patterson University of Montevallo 216
Day 1: 5 16-01 Day 2: 5 15-00 Total: 10 31-01
36. Haydan Quesenberry - James Cobbs Auburn University 215
Day 1: 5 16-06 Day 2: 5 14-10 Total: 10 31-00
37. Chase Mundhenke - Blake Milligan Auburn University 214
Day 1: 5 11-12 Day 2: 5 19-00 Total: 10 30-12
38. Derek Rodriguez Jr. - Nick Owens Adrian College 213
Day 1: 5 15-07 Day 2: 5 15-05 Total: 10 30-12
39. Spencer Black - Caleb Lonca Catawba Valley Community College 212
Day 1: 5 14-09 Day 2: 5 15-13 Total: 10 30-06
40. Eion Patterson - Brennan Kenison UNC Charlotte 211
Day 1: 5 18-15 Day 2: 5 11-06 Total: 10 30-05
41. Walker Brown - Cole Thompson University of North Alabama 210
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 5 16-04 Total: 10 30-03
42. Isaac Carlson - Blaine Mattingly Campbellsville University 209
Day 1: 5 14-10 Day 2: 5 15-08 Total: 10 30-02
43. Griffin Fernandes - Hayden Scott Adrian College 208
Day 1: 5 16-06 Day 2: 5 13-06 Total: 10 29-12
44. Storm Cline - Ely Dennison Carson-Newman University 207
Day 1: 5 14-05 Day 2: 5 15-07 Total: 10 29-12
45. Kobe Thompson - Mathias Dahline Adrian College 206
Day 1: 5 12-05 Day 2: 5 17-03 Total: 10 29-08
46. Cameron Dials - Jonathan Fraley Kentucky Christian University 205
Day 1: 5 10-13 Day 2: 5 18-10 Total: 10 29-07
47. Jordan McCaleb - Chase Clarke Auburn University 204
Day 1: 5 15-03 Day 2: 5 14-04 Total: 10 29-07
48. Jacob Highley - Autumn Belcher Kentucky Christian University 203
Day 1: 5 15-05 Day 2: 5 14-01 Total: 10 29-06
49. Britt Myers - Tyler Anderson Lander University 202
Day 1: 5 14-04 Day 2: 5 15-02 Total: 10 29-06
50. Drew Gill - Jonah Potts Wabash Valley College 201
Day 1: 5 15-00 Day 2: 5 14-06 Total: 10 29-06
51. Alex Richmond - Riley Bowen Grand Valley State University 200
Day 1: 5 15-13 Day 2: 5 13-08 Total: 10 29-05
52. Ethan Vanden Busch - Luke Loewe University of Minnesota 199
Day 1: 4 10-14 Day 2: 5 18-03 Total: 9 29-01
53. Hunter Bailey - JR Young Jr Jacksonville State University 198
Day 1: 5 11-12 Day 2: 5 17-05 Total: 10 29-01
54. Parker Domschke - Lane Stephens McKendree University 197
Day 1: 5 18-14 Day 2: 5 10-01 Total: 10 28-15
55. Colby Kerr - Jonathan Fitch Kentucky Christian University 196
Day 1: 5 13-00 Day 2: 5 15-15 Total: 10 28-15
56. Calvin Landsberg - Tyler Lubbat University of Alabama 195
Day 1: 5 13-12 Day 2: 5 15-03 Total: 10 28-15
57. Blair Erickson - Charlie Wright University of Montevallo 194
Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 5 16-06 Total: 10 28-14
58. JD Clarke - Hunter Muncrief Stephen F Austin State Universit 193
Day 1: 5 14-07 Day 2: 5 14-07 Total: 10 28-14
59. Jake Monti - Samuel Dunson UNC Charlotte 192
Day 1: 5 15-01 Day 2: 5 13-09 Total: 10 28-10
60. Troy Harris - Jase Smith Georgia College 191
Day 1: 5 15-02 Day 2: 5 13-07 Total: 10 28-09
61. Ty Mundhenke - Bennett Slinkard Auburn University 190
Day 1: 5 14-02 Day 2: 5 14-07 Total: 10 28-09
62. Walter Trulock - Paden Chrisman Mississippi State University 189
Day 1: 5 15-10 Day 2: 5 12-14 Total: 10 28-08
63. Will Oberman - Lane Pohlman Campbellsville University 188
Day 1: 5 15-05 Day 2: 5 13-03 Total: 10 28-08
64. Harmon Marien - Bailey Bleser McKendree University 187
Day 1: 5 18-07 Day 2: 5 10-00 Total: 10 28-07
65. Brantley Anders - Will Rooker Kentucky Christian University 186
Day 1: 5 15-07 Day 2: 5 13-00 Total: 10 28-07
66. Coleman Bingham - Braden Leffew Bethel University 185
Day 1: 5 13-08 Day 2: 5 14-14 Total: 10 28-06
67. Joseph Bissing - Jackson Paden University of Tennessee 184
Day 1: 5 15-11 Day 2: 5 12-10 Total: 10 28-05
68. Michael Zawicki - Carson Tucker UW Whitewater 183
Day 1: 5 12-07 Day 2: 5 15-13 Total: 10 28-04
69. Logan Hawkins - Evan Waggener Campbellsville University 182
Day 1: 5 14-07 Day 2: 5 13-13 Total: 10 28-04
70. Joshua DeKoning - Dalton Mollenkopf Adrian College 181
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 5 14-01 Total: 10 28-04
71. Nate Triplett - Cy Lambert University of North Alabama 180
Day 1: 5 14-02 Day 2: 5 14-02 Total: 10 28-04
72. Cole Holloway - Taylor Mcmullen Emmanuel College 179
Day 1: 5 14-07 Day 2: 5 13-09 Total: 10 28-00
73. Stevie Mills - Brady Duncan Carson-Newman University 178
Day 1: 5 12-09 Day 2: 5 15-04 Total: 10 27-13
74. Drew Fromm - Hunter Capehart Wabash Valley College 177
Day 1: 5 16-06 Day 2: 5 11-06 Total: 10 27-12
75. Cameron Tullis - Brett Jolley East Texas Baptist University 176
Day 1: 5 14-07 Day 2: 5 13-04 Total: 10 27-11
76. Matthew Davis - Sam Shoemaker Adrian College 175
Day 1: 5 13-09 Day 2: 5 14-02 Total: 10 27-11
77. Garrett Thompson - Ethan Perry West Virginia University 174
Day 1: 5 13-14 Day 2: 5 13-12 Total: 10 27-10
78. Clay Henderson - Brant Rowland Drury University 173
Day 1: 5 12-10 Day 2: 5 14-14 Total: 10 27-08
79. Nick Staub - Lake Norsworthy Blue Mountain College 172
Day 1: 5 12-10 Day 2: 5 14-11 Total: 10 27-05
80. Max Pierlott - Mike Pierlott UNC Charlotte 171
Day 1: 5 15-04 Day 2: 5 11-14 Total: 10 27-02
81. Caleb Dachenhaus - Elliot Wielgopolski Adrian College 170
Day 1: 5 13-11 Day 2: 5 13-07 Total: 10 27-02
82. Riley Lawson - Chris Baker Kentucky Christian University 169
Day 1: 5 12-14 Day 2: 5 14-02 Total: 10 27-00
83. Kyle Bahr - Trey Dickert University of Montevallo 168
Day 1: 5 14-04 Day 2: 5 12-11 Total: 10 26-15
84. Trevor Easter - Reagan Nelson Tarleton State University 167
Day 1: 5 13-05 Day 2: 5 13-10 Total: 10 26-15
85. Hunter Palmer - Eli Stevenson bryan college 166
Day 1: 5 10-14 Day 2: 5 16-00 Total: 10 26-14
86. Victor Alford - Logan East bryan college 165
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 5 12-14 Total: 10 26-14
87. Sam Schmitz - Walker Sahagun University of North Alabama 164
Day 1: 5 13-00 Day 2: 5 13-14 Total: 10 26-14
88. Hunter Fillmore - Dylan Fogarty Bethel University 163
Day 1: 5 12-13 Day 2: 5 13-15 Total: 10 26-12
89. Tyler Finley - Lane Lassiter University of North Alabama 162
Day 1: 5 11-01 Day 2: 5 15-10 Total: 10 26-11
89. Gunner Whitaker - Mitch Johnson Kentucky Christian University 162
Day 1: 5 15-10 Day 2: 5 11-01 Total: 10 26-11
91. Conner Giles - Christian Wright Bryan College 160
Day 1: 5 14-06 Day 2: 5 12-05 Total: 10 26-11
92. Dalton Coleman - Joe Bob Burchett Kentucky Christian University 159
Day 1: 5 13-05 Day 2: 5 13-06 Total: 10 26-11
93. Layton Brown - Parker Brown Dallas Baptist University 158
Day 1: 5 13-11 Day 2: 5 12-15 Total: 10 26-10
94. Cole Breeden - Zachary Ward Drury University 157
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 5 13-00 Total: 10 26-10
94. Seth Elkins - Dale Hansard Jacksonville State University 157
Day 1: 5 13-10 Day 2: 5 13-00 Total: 10 26-10
96. Landon Brown - Maycee Lyons Morehead State University 155
Day 1: 5 12-02 Day 2: 5 14-07 Total: 10 26-09
97. Justin Latham - Karsten Raney campbellsville university 154
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 14-03 Total: 10 26-09
98. Morgan Miracle - Clay Oberman Campbellsville University 153
Day 1: 5 15-01 Day 2: 5 11-07 Total: 10 26-08
99. Gavin Clevenger - Chase Hastings Carson-Newman University 152
Day 1: 5 13-15 Day 2: 5 12-09 Total: 10 26-08
100. Cole Zagrzebski - Kurt Antonowitsch Western Michigan University 151
Day 1: 5 13-03 Day 2: 5 13-05 Total: 10 26-08
101. Cody Griffith - Drew Jennings Auburn University 150
Day 1: 4 10-07 Day 2: 5 15-12 Total: 9 26-03
102. Brycen Hendriks - Gavin Ange UNC Charlotte 149
Day 1: 5 13-12 Day 2: 5 12-07 Total: 10 26-03
103. Hayden Gaddis - Ben Cully Carson-Newman University 148
Day 1: 5 13-01 Day 2: 5 13-02 Total: 10 26-03
104. Andrew Fisher - Elijah Kirk Bryan College 147
Day 1: 5 14-06 Day 2: 5 11-12 Total: 10 26-02
105. Jacob Witkowski - Hunter Jenkins Dallas Baptist Univesity 146
Day 1: 5 14-13 Day 2: 5 11-03 Total: 10 26-00
106. Kyle Knoll - Luke Morgan Southern Union State Community C 145
Day 1: 4 09-00 Day 2: 5 16-15 Total: 9 25-15
107. Bailey Rene - John Phipps Indiana University Southeast 144
Day 1: 5 13-06 Day 2: 5 12-08 Total: 10 25-14
108. Luke Byerly - Parker Kaye University of Tennessee Knoxvill 143
Day 1: 5 14-09 Day 2: 5 11-04 Total: 10 25-13
109. Garrett Huddleston - Riley Voltz Auburn University 142
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 5 11-12 Total: 10 25-12
110. Hunter Enlow - Lander University 141
Day 1: 5 12-14 Day 2: 5 12-13 Total: 10 25-11
111. Wesley Smith - Grant Harris Catawba Valley Community College 140
Day 1: 5 13-06 Day 2: 5 12-04 Total: 10 25-10
112. Hunter Keller - Carson Eckard Catawba Valley Community College 139
Day 1: 5 11-09 Day 2: 5 13-15 Total: 10 25-08
113. Beau Browning - Jake Peck Drury University 138
Day 1: 5 14-00 Day 2: 5 11-07 Total: 10 25-07
114. Aaron Cherry - Cal Culpepper University of Montevallo 137
Day 1: 5 13-03 Day 2: 5 12-03 Total: 10 25-06
115. JJ Kocevar - Christian Turner Kent State University 136
Day 1: 5 13-14 Day 2: 5 11-07 Total: 10 25-05
116. Braden Perry - Austin Smith Carson-Newman University 135
Day 1: 5 12-08 Day 2: 5 12-12 Total: 10 25-04
117. Bo Thomas - Mason Vernia Western Michigan University 134
Day 1: 5 14-13 Day 2: 4 10-06 Total: 9 25-03
118. Bryant Marsh - Tyler Hill Blue Mountain College 133
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 12-13 Total: 10 25-03
119. Logan Dillon - Spencer Maxwell Southwest Mississippi Community 132
Day 1: 5 13-13 Day 2: 5 11-05 Total: 10 25-02
120. Chase Sansom - Tyler Drown Marshall University 131
Day 1: 5 12-06 Day 2: 5 12-12 Total: 10 25-02
121. Blayner Leeman - Noah Hurford Kentucky Christian University 130
Day 1: 5 14-03 Day 2: 5 10-14 Total: 10 25-01
122. Reed Kochan - Nate Boenning University of Wisconsin Stevens 129
Day 1: 5 13-00 Day 2: 5 12-01 Total: 10 25-01
123. Connor Cartmell - Andrew Vereen Coastal Carolina University 128
Day 1: 5 12-13 Day 2: 5 12-04 Total: 10 25-01
124. Shane Nelson - Aaron Jagdfeld Adrian College 127
Day 1: 5 12-00 Day 2: 5 13-00 Total: 10 25-00
125. Joseph Woods - Anthony Cicero Iv Bethel University 126
Day 1: 5 11-06 Day 2: 5 13-06 Total: 10 24-12
126. Rob Lindsey - Mason Cizek Bryan College 125
Day 1: 5 11-13 Day 2: 5 12-14 Total: 10 24-11
127. Blair Cox - Zach Adamec Missouri State University 124
Day 1: 4 10-12 Day 2: 5 13-12 Total: 9 24-08
128. Kopeland Rosser - Brenton Godwin University of Montevallo 123
Day 1: 5 13-03 Day 2: 5 11-04 Total: 10 24-07
129. Tanner Maness - Chandler Ellis Lander University 122
Day 1: 5 12-09 Day 2: 4 11-14 Total: 9 24-07
130. Ben Brockwell - Justice Gayhart Kentucky Christian University 121
Day 1: 5 12-04 Day 2: 5 11-13 Total: 10 24-01
131. Grant Dohle - Wyatt Montle Missouri State University 120
Day 1: 5 11-15 Day 2: 5 12-02 Total: 10 24-01
132. Dawson Burton - Kentucky Christian University 119
Day 1: 5 14-10 Day 2: 4 09-00 Total: 9 23-10
133. Carter Ball - Austin Tapley Adrian College 118
Day 1: 5 11-06 Day 2: 5 12-01 Total: 10 23-07
134. Jaxson Freeman - Kyle Hopping McKendree 117
Day 1: 5 10-13 Day 2: 5 12-09 Total: 10 23-06
135. Andrew Rickman - Michael Postlewait Dallas Baptist University 116
Day 1: 5 12-00 Day 2: 5 11-06 Total: 10 23-06
136. Patrick Henry - Jared Minor Ohio State University 115
Day 1: 5 11-07 Day 2: 5 11-14 Total: 10 23-05
137. Colton Hill - Trey Budach mckendree university 114
Day 1: 5 12-13 Day 2: 5 10-03 Total: 10 23-00
137. Clayton Primrose - Fisher Davis Etbu 114
Day 1: 5 12-13 Day 2: 5 10-03 Total: 10 23-00
139. Zachary Bowen - Harrison Terry Bethel University 112
Day 1: 5 12-09 Day 2: 5 10-06 Total: 10 22-15
140. Alec Berens - Joseph Bruener Mckendree University 111
Day 1: 5 12-07 Day 2: 5 10-08 Total: 10 22-15
141. Wil Rigdon - Cade Hayford Campbellsville University 110
Day 1: 5 10-13 Day 2: 5 11-11 Total: 10 22-08
142. Jared Muzyka - Sean Prendergast University of Massachusetts - Am 109
Day 1: 5 10-10 Day 2: 5 11-13 Total: 10 22-07
143. Matthew Cummings - Levi Mullins Bethel University 108
Day 1: 2 05-07 Day 2: 5 16-06 Total: 7 21-13
144. Carter Koza - Lee Koza Carson Newman University 107
Day 1: 4 08-11 Day 2: 4 13-02 Total: 8 21-13
145. Nathan Smith - Cabe Mackey Catawba Valley Community College 106
Day 1: 5 12-10 Day 2: 5 08-15 Total: 10 21-09
146. Matthew Benson - Nathanael Wright Emmanuel College 105
Day 1: 5 10-08 Day 2: 5 11-00 Total: 10 21-08
147. Adam Troyer - Andrew Yazdi Indiana University 104
Day 1: 4 09-12 Day 2: 5 11-11 Total: 9 21-07
148. Jordan Smallwood - Luke Henderson Campbellsville University 103
Day 1: 4 10-02 Day 2: 5 11-03 Total: 9 21-05
149. Isaac Irvin - Mason Gross wabash valley college 102
Day 1: 5 12-14 Day 2: 5 08-03 Total: 10 21-01
150. Jacob Welch - Brycen Soliday Drury University 101
Day 1: 5 09-14 Day 2: 5 11-03 Total: 10 21-01
151. Parker Lambert - Koby Horn Lander university 100
Day 1: 4 10-10 Day 2: 5 10-06 Total: 9 21-00
152. Jake Kimbrough - Chandler Pruett Blue Mountain College 99
Day 1: 5 09-09 Day 2: 5 11-06 Total: 10 20-15
153. Braden Cox - Joel Berelsman Ohio State 98
Day 1: 5 10-00 Day 2: 5 10-11 Total: 10 20-11
154. Fisher Overton - Rudy Worley Blue Mountain College 97
Day 1: 5 12-04 Day 2: 4 07-07 Total: 9 19-11
155. Mason Phillpotts - Max Schweikert Grand Valley State University 96
Day 1: 3 06-13 Day 2: 4 12-07 Total: 7 19-04
156. Jackson Stephens - Maxwell Trotter Mckendree University 95
Day 1: 2 04-12 Day 2: 5 14-07 Total: 7 19-03
157. Teddy Peznola - Thomas Mingle University of Tennessee 94
Day 1: 5 11-12 Day 2: 3 06-14 Total: 8 18-10
158. Lucas Oliver - Nathan Dellinger Catawba Valley Community College 93
Day 1: 5 14-05 Day 2: 2 03-13 Total: 7 18-02
159. Camden Lewis - TJ Edwards Jr Blue Mountain College 92
Day 1: 5 13-07 Day 2: 2 04-05 Total: 7 17-12
160. David Hendel - Ian Mcgregor Ohio State University 91
Day 1: 5 11-09 Day 2: 2 05-10 Total: 7 17-03
161. Cameron Smith - Jacob Blackburn Ohio State University 90
Day 1: 2 04-02 Day 2: 5 12-13 Total: 7 16-15
162. Blake Bullock - Blue Mountain College 89
Day 1: 4 08-12 Day 2: 4 07-15 Total: 8 16-11
163. Tommy Sendek - Andrew Howell University of Montevallo 88
Day 1: 4 10-00 Day 2: 2 05-04 Total: 6 15-04
164. Jacob Conyers - Spencer Pergrem Morehead State University 87
Day 1: 5 09-12 Day 2: 2 04-13 Total: 7 14-09
165. Turner Hart - Summer Dees Bryan College 86
Day 1: 5 07-05 Day 2: 4 07-03 Total: 9 14-08
166. Ben Rehm - Jarrod Pritchett UW Stevens Point 85
Day 1: 5 14-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 14-07
167. Jacob Lambert - Cole Rankin Carson-Newman University 84
Day 1: 2 03-09 Day 2: 5 10-14 Total: 7 14-07
168. Lane Bailey - Justin Eggers Catawba Valley Community College 83
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 14-01 Total: 5 14-01
168. Ethan Troutman - Tyler Thompson Univerisity of Louisville 83
Day 1: 5 14-01 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 14-01
170. Bryar Chambers - Clent Blackwood Wallace State Community College 81
Day 1: 1 02-06 Day 2: 5 11-08 Total: 6 13-14
171. Reece Martin - Mark Harris Dallas Baptist University 80
Day 1: 5 13-11 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 13-11
172. Matthew Roberts - Alice Lloyd College 79
Day 1: 5 13-07 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 13-07
173. Matthew Bischoff - Nicholas Donald Bowling Green State University 78
Day 1: 5 11-05 Day 2: 1 02-01 Total: 6 13-06
174. Cody Prichard - Kris Kautz University of Dubuque 77
Day 1: 3 07-05 Day 2: 3 05-13 Total: 6 13-02
175. Andrew Thompson - Jacob Swanson Montevallo 76
Day 1: 4 08-13 Day 2: 2 03-12 Total: 6 12-09
176. Ben Rand - Mason Grossbauer Davenport University 75
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 5 12-08 Total: 5 12-08
177. Spencer Knight - Brandon Oakes Ohio State 74
Day 1: 1 02-12 Day 2: 4 09-08 Total: 5 12-04
178. Steve Kinard - Jimmy Mitchum Lander University 73
Day 1: 1 02-11 Day 2: 4 09-00 Total: 5 11-11
179. Andy Clark - Jack Simpson Western Michigan University 72
Day 1: 5 11-05 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 5 11-05
180. Alex Strunk - Jamesen Simion Bowling Green State University 71
Day 1: 4 10-02 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 4 10-02
181. Keegan Barber - John Smegner Missouri State University 70
Day 1: 3 06-15 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 3 06-15
182. Cole Taylor - Hunter Temples Lander 69
Day 1: 2 04-01 Day 2: 1 02-10 Total: 3 06-11
183. Brock Bila - Dylan Chambers Drury University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
183. Jacob Butts - Mark Kershaw Erskine College 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
183. Robert Cruvellier - Carson Maddux Auburn University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
183. Drake Hemby - Ewing Minor Carson-Newman University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
183. Seth Jenkins - TJ McKenzie Emmanuel College 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
183. Tomas Matual - Grant Olsen McKendree University 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
183. Nolan Yeager - Riley Aebi Stephen F. Austin State Universi 0
Day 1: 0 00-00 Day 2: 0 00-00 Total: 0 00-00
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Totals
Day #Limits #Fish Weight
1 157 855 2420-08
2 155 835 2330-02
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312 1690 4750-10


Alabama’s Ryan Salzman Earns First MLF Bass Pro Tour Win at General Tire Stage Five on Watts Bar Lake

Mercury Pro Weighs in 13 Bass Totaling 24 Pounds, 3 Ounces to Earn First Bass Pro Tour Win and Top Award of $100,000

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (June 9, 2022) – It was a fight to the finish during Thursday’s Championship Round among the very best anglers in the sport, but when time ran out it was Mercury pro Ryan Salzman of Huntsville, Alabama, whose name sat at the top of the SCORETRACKER® at the General Tire Stage Five on Watts Bar Lake Presented by Covercraft in Spring City, Tennessee. The Bass Pro Tour newcomer weighed 13 bass totaling 24 pounds, 3 ounces, to earn his first Bass Pro Tour win – as well as his first major career win – and take home the big red trophy and the top award of $100,000.

“Right now, I’m just putting all my trust in God, and that’s the only way I can rise up to this moment, because it’s too big for me,” Salzman said in the final moments as the clock ticked down. “Words just can’t describe how I feel even being in contention to win this event, especially going up against some of the greatest anglers in the world. Fishing against my childhood heroes, it’s just amazing.”

Moments later, time expired and Salzman was announced the General Tire Stage Five Champion on Watts Bar Lake.

“I never in my life thought I would win this event,” Salzman said excitedly, amid cheers from fans and followers who surrounded him on the water. “I knew the winning fish were in this area, but I didn’t know if they would bite today. I’ve lost several fish this week, even lost 2 or 3 today that would have given me more of a cushion at the end of the day, but I’m just speechless and so thankful for this opportunity.”

Thursday marked the first time the Alabama pro has qualified for the Championship Round on the MLF Bass Pro Tour since joining the tour in February and culminated in a moment he said he will never forget.

“First and foremost, I have to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” Salzman said. “I’ve been a mess the last few years but have made a lot of life changes and attitude changes, so to go from where I was 3-4 years ago, to where I am today, there just isn’t anything that He can’t do.”

Salzman said he found his winning area above the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Watts Bar Dam during practice and knew it had potential, but as the tournament progressed, he realized the bass were only schooling and feeding during certain time windows.

“This has been a week of highs and lows and the way my tournament began, I didn’t think this win was a possibility,” Salzman said. “I found this spot above the dam on the first day, with hundreds of bass schooling and stacked up against this wall. I knew there were enough fish here to win the event, I just had to figure out how to catch them.”

Salzman hit the first obstacle during his Qualifying Round, in large part because the fish in his winning area weren’t schooling. He finished in 15th place after his first day and ended the second day in 16th place to advance to the Knockout Round – and that’s where the fun really began.

“On Wednesday, the TVA began running water through the dam, generating 30,000, 40,000 watts, stirring up the bait fish and in turn, the bass,” Salzman said. “Once they started moving the water, this spot really lit up. The majority of the fish I caught this week were right here in this spot, on a 4½-inch morning dawn-colored Roboworm with an 1/8-ounce Titan Tungsten ball weight.”

Salzman’s flurry halted to a stop about an hour and a half prior to the end of the tournament day, as the TVA turned down the generators and the bass around him stopped feeding. Not to be deterred from the win, Salzman made a quick pivot to another place on the dam, boating a 2-pounder.

“With only 25 minutes left in the day, that kicker fish made all the difference,” Salzman finished.

The Mercury pro earned the win by a slim 11-ounce margin over Academy Sports + Outdoors pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee , who finished Championship Day in second place with a total of 10 scorable bass, weighing 23-8. Although Wheeler missed the $100,000 win by mere ounces, he earned valuable points in the 2022 Bally Bet Angler of the Year (AOY) race. Wheeler, the reigning 2021 AOY winner, currently leads again with 379 points after five regular-season events, while Jordan Lee sits in second place with 341 points. Dayton, Tennessee’s Andy Morgan sits in third with 315 points. Kevin VanDam is in fourth place with 302.5 points, while Randall Tharp rounds out the top five with 302 points.

The top 10 pros at the General Tire Stage Five on Watts Bar Lake Presented by Covercraft finished:

1st:           Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala., 13 bass, 24-3, $100,000
2nd:          Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 10 bass, 23-8, $45,000
3rd:          Dakota Ebare, Brookeland, Texas, seven bass, 16-4, $38,000
4th:           Randall Tharp, Port St. Joe, Fla., seven bass, 14-12, $32,000
5th:           Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark., six bass, 13-12, $30,000
6th:           Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich., seven bass, 12-9, $26,000
7th:           Alton Jones, Sr., Lorena, Texas, four bass, 10-11, $23,000
8th:           Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., four bass, 8-13, $21,000
9th:           Fletcher Shryock, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 8-7, $19,000
10th:        David Walker, Sevierville, Tenn., two bass, 4-0, $16,000

Full results for the entire field can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Overall, there were 65 scorable bass weighing 136 pounds, 15 ounces caught by the final 10 pros Thursday.

Wheeler caught a largemouth weighing 4 pounds, 2 ounces on a drop-shot rig in the second period to win Thursday’s 1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award. Pro Brandon Coulter of Knoxville, Tennessee took home the $3,000 Berkley Big Bass of the tournament with his 6-7 largemouth that he caught on Day 1. Berkley awards $1,000 to the angler who weighs the heaviest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the heaviest bass of the tournament.

The General Tire Stage Five on Watts Bar Lake Presented by Covercraft featured anglers competing with a 1-pound, 8-ounce minimum weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition waters that the Bass Pro Tour visits, based on the productivity, bass population and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.

The six-day event, hosted by Fish Dayton, the Rhea County Economic Tourism Council and Spring City, Tennessee, showcased 80 of the top professional bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a total purse of $805,000, including a top cash prize of $100,000 to the winner.

Television coverage of the General Tire Stage Five on Watts Bar Lake Presented by Covercraft will premiere at 7 a.m. ET, Oct. 29 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 80 of the top professional anglers in the world competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual General Tire Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2023 championship.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Bass Pro Tour include: 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, BallyBet, Bass Cat, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Covercraft, Favorite Fishing, Garmin, General Tire, Googan Baits, Grundéns, Guaranteed Rate, Humminbird, Lowrance, Luminox, Mercury, Minn Kota, Mossy Oak, Nitro Performance Boats, Onyx, Plano, Power-Pole, Power Stop, Rapala, Starbrite, Toro, Toyota, Wrangler, Yellowstone Bourbon and Zoom.

For complete details and updated information on Major League Fishing and the Bass Pro Tour, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram and YouTube.


Parks, Smith Take Lead In Bassmaster College Event, Vying For Repeat On Saginaw Bay

Logan Parks and Tucker Smith of Auburn University are leading after Day 1 of the 2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series at Saginaw Bay presented by Bass Pro Shops with 22 pounds, 15 ounces.

Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

June 9, 2022

BAY CITY, Mich. — It’s safe to say, Logan Parks and Tucker Smith enjoy fishing Saginaw Bay.

With a Day 1 limit of smallmouth weighing 22 pounds, 15 ounces, the Auburn University duo claimed the lead at the Strike King Bassmaster College Series at Saginaw Bay presented by Bass Pro Shops. They are looking to repeat on the fishery after winning this same event last season.

Their Day 1 bag exceeded their biggest limit from last year (21-0), and the duo holds nearly a 2-pound lead over Brian Linder and Nathan Thompson from Minnesota State-Mankato.

"This is just an awesome fishery," Parks said. "They aren't everywhere but when you find them you really find them. We have a pretty special place we found last year and it is producing again."

After winning the Bassmaster College Series Team of the Year championship in 2021 as well, Parks and Smith had a tough start to this season but qualified for the National Championship at Norfork Lake. With that goal achieved, Parks added winning was the only thing on their minds this week.

After fishing exclusively for smallmouth in their best area during the 2021 event, Smith and Parks arrived at their spot today and caught over 20 pounds within 15 minutes. They made a couple of short moves, resulting in several key culls throughout the day.

"It was like three casts in a row that we had three 4-pounders," Parks said. "We caught our limit, culled once and left it after we got to 20 pounds. We ran around and fished some other stuff that was nearby that set up the same way, and we were able to cull up."

Smith said they decided early on in practice that focusing solely on smallmouth would be their best chance at achieving that goal. Those smallmouth bites have all revolved around the spawn and most of their damage was done with one bait.

"They are in all stages right now," Smith said. "I think we are catching more spawners than post-spawners where we are catching them. You can see rocks and see an occasional one swim around. But they are glued to the bottom and you just have to fish around and wait for a bite."

With more bass left in their primary area and a couple of secondary areas left to fish as well, Parks and Smith are optimistic about their chances at a repeat.

"We left them biting. There are more fish there, and we have a few places that have some fish on them that we didn't fish hard at all today," Smith said. "We are looking forward to it. Hopefully, they bite and we get some good weather and we can go catch them."

Dakota Posey and Trent Buchholz from Lamar State College Orange anchored their 20-14 third-place bag with a 5-8 largemouth, earning Big Bass of the day honors.

The full field will launch from the Independence Boat Launch at the USS Edison Battle Ship starting at 5:30 a.m. ET and will return for weigh-in beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Following the Day 2 weigh-in, 19 teams will earn a spot in the 2022 Strike King Bassmaster College National Championship at Winyah Bay presented by Bass Pro Shops Sept. 2-4.


Instinct Rods Propel Lester to Elite Series Victory

Brandon Lester Collects Second Major Championship with BLF Instinct Rods from Mustad

Miami, Florida (June 9, 2022) - Brandon Lester’s masterclass in boating tournament-winning bass was in session this past week on 50-mile-long Pickwick Lake near Counce, Tennessee. The only angler in the 91 boat field to bring over 20 pounds of bass to the scales on each of the four competition days, Lester emerged victorious on Championship Sunday with a commanding total of 86 lbs - 1 oz, which bested his nearest competitor by nearly six pounds. Along the way to his first Bassmaster Elite Series victory, Lester made every cast – and battled every bass – with a BLF Instinct Rod from Mustad in his hand.

A stellar lineup of 14 models – eight multi-purpose baitcasters, three crankbait-specific rods, and three spinning rods – the BLF Instinct series boasts Mustad’s renowned quality with insightful design specifications that Lester has refined throughout the course of his fishing career. “When the opportunity to work with Mustad on a new rod series arose, they did not give me a single guideline; they said ‘Tell us what you need and we’ll go from there,’” Lester said. “I was traveling at the time and had a layover in Houston, so I opened up the Notes on my smartphone and I laid out the groundwork for a line of rods to cover everything needed for bass fishing.”

At Pickwick Lake, Lester relied on a trio of presentations to catch the lion’s share of his bass – covering the gamut from power to finesse – all honed to championship perfection with the precision and craftsmanship of BLF Instinct rods from Mustad.

Lester caught several of his largest bass by grinding oversized crankbaits into shallow, hard-bottom spots using BLF Instinct crankbait rods. “These rods all have parabolic, moderate actions that are perfect for crankbaits and are built using graphite blanks,” remarked Lester. “I want to know what my crankbait is doing all the time, and you only get that sensitivity from graphite. The crankbait models have full-length grips with a combination of cork and a tight EVA foam to give them a really good feel in the hand.” Lester used the 7’ Medium-Heavy and the 7’6” Heavy BLF Instinct crankbait rods for all of his shallow cranking on Pickwick Lake.

Lester’s favored finesse offering was a Neko-rigged worm, featuring a #2 Mustad TitanX Wacky/Neko hook and a ⅛ oz Mustad Tungsten TitanX Nail Weight, presented with a BLF Instinct spinning rod. “I used the BLF Instinct 6’10” Medium rod – my absolute favorite spinning rod – for Neko rigging. It handles everything you’d want a spinning rod to do, including drop shots, Ned rigs, Wacky rigs, Neko rigs, and more. All of our BLF Instinct spinning rods have Fast actions, relatively short handles, are light in the hand, and are extremely sensitive. I’ve caught a lot of big fish with these rods, including a 6-13 on Day 3. They’re just awesome!”

“These are our bread-and-butter models for every bass angler. We have everything from a 6’10” Medium rod for small topwaters, all the way up to a 7’9” Extra-Heavy for punching and big swimbaits.” Lester landed his Sunday magnum on the BLF Instinct 7’4” Medium-Heavy baitcasting rod.

Lester’s Elite Series victory on Pickwick Lake was not his first championship of the year, nor the first trophy earned with help from BLF Instinct rods. In February 2022, Lester won the Bassmaster Southern Opens event held on the Kissimmee Chain in Florida. To claim that hardware in come-from-behind fashion, Lester used a BLF Instinct baitcasting rod to present a 6-inch stick worm rigged on a 4/0 Mustad Grip-Pin Big Bite hook with a Mustad Tungsten TitanX Worm Weight, as well as a BLF Instinct crankbait rod to present a 3/8-ounce bladed jig with a compact swimbait trailer. Thanks to his Bassmaster Southern Opens win, Lester – and his BLF Instinct rods from Mustad – earned a coveted spot in the 2023 Bassmaster Classic and another big check to bolster his bank account.

Mustad traces its origins to the town of Gjøvik, Norway in 1877, and is recognized as the fishing industry’s global leader in the production of premium hooks. Supported by a foundation of design and manufacturing excellence, Mustad is evolving into a comprehensive fishing platform that supplies every link in the tackle chain – including premium rods like BLF Instinct rods, which deliver the strength, sensitivity, balance, and performance that serious anglers demand. With 30 TON – IM8 Japanese Toray premium graphite blanks, ergonomic reel seats, and Fuji Aluminum Oxide guides, Mustad crafts BLF Instinct rods to exceed the expectations of every bass angler. We congratulate Brandon Lester on his first Bassmaster Elite Series championship, and look forward to following his success on the tournament trail – this season and beyond!


Bassmaster College Series Takes On Logan Martin With Last-Chance Championship Qualifier

Alabama's Logan Martin Lake will host the 2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series Wild Card presented by Bass Pro Shops June 17-18.

Photo by Kyle Jessie/B.A.S.S.

June 9, 2022

LINCOLN, Ala. — College anglers will have one last chance to qualify for the Strike King Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops when teams from around the country take on Alabama’s Logan Martin Lake for a Wild Card tournament June 17-18. The Wild Card gives teams waitlisted for the other four regular-season events one last chance to make it into the field for the National Championship Sept. 2-4 on South Carolina’s Winyah Bay.

Bassmaster Elite Series champion and Coosa River guru Wes Logan believes a lot of bass will be caught, but that finding a couple of 3-pounders will be the key.

“It has a lot of 1- to 2 1/2-pounders in Logan Martin,” Logan said. “It has quite a few big ones too, but they aren’t everywhere. The average total weight this time of year isn’t going to be really high, somewhere between 8 and 11 pounds. It is going to be hard to catch anything over 12 pounds.”

Located between Neely Henry and Lay Lake, the Coosa River impoundment features both spotted bass and largemouth bass. Last year’s Wild Card event was held on Lay, and while they are on the same river chain, there are several differences in how the reservoirs are set up.

“They are more different than they are similar,” Logan said. “Lay has a lot more vegetation, whereas Logan Martin is more of a rocky-type place with hard structure like docks, gravel banks and long running points. Logan Martin is a little dirtier than Lay up the river. Logan Martin is one of the biggest party lakes in the area, and late in the day you will have a lot of pontoon boats and wake boats.”

Compared to a lot of other lakes in the country, Logan Martin is relatively small, but Logan said much of the lake will play.

“Especially this time of year, you can catch fish shallow, you can fish out deep on ledges,” he said. “You can fish brushpiles, humps and roadbeds. There are a lot of fish and it will spread guys out to where they can fish their strengths.”

Logan Martin is controlled by dams on either end of the lake, presenting the opportunity to fish current-oriented bass. Depending on the moon cycle, Logan added there could be a bluegill spawn happening as well.

If summer downpours and storms roll through, Logan said anglers will be more likely to find a bigger bite using frogs, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. A shaky head will likely come into play as well.

While it could be won with all spotted bass or all largemouth, Logan anticipates it will take a mixed bag.

“You can catch a 4-pound spot in the same place you catch a 4-pound largemouth,” he said. “The better game plan would be to target largemouth and you might happen to catch one or two really good spots to go with it.

“As a whole, there are a lot more spotted bass than largemouth. If someone can crack the code on better-quality largemouth, you may not get as many bites, but if you are fishing to win — that is what I would do.”

The full field will compete June 17-18 with daily takeoffs from Lincoln’s Landing at 5:30 a.m. CT. Weigh-ins will take place back at the landing at 1:30 p.m. Coverage can be found on Bassmaster.com.


Mark Davis Leads Final Eight to Championship Round at MLF Bass Pro Tour General Tire Stage Five on Watts Bar Lake

Arkansas Pro Boats 10 Bass Weighing 25-12 to Win Knockout Round, Final 10 Anglers Set for Championship Thursday and Final-Day Shootout for $100,000

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (June 8, 2022) –B&W Trailer Hitches pro Mark Davis of Mount Ida, Arkansas caught 10 scorable bass Wednesday weighing 25 pounds, 12-ounces, to win the Knockout Round and advance to the final day of competition at the General Tire Stage Five on Watts Bar Lake Presented by Covercraft in Spring City, Tennessee.

After taking over the lead mid-day, the Bass Fishing Hall of Famer and three-time Angler of the Year (AOY) winner rose to the top of a stacked field going into Thursday’s Championship Round. Among the star-studded field of pros competing in the Championship Round are fellow Bass Fishing Hall of Famer and Michigan native Kevin VanDam of Kalamazoo , who won an automatic berth to the Championship Round on Monday and boasts a staggering eight AOY awards in his astounding career, along with Forrest Wood Cup champion Randall “The Honey Badger” Tharp of Port Saint Joe, Florida , who has seven major wins and more than 30 Top-10 finishes in his career. Tharp finished in second place Wednesday, with 11 bass, weighing 23 pounds, 15 ounces.

The final 10 anglers are now set, and competition will resume Thursday morning with anglers launching at 7:30 a.m. ET in the Championship Round, where weights are zeroed, and the angler that catches the most one-day weight will win the top prize of $100,000.

The six-day event, hosted by Fish Dayton, the Rhea County Economic Tourism Council and Spring City, Tennessee, showcases 80 of the top professional bass-fishing anglers in the world competing for a total purse of $805,000.

The top eight pros from Wednesday’s Knockout Round that will compete in Thursday’s Championship Round on Watts Bar Lake are:

1st:           Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark., 10 bass, 25-12
2nd:          Randall Tharp, Port St. Joe, Fla., 11 bass, 23-15
3rd:          Ryan Salzman, Huntsville, Ala., 13 bass, 23-9
4th:           Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., nine bass, 23-9
5th:           Dakota Ebare, Brookeland, Texas, nine bass, 22-11
6th:           Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., 11 bass, 21-11
7th:           Fletcher Shryock, Guntersville, Ala., nine bass, 19-1
8th:           Alton Jones, Sr., Lorena, Texas, eight bass, 18-0
They’ll be joined by Qualifying Round winners:

Group A: Kevin VanDam, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Group B: David Walker, Sevierville, Tenn.

Full results for the entire field can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

“Man, what a great day,” Davis said. “I’ve had two bad tournaments, but I feel like I’m back on track now with my fishing.”

Davis spent most of his day fishing slowly and methodically, cranking and throwing a worm in the back of a creek on a big grass flat, targeting isolated hard cover.

“It’s been a fantastic day, fishing the way I like to fish,” Davis said. “A lot of the fish in this lake are suspended – and that was my back-up pattern for today – but I found a creek that’s about 10-foot-deep, where they aren’t suspended, and you can catch them just fishing stumps, trees and other hard cover.

“The last two days that I’ve fished this creek have been bright, bluebird skies with a little afternoon wind, and I caught a few five-pounders and a three-pounder, so I knew the bigger and better fish lived in here,” Davis continued. “I had a lot of other stuff I could hit today, but I was hoping with the cloud cover and the rain we had this morning, this place would really show out, so I got in here today and just slowed everything down.”

It was a winning technique that worked for the Arkansas pro, who bested 37 other anglers in the Knockout Round to end the day in the top spot.

“I know this creek has had a lot of pressure because it’s the prettiest creek on the lake,” Davis said. “Earlier in the week I was able to get them to eat a big, Texas-rigged worm, but today it took a drop-shot, finesse-fishing real slow to get them to bite, but we got it done.”

Rounding out the top 40 finishers were:

11th:        Takahiro Omori, Tokyo, Japan, eight bass, 16-14, $10,000
12th:        Chris Lane, Guntersville, Ala., seven bass, 16-12, $10,000
13th:        Jared Lintner, Covington, Ga., eight bass, 15-0, $10,000
14th:        Mark Daniels, Jr., Tuskegee, Ala., seven bass, 14-13, $10,000
15th:        Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., seven bass, 14-11, $10,000
16th:        Clabion Johns, Social Circle, Ga., six bass, 13-7, $10,000
17th:        Ott DeFoe, Blaine, Tenn., six bass, 13-6, $10,000
18th:        Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla., six bass, 12-10, $10,000
19th:        Scott Suggs, Alexander, Ark., seven bass, 12-5, $10,000
20th:        Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., six bass, 12-4, $10,000
21st:        Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., six bass, 12-2, $10,000
22nd:       Josh Bertrand, Queen Creek, Ariz., five bass, 12-1, $10,000
23rd:       Jordan Lee, Cullman, Ala., five bass, 11-15, $10,000
24th:        Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 11-10, $10,000
25th:        Jeff Sprague, Wills Point, Texas, seven bass, 11-8, $10,000
26th:        Paul Elias, Laurel, Miss., five bass, 11-2, $10,000
27th:        Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn., four bass, 9-5, $10,000
28th:        Dave Lefebre, Erie, Penn., five bass, 9-3, $10,000
29th:        Jeremy Lawyer, Sarcoxie, Mo., five bass, 9-2, $10,000
30th:        Gary Klein, Mingus, Texas, four bass, 8-15, $10,000
31st:        Dustin Connell, Clanton, Ala., three bass, 8-13, $10,000
32nd:       Brandon Coulter, Knoxville, Tenn., four bass, 8-6, $10,000
33rd:       Gerald Spohrer, Gonzales, La., four bass, 7-12, $10,000
34th:        Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., four bass, 7-11, $10,000
35th:        Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C., three bass, 7-4, $10,000
36th:        Andy Montgomery, Blacksburg, S.C., four bass, 7-0, $10,000
37th:        Ish Monroe, Oakdale, Calif., one bass, 3-15, $10,000
38th:        Timmy Horton, Muscle Shoals, Ala., one bass, 3-7, $10,000
39th:        Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., zero bass, 0-0, $10,000
40th:        Kelly Jordon, Flint, Texas, zero bass, 0-0, $10,000
Overall, there were 223 scorable bass weighing 481 pounds, 9 ounces caught by 36 pros Wednesday.

Power-Pole pro Chris Lane of Guntersville, Alabama caught a 5-pound, 5-ounce largemouth on a jig in the first period to earn Wednesday’s $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Award. Berkley awards $1,000 to the angler who weighs the heaviest bass each day, and a $3,000 bonus to the angler who weighs the heaviest bass of the tournament.

The 40 Anglers in Group A competed in their two-day qualifying round on Saturday and Monday – the 40 anglers in Group B on Sunday and Tuesday. After the two-day Qualifying Round, the anglers that finish in 2nd through 20th place from both groups advanced to Wednesday’s Knockout Round, while the winner of each group advanced directly to Thursday’s Championship Round. In the Knockout Round, weights were zeroed, and the remaining 38 anglers competed to finish in the top 8 to advance to the Championship Round. Tomorrow, in the final day Championship Round, weights are zeroed, and the highest one-day total wins the top prize of $100,000.

The final 10 anglers competing in Thursday’s Championship Round will launch at 7:30 a.m. ETfrom the Spring City Boat Ramp, located at 417 Toestring Valley Road in Spring City, Tennessee.The General Tire Takeout will be held at the ramp, beginning at 4 p.m. Fans are welcome and encouraged to attend all launch and takeout events and to follow the event online throughout the day on the MLF NOW!® live stream and SCORETRACKER® coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Also, on Championship Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET, MLF will host a Celebration Event for fans of all ages, inviting fans to come out and celebrate with the professional anglers from the Bass Pro Tour as they crown the champion of the General Tire Stage Five on Watts Bar Lake Presented by Covercraft. The FREE, family-friendly event will be fun for fishing fans of all ages. The first 50 middle school or high school anglers will receive a free Abu Garcia rod and reel combo valued at $100. The final 10 Championship Round Bass Pro Tour anglers will be on hand to meet and greet fans, sign autographs, take selfies and participate in tackle giveaways.

The General Tire Stage Five on Watts Bar Lake Presented by Covercraft features anglers competing with a 1-pound, 8-ounce minimum weight requirement for a bass to be deemed scorable. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition waters that the Bass Pro Tour visits, based on the productivity, bass population and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.

The Bass Pro Tour features a field of 80 of the top professional anglers in the world competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual General Tire Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2023 championship.

The MLF NOW!® broadcast team of Chad McKee, Marty Stone and J.T. Kenney will break down the extended action on all six days of competition from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ETMLF NOW!®  will be live streamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com  and the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) app.

Television coverage of the General Tire Stage Five on Watts Bar Lake Presented by Covercraft will premiere at 7 a.m. ET, Oct. 29 on the Discovery Channel. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Bass Pro Tour include: 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, BallyBet, Bass Cat, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Covercraft, Favorite Fishing, Garmin, General Tire, Googan Baits, Grundéns, Guaranteed Rate, Humminbird, Lowrance, Luminox, Mercury, Minn Kota, Mossy Oak, Nitro Performance Boats, Onyx, Plano, Power-Pole, Power Stop, Rapala, Starbrite, Toro, Toyota, Wrangler, Yellowstone Bourbon and Zoom.

For complete details and updated information on Major League Fishing and the Bass Pro Tour, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram and YouTube.