McFarland Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Table Rock Lake

Huber Tops Strike King Co-Angler Division

KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. (May 9, 2022) – Boater Cole McFarland of Lake Ozark, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Table Rock Lake. The tournament was the third event for the Bass Fishing League Ozark Division. McFarland earned $8,000 for his victory.

“We had a pretty nasty fog delay, and I was the last boat out,” McFarland said. “I started out flipping bushes, and it didn’t pan out. I practiced last Sunday and had them located pretty good up shallow, but the lake was up 10 feet higher (during the tournament).”

McFarland said he switched his approach to looking for smallmouth by fishing a flat and caught a couple of bass, then targeted docks with a 5/16-ounce Crock-O-Gator shaky-head rig. He said he stayed close to the Kimberling City area for the duration of the tournament.

“The shaky-head rig was the bulk of it, honestly,” McFarland said. “I caught my largest and one of my better ones that way, then caught a 3-pounder flipping a bush later in the day. Then, with about 10 minutes to go before weigh-in, I culled out my smallest smallmouth with a 2½-pounder dragging the shaky head on a point.”

McFarland said he culled twice during the day and his weigh bag consisted of four largemouth and one big smallmouth.

“This is just surreal,” McFarland said. “This feeling hasn’t worn off yet. It’s just awesome to win such a well-put-together event.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st:        Cole McFarland, Lake Ozark, Mo., five bass, 16-6, $8,000
2nd:       Travis Harriman, Huntsville, Ark., five bass, 15-12, $3,200
3rd:       Mike Webb, Sparta, Mo., five bass, 14-10, $2,000
4th:        Aaron Foglesong, Raymore, Mo., five bass, 14-4, $1,400
5th:        Dustin Back, Galena, Mo., five bass, 14-1, $1,200
6th:        Matt Ells, Shell Knob, Mo., five bass, 13-15, $1,100
7th:        Brent Chapman, Lake Quivira, Kans., five bass, 13-12, $1,000
8th:        Mike Roller, Purdy, Mo., five bass, 13-5, $900
9th:        Marcus Sykora, Osage Beach, Mo., five bass, 13-1, $800
10th:     Tyler Casey, Harrison, Ark., five bass, 12-10, $900

Complete results can be found at

McFarland had a largemouth that weighed 4 pounds, 14 ounces that was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and earned the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $1,000.

Brian Huber of Saint Peters, Missouri, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $3,000 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 14 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st:        Brian Huber, Saint Peters, Mo., five bass, 12-14, $3,000
2nd:       Jim Kopff, Old Monroe, Mo., five bass, 12-11, $1,500
3rd:       Vincent Jones, Robertsville, Mo., five bass, 12-7, $1,000
4th:        Chris Dougan, Clayton, Mo., five bass, 12-1, $700
5th:        Gabe Montgomery, Jackson, Mo., five bass, 11-15, $700
6th:        Walter Hammond, Lees Summit, Mo., five bass, 11-8, $550
7th:        Brett Hurst, Helena, Mo., five bass, 10-5, $500
8th:        Drew Boehle, Saint Charles, Mo., four bass, 10-0, $450
9th:        Larry Weeks, Ridgedale, Mo., four bass, 9-11, $400
10th:     Ronin Picker, Moscow Mills, Mo., five bass, 9-0, $350

Hunter Hansen of Overland Park, Kansas, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $500.

After three events, Tyler Casey of Harrison, Arkansas, leads the Bass Fishing League Ozark Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 717 points, while Drew Boehle of Saint Charles, Missouri, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 715 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 2022 All-American will be held June 2-4 at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and is hosted by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and Visit Hot Springs.

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.

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