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Major League Fishing - Bass Pro Tour/Cup Events

Alton Jones Wins MLF General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops – Fellow Texas pro Jeff Sprague Catches 5-pound, 3-ounce Fish to Earn $100,000 Big Bass Bonus


RALEIGH, N.C. (April 14, 2021) – It was a sight-fishing clinic on Shearon Harris Reservoir in Raleigh on Wednesday, and pro Alton Jones of Woodway, Texas, was the professor. The Texas angler boated 12 bass weighing 45 pounds, 9 ounces to dominate the final-day Championship Round and win the top prize of $100,000 at the Major League Fishing (MLF) General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops in North Carolina. Jones won by a 15-pound, 5-ounce margin over pro Jeff Sprague of Point, Texas, who caught eight bass totaling 30-4. Sprague, however, was not disappointed in his finish as he earned the top Big Bass Bonus of $100,000 with a 5-pound, 3-ounce largemouth.

Just 23 minutes into Period 2, Jones caught a 3-pound, 3-ounce bass to move into the top position on the leaderboard and he never relinquished it. The tall Texan showed MLF NOW! viewers why he has long been considered one of the top sight-fishing anglers in the game.

“This feels so, so good. It’s been a while since I’ve won a Tour-level event like this, and it was a very special day,” said an emotional Jones when he came off of the water. “After my practice time, I knew that I had found several key areas that had the potential to be really special for this event, if I could just make the final rounds.

“When we did our morning ride-through this morning and I got on the trolling motor, I found about 10 3-pounders in my first pass through the cove, and I thought to myself, ‘you know what, this could actually happen.’ I didn’t know if they were going to bite, but if they did I was going to have a chance. And sure enough, here I am. I still can’t believe that I’m the Heavy Hitters Champion.”

Jones saw the majority of the fish that he caught on Wednesday on beds, and managed to boat a dozen keepers flipping an “old-school” Texas-rigged Canyon Plastics Gitzit tube (green-pumpkin with purple and black metal flake).

“I really like throwing a tube during the spawn – it’s a bait that will catch a 2-pounder, a 3-pounder, but it will also catch a 10-pounder,” Jones said. “So, it’s good bait to fish for numbers and size. My Kistler rods were also very important – I used a Kistler Z Bone. That rod is super-light, super-sensitive, and super-strong and helped me out a lot today.”

Jones also shared some of his sight-fishing prowess with the crowd gathered at the takeout ramp.

“Every fish that I caught today was an individual,” Jones said. “I had to figure out what each fish was doing, and how to work that particular fish. That’s one of the things that I love about sight fishing – you treat every fish as an individual. What makes one fish hot, the other fish will ignore. So, it’s kind of a thinking man’s game. It’s a stealthy game, because you can see them, but they can also see you. I try to hide from the fish, and I’ve got a few other little tricks that I like to pull and today, it all worked out for me.”

Second-place angler Jeff Sprague was also emotional and exhausted after a long week of competition.

“I scratched by every day this week,” Sprague said. “The first day at Lake Jordan was great – I caught so many fish and had a phenomenal day. The second day, we literally scratched by and barely made it into the Knockout Round. Then, in the Knockout Round, to tie for the last position in and to get through via a tiebreaker. And now, on Championship Day, to catch the big bass and win 100 grand and finish second overall, this has just been a stellar week.”

The top 10 pros from the General Tire Heavy Hitters event in Raleigh, North Carolina, finished:

  1st:          Alton Jones, Woodway, Texas, 12 bass, 45-9, $100,000
  2nd:         Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, eight bass, 30-4, $25,000 + $100,000 Berkley Big Bass Bonus
  3rd:         Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., seven bass, 26-8, $20,000 + $50,000 Berkley Big Bass Bonus
  4th:         Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., six bass, 22-12, $18,000
  5th:         Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., six bass, 22-8, $15,000
  6th:         Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., five bass, 18-7, $14,500
  7th:         Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., five bass, 17-15, $13,500 + $25,000 Berkley Big Bass Bonus
  8th:         Fletcher Shryock, Guntersville, Ala., four bass, 14-2, $12,500 + $25,000 Berkley Big Bass Bonus
  9th:         Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., three bass, 9-14, $11,000
  10th:       Ish Monroe, Oakdale, Calif., one bass, 3-11, $8,000

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

Overall, there were 57 bass weighing 211 pounds, 10 ounces, caught by the final 10 pros on Wednesday, which included two 5-pounders, 13 4-pounders, and 42 3-pounders caught from Shearon Harris Reservoir.

The MLF General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops was hosted by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.

Television coverage of the General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops will be showcased across six two-hour episodes, premiering at 7 a.m. ET, July 17 on the Discovery Channel. A one-hour special episode of MLF Inside Heavy Hitters will also air on CBS in late 2021. New MLF episodes premiere each Saturday morning on the Discovery Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Each two-hour long reality-based episode goes in-depth to break down each day of competition.

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MLF BIG-5

Reitzell Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Lake of the Pines

JEFFERSON, Texas (April 12, 2021) – Boater Stephen Reitzell of Colfax, Louisiana, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine at Lake of the Pines in Jefferson, Texas. Reitzell earned $5,229 for his victory at the event.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Stephen Reitzell of Colfax, La.
 
5
 
23-10
 
$5,229
 
2nd
 
Kraig Chapman of Bossier City, La.
 
5
 
21-12
 
$2,614
 
3rd
 
Judah Morris of Forest Hill, La.
 
5
 
18-14
 
$1,745
 
4th
 
Brad Morgan of Ashdown, Ark.
 
5
 
18-10
 
$1,220
 
5th
 
Edwin Baker of Gilmer, Texas
 
5
 
18-3
 
$1,046
 
6th
 
Troy Roder of Brookeland, Texas
 
5
 
17-15
 
$959
 
7th
 
Arthur Johnson of Judson, Texas
 
5
 
17-9
 
$871
 
8th
 
Red Ballard of Sulphur, La.
 
5
 
17-6
 
$1,284
 
9th
 
Robert Riche of Houma, La.
 
5
 
16-14
 
$697
 
10th
 
Randy Deaver of Blanchard, La.
 
5
 
16-11
 
$860
 
RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
JJ Matzke of League City, Texas
 
5
 
14-9
 
$2,614
 
2nd
 
Tyrell Harmon of Manor, Texas
 
5
 
14-6
 
$1,307
 
3rd
 
Floyd Pittman of Covington, La.
 
5
 
14-4
 
$872
 
4th
 
Greg Dennis of Fort Worth, Texas
 
5
 
14-1
 
$566
 
4th
 
Albert Ignacio of Dallas, Texas
 
5
 
14-1
 
$566
 
6th
 
Robert Massey of Calhoun, La.
 
5
 
13-10
 
$479
 
7th
 
Calvin Bogan of Livingston, Texas
 
5
 
13-0
 
$436
 
8th
 
Brandon Begnaud of Texas City, Texas
 
5
 
12-14
 
$392
 
9th
 
Cameron Petras of Biloxi, Miss.
 
4
 
12-12
 
$349
 
10th
 
Tim Woodard of Rosepine, La.
 
5
 
12-6
 
$430
 

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Big Bass
 
Louis Ferguson of Woodville, Texas
 
7-pound, 10-ounce bass
 
$815
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Lat Nichols of Deport, Texas
 
8-pound, 12-ounce bass
 
$407
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
Red Ballard of Sulphur, La.
 
Eligible Phoenix Boat*
 
$500
 

* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

WINNING BAITS

ANGLER
 
BAIT
 
COLOR
 
Boater
 
Generic Spinnerbait/Jig
 
N/A
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
Dropshot-Rigged Soft Plastic Jerkbait
 
Orange Magnum
 

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
Cowboy Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
 
Oct. 21-23
 
Lake Ouachita, Mt. Ida, Ark.
 
Visit Hot Springs
 
Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 3-5
 
Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn.
 
Jefferson County Department of Tourism
 

The 2021 MLF 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 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify 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 Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Categories
MLF BIG-5

Tenn’s Bowman Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Dale Hollow Lake

BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. (April 13, 2021) – Boater Anthony Bowman of Monterey, Tennessee, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine at Dale Hollow Lake in Byrdstown, Tennessee. Bowman earned $6,658 for his victory at the event, hosted by the Star Point Marina and Resort.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Anthony Bowman of Monterey, Tenn.
 
5
 
19-13
 
$6,658
 
2nd
 
Eric Snow of Clarksville, Ind.
 
5
 
18-13
 
$2,829
 
3rd
 
Christian Nash of Cookeville, Tenn.
 
5
 
18-11
 
$2,386
 
4th
 
Clay Reece of Lexington, Ky.
 
5
 
18-8
 
$1,320
 
5th
 
Adam Militana of Saluda, N.C.
 
5
 
18-7
 
$1,037
 
5th
 
Mark Neal of Livingston, Tenn.
 
5
 
18-7
 
$1,037
 
5th
 
Austin Poston of Cookeville, Tenn.
 
5
 
18-7
 
$1,037
 
8th
 
Chris Burton of Somerset, Ky.
 
5
 
18-6
 
$849
 
9th
 
Kyle Gelles of Pingree, Idaho
 
5
 
18-3
 
$707
 
9th
 
Danny Abrams of Greensfork, Ind.
 
5
 
18-3
 
$707
 
RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Todd Beaty of Rickman, Tenn.
 
5
 
15-13
 
$2,760
 
2nd
 
Drew Campbell of Cookeville, Tenn.
 
4
 
14-15
 
$1,822
 
3rd
 
Bert Kissick of Danville, Ky.
 
5
 
13-13
 
$918
 
4th
 
Craig Marsh of Mount Juliet, Tenn.
 
5
 
13-2
 
$644
 
5th
 
Bobby Richardson of Gainesboro, Tenn.
 
4
 
12-13
 
$552
 
6th
 
Kellen Wilson of Somerset, Ky.
 
5
 
12-9
 
$506
 
7th
 
Will Carnes of Stanford, Ky.
 
4
 
12-7
 
$460
 
8th
 
Pop Catalin of Cookeville, Tenn.
 
5
 
12-2
 
$414
 
9th
 
Jonathan Combs of Winchester, Ky.
 
5
 
12-1
 
$368
 
10th
 
Matt Hall of Frankfort, Ky.
 
4
 
11-11
 
$322
 

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Big Bass
 
Matt Smith of Bowling Green, Ky.
 
5-pound, 15-ounce bass
 
$915
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Drew Campell of Cookeville, Tenn.
 
5-pound, 7-ounce bass
 
$442
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
Christian Nash of Cookeville, Tenn.
 
Eligible Phoenix Boat*
 
$500
 

* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

WINNING BAITS

ANGLER
 
BAIT
 
COLOR
 
Boater
 
Did Not Divulge
 
N/A
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
Did Not Divulge
 
N/A
 

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
Mountain Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
 
Oct. 7-9
 
Wheeler Lake, Decatur, Ala.
 
Decatur Morgan County Tourism
 
Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 3-5
 
Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn.
 
Jefferson County Department of Tourism
 

The 2021 MLF 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 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify 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 Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Categories
MLF BIG-5

Georgia’s Carter Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Lake Sinclair

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (April 13, 2021) – Boater Kip Carter of Eatonton, Georgia wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine at Lake Sinclair in Milledgeville, Georgia. Carter earned $6,673 for his victory at the event.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Kip Carter of Eatonton, Ga.
 
5
 
20-08
 
$6,673
 
2nd
 
Girard Jones of Macon, Ga.
 
5
 
17-11
 
$2,837
 
3rd
 
Jackson Brown of Bogart, Ga.
 
5
 
16-14
 
$1,891
 
4th
 
Willie McMullen of Covington, Ga.
 
5
 
16-6
 
$1,324
 
5th
 
Justin Kimmel of Athens, Ga.
 
5
 
15-11
 
$1,385
 
6th
 
Jason Cheek of Eatonton, Ga.
 
5
 
15-8
 
$1,040
 
7th
 
Michael Wilder of Lizella, Ga.
 
5
 
15-1
 
$946
 
8th
 
Jimmy Millsaps of Canton, Ga.
 
5
 
14-9
 
$851
 
9th
 
Tony Couch of Buckhead, Ga.
 
5
 
14-4
 
$756
 
10th
 
Ben-Oni Maldonado of Covington, Ga.
 
5
 
14-1
 
$662
 
RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Will Thomas of Madison, Ga.
 
5
 
13-6
 
$2,844
 
2nd
 
James Murphy of Phenix City, Ala.
 
5
 
11-3
 
$1,185
 
3rd
 
Kyler Turner of Perry, Ga.
 
5
 
11-3
 
$1,385
 
4th
 
Thomas Pierce of Calhoun, Ga.
 
4
 
10-14
 
$664
 
5th
 
Troy Harris of Watkinsville, Ga.
 
5
 
10-9
 
$1,029
 
6th
 
Travis Wilkes of Covington, Ga.
 
5
 
9-15
 
$521
 
7th
 
Bruce Jeffrey of Lithonia, Ga.
 
5
 
9-6
 
$474
 
8th
 
Spencer Sato of Warner Robins, Ga.
 
4
 
9-3
 
$427
 
9th
 
Jerry Bryant of Douglas, Ga.
 
5
 
8-13
 
$379
 
10th
 
Donald Peppers of Good Hope, Ga.
 
5
 
8-12
 
$332
 

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Big Bass
 
William Glawson, Macon, Ga.
 
6-pound,11-ounce bass
 
$925
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Troy Harris, Watkinsville, Ga.
 
6-pound, 6-ounce bass
 
$460
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
John Duvall, Madison, Ga.
 
Eligible Phoenix Boat*
 
$500
 

* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS

ANGLER
 
BAIT
 
COLOR
 
Boater
 
Generic ½ ounce spinnerbait
 
Did Not Divulge
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
Zoom Trick Worm
 
June Bug
 

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
Bulldog Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
 
Oct. 21-23
 
St. Johns, Palatka, Fla.
 
Putnam County Tourist Development Council
 
Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 3-5
 
Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn.
 
Jefferson County Department of Tourism
 

The 2021 MLF 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 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify 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 Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Categories
MLF BIG-5

Florida’s Pechacek Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Lake Okeechobee

CLEWISTON, Fla. (April 13, 2021) – Boater David Pechacek of Winter Garden, Florida, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine at Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida. Pechacek earned $5,519 for his victory at the event.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
David Pechacek of Winter Garden, Fla.
 
5
 
20-3
 
$5,519
 
2nd
 
Brian MacDougall of La Belle, Fla.
 
5
 
19-4
 
$2,298
 
2nd
 
Kevin Izzi of Smithville, Texas
 
5
 
19-4
 
$2,298
 
4th
 
Jessie Mizell of Myakka City, Fla.
 
5
 
18-15
 
$1,288
 
5th
 
Garrett Farmer of Estero, Fla.
 
5
 
18-3
 
$1,104
 
6th
 
Brandon Medlock of Lake Placid, Fla.
 
5
 
18-0
 
$1,012
 
7th
 
Trevor Hamlin of Cape Coral, Fla.
 
5
 
17-4
 
$1,805
 
8th
 
Joe Callahan of Plantation, Fla.
 
5
 
16-9
 
$828
 
9th
 
Clay Batson of Bradenton, Fla.
 
5
 
16-8
 
$736
 
10th
 
Tony Bennett of Tarpon Springs, Fla.
 
5
 
15-14
 
$644
 
RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Joshua Dunn of Mulberry, Fla.
 
5
 
22-0
 
$2,760
 
2nd
 
Jonathan Miller of Dundee, Ohio
 
5
 
19-3
 
$1,380
 
3rd
 
Chris Nickle of Sanford, Fla.
 
5
 
14-8
 
$918
 
4th
 
Edwin Rivera of Orlando, Fla.
 
5
 
14-7
 
$644
 
5th
 
Dawson Wiles of Fruit Cove, Fla.
 
5
 
13-6
 
$552
 
6th
 
Randy Paquette of Sarasota, Fla.
 
5
 
12-13
 
$506
 
7th
 
Brandon St. Pierre of Lehigh Acres, Fla.
 
5
 
12-11
 
$460
 
8th
 
Jose Valasquez of Gibsonton, Fla.
 
5
 
12-10
 
$414
 
9th
 
Giovanni Pizza of Boca Raton, Fla.
 
5
 
12-8
 
$368
 
10th
 
Barry Colbert of Port Saint Lucie, Fla.
 
5
 
12-2
 
$322
 

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Big Bass
 
Trevor Hamlin of Cape Coral, Fla.
 
7-pound, 10-ounce bass
 
$885
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Bruce McFayden of Deerfield Beach, Fla.
 
8-pound, 2-ounce bass
 
$442
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
Jared McMillan of Clewiston, Fla.
 
Eligible Phoenix Boat*
 
$500
 

* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

WINNING BAITS

ANGLER
 
BAIT
 
COLOR
 
Boater
 
Outkast Tackle RTX Flipping Jig
Zoom Super Speed Craw
 
Black & Blue
Did Not Divulge
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
Havoc Devil Spear
 
Brown & Purple
 

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
Gator Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
 
Oct. 21-23
 
St. Johns River, Palatka, Fla.
 
Putnam County Tourist Development Council
 
Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 3-5
 
Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn.
 
Jefferson County Department of Tourism
 

The 2021 MLF 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 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify 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 Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Categories
MLF BIG-5

Virginia’s Powroznik Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Smith Mountain Lake

HUDDLESTON, Va. (April 13, 2021) – Boater Ryan Powroznik of Hopewell, Virginia, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine at Smith Mountain Lake in Huddleston, Virginia. Powroznik earned $6,573 for his victory at the event.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Ryan Powroznik of Hopewell, Va.
 
5
 
23-6
 
$6,573
 
2nd
 
Gregory Stallings of Dry Fork, Va.
 
5
 
21-0
 
$2,829
 
3rd
 
Zach Peaslee of Draper, Va.
 
5
 
20-6
 
$1,886
 
4th
 
Jessie Moore of Severn, Md.
 
5
 
20-1
 
$1,820
 
5th
 
Mike Hawks of Galax, Va.
 
5
 
19-4
 
$1,132
 
6th
 
Cody Pike of Powhatan, Va.
 
5
 
19-2
 
$1,537
 
7th
 
Martin Villa of Charlottesville, Va.
 
5
 
19-0
 
$943
 
8th
 
Scott Dameron of Beckley, W.V.
 
5
 
18-11
 
$879
 
9th
 
Bill Deeds of Orange, Va.
 
5
 
18-8
 
$754
 
10th
 
Elliot Pilson of Stuart, Va.
 
5
 
18-1
 
$660
 
RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Scott Howard of Bedford, Va.
 
5
 
16-1
 
$2,791
 
2nd
 
Mark Blankenship of Christiansburg, Va.
 
5
 
15-0
 
$1,395
 
3rd
 
Dylan Gray of Gladys, Va.
 
5
 
14-15
 
$931
 
4th
 
Robert Wedding of Welcome, Md.
 
5
 
13-8
 
$901
 
5th
 
Daniel Eubank, Moneta, Va.
 
5
 
12-6
 
$558
 
6th
 
Jacob Waller of Chatham, Va.
 
3
 
11-1
 
$512
 
7th
 
Eric Hawks of Galax, Va.
 
4
 
10-13
 
$465
 
8th
 
Seth Brogan of Montvale, Va.
 
2
 
10-10
 
$395
 
8th
 
Tyrell Collins of Galax, Va.
 
4
 
10-10
 
$395
 
10th
 
Demon Pittman of Timberlake, N.C.
 
3
 
9-14
 
$326
 

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Big Bass
 
Ryan Powroznik of Hopewell, Va.
 
7-pound bass
 
$915
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Dwayne Downey of Covington, Va.
 
6-pound, 13-ounce bass
 
$447
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
Cody Pike of Powhatan, Va.
 
Eligible Phoenix Boat*
 
$500
 

* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

WINNING BAITS

ANGLER
 
BAIT
 
COLOR
 
Boater
 
Did Not Divulge
 
N/A
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
Did Not Divulge
 
N/A
 

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
Piedmont Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
 
Oct. 14-16
 
Potomac River, Marbury, Md.
 
Charles County Board of Commissioners
 
Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 3-5
 
Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn.
 
Jefferson County Department of Tourism
 

The 2021 MLF 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 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify 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 Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Categories
Major League Fishing - Bass Pro Tour/Cup Events

Jacob Wheeler Catches 7½-Pound Largemouth to Earn $50K, Final 10 Set for Championship Round at General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 13, 2021) – One fish. $50,000. Pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, boated a 7-pound, 8-ounce, largemouth Tuesday afternoon on Shearon Harris Reservoir, the largest fish of the day, to win $50,000 at the Major League Fishing (MLF) General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops in Raleigh, North Carolina. Wheeler finished the day in 2nd place and punched his ticket straight to Wednesday’s final-day Championship Round.

“50 g’s, heck yeah, that is unreal,” Wheeler said in his post-game interview. “That will be a fish that I remember for the rest of my life. I was cruising down the bank and when I saw that fish, I literally stopped and was like ‘Whoa, that’s a $50,000 bass.’ It took me about 45 minutes trying to figure out how to catch her, and it was pretty dang awesome when I did.”

Wheeler caught the big bass on a Googan Baits Lunker Log, although he credited a different bait as being his key for the day.

“The (Googan) Bandito Bug was the big player for me today and I caught several of my fish doing that,” Wheeler said. “But, I also caught a couple, including the big ‘un, on the Lunker Log.

“I got really close to winning here two years ago, and I’d love to try to take home the title and get a little pay back on this lake this time around. So far, after today, it’s treating me pretty solid. Shearon Harris… I love you.”
 

Joining Wheeler in the Championship Round will be pro Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tennessee, who won Tuesday’s Knockout Round with 15 bass weighing 46 pounds, 11 ounces.

“It was a great day for me, and well beyond my expectations,” said Morgan. “It was pretty simple fishing – just looking for spawning fish. They were up super-shallow, right around the bank. Weed clumps, trees, logs – whatever they could get around.

“I caught them on just a couple of baits,” Morgan continued. “I threw a ½-ounce Strike King Thunder Cricket with a chartreuse and white-colored Zoom Swimmer on the back. I also caught them flipping a Zoom Brush Hog and a Zoom Z-Craw . Some of the fish were actually feeding – those ones I’d catch on the Cricket. The bass that I caught flipping were primarily all spawning.”

Morgan fished the Thunder Cricket on a 7-foot, 2-inch medium-heavy Favorite Fishing Big Sexy casting rod, paired with a Lew’s 6:3:1 reel and spooled with 16-pound fluorocarbon line. For his flipping setup, he Texas-rigged the creature baits and threw them on a Favorite Fishing Pro Series The GOAT rod paired with an 8:3:1 Lew’s Flipping and Pitching reel and 20-pound fluorocarbon line.

Wednesday’s Championship Round will feature Qualifying Round winners Fletcher Shryock and Bryan Thrift, along with the top eight anglers from Tuesday’s Knockout Round, competing in a final-day shootout for the top prize of $100,000. In addition to the tournament purse, a $100,000 Big Bass Bonus will be awarded to the angler that lands the single biggest fish on the final day.

The top eight pros from the Knockout Round that advanced to Wednesday’s final-day Championship Round on Shearon Harris Reservoir are:

  1st:          Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 46-11
  2nd:         Jacob Wheeler, Harrison, Tenn., 13 bass, 41-6
  3rd:         Alton Jones, Woodway, Texas, 13 bass, 39-6
  4th:         Ish Monroe, Oakdale, Calif., 12 bass, 36-15
  5th:         Dave Lefebre, Erie, Pa., 10 bass, 35-8
  6th:         Brent Ehrler, Redlands, Calif., nine bass, 30-3
  7th:         Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 10 bass, 29-13
  8th:         Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas, nine bass, 29-13

Eliminated from competition after the Knockout Round on Shearon Harris Reservoir are:

  9th:         Adrian Avena, Vineland, N.J., eight bass, 27-7, $4,000
  10th:       Cliff Pace, Petal, Miss., eight bass, 27-0, $4,000
  11th:       Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla., seven bass, 24-5, $4,000
  12th:       Mark Davis, Mount Ida, Ark., seven bass, 19-15, $4,000
  13th:       Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., seven bass, 17-9, $4,000
  14th:       Dean Rojas, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., four bass, 15-5, $4,000
  15th:       Chris Lane, Guntersville, Ala., four bass, 13-5, $4,000
  16th:       Jordan Lee, Cullman, Ala., three bass, 8-12, $4,000
  17th:       Boyd Duckett, Guntersville, Ala., three bass, 6-12, $4,000
  18th:       Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark., one bass, 2-15, $4,000

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

Overall, there were 143 bass weighing 453 pounds even caught by the 18 pros on Tuesday, which included one 7-pounder, one 6-pounders and seven 5-pounders caught from Shearon Harris Reservoir.

The MLF General Tire Heavy Hitters Presented by Bass Pro Shops is hosted by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.

The 20 Anglers in Group A competed in their two-day qualifying round on Jordan Lake on Friday and Sunday – the 20 anglers in Group B on Falls Lake on Saturday and Monday. The anglers that finished in 2nd through 10th place from both groups advanced to Tuesday’s Knockout Round on Shearon Harris, while the winner of each group advanced directly to Wednesday’s Championship Round on Shearon Harris. In Wednesday’s final-day Championship Round, weights are zeroed and the highest one-day total wins.
Categories
Major League Fishing - Bass Pro Tour/Cup Events

BREAKING NEWS!!! – Major League Fishing Prohibits Berkley PowerBait MaxScent in Bass Pro Tour Competition

TULSA, Okla. (March 31, 2021) – Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a rule change to Bass Pro Tour Rule No. 7 regarding Tackle and Equipment, which addresses the usage of Berkley PowerBait MaxScent baits on the MLF Bass Pro Tour. Effective immediately, anglers that compete on the Bass Pro Tour are prohibited from using any Berkley PowerBait MaxScent product, both in practice and competition.

“MLF has studied the use of the Berkley PowerBait MaxScent since its launch in 2018, and we’ve made the decision to no longer permit its usage on the Bass Pro Tour,” Aaron Beshears, MLF Bass Pro Tour Director said. “The ban applies only to Berkley PowerBait MaxScent baits. At this time, original Berkley PowerBait and Berkley Gulp! baits are not included in this restriction.

“The bait has simply evolved to a point that it provides an unfair competitive advantage to Bass Pro Tour anglers that cannot use the product – whether through limited availability or competing sponsorship restrictions,” Beshears continued. “That said, Berkley PowerBait MaxScent baits will still be permitted in our MLF BIG5 tournament circuits. This decision is consistent with the wishes of the majority of our Bass Pro Tour anglers.”

Berkley remains a sponsor of MLF and the Bass Pro Tour, and MLF is currently in discussions with the company and its stakeholders regarding this decision.

For further clarification on the elimination of Berkley PowerBait MaxScent from Bass Pro Tour competition, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

“We are proud to be an angler-driven league and to continue to support our anglers and their livelihood with this decision,” said Boyd Duckett, MLF co-founder and President of the Professional Bass Tour Anglers’ Association (PBTAA). “The Alabama Rig was banned in 2013 for similar reasons and we believe this is the next crucial step to creating a level playing field and ensuring no one angler or group of anglers has an unfair advantage over the rest of the field.

“Since 2012, we have prided ourselves on listening to our anglers, providing them with excellent tournaments on premium fisheries and a game that can be played and won by any competitor. We believe the game must continue to evolve as well in order to preserve the integrity of the sport.”

The Berkley PowerBait MaxScent products which are now prohibited from usage on the Bass Pro Tour are:

  • PowerBait MaxScent Creature Hawg
  • PowerBait MaxScent Critter Hawg
  • PowerBait MaxScent D-Worm
  • PowerBait MaxScent Flat Worm
  • PowerBait MaxScent Flatnose Jerk Shad
  • PowerBait MaxScent Flatnose Minnow
  • PowerBait MaxScent Hit Worm
  • PowerBait MaxScent Hit Worm Magnum
  • PowerBait MaxScent Kingtail
  • PowerBait MaxScent Lizard
  • PowerBait MaxScent Lunch Worm
  • PowerBait MaxScent Meaty Chunk
  • PowerBait MaxScent Power Chunk
  • PowerBait MaxScent The General

The 2021 Bass Pro Tour features a field of 76 of the top professional anglers in the world – joined at each event by 4 pros that qualify from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit – competing across seven regular-season tournaments around the country, competing for millions of dollars and valuable points to qualify for the annual Heavy Hitters all-star event and the REDCREST 2022 championship. The next event for Bass Pro Tour anglers will be the 2021 General Tire Heavy Hitters Event, held April 9-14 at Falls Lake, Jordan Lake & Shearon Harris Reservoir in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Categories
MLF BIG-5

Virginia’s McCarthy Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Kerr Lake

HENDERSON, N.C. (March 30, 2021) – Boater Ryan McCarthy of Warrenton, Virginia, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine at Kerr Lake in Henderson, North Carolina. McCarthy earned $6,894 for his victory at the event, hosted by the Vance County Tourism Development Authority.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Ryan McCarthy of Warrenton, Va.
 
5
 
17-5
 
$6,894
 
2nd
 
Marty Warren of Elon, N.C.
 
5
 
17-0
 
$1,940
 
3rd
 
Jeff Gafford of Pamplin, Va.
 
5
 
15-6
 
$1,293
 
4th
 
Carlton Owens of Franklin, Va.
 
5
 
14-12
 
$905
 
5th
 
Travis Lugar of McGaheysville, Va.
 
5
 
13-12
 
$776
 
6th
 
Brandon Cox of Ruther Glen, Va.
 
5
 
13-10
 
$711
 
7th
 
Paul Smith of Victoria, Va.
 
5
 
13-9
 
$647
 
8th
 
Tim Kowalewski of Bumpass, Va.
 
5
 
13-8
 
$1,032
 
9th
 
Ben Reynolds of Callands, Va.
 
5
 
13-7
 
$517
 
10th
 
Tyler Trent of Nathalie, Va.
 
5
 
13-3
 
$453
 
RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Tyrone Adams, Jr. of Fredericksburg, Va.
 
5
 
11-4
 
$1,940
 
2nd
 
David Williams of Fredericksburg, Va.
 
5
 
10-12
 
$1,095
 
3rd
 
Carl Whipple of Manassas, Va.
 
4
 
10-2
 
$646
 
4th
 
William Lisenby of Centreville, Va.
 
5
 
9-13
 
$453
 
5th
 
Nelson class of Woodbridge, Va.
 
4
 
9-12
 
$388
 
6th
 
Gerrit Vanvoorhees of Lenexa, Va.
 
5
 
9-10
 
$356
 
7th
 
Ricky Grant of Callands, Va.
 
5
 
9-3
 
$291
 
7th
 
Tyler Folts of Ashburn, Va.
 
5
 
9-3
 
$291
 
7th
 
Steven Jacobs of Sanford, N.C.
 
5
 
9-3
 
$291
 
10th
 
Justin Faison of South Prince George, Va.
 
5
 
8-13
 
$226
 

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Big Bass
 
Ryan McCarthy of Warrenton, Va.
 
4-pound, 15-ounce bass
 
$515
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Robert Reid of Clinton, Md.
 
4-pound bass
 
$257
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
Ryan McCarthy of Warrenton, Va.
 
Eligible Phoenix Boat*
 
$2,500
 

* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS

ANGLER
 
BAIT
 
COLOR
 
Boater
 
Missile Jig
 
Did Not Divulge
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
Generic Spinnerbait
 
Did Not Divulge
 

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
Shenandoah Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
 
Oct. 14-16
 
Lake Murray, Columbia, S.C.
 
Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board
 
Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 3-5
 
Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn.
 
Jefferson County Department of Tourism
 

The 2021 MLF 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 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify 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 Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Categories
MLF BIG-5

South Carolina’s Howard Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Santee CooperPresented by Googan Baits

SUMMERTON, S.C. (March 30, 2021) – Boater Chuck Howard of Elloree, South Carolina, won the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine at Santee Cooper Presented by Googan Baits in Summerton, South Carolina. Howard earned $4,686 for his victory at the event.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Chuck Howard of Elloree, S.C.
 
5
 
26-15
 
$4,686
 
2nd
 
Todd Smith of Bonneau, S.C.
 
5
 
26-14
 
$2,343
 
3rd
 
Casey Warren of Longs, S.C.
 
5
 
26-5
 
$1,562
 
4th
 
Daniel Howell of Prosperity, S.C.
 
5
 
24-13
 
$1,093
 
5th
 
Spencer McNeill of Ladson, S.C.
 
5
 
24-11
 
$937
 
6th
 
Chris Jones of Conway, S.C.
 
5
 
24-2
 
$859
 
7th
 
Bryce Matthews of Olanta, S.C.
 
5
 
24-1
 
$781
 
8th
 
Chris Epting of Chapin, S.C.
 
5
 
24-0
 
$1,203
 
9th
 
Cecil Wolfe of Summerton, S.C.
 
5
 
23-13
 
$625
 
10th
 
Ken Ellis of Bowman, S.C.
 
5
 
23-7
 
$547
 
RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Andrew Starnes of Chapin, S.C.
 
5
 
20-7
 
$2,343
 
2nd
 
Keith Thomasson of Abbeville, S.C.
 
5
 
18-8
 
$1,172
 
3rd
 
Wayne Frierson of Manning, S.C.
 
4
 
14-15
 
$781
 
4th
 
Samuel Jones of Raleigh, N.C.
 
5
 
14-5
 
$547
 
5th
 
Terry Coleman of Sumter, S.C.
 
5
 
14-2
 
$469
 
6th
 
Mike Sather of Beech Island, S.C.
 
3
 
13-7
 
$430
 
7th
 
Brian Bultman of Aiken, S.C.
 
5
 
13-1
 
$371
 
7th
 
Jeff Bissen of Lake Irmo, S.C.
 
5
 
13-1
 
$371
 
9th
 
Brennan Gunther of Mount Pleasant, S.C.
 
3
 
13-0
 
$312
 
10th
 
Robert Derrick Jr. of Charlotte, N.C.
 
2
 
12-12
 
$259
 
10th
 
Beau Wilder of Charlotte, N.C.
 
3
 
12-12
 
$259
 

Full results from the event can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Berkley Big Bass
 
Jason Morse of Sumter, S.C.
 
9-pound, 10-ounce bass
 
$690
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Randy Brown of Lugoff, S.C.
 
7-pound, 11-ounce bass
 
$345
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
Chris Epting of Chapin, S.C.
 
Eligible Phoenix Boat*
 
$500
 

* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
WINNING BAITS

ANGLER
 
BAITS
 
COLOR
 
Boater
 
– Yamamoto Senko
 
– Green Pumpkin
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
– Wacky-rig
 
N/A
 

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
South Carolina Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
 
Oct. 21-23
 
St. Jons River, Palatka, Fla.
 
Putnam County Tourist Development Council
 
Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 3-5
 
Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn.
 
Jefferson County Department of Tourism
 

The 2021 MLF 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 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify 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 Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.