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John Cox Leads Day 1 of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Savage Arms Stop 6 on St. Lawrence River Presented by Abu Garcia

MASSENA, N.Y. (July 29, 2021) – A field of 154 bass-fishing professionals from around the world began their four-day competition for a top award of $135,000 at the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Savage Arms Stop 6 at the St. Lawrence River Presented by Abu Garcia Thursday in Massena, New York.

Berkley pro John Cox of DeBary, Florida, weighed a five-bass limit of St. Lawrence River smallmouth totaling 24 pounds, 12 ounces to take the early lead after Day 1. Cox holds a slim 7-ounce lead over pro Joey “Cowboy” Cifuentes of Clinton, Arkanas, who caught five bass weighing 24-5, good for second place.

“I am in absolute shock to be leading this thing,” Cox laughed after weighing in. “I’m not kidding – this was probably the worst practice that I have ever had before. Coming into today I was thinking, ‘If I can somehow catch 18 or 20 (pounds) and maybe catch a couple tomorrow I could get out of here with a check.’ And I would have taken that. I was shooting for 50th place. So to weigh what I did today is just unreal.”

Cox said that he caught just seven fish on the day – all before noon.

“I didn’t catch many, but the ones that I did catch were the right ones,” Cox said. “Tomorrow I’m going to try to do what I did today and just bounce around and hit some new areas. I tried so hard to make those areas that I fished in the Bass Pro Tour event here last month work, but I couldn’t catch anything. They’re not even the same areas anymore – there is grass growing in now and it’s just changed completely. I had to change everything up and treat this place like I’d never fished it before.”

Cox spent the afternoon scouting new areas and trying to find a couple of spots that could possibly carry him through the remainder of the four-day tournament.

“It looks so good when I weigh in 24 pounds, and it was a lot of fun today, but I’ve got nothing for tomorrow,” Cox went on to say. “All I can do is keep trying to find new stuff, but honestly I think I’ll be lucky to catch five again.”

The top 10 pros after Day One the St. Lawrence River are:

  1st:        John Cox, DeBary, Fla., five bass, 24-12
  2nd:       Joey “Cowboy” Cifuentes, Clinton, Ark., five bass, 24-5
  3rd:       Ron Nelson, Berrien Springs, Mich., five bass, 23-7
  4th:       Miles Howe, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., five bass, 22-10
  5th:       Matthew Stefan, Junction City, Wis., five bass, 22-7
  6th:       Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala., five bass, 22-0
  6th:       Erik Luzak, Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada, five bass, 22-0
  8th:       Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., five bass, 21-8
  9th:       Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 21-2
  10th:     Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala., five bass, 21-0

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Stefan won Thursday’s $500 Berkley Big Bass award, weighing a 6-pound, 8-ounce smallmouth to earn the day’s award.

Overall, there were 711 bass weighing 2,270 pounds, 12 ounces caught by the 153 pros on Thursday, which included 124 five-bass limits.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Savage Arms Stop 6 at the St. Lawrence River Presented by Abu Garcia is hosted by the Town of Massena.

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 advance to Saturday. Only the top 10 pros continue competition on Sunday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition.

Throughout the season, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship, where they will compete for up to $235,000. The 2021 TITLE will be on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Aug. 17-22, and is hosted by Explore La Crosse.

Anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. ET, Thursday through Sunday, from the Massena Intake Boat Launch located at 1415 State Highway 131 in Massena. Weigh-ins will also be held at the boat launch daily at 3 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend the event or follow the action online through the MLF NOW! live stream and coverage at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Bad Boy Mowers, Savage Arms Stop 6 Presented by Abu Garcia at the St. Lawrence River will feature live on-the-water coverage and a two-hour action-packed television show that will premiere on the Outdoor Channel on Sunday, Sept. 1 from 7 to 9 a.m. ET and re-air on the Sportsman Channel this fall. Weigh-ins will be streamed daily and fans can catch live on-the-water action all day Saturday and Sunday, July 31 – Aug. 1 on MLF NOW! beginning at 7 a.m. ET at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

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Ohio’s Knauf Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Mosquito Lake

CORTLAND, Ohio (July 26, 2021) – Boater Kyle Knauf of Berlin Center, Ohio, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Mosquito Lake Presented by TINCUP Whiskey in Cortland, Ohio. Knauf earned $5,428 for his victory at the event.
TOP 10 RESULTS

Ohio’s Blinn Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division
RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Kyle Knauf of Berlin Center, Ohio
 
5
 
16-5
 
$5,428
 
2nd
 
Shaun Brown of Slippery Rock, Pa.
 
5
 
15-13
 
$2,214
 
3rd
 
Jeffrey Yost of Lima, Ohio
 
5
 
14-10
 
$1,478
 
4th
 
Josh Kelly of Cortland, Ohio
 
5
 
14-1
 
$1,033
 
5th
 
Chuck Willis of Dayton, Ohio
 
5
 
13-15
 
$886
 
6th
 
Jay Ellis of Celina, Ohio
 
5
 
13-12
 
$2,012
 
7th
 
Butch Dobransky of North Canton, Ohio
 
5
 
13-9
 
$738
 
8th
 
Luke Fulton of Ray, Ohio
 
5
 
13-2
 
$627
 
8th
 
Danny Reaves of Cleves, Ohio
 
5
 
13-2
 
$627
 
10th
 
Josh Smith of Hamilton, Ohio
 
5
 
13-1
 
$517
 
RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Brian Blinn of Troy, Ohio
 
5
 
12-3
 
$2,214
 
2nd
 
Mark Miller of Baltic, Ohio
 
5
 
11-14
 
$1,107
 
3rd
 
Jarrod Simmons of Athens, Ohio
 
5
 
11-13
 
$738
 
4th
 
Brian Zelinskas of Beavercreek, Ohio
 
5
 
11-12
 
$517
 
5th
 
J.R. Selke of Waynesville, Ohio
 
5
 
10-12
 
$443
 
6th
 
Dan Goforth of Monroe, Ohio
 
5
 
10-10
 
$406
 
7th
 
Jordan Voigt of Celina, Ohio
 
5
 
10-8
 
$369
 
8th
 
Jeff Turner of Plainfiled, Ill.
 
5
 
10-5
 
$532
 
9th
 
Alfie Bricker of West Portsmouth, Ohio
 
5
 
10-4
 
$295
 
10th
 
Billy French of Hamilton, Ohio
 
5
 
10-3
 
$258
 

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CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Big Bass
 
Brody Campbell of Oxford, Ohio
 
5-pound, 3-ounce bass
 
$635
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Preston Hake of Mineral Ridge, Ohio
 
4-pound, 4-ounce bass
 
$317
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
Jay Ellis of Celina, Ohio
 
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
 
Unspecified Drop Shot
 
N/A
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
Z-Man Evergreen Chatterbait Jack Hammer
 
N/A
 

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
Buckeye Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
 
Oct. 14-16
 
Potomac River, Marbury, Md.
 
Charles County Board of Commissioners
 
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 2-4
 
Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark.
 
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
 

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.

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Virginia’s Lachniet Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on James River

HENRICO, Va.  (July 26, 2021) – Boater Ryan Lachniet of Gum Spring, Virginia, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at James River in Henrico, Virginia. Lachniet earned $4,127 for his victory at the event.
TOP 10 RESULTS

Virginia’s Titus Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division
RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Ryan Lachniet of Gum Spring, Va.
 
4
 
21-15
 
$4,127
 
2nd
 
Marshall Johnson of Montpelier, Va.
 
5
 
18-12
 
$2,064
 
3rd
 
Jason Tibbetts of Centreville, Va.
 
5
 
18-10
 
$1,377
 
4th
 
Thomas Milton of Chester, Va.
 
5
 
18-8
 
$963
 
5th
 
Steve Colgin of Lanexa, Va.
 
5
 
18-1
 
$825
 
6th
 
Travis Lugar of McGaheysville, Va.
 
5
 
17-7
 
$757
 
7th
 
Drew Parks of Union Bridge, Md.
 
5
 
17-4
 
$1,188
 
8th
 
Tim Chaffin of Quinton, Va.
 
5
 
16-5
 
$619
 
8th
 
Mike Hicks of Goochland, Va.
 
5
 
16-1
 
$550
 
10th
 
Chris Daves of Spring Grove, Va.
 
5
 
15-11
 
$482
 
RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Alex Titus of Annandale, Va.
 
5
 
14-5
 
$2,064
 
2nd
 
Lazarus Durham of Dumfries, Va.
 
5
 
13-8
 
$1,157
 
3rd
 
Rob Hilliard of Vinton, Va.
 
5
 
12-12
 
$688
 
4th
 
Dean Dalton of Keeling, Va.
 
5
 
12-7
 
$482
 
5th
 
Tracy Gravely of Petersburg, Va.
 
5
 
12-3
 
$413
 
6th
 
Doug Griles of Providence Ford, Va.
 
5
 
12-2
 
$378
 
7th
 
Matt Hummel of Lancaster, Pa.
 
5
 
12-1
 
$344
 
8th
 
Greg Chuhta of Germantown, Md.
 
5
 
11-13
 
$310
 
9th
 
Thomas Greenberg of Montpelier, Va.
 
3
 
11-10
 
$275
 
10th
 
David L. Deciucis of Chester, Va.
 
5
 
11-7
 
$241
 

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AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Big Bass
 
Richard Hodges of Knotts Island, N.C.287
 
7-pound, 4-ounce bass
 
$575
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Dick Allen of Sumerduck, Va.
 
5-pound, 7-ounce bass
 
$287
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
Drew Parks of Union Bridge, Md.
 
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
 
Yamamoto Senko/Wacky Rig
 
Black/Blue
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
Zoom Magnum Shakey Head Worm
 
N/A
 

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
 
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 2-4
 
Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark.
 
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
 

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.

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Vermont’s Barkyoumb Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Lake Champlain

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (JULY 26, 2021) – Boater Jared Barkyoumb of Winooski, Vermont, wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Barkyoumb earned $4,695 for his victory at the event, hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau.
TOP 10 RESULTS

Conn’s Pellegrino Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division
RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Jared Barkyoumb of Winooski, Vt.
 
5
 
20-8
 
$4,695
 
2nd
 
Thomas Waltz of Saint Albans, Vt.
 
5
 
20-2
 
$2,348
 
3rd
 
Stephen Estes of Auburn, N.H.
 
5
 
19-14
 
$1,565
 
4th
 
Pete Gluszek of Mt. Laurel, N.J.
 
5
 
19-10
 
$1,796
 
5th
 
Cameron Chase of Conway, Mass.
 
5
 
19-6
 
$900
 
5th
 
Kyle Hall of Granbury, Texas
 
5
 
19-6
 
$1,400
 
7th
 
Henry Fristik of Blandford, Mass.
 
5
 
19-5
 
$783
 
8th
 
Gary Longley of So. Londonderry, Vt.
 
5
 
19-4
 
$704
 
9th
 
Dakota Ebare of Brookeland, Texas
 
5
 
19-3
 
$626
 
10th
 
Andrew Bechard of Plattsburgh, N.Y.
 
5
 
19-1
 
$520
 
10th
 
Robert Bordeaux of Essex Junction, Vt.
 
5
 
19-1
 
$520
 
RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Dominic Pellegrino of Torrington, Conn.
 
5
 
20-8
 
$2,309
 
2nd
 
Scott Minch of Feasterville, Pa.
 
5
 
19-2
 
$1,155
 
3rd
 
Michael Burke of Breinigsville, Pa.
 
5
 
18-3
 
$770
 
4th
 
Charles Peart of King of Prussia, Pa.
 
5
 
17-13
 
$539
 
5th
 
Chris Hurley of Carlisle, Pa.
 
5
 
16-10
 
$802
 
6th
 
Craig Cleveland of Frankfort, N.Y.
 
5
 
16-0
 
$423
 
7th
 
Jim D’Ambra of Hanover, Mass.
 
5
 
15-8
 
$385
 
8th
 
Romano Duncan of Andover, Mass.
 
5
 
15-5
 
$346
 
9th
 
Ethan McMahon of Swanton, Vt.
 
5
 
15-4
 
$288
 
9th
 
Thomas Illar, Jr., Hyde Park, Pa.
 
5
 
15-4
 
$288
 

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

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AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Big Bass
 
Jared Barkyoumb of Winooski, Vt.
 
5-pound, 7-ounce bass
 
$700
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Chris Hurley of Carlisle, Pa.
 
5-pound, 6-ounce bass
 
$340

 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
Kyle Hall of Granbury, Texas
 
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
 
Berkley Flat Worm/Drop Shot
 
N/A
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
Roboworm/Drop Shot
 
N/A
 

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
Northeast Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
 
Oct. 14-16
 
Potomac River, Marbury, Md.
 
Charles County Board of Commissioners
 
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 2-4
 
Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark.
 
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
 

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.

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Major League Fishing Announces 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and Toyota Series Schedules

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 22, 2021) – Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced Thursday schedules for the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and the 2022 Toyota Series at a live press event held at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST).

The 27th season of the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit (formerly FLW Tour), professional bass fishing’s premier five-fish limit circuit, will feature six regular-season stops showcasing the best anglers in the world competing for thousands of dollars across the best bass fisheries in the United States. The 2022 season will culminate with the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE, in which 50 anglers will qualify – the top 48 finishers in the Pro Circuit Angler of the Year standings along with the reigning 2021 TITLE Champion and the 2021 Angler of the Year.

2022 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Schedule:
Jan. 27-30         Stop 1 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir     Brookeland, TexasHosted by the Jasper County Development District March 13-16   Stop 2 at Harris Chain of Lakes           Leesburg, Fla.
Hosted by Visit Lake County, Florida April 21-24      Stop 3 at Pickwick Lake                           Counce, Tenn.
Hosted by the Hardin County Convention & Visitors Bureau
May 12-15        Stop 4 at Lake Guntersville                   Guntersville, Ala.
Hosted by Marshall County Tourism and Sports June 16-19       Stop 5 at the James River                        Richmond, Va
Hosted by Richmond Region Tourism July 29-Aug. 1 Stop 6 at Lake Champlain                       Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Hosted by the City of Plattsburgh & the Adirondack Coast Visitor’s Bureau Aug. 16-21       TITLE at the St. Lawrence River         Massena, N.Y.
Hosted by the Town of Massena
“We’ve got some great momentum as we near the end of a very successful 2021 season and we look forward to carrying that momentum into 2022,” said Kathy Fennel, MLF Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Our team has put together a pair of great schedules that I know will have our fans and anglers excited – a nice mix of some of our historic venues along with a few fisheries that we haven’t visited in a while. Our MLF anglers are the best in the world, and we look forward to providing our world-class tournaments to them again in 2022.”

“The Town of Massena is excited and proud to be selected for the 2022 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE Championship,” said Don Meissner, Massena Tourism Promoter. “After years of working to promote our community, Massena is now being recognized as one of the most beautiful fishing destinations in the United States. On behalf of all of the communities in the North Country, we can’t wait to host the TITLE anglers that will visit us in upstate New York.”

Also announced Thursday was the 2022 MLF Toyota Series schedule, which kicks off its regular season in early-February at Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Florida, and runs through late-September when it wraps up at the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York.

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2022 MLF Toyota Series Schedule:
Central DivisionFeb. 22-24                        Lake Guntersville                        Scottsboro, Ala.
Hosted by the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce
March 31-April 2         Dale Hollow Lake                        Byrdstown, Tenn.
Hosted by Byrdstown-Pickett County Chamber of Commerce
May 5-7                              Lake Chickamauga                     Hixson, Tenn.
Hosted by Chattanooga Sports
Northern DivisionJune 23-25                       Potomac River                              Marbury, Md.
Hosted by Charles County Board of Commissioners
Aug. 9-11                          Lake Champlain                           Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Hosted by City of Plattsburgh & Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau
Sept. 22-24                      St. Lawrence River                      Massena, N.Y.
Hosted by the Town of Massena
Plains DivisionMarch 1-3                         Lake of the Ozarks                      Osage Beach, Mo.
Hosted by Tri-County Lodging Association April 28-30                      Grand Lake                                      Grove, Okla.
Hosted by City of Grove & Grove Convention & Tourism Bureau
Sept. 15-17                      Truman Lake                                  Warsaw & Sedalia, Mo.
Hosted by the Sedalia Convention and Visitors Bureau & Visit Benton
Southern DivisionFeb. 3-5                              Lake Okeechobee                        Clewiston, Fla.
Hosted by Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina and Resort and the Hendry County Tourism Development Council
April 7-9                            Santee Cooper                               Summerton, S.C.
Hosted by the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce
May 19-21                        Harris Chain of Lakes                Leesburg, Fla.
Hosted by Visit Lake County, Florida
Southwestern DivisionFeb. 10-12                        Sam Rayburn Reservoir          Brookeland, Texas
Hosted by the Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Chamber of Commerce
April 7-9                            Lake Texoma                                 Durant, Okla.
Hosted by TBD
May 4-6                              Sam Rayburn Reservoir          Brookeland, Texas
Hosted by the Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Chamber of Commerce
Western DivisionMarch 3-5                         Lake Havasu                                   Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Hosted by Go Lake Havasu
April 28-30                      Clear Lake*                                      Clearlake, Calif.
Hosted by the City of Clearlake
June 2-4                             California Delta*                          Bethel Island, Calif.
Hosted by TBD
* Subject to California permit approval

After resounding positive feedback from anglers, the Toyota Series Wild Card Division will also return in 2022. Pros and co-anglers have a second chance at qualifying for the Toyota Series Championship by fishing four or more tournaments in any combination of divisions and keeping their three highest finishes. Twelve pros and 12 co-anglers will qualify for the 2022 Toyota Series Championship based on Wild Card division points.

Further details for both circuits will be announced later this year. The full schedule for the 2022 MLF Bass Pro Tour and the dates and location for the 2022 Toyota Series Championship will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Estes Wins Toyota Series Event on Lake Champlain

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (July 18, 2021) – Toyota Series angler Stephen Estes of Auburn, New Hampshire, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 21 pounds, 15 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, New York. Estes’ three-day total of 15 bass weighing 61-3 earned him the win by a 2-pound, 3-ounce margin over second-place angler Matt Becker of Finleyville, Pennsylvania, and earned Estes the top payout of $44,000 in the first tournament of the 2021 Toyota Series Northern Division.

Pro Circuit angler Kyle Gelles decided to jump in on the co-angler side at Lake Champlain. The decision seems to have paid off well. Photo by Cobi Pellerito. Angler: Kyle Gelles.

Estes fished the dream on Lake Champlain, weighing in all smallmouth and averaging more than 20 pounds per day. Looking hard for the mother lode, Estes said he started his four-day practice period with 90 hours on his motor – by the time he was back at the dock after Day 3 of the event, he had over 126 hours logged.

“I was just doing a lot of looking and trying to find something special,” said Estes. “I don’t like to fish around other people and I felt like that was the deal and I just happened to stumble across it. I was idling around and I saw bait and decided to drop the Lowrance ActiveTarget down. I wouldn’t have known the fish were there without the ActiveTarget.”

Estes said he set his target range out to 120 feet, catching fish anywhere from a long cast away to right under his boat. One of his keys on the first two days when it was windy was an independent pole mount from Cornfield Crappie.

“I bought that mount maybe a year or so ago,” said Estes. “I started with LiveScope on the trolling motor, then I changed trolling motor brands and now I’m running all Lowrance. The Lowrance isn’t quite as easy to line your bait up, because the arrow isn’t perfect, but the whole point of the independent mount is when you’re on Anchor Mode, you can independently control it – that was huge the first two days. I keep a remote in my pocket and it has foot pedals.”

Throwing a drop-shot on a 6-foot-9, medium action Hammer Rods spinning rod with 10-pound Vicious No-Fade Braid and an 8-pound Seaguar Tatsu  leader, Estes went with a ½-ounce  Eco Pro Full Contact Drop Shot Weight and a drop-shot bait from Hawg Pours Hand Made Bass Baits called the Hawg Teaser.

“Every fish was different,” he said. “I caught some fish suspended, I’d watch my drop-shot fall, I’d see it stop falling and set the hook. I would never feel the fish bite. I’ve been doing that for three years and I’ve learned to watch my bait real close.

“Some of the fish I was catching 100 feet out from the boat – I can’t make a cast with a drop-shot further than 100 feet according to ActiveTarget,” continued Estes. “There was no rhyme or reason and I can’t tell you how many fish swam up to my bait and didn’t bite it. I just kept my head down and kept fishing  and put it in front of a lot of fish.”

Though he had to relocate his fish a bit each day, Estes definitely hit the mother lode daily throughout the event. His co-anglers nearly always caught big weights as well, and doubles from the front and the back were common. Given the fish he found and his skill with electronics, it would have been a feat to beat Estes this week.

“I had a feeling [after Day 1] but I chose not to acknowledge it,” said Estes. “This is just an awesome feeling. I never expected this at all, this group of anglers is so good.”

The top 10 pros on Lake Champlain finished:
1st:           Stephen Estes of Auburn, N.H., 15 bass, 61-3, $44,000
2nd:          Matt Becker of Finleyville, Pa., 15 bass, 59-0, $18,000
3rd:          Bryan Labelle of Hinesburg, Vt., 15 bass, 57-13, $12,750
4th:           Dakota Ebare of Brookeland, Texas, 15 bass, 57-7, $10,750
5th:           Kyle Hall of Cleburne, Texas, 15 bass, 57-7, $9,750
6th:           Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., 15 bass, 56-9, $8,625
7th:           Martin Villa of Charlottesville, Va., 15 bass, 55-7, $7,300
8th:           JJ Judd of Saint Albans, Vt., 15 bass, 54-4, $6,300
9th:           Joseph Thompson of Coatesville, Pa, 15 bass, 53-14, $5,300
10th:        Jason Bacon of Nutting Lake, Mass.,15 bass, 53-1, $4,200
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Nick Radtke of Greenwood Lake, N.Y. took home an additional $150 for the Day One Berkley Big Bass award in the pro division, with a bass weighing 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Kevin Martin of Crown City, Ohio won the Day Two Berkley Big Bass award in the pro division, bringing a 5-pound, 4-ounce bass to the scale.

Becker took home an extra $1,000 as the highest finishing Phoenix MLF BIG5 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 BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Kyle Gelles of Pingree, Idaho won the Strike King Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 14 bass weighing 48 pounds, 10 ounces. Gelles 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 Lake Champlain finished:
1st:           Kyle Gelles of Pingree, Idaho, 14 bass, 48-10, Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat w/115-hp outboard
2nd:          Ted Kephart of Philipsburg, Pa., 15 bass, 48-3, $5,375
3rd:          Jeff Crowley of Goodrich, Mich., 15 bass, 46-5, $4,300
4th:           Carter Wijangco of Naperville, Ill., 15 bass, 45-10, $3,650
5th:           Stephen Draghi of Sparrowbush, N.Y., 15 bass, 45-8, $3,350
6th:           Jakob Labelle of Hinesburg, Vt., 13 bass, 37-15, $2,650
7th:           Sakae Ushio of Tonawanda, N.Y., 12 bass, 37-11, $2,150
8th:           John Detweiler of Harleysville, Pa., 11 bass, 35-12, $1,825
9th:           Tommy Sikes of Como, Texas, 12 bass, 35-8, $1,530
10th:        Romano Duncan of Andover, Mass., 11 bass, 33-7, $1,290          
In the Strike King co-angler division, the $100 Day One Berkley Big Bass award winner was Geoffrey Montgomery of Seneca Falls, N.Y. with a 4-pound, 15-ounce bass, while the $100 Day Two award went to Randy Brown of Lugoff, S.C., with a 4-pound, 14-ounce bass.

The Toyota Series at Lake Champlain was hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau. It was the first of three regular-season tournaments in 2021 for Northern Division anglers. The next event for Toyota Series anglers will take place on August 3-5 – the Toyota Series at the California Delta in Oakley, California. For a complete schedule, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The 2021 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 division. Anglers who fish all three qualifiers in any of the eight divisions and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 cash, including a $35,000 Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus for qualified anglers. The winning Strike King co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2021 Toyota Series Championship presented by A.R.E. will be held Oct. 28-30 on Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tennessee, and is hosted by the Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Major League Fishing Marshall Program – Your Chance to Fish with A Pro!

Everyone is constantly trying to learn how to fish or improve our capabilities on the water. Anglers are reading magazine articles/blog posts, participating in seminars online/in-person, and watching videos. Even professional anglers are constantly trying to learn and improve as well. What if I told you that I had the best option to learn from a professional angler in the comfort of their boat! I recently posted a question on social media asking the following. If you could ask a professional angler anything, what would it be? Overwhelming response was, “can I go fishing with you” or “would you go fishing with me?”. This is completely possible with the Major League Fishing Marshal Program.

This is absolutely an amazing opportunity to learn directly from a professional. This could also prove beneficial should one of these tournaments take place on your home body of water or on a lake that you tournament fish. During this time you will see exactly how they cast, break down structure, and make lure selections. A lot of these anglers enjoy having someone on the boat with them. This presents an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about fishing. You really get a chance to get to know these anglers on a personal side. You get a chance to ride with anglers like Skeet Reese, Justin Lucas, Bobby Lane, Brain Latimer, and legend Larry Nixon. Who wouldn’t want that???

The Marshal Program was introduced just a few years ago when co-anglers were removed from the now MLF Pro Circuit. This gave the professional the ability to focus on their fishing with less distraction of having another angler in the boat. However, MLF still needed a way to provide oversight of the tournament for the purposes of enforcing rules and resolving disputes. That is how we got the MLF Marshall program.

Upfront it does cost to participate in the Marshall program. It’s a VIP experience like no other, all for only $100 per regular season tournament and $200 for the TITLE.As an added bonus, for no additional fee, you will be eligible to win as much as $2,500 at every tournament.

Marshal Program Overview:

MLF has a limited number of Marshal opportunities available at each Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit qualifier and the TITLE. Register today for your chance to ride along with a pro and learn about locating and catching big bass while they are fishing for a $135,000 payday. This is the opportunity of a lifetime for serious anglers, and it is only available to MLF members and subscribers who are at least 16 years old.

As a Marshal, you will be treated to a seminar with Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers, plus you’ll get behind-the-scenes access throughout the event. You will also receive an exclusive MLF Marshal jersey and play a vital role in live coverage of the tournament by verifying your pro’s catch and relaying information to MLF editors. You won’t be fishing, but you’ll be in the middle of the action.

Pick your favorite lake, ride along to learn from the world’s best pros and win cash awards based on the combined weight of the pros you are paired with in the two-day opening round. Here is the complete Marshal payout for each Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit qualifier and the TITLE: Awards are as follows 1st $2,500, 2nd $1,000, 3rd $750, 4th $500, 5th $250, 6th$100, 7th $100, 8th $100, 9th $100, 10th $100.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Courtesy of Major League Fishing

2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Marshal Guidelines:

  1. All applicants must have a current MLF membership or subscription. Marshals may register at flwfishing.com/marshals or by calling MLF at 270.252.1000 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time Monday-Friday.
  2. All applicants must be 16 years of age or older. If selected, each Marshal will be required to sign a liability release. Marshals under the age of 18 (19 in Alabama and Nebraska) must also have the signature of a parent or legal guardian on their liability release.
  3. The fee is $100 per regular season tournament and $200 for the TITLE, payable upon registration. Prospective Marshals can register for a single tournament or multiple events. Prospective Marshals not accepted will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued once accepted for an event.
  4. MLF may, at its sole discretion, deny any prospective Marshal based on the applicant’s ability to participate in all Marshal activities without hindering his or her pro and/or compromising his or her safety or the safety of his or her pro or other participants.
  5. MLF may, at its sole discretion, deny any prospective Marshal based on criminal convictions or charges or any other offenses that could be detrimental to the MLF Marshal program, the integrity of the sport or its sponsors.
  6. Marshals will be assigned pros by random computer draw and will be assigned a different pro each day of the tournament.
  7. Marshals are not allowed to practice with pros. Marshals cannot share information about fishing locations or patterns with pros after the start of the 13-day off-limits period extending through the final day of competition for each tournament.
  8. Marshals cannot assist pros with fishing in any way. Marshals cannot net fish, handle the net in any way, help anchor or stabilize a boat, or handle fish. During competition hours, Marshals must stay in the boat at all times, except in an emergency or for the momentary condition of restroom breaks. Pros may not ask a Marshal to exit a boat to make it more accessible to fishing waters.
  9. Select Marshals may be required to ride in a chase boat should their assigned pro also be assigned an MLF Live camera operator or MLF editor.
  10. Marshals are required to have a smart phone with text messaging, photo capability and mapping for communicating with MLF editors. Data charges for transmitting text and photos are each Marshal’s responsibility.
  11. Marshals are required to provide regular updates, photos and angler locations to MLF editors as instructed during the pretournament Marshal meeting whenever an assigned pro catches a fish. Select Marshals may also be provided with video equipment from MLF for recording and transmitting video back to MLF editors. Data charges for transmitting text, photos and video from MLF provided equipment will be covered by MLF.
  12. At no time can a Marshal give his or her assigned pro catch updates from other competitors, regardless of the source of the information, be it social media, a website, direct message, call or text.
  13. At the request of their assigned pro, Marshals may use a cell phone to assist the pro with his or her social media updates. Marshals are not, however, obligated to assist a pro with social media updates, as their primary function is to communicate with MLF editors and producers.
  14. Marshals may post updates to their personal social media pages so long as they are tagged as instructed by MLF during the pretournament Marshal meeting. Marshals may not, however, provide updates to any other social media pages or websites other than their assigned pro’s page or MLF.
  15. Marshals are not permitted to smoke if requested not to do so by their pro.
  16. Marshals are expected to participate every day for which their register was approved. Failure to do so may result in ineligibility to participate in future MLF events.
  17. MLF may, at its sole discretion, reassign Marshals prior to takeoff.
  18. Marshals are required to verify their pro’s catch by signing an MLF verification form immediately after checking in with MLF officials prior to each day’s weigh-in.
  19. Unless authorized by the tournament director or MLF Marshal manager all Marshals must register and attend a pretournament meeting the afternoon before each event. Times and locations will be emailed to each Marshal prior to the event as confirmation they have been accepted to participate.
  20. Applicants that register for all seven MLF Pro Circuit qualifying tournaments will have priority over applicants that register for single events and will have priority for participation in the semifinal and final rounds of competition at each tournament. Second priority for the semifinal and final rounds of competition will be offered to Marshals based on time and date of registration.
  21. Each Marshal will receive credit for the weight of their assigned pro’s catch on Days 1-2. The Marshals with the top 10 weights following the close of weigh-in on Day 2 will receive cash awards. Ties will be broken by heaviest one-day catch. If a tie remains, it will be broken first by total number of fish and then by total number of live fish. If a tie remains, awards will be combined and split equally among the tied contestants.
  22. Marshals are required to furnish their own PFD, rain gear and any snacks or drinks they would like to consume on the water. Pros will allow each Marshal to store snacks and drinks in the boat’s cooler. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
  23. Marshals will be briefed on Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit rules during their pretournament meeting. Marshals must have a general understanding of the rules pros must follow, including but not limited to culling procedures, off-limits areas and accepted fishing methods. Marshals should call the tournament director immediately if a rule violation is suspected or there is any question concerning sportsmanship or safe boating.

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Ohio’s Collins Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Grand Lake-St. Mary’s Presented by TINCUP

CELINA, Ohio (June 28, 2021) – Boater Tony Collins of Dayton, Ohio, won the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Grand Lake-St. Mary’s Presented by TINCUP Whiskey in Celina, Ohio. Collins earned $12,271 for his victory at the event, including the lucrative $7,000 Phoenix MLF BIG5 contingency bonus.
TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Tony Collins of Dayton, Ohio
 
5
 
10-9
 
$12,271
 
2nd
 
Josh Smith of Hamilton, Ohio
 
5
 
8-10
 
$2,336
 
3rd
 
Jeremie Barker of Trenton, Ohio
 
4
 
8-7
 
$1,424
 
4th
 
Chris Martinkovic of Hamilton, Ohio
 
5
 
8-4
 
$1,497
 
5th
 
Gary Ginter of Bellefontaine, Ohio
 
5
 
7-14
 
$854
 
6th
 
Jake Poffenberger of Brookville, Ohio
 
5
 
7-11
 
$747
 
6th
 
Matt Cash of Fairfield, Ohio
 
5
 
7-11
 
$747
 
8th
 
Dick Shaffer of Rockford, Ohio
 
5
 
7-10
 
$641
 
9th
 
Zach Graham of Westerville, Ohio
 
4
 
7-8
 
$569
 
10th
 
Michael Nesbitt of St. Paris, Ohio
 
3
 
7-3
 
$498
 
RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Brent Jones of Okeana, Ohio
 
5
 
6-9
 
$1,802
 
1st
 
Ron Weisenburger of Continental, Ohio
 
3
 
6-9
 
$1,802
 
3rd
 
Randy Bramos of Winchester, Ohio
 
3
 
6-6
 
$712
 
4th
 
Ryan Rich of Eaton, Ohio
 
5
 
5-11
 
$498
 
5th
 
Brent Wilkens of Hamilton, Ohio
 
3
 
5-2
 
$427
 
6th
 
Ed Mook of McDonald, Ohio
 
2
 
4-15
 
$392
 
7th
 
Jacob Crapyou of Portsmouth, Ohio
 
3
 
4-14
 
$358
 
8th
 
Rob Webber of Elyria, Ohio
 
2
 
4-4
 
$302
 
8th
 
Dan Goforth of Monroe, Ohio
 
3
 
4-4
 
$302
 
10th
 
Karl Schreiber of Georgetown, Ky.
 
3
 
3-14
 
$226
 
10th
 
Jeff Moorman of Liberty Township, Ohio
 
2
 
3-14
 
$226
 
10th
 
Greg Scythes of Marysville, Ohio
 
3
 
3-14
 
$226
 

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CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Berkley Big Bass
 
Jim Vitaro of Wooster, Ohio
 
3-pound, 14-ounce bass
 
$595
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Carrie Strauser of Belle Center, Ohio
 
3-pound, 6-ounce bass
 
$297
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
Tony Collins of Dayton, Ohio
 
Eligible Phoenix Boat*
 
$7,000
 

* 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
 
Spinnerbait
 
N/A
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
8-in Worm (Weisenburger)
Yamamoto Senko (Jones)
 
N/A
N/A
 

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
Buckeye Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
 
Oct. 14-16
 
Potomac River, Marbury, Md.
 
Charles County Board of Commissioners
 
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 2-4, 2022
 
Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark.
 
Arkansas Dept. of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
 

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.

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Alabama’s McCaig Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League & Jacques Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division on Lake Neely Henry Presented by Googan Baits

GADSDEN, Ala. (June 28, 2021) – Boater Mark McCaig of Oxford, Alabama, won the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at Lake Neely Henry Presented by Googan Baits in Gadsden, Alabama. McCaig earned $12,938 for his victory at the event, including the lucrative $7,000 Phoenix MLF BIG5 contingency bonus.

The event was hosted by the City of Gadsden.
TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Mark McCaig of Oxford, Ala.
 
5
 
16-12
 
$12,938
 
2nd
 
Kris Colley of Ragland, Ala.
 
5
 
16-2
 
$2,469
 
3rd
 
Tommy Hensley of Jackson, Ga.
 
5
 
15-0
 
$1,646
 
4th
 
Hunter Hays of Gadsden, Ala.
 
5
 
14-3
 
$1,152
 
5th
 
Robbie Robinson of Mobile, Ala.
 
5
 
14-1
 
$988
 
6th
 
Blake Lewis of Pace, Fla.
 
5
 
12-9
 
$905
 
7th
 
Blake Tomlin of Greenville, Ga.
 
5
 
12-7
 
$1,568
 
8th
 
Roger Shifflett of Hayden, Ala.
 
5
 
12-6
 
$741
 
9th
 
Jason Berrong of Crossville, Ala.
 
5
 
12-3
 
$658
 
10th
 
Bradley Jones of Aragon, Ga.
 
5
 
11-15
 
$576
 

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RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Steven Jacques of Addison, Ala.
 
5
 
13-5
 
$2,655
 
2nd
 
Johnathon Marsh of Graysville, Ala.
 
4
 
10-9
 
$1,235
 
3rd
 
Steve Burgess of Killen, Ala.
 
5
 
9-15
 
$1,023
 
4th
 
Richard Bailey of Florence, Ala.
 
5
 
9-10
 
$576
 
5th
 
Mason Cole of Deatsville, Ala.
 
5
 
8-12
 
$494
 
6th
 
Charles Davis of Wetumpka, Ala.
 
5
 
8-11
 
$703
 
7th
 
Hunter Bowden of Terre Haute, Ind.
 
4
 
8-10
 
$412
 
8th
 
Terry Harper of Ranburne, Ala.
 
5
 
8-9
 
$370
 
9th
 
Audie Aultman of Knoxville, Tenn.
 
4
 
7-15
 
$329
 
10th
 
Pauley Pitcher of Huntsville, Ala.
 
5
 
7-12
 
$288
 

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Big Bass
 
Blake Tomlin of Greenville, Ga.
 
7-pound, 4-ounce bass
 
$745
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Gerald Grace of Jasper, Ala. & Steven Jacques of Addison, Ala.
 
4-pound, 11-ounce bass
 
$372 (split)
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
Mark McCaig of Oxford, Ala.
 
Eligible Phoenix Boat*
 
$7,000
 

* 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
 
Jig and Beaver
 
N/A
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
Shaky-head rig
 
N/A
 

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
Bama Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
 
Oct. 7-9
 
Wheeler Lake, Decatur, Ala.
 
Decatur Morgan County Tourism
 
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 2-4, 2022
 
Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark.
 
Arkansas Dept. of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
 

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.

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Virginia’s Langford Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League & NC’s Pittman Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division on High Rock Lake

SALISBURY, N.C. (June 28, 2021) – Boater Todd Langford of Great Falls, Virginia, won the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at High Rock Lake in Salisbury, North Carolina. Langford earned $5,596 for his victory.
TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Todd Langford of Great Falls, Va.
 
5
 
18-13
 
$5,596
 
2nd
 
Jason Tibbetts of Centreville, Va.
 
5
 
18-10
 
$3,703
 
3rd
 
Ron Wolfarth of Oakboro, N.C.
 
5
 
18-6
 
$1,867
 
4th
 
Bradley Staley of Pleasant Garden, N.C.
 
5
 
17-14
 
$1,306
 
5th
 
Ben Reynolds of Callands, Va.
 
5
 
17-6
 
$1,119
 
6th
 
David Wright of Lexington, N.C.
 
5
 
16-13
 
$1,526
 
6th
 
Bennett Owen of Capron, Va.
 
5
 
15-8
 
$933
 
8th
 
John Lancaster of Linwood, N.C.
 
5
 
15-6
 
$839
 
9th
 
Tommy Jones of Salisbury, N.C.
 
5
 
15-0
 
$746
 
10th
 
Luke Farley of Dover, N.C.
 
5
 
14-13
 
$653
 

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RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Demon Pittman of Timberlake, N.C.
 
5
 
15-9
 
$2,791
 
2nd
 
Alex Moss of Lambsburg, Va.
 
5
 
13-11
 
$1,395
 
3rd
 
Brandon McCallister of Wytheville, Va.
 
5
 
13-5
 
$931
 
4th
 
Nathan Pulley of Chester, Va.
 
5
 
13-4
 
$651
 
5th
 
Alan Griffin of Polkton, N.C.
 
5
 
12-0
 
$558
 
6th
 
Jimmy Batts of Raleigh, N.C.
 
5
 
11-9
 
$512
 
7th
 
Dylan Gray of Gladys, Va.
 
5
 
10-14
 
$465
 
8th
 
Robert Green of Sedalia, N.C.
 
5
 
10-11
 
$419
 
9th
 
Cornell Badra of Clarksburg, Md.
 
3
 
10-3
 
$349
 
9th
 
Joshua Hall of Zion Crossroads, Va.
 
3
 
10-3
 
$349
 

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Berkley Big Bass
 
Jason Tibbetts of Centreville, Va.
 
5-pound, 13-ounce bass
 
$905
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Darrell Smith of Winston-Salem, N.C.
 
5-pound, 10-ounce bass
 
$447
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
David Wright of Lexington, N.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
 
BAIT
 
COLOR
 
Boater
 
Jig
 
N/A
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
Shaky-head Rig
 
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
 
2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 2-4, 2022
 
Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs, Ark.
 
Arkansas Dept. of Parks and Tourism & Visit Hot Springs
 

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.