Boater Jerry Brumfield of Cumming, GA and Strike King co-angler Jonathan Gregory of Somerset, KY were champions of the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on Lake Lanier.
GAINESVILLE, Georgia (February 28, 2022) – Rower Jerry Brumfield of Cumming, Georgia, caught five bass on Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on Lake Lanier. The tournament was the season opener for the Bulldog Division of the Bass Fishing League. Brumfield won $6,000 for her win.
“The day started off a little slow,” Brumfield said. “After the first hour and a half, I had nothing left, so I had to move.”
Brumfield said he trained for three weeks before the tournament and was largely successful. But Brumfield said the week leading up to the event was a different story.
“They moved on me,” Brumfield said. “I had holes that I had caught big fish in, so I moved towards them. And then at 11 o’clock, I was 18 pounds.
Brumfield credits his victory largely to his Garmin Panoptix LiveScope which he used to locate fish and a Keitech Swim Jig to deliver strokes in 30 to 42 feet of water.
“At 2:30 a.m. I caught one that made me gain 2 pounds,” Brumfield said. “I said to my fellow angler, ‘I just won this tournament.'”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Jerry Brumfield, Cumming, Georgia, five bass, 20-2, $6,000
2nd: Will Harkins, Blairsville, GA, five bass, 19-13, $3,000
3rd: Grant Kelly, Milledgeville, GA, five bass, 19-5, $3,000
4th: Todd Anderson, Dawsonville, GA, five bass, 18-15, $1,400
5th: Patrick Brown, Swainsboro, Georgia, five bass, 18-5, $1,200
6th: Jeff Williams, Gainesville, Georgia, five bass, 18-0, $1,100
7th: Alex Prince, Blue Ridge, Georgia, five bass, 17-8, $1,500 (includes $500 Phoenix Bonus)
8th: Carl Smith, Lugoff, SC, five bass, 17-7, $800
8th: Dalton Tankersley, Copperhill, Tennessee, five bass, 17-7, $800
8th: Weston Parker, Mansfield, Georgia, five bass, 17-7, $800
Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Kelly had a 7-pound, 3-ounce bigmouth that was the heaviest in the event in the Boater division and won the $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award.
Jonathan Gregory of Somerset, Ky., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $3,000 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 15 ounces.
Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Jonathan Gregory, Somerset, Kentucky, five bass, 14-15, $3,000
2nd: Jarrett Vick, Archer, Florida, five bass, 14-14, $1,500
3rd: David Uselton, McDonough, Georgia, five bass, 14-9, $1,200
4th: Chris Pfrogner, Dawsonville, GA, five bass, 14-7, $650
4th: JB Banks, Gainesville, Georgia, five bass, 14-7, $650
6th: Ryan Frazier, Stone Mountain, Georgia, five bass, 13-15, $525
6th: Shane Carlton, Akron, Ohio, five bass, 13-15, $525
8th: Caleb Wyatt, Easley, SC, five bass, 13-11, $450
9th: Ben Brisbois, Gainesville, Georgia, five bass, 13-0, $400
10th: Judah Eernisse, Chapin, SC, five basses, 12-14, $350
Jody Cook of Dawsonville, Georgia caught the biggest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch won him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $500.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on points standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered into the Bass Fishing League Regional Championship October 6-8 on Lake Murray at Prosperity. , SC Boaters will compete for a prize of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-hp Mercury outboard, and $10,000, while fellow anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200 horsepower Mercury outboard.
The 2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine is a 24-division circuit dedicated to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 Strike King boaters and co-fishermen in each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships where they compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the oldest championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American. The 2022 All-American will be held June 2-4 at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and is hosted by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and Visit Hot Springs.
The top 45 Strike King boaters and co-fishermen as well as tournament winners from each division of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League will also gain priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the path to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.
Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, ARE Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, TH Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri .
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