BROOKELAND, Texas – Boater Tater Reynolds of Florien, Louisiana, caught 10 bass weighing 48 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the two-day MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The tournament, hosted by Jasper County Development District, was the fifth and final regular-season event for the Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division. Reynolds earned $8,467 for his victory.
According to post-tournament reports, Reynolds said he focused his tournament efforts above the Highway 147 bridge on Sam Rayburn and targeted brush piles in 15 to 35 feet of water. Reynolds used a Table Rock Pro-colored 6th Sense 106X Jerkbait to land his bass.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Tater Reynolds, Florien, La., 10 bass, 48-14, $8,467
2nd: Derek Mundy, Broaddus, Texas, 10 bass, 38-8, $3,733
3rd: Blake Schroeder, Whitehouse, Texas, 10 bass, 35-13, $2,738
4th: James Allen Pruitt, Houston, Texas, 10 bass, 35-4, $1,742
5th: Jason Bonds, Lufkin, Texas, 10 bass, 35-0, $1,493
6th: Wesley Dawson, Chester, Texas, 10 bass, 32-14, $1,569
7th: Walt Stevens, Bernice, La., 10 bass, 32-6, $1,544
8th: Tommy Loving, Cypress, Texas, 10 bass, 31-13, $1,620 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF5 contingency bonus)
9th: Todd Castledine, Nacogdoches, Texas, 10 bass, 29-15, $996
10th: Cody Wise, Chireno, Texas, 10 bass, 27-6, $871
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Kevin Jeane of Natchitoches, Louisiana, caught a bass weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – to earn the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $1,140.
Ben Faucheaux of Natchitoches, Louisiana, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $3,733 Sunday after catching a two-day total of eight bass weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces.
The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:
1st: Ben Faucheaux, Natchitoches, La., eight bass, 22-6, $3,733
2nd: J.J. Matzke, League City, Texas, seven bass, 19-10, $1,867
3rd: Daniel Bryant, Scott, La., five bass, 19-8, $1,914
4th: James Moore, Jr., Lampasas, Texas, eight bass, 19-8, $1,221
5th: Hannah Gryder, Many, La., eight bass, 19-5, $747
6th: Zane Parker, Goodrich, Texas, nine bass, 19-4, $684
7th: Mitchel Martin, Washington, La., seven bass, 18-3, $622
8th: Jimmy Saltzman, Lake Charles, La., seven bass, 18-3, $560
9th: Zachary McDaniel, Pitkin, La., six bass, 16-9, $498
10th: Steven Fisher, Nacogdoches, Texas, four bass, 14-9, $436
Daniel Bryant of Scott, Louisiana, caught the largest bass in the Strike King Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 9 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $570.
With the regular season now complete, boater Tater Reynolds of Florien, Louisiana, won the 2022 Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with a five-event total of 1,363 points to earn the $1,000 boater AOY award. Greg Dennis of Fort Worth, Texas, won the 2022 Strike King Co-Angler Cowboy Division AOY race with 1,258 points and earned the $500 Strike King Co-angler of the Year award.
Now, the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will advance to compete in the Oct. 20-22 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.
The 2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.
The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.
Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.
For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.