Arkansas’ Edwards claims Phoenix Bass Fishing League victory on Day 2 of Table Rock Lake double header
(April 5, 2022 – KIMBERLING CITY, Mo.)
Boater Landon Edwards from Springdale, Arkansascaught five bass on Sunday weighing 19 pounds and 1 ounce, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Table Rock Lake . The tournament was the second event for the Ozark Division of the Bass Fishing League. Edwards won $6,000 for her win.
“I caught a lot of fish today,” said Edwards, who said he fished around Kimberling City and the James River. “I found bait, and where you found bait is where you found fish. I was just looking for birds diving for bait, then using my chart to find fish. I roll over a school and start running them over.
Edwards said he caught 30 bass over three pounds during the day and called the action “crazy”. He relied on a jerkbait, weighted with lead tape and wire on the hooks to lower the bait to the depths where the fish were hanging out. A Rapala Jigging Shad Rap Ice and a small Keitech soft plastic bait filled its limit. It targeted bass in 100 feet of water suspended at depths of 10 to 60 feet.
“Where they were making holes in the baitfish, that’s where I was catching them,” Edwards said. “I got to my spot early where I knew they were loaded, did a cast and caught a 5-pounder, then caught a few other good ones. Then the sun came up and they got a bit skittish. So I started throwing little Keitech and hitting them in the face with it, and they just couldn’t resist.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Landon Edwards, Springdale, Ark., five bass, 19-1, $6,000
2nd: Ryder Mains, Wellsville, Kansas, five bass, 19-0, $3,000
3rd: Joe Grafeman, Camdenton, Mo., five bass, 18-13, $2,500 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
4th: Jacob Wade, Mountain Grove, Mo., five bass, 18-12, $1,400
5th: Graden Hansen, Sachse, Texas, five bass, 18-7, $1,200
6th: Dustin Blevins, Harrison, Ark., five bass, 17-14, $1,300
7th: Matt Ells, Mount Vernon, MO, five bass, 17-0, $2,000
8th: Tim Merkh, Bennington, Kan., five bass, 16-3, $850
8th: Cole Breeden, Eldridge, Mo., five bass, 16-3, $850
10th: Cole Anderson, Bentonville, Ark., five bass, 16-2, $665
10th: Eric Olliverson, Lampe, Mo., five basses, 16-2, $665
Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Ells had a 6-pound, 10-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.
Shane McGinnis of Springfield, Mo., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $3,000 on Sunday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces.
Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Shane McGinnis, Springfield, Mo., five bass, 14-7, $3,000
2nd: Drew Boehle, Saint Charles, MO, five bass, 14-3, $1,500
3rd: Easton Blankenship, Iberia, Missouri, five bass, 13-14, $1,000
4th: DJ Pugh, Overland Park, Kan., five bass, 13-12, $700
5th: Kory Ries, Union, Mo., five bass, 13-4, $600
6th: Mark Horton, Lees Summit, Missouri, four bass, 11-1, $625
6th: Jeff Moss, Oronogo, Mo., four bass, 11-1, $825
8th: Walter Dechau, Pontiac, Mo., five bass, 10-15, $450
9th: Chris Bardill, Highland, Ill., three bass, 10-13, $400
10th: Taylor Surly, Bella Vista, Ark., four basses, 10-11, $350
Michael Mulberry of Galena, Missouri, caught the largest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds and 1 ounce. The catch won him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $500.
After two events, Landon Edwards of Springdale, Arkansas leads the Bass Fishing League Ozark Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 499 points, while Jeff Moss of Truesdale, Missouri leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race. with 483 points.
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 Oct. 20-22 on Grand Lake in Grove. , Oklahoma. Boaters will compete for a prize of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200 horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while fellow anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a Mercury outboard of 200 horsepower.
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.
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