Benton’s Defew Claims Victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Kentucky-Barkley Lakes
Independence’s Elmore Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division
GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (June 13, 2022) – Boater Jeff Defew from Benton, Kentuckycaught five bass on Saturday weighing 21 pounds and 10 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on the Kentucky-Barkley Lakes. The tournament, hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, was the Bass Fishing League LBL division’s third event. Defew earned $5,428 for their win.
“We have a lot of really good anglers in this area, and a lot of people come fishing in Lake Kentucky,” Defew said. “It’s very competitive. It’s a dream to win one of these trophies. I’ve always wanted one.
“It’s just awesome,” Defew continued. “I own a body shop and I work 50 hours a week, and I fish on the weekends and after work. So for a regular guy to win one of those matches against guys that fish a lot is really good.
Defew, who said he considers himself a “northern” Kentucky Lake angler, said he focused on fishing Kenlake Resort State Park at the Dam during the event. Defew said he caught eight to 10 goaltenders on the day. The bass fell for a Berkley Electric Wormas well as a jig and a Strike King 10XD crank.
“Lake Kentucky is as competitive as any other body of water,” Defew said. “Our lake has changed, but it’s definitely getting better. Even on its worst day, it’s still much better than many lakes you can go to.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Jeff Defew, Benton, Ky., five bass, 21-10, $5,428
2nd: Dan Morehead, Paducah, Kentucky, five bass, 17-4, $3,049
3rd: Sam Boss, Paducah, Kentucky, five bass, 16-0, $1,478
4th: David Seaton, Springville, TN, five bass, 15-13, $1,033
5th: Keith Amerson, Bethel Springs, TN, five bass, 15-5, $886
6th: Drew Lynch, Paducah, Kentucky, five bass, 15-1, $812
7th: Gary Singleton, Dickson, Tennessee, five bass, 14-15, $738
8th: Larry Bailey, Paducah, Ky., five bass, 14-11, $864
9th: Bobby Wade, Mayfield, Kentucky, five bass, 14-7, $590
10th: Stu Moyer, Hardin, Kentucky, five bass, 14-1, $491
10th: Kasey Alexander, Dawson Springs, Kentucky, five bass, 14-1, $491
Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Dan Morehead of Paducah, Kentucky had a big mouth that weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces which was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award of $635.
Jim Elmore of Independence, Ky., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,314 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 13 ounces.
Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Jim Elmore, Independence, Kentucky, five bass, 15-13, $2,314
2nd: Drake Horn, Murphysboro, IL, five bass, 14-10, $1,424
3rd: William Walsh, Bon Aqua, Tennessee, five bass, 12-1, $738
4th: Ed Daniell, West Frankfort, IL, five bass, 11-15, $667
5th: Jay Fields, Breese, Ill., five bass, 10-14, $443
6th: Barry Gunter, Trafalger, Ind., four bass, 10-3, $406
7th: Ronald Franks, Hermitage, Tennessee, four bass, 9-14, $369
8th: Shane Ross, Pembroke, Kentucky, three bass, 8-15, $332
9th: Stan Evans, Newburgh, Ind., four bass, 8-11, $276
9th: Chanler Fleetwood, Vallonia, Ind., three bass, 8-11, $276
Drake Horn of Murphysboro, Ill., caught the largest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $317.
After three events, Billy Schroeder of Paducah, Kentucky leads the Bass Fishing League LBL Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 694 points, while Ed Daniell of West Frankfort, Illinois leads the Strike King Co-Angler race. AOY division. with 723 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 October 13-15 on Pickwick Lake in Counce. , Tennessee. 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 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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