Brian Bean of Hot Springs earns victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Hamilton

Winning boater Brian Bean of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and winning co-angler Lance Freeman of Eddyville, Kentucky.

Kentucky’s Freeman Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (February 16, 2022) – Local Brian Bean, Hot Springs Angler took five basses to the stage on Saturday weighing 17 pounds and 15 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Lake Hamilton. The event was the season-opening tournament for the Arkie Division of the Bass Fishing League. For his win, Bean earned $6,139.

According to post-tournament reports, Bean caught his fish in the mid-to-upper region of Lake Hamilton, targeting deep brush in 15 to 30 feet of water with an umbrella rig, rigged with colored Tennessee Shad . Berkley Power Swimmer swimming baits.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Brian Bean, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 17-15, $6,139
2nd: Josh Ray, Alexander, Ark., five bass, 14-13, $3,152 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Bonus)
3rd: Kevin Brown, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 13-9, $2,168
4th: Scott Hardin, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 13-6, $1,238
5th: Brayden Nichols, Blanchard, La., five bass, 12-15, $1,061
6th: Chris Huselton, Conway, Ark., five bass, 12-8, $972
7th: Spencer Shuffield, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 12-0, $884
8th: Ethan Sutton, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 11-7, $796
9th: Robert Jacuzzi, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 11-6, $707
10th: Matt Baker, Glenwood, Ark., five bass, 11-5, $619

Full results are available at

Bean’s 6-pound, 1-ounce bass won the $835 Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award.

Lance Freeman of Eddyville, Ky., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,652 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 3 ounces.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Lance Freeman, Eddyville, Kentucky, five bass, 14-3, $2,652
2nd: Caden Fuller, Waldron, Ark., two bass, 8-12, $1,743
3rd: Jonathan Simms, Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 8-2, $887
4th: Perry Dawson, Rockwood, Tennessee, three bass, 7-9, $619
5th: Darrin Franklin, Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 7-6, $530
6th: Kevin Keown, Lonoke, Ark., five bass, 6-13, $486
7th: Stephen Tyson, Sr., Camden, Ark., two bass, 6-12, $442
8th: Brooks Robertson, Hot Springs, Ark., four bass, 6-8, $398
9th: Todd Garner, Pocola, Okla., five bass, 6-7, $331
9th: Travis McKee, Fayetteville, Ark., three bass, 6-7, $331

Fuller caught a bass weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces — the biggest bass in the Co-angler division — to earn him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $417.

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.

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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Robert A. Glidden