It was announced Tuesday night that local professional fisherman Johnathan Crossland of Chapin represented the Midlands with a big win at the Phoenix Bass Fishing League regional championship. TH Marine hosted the event for Major League Fishing on Lake Murray, and Crossland brought a total of three days of 15 bar scales weighing 43 pounds 12 ounces.
The victory was not easy. The heavy rains that preceded the regional created significant challenges. Crossland responded to the challenges by saying, âOne thing that spoiled the bite off a bit is that the water has risen. We had all this rain north of us, and it came down the Saluda River and mostly blew it away. “
He continued to search for shallow grass and found grass at a deeper point, which is where he caught the first. It was close to a four-pounder, and after that it had four more enlargements. It was then that he realized that deep sea fishing was going to be the key.
For his victory, Crossland won $ 61,500, including a Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200 horsepower, $ 10,000 Mercury outboard, as well as lucrative emergency bounties, including up to an additional $ 7,000 of Phoenix MLF Bonus. He also received automatic entry into the 2022 Phoenix Bottom Fishing League Pan Am Championship, June 2-4, at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and priority entry into the Toyota Series – The Path to the World. Tackle Warehouse Pro circuit and ultimately the Bass Pro Tour.
Winning a tournament of this caliber on his native pond certainly means a lot to the South Carolina boater, but he said it meant even more with his friends and family watching him. A good support system is vital for any tournament angler, and Crossland said he looks forward to representing them all at the All-American next year.