David Williams wins rescheduled Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Kerr Lake

Virginia’s Brown Tops Strike King Co-Angler DivisionHENDERSON, NC (May 2, 2022) – Boater David Williams from Newton, North Carolinacaught five bass on Sunday weighing 18 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on Kerr Lake . The Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division tournament, hosted by the Vance County Tourism Development Authority, had been postponed from March 12 due to severe storms and inclement weather. Williams earned $3,756 for her victory.

“I started covering a lot of water with a Evergreen Topwater Blast Shower bait,” Williams said. “I had caught a few fish like that every morning, and if they exploded on them and I didn’t catch them, I could usually come back later and catch them. I think a lot of them were sleeping and I had a reaction bite.

Williams said he was concentrating his efforts in the Nutbush Bridge area of ​​Kerr, and added that if the wind was present he could catch fish on a spinnerbait around the rocks at points where shad or herring at blue backs were spawning. Later in the day he changed tactics to swim a jig or jig fished on the bottom around the woods or docks. Williams said his jig setup was a ½ ounce Queen Tackle Jig with a Zoom Z Craw Jr. trailer. Williams said 12 to 15 of the 20 bass he caught during the competition were keepers.

Williams finished third in Saturday’s MLF BFL tournament on Kerr Lake and thought it would take 18 pounds to be in contention for a win on Sunday. Williams beat that number and said the successful weekend had special meaning for him.

“I lost my mom last week and came back the day after she lost and started fishing,” Williams said. “I dedicate this victory to him. She has always been my biggest fan. »

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: David Williams, Newton, NC, five bass, 18-2, $3,756
2nd: Kevin Walton, Norfolk, Va., five bass, 17-0, $1,878
3rd: Dennis Middleton, Madison Heights, Va., five bass, 15-11, $1,253
4th: Aaron Falwell, Forest, Va., five bass, 15-1, $876
5th: Kevin Chandler, New London, NC, five bass, 14-12, $751
6th: Shawn Hammack, Gasburg, Va., five bass, 14-11, $1,679 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
7th: Keith Roberts, Hurt, Va., five bass, 14-10, $1,026
8th: Ben Dalton, Keeling, Virginia, five bass, 14-5, $563
9th: Jeremy Talbert, Albemarle, NC, five bass, 14-3, $501
10th: Michael Maull, Fayetteville, NC, five bass, 13-14, $438

Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Hammack had a big mouth that weighed in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces, which was the heaviest of the event in the Boater division and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award of $490.

Kenneth Brown of Leesburg, Va., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,101 on Sunday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 13 ounces.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Kenneth Brown, Leesburg, Va., five bass, 14-13, $2,101
2nd: Arthur Harris, York, SC, five bass, 12-14, $929
3rd: David Deciucis, Chester, Va., five bass, 11-15, $619
4th: Nathan Reeves, Lynchburg, Va., four bass, 11-10, $534
5th: Greg Ravitsky, Palmyra, Va., five bass, 10-14, $372
6th: Anthony Pulley, Chester, Va., five bass, 10-12, $341
7th: Darrell Medley, Chesapeake, Va., four bass, 10-7, $310
8th: Scott McKay, New London, NC, four bass, 10-4, $279
9th: Pat Kendrick, Bumpass, Virginia, four bass, 9-5, $448
10th: James Williams, Sims, North Carolina, three bass, 9-4, $217

Brown caught the largest bass in the Co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds and 8 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $242.

After three events, Eric Johnson of Partlow, Virginia leads the Bass Fishing League Piedmont Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 703 points, while Nathan Reeves of Lynchburg, Virginia leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race. with 742 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 6-8 on Lake Murray at Prosperity. , South Carolina. 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