Dawsonville’s Overmyer wins two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Lake Lanier

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8 hours ago by Keith Worrall

Amended August 30, 2022 at 4:44 PM

Madison’s Duvall Claims Strike King Co-Angler Division

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (August 29, 2022) – Boater Ty Overmyer from Dawsonville, Georgiacaught 10 bass weighing 30 pounds, 7 ounces, to win both days MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA . The tournament was the fifth and final regular season event for the Bulldog Division of the Bass Fishing League. Overmyer earned $7,138 for his victory.

“A lot of hard work went into this, and it really paid off,” Overmyer said. “Knowing the lake really helped me a lot to fish in these difficult conditions.

“I had really slow mornings and as the sun came up it positioned the fish in the brush piles. I ran as many as I could,” Overmyer added.

Overmyer said he focused on the south end of the lake for the two days of competition and his efforts produced five bars on Saturday and eight on Sunday. He said he used a Trickster Tricky Shad Fluke and let it run to brush the piles on Saturday. Overmyer said Sunday’s wind pushed the shallow herring over the tips and his key bait was Evergreen Shower Blows 77.7 surface bait.

“It was a slow bite, but it was the right bite,” Overmyer said. “My fellow angler and I cast the surface baits in tandem and it caused the fish to come and eat. It also helps when someone else throws one.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Ty Overmyer, Dawsonville, Georgia, 10 bass, 30-7, $7,138
2nd: Emil Wagner, Marietta, Ga, 10 bass, 30-5, $4,269 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF5 contingency bonus)
3rd: Alex Prince, Blue Ridge, Georgia, 10 bass, 29-5, $2,378
4th: Will Harkins, Blairsville, Ga, 10 bass, 27-14, $1,666
5th: Paul Driskell, Jefferson, Ga, 10 bass, 26-5, $1,428
6th: Weston Parker, Mansfield, Georgia, 10 bass, 25-5, $1,309
7th: Dalton Tankersley, Copperhill, Tennessee, 10 low, 25-0, $1,190
8th: Kip Carter, Eatonton, Georgia, 10 bass, 24-15, $1,071
9th: Mitchell Grimsley, Hiawassee, Georgia, 10 bass, 24-8, $952
10th: Bill Booth, Marietta, Georgia, 10 bass, 24-0, $833

Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Nathan Vick of Archer, Fla., caught a bass weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces — the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division — to win the Berkley Big Bass Boater prize of $1,065.

John Duvall of Madison, Georgia, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $3,844 on Sunday after catching a total of seven bass weighing 17 pounds, 8 ounces over two days.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: John Duvall, Madison, Georgia, seven bass, 17-8, $3,844
2nd: Robert Holliday, Greensboro, Georgia, eight bass, 17-6, $1,922
3rd: Carlos Guzman, Fayetteville, Georgia, eight bass, 16-10, $1,179
4th: Wayne Hancock, Cumming, Georgia, seven bass, 15-6, $827
5th: Nathan Duong, Gainesville, Georgia, five bass, 14-6, $709
6th: Harold Grizzle, Gainesville, Georgia, seven bass, 14-2, $650
7th: Frank Poole, Stockbridge, Georgia, six bass, 13-13, $591
8th: Madison Earnest, Covington, Georgia, five bass, 13-6, $532
9th: Cody Cantrell, Fairmount, Ga., six bass, 12-14, $473
10th: Judah Eernisse, Lexington, SC, seven bass, 12-2, $413

Leon Chandler of Jonesboro, Georgia caught the biggest bass in the Strike King Co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds and 11 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $532.

With the regular season now over, boater Kip Carter of Eatonton, Georgia won the 2022 Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with a five-event total of 1,337 points to win the award. AOY of $1,000. Benjie Winkler of Cleveland, Georgia won the 2022 AOY Strike King Co-Angler Bulldog Division race with 1,287 points and took home the $500 Strike King Co-angler of the Year award.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will qualify to compete in the Bass Fishing League Regional Championship from October 6-8 on the Lake Murray in 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 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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