Eufaula’s Sweitzer wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Lake Eufaula presented by Flamingo Fish and Marine

Tahlequah defender wins Division Strike King Co-AnglerEUFAULA, Okla. (March 21, 2022) – Boater Tad Sweitzer from Eufaula, Oklahomacaught five bass on Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Lake Eufaula. The tournament was the season opener for the Okie Division of the Bass Fishing League. Sweitzer earned $4,905 for her victory.

“I had an awesome co-fisherman, and I told him we were going to run, lower the trolling motor to save fuel, lower our head and fish,” Sweitzer said. “I told him you can’t win with the big engine and the race.”

Sweitzer said he started in 30 feet of water fishing an Alabama rig to target bait balls and caught two 5-pounders in the first 30 minutes, but then the bass started to turn away of their offers.

“That’s when the day got longer,” Sweitzer said. “I didn’t get another fish until 1:30 p.m. Then I stopped on a stretch, pulled out a jerkbait and grabbed three more keepers to put in the boat.

Sweitzer said his five fish he weighed were the only fish he caught during the tournament. In addition to the umbrella rig, Sweitzer said he uses a Berkley deep dive lure as well as a 6and Sense Jerkbait to target bars on ledges.

“It was the first BFL tournament I ever fished,” Sweitzer said. “I kept telling my wife, ‘I just want one of these trophies someday.’ She said, ‘You can’t do it unless you fish it.’

“It’s just awesome,” Sweitzer added.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Tad Sweitzer, Eufaula, Okla., five bass, 23-6, $4,905
2nd: Shawn Mote, Ardmore, Okla., five bass, 21-1, $2,453
3rd: Chris M. Jones, Bokoshe, Okla., four bass, 18-6, $2,375
4th: Jeff Kriet, Ardmore, Okla., five bass, 17-8, $1,363
4th: Ian Leybas, McAlester, Okla., five bass, 17-8, $1,063
6th: Curt Warren, Rose, Okla., five bass, 17-2, $899
7th: Jeff Clark, Van Buren, Ark., five bass, 17-1, $818
8th: Lane Kindle, Stilwell, Okla., five bass, 16-15, $936
9th: Orlean Smith, McAlester, Okla., five bass, 16-9, $654
10th: Blake Capps, Muskogee, Okla., Low five, 16-8, $1,272 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)

Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Jones had a 9-pound bigmouth that was the heaviest in the event in the Boater Division and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award of $740.

Fred Fielder of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,453 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 13 ounces.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Fred Fielder, Tahlequah, Okla., five bass, 15-13, $2,453
2nd: Scott Moore, Fort Gibson, Okla., three bass, 15-4, $1,226
3rd: Jacob Cooper, Leon, Kan., five bass, 13-12, $816
4th: David Hamilton, Rogers, Ark., four basses, 12-13, $572
5th: Timothy Cartwright, Sand Springs, Okla., five bass, 12-4, $591
6th: David Blankinship, Cushing, Okla., five bass, 11-6, $450
7th: Bryan Schuster, Oklahoma City, Okla., three bass, 11-3, $559
8th: Leroy Dee Shepherd, Mountain View, Okla., four bass, 10-2, $368
9th: Brian Brecka, Alma, Wis., three bass, 9-8, $327
10th: Rick Blosser, Tulsa, Okla., three bass, 9-7, $272
10th: Bobby Walker, Ponca City, Okla., three bass, 9-7, $272

Andrew Workman of Stilwell, Oklahoma, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds and 8 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $370.

After one event, Tad Sweitzer of Eufaula, Oklahoma leads the Bass Fishing League Okie Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 250 points, while Fred Fielder, Tahlequah, Oklahoma leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race. with 250 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 Oct. 13-15 on the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wis. . 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