Fishing: Cumming resident Jerry Brumfield wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League event

GAINESVILLE – Cumming resident Jerry Brumfield caught five bass on Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on Lake Lanier. The tournament was the season opener for the Bulldog Division of the Bass Fishing League. Brumfield won $6,000 for her win.

“The day started off a little slow,” Brumfield said. “After the first hour and a half, I had nothing left, so I had to move.”

Brumfield said he trained for three weeks before the tournament and was largely successful. But Brumfield said the week leading up to the event was a different story.

“They moved on me,” Brumfield said. “I had holes that I had caught big fish in, so I moved towards them. And then at 11 o’clock, I was 18 pounds.

Brumfield credits his victory largely to his Garmin Panoptix LiveScope which he used to locate fish and a Keitech Swim Jig to deliver strokes in 30 to 42 feet of water.

“At 2:30 a.m. I caught one that made me gain 2 pounds,” Brumfield said. “I said to my fellow angler, ‘I just won this tournament.'”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Jerry Brumfield, Cumming, Georgia, five bass, 20-2, $6,000

2nd: Will Harkins, Blairsville, GA, five bass, 19-13, $3,000

3rd: Grant Kelly, Milledgeville, GA, five bass, 19-5, $3,000

4th: Todd Anderson, Dawsonville, GA, five bass, 18-15, $1,400

5th: Patrick Brown, Swainsboro, Georgia, five bass, 18-5, $1,200

6th: Jeff Williams, Gainesville, Georgia, five bass, 18-0, $1,100

7th: Alex Prince, Blue Ridge, Georgia, five bass, 17-8, $1,500 (includes $500 Phoenix Bonus)

8th: Carl Smith, Lugoff, SC, five bass, 17-7, $800

8th: Dalton Tankersley, Copperhill, Tennessee, five bass, 17-7, $800

8th: Weston Parker, Mansfield, Georgia, five bass, 17-7, $800

Robert A. Glidden