Flowood’s Odom wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Ross Barnett Reservoir
Brandon, miss. (March 14, 2022) – Boater Taylor Odom from Flowood, Mississippicaught five bass on Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Ross Barnett Reservoir . The tournament was the second of the season for the Mississippi Division of the Bass Fishing League. Odom earned $5,403 for his win.
“I found a really good group of fish during practice that I wanted to target,” Odom said. “Another boater I know, Allen Shoemaker, had found the same group of fish, and we talked about it and said we were both going to come back to that group of fish and sort it all out and both fish the same group. .
“I ended up being randomly paired with Allen in a boater-to-boater draw,” Odom continued. “What a crazy scenario that turned out to be.”
Odom said the bass he was aiming for was “crouching” so he went for a common approach for Ross Barnett – dragging a black 8in Zoom Lizard “Magnum” in about 3 feet of water.
Odom said he encountered engine malfunctions during practice and was worried his boat’s performance would affect his tournament. The boat withstood Odom’s victory and Shoemaker finished 14and.
“All I can say is God is good,” Odom said. “I wasn’t even sure I was going fishing on Saturday morning because of my boat.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Taylor Odom, Flowood, Miss., five bass, 17-7, $5,403
2nd: Joel Barber, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 16-9, $1,859
3rd: Corey Sullivan, Brandon, Miss., five bass, 14-13, $1,238
4th: Blake Daugherty, Pope, Miss., five bass, 13-4, $867
5th: Teddy Cranford, Collins, Miss., five bass, 12-14, $744
6th: Timmy Ming, Louisville, Mississippi, five bass, 12-5, $682
7th: Noel Allen Jr., Brandon, Mississippi, five bass, 11-4, $620
8th: Red Ballard, Sulfur, La., five low, 11-3, $1,058 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
9th: Will Dupler, Columbus, Mississippi, four bass, 10-2, $496
10th: John Coggins, Guntown, Mississippi, four basses, 9-15, $434
Odom had an 8-pound, 4-ounce bigmouth that was the heaviest in the event in the Boater division and won the $485 Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award.
Larry Stewart Jr. of Brandon, Mississippi won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,116 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 6 ounces.
Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Larry Stewart Jr., Brandon, Mississippi, five bass, 12-6, $2,116
2nd: Michael Morris, Sumrall, Miss., three bass, 8-4, $908
3rd: Blake KoenigsbergerColumbus, Miss., three bass, 6-9, $606
4th: David Huey, Tupelo, Mississippi, two bass, 6-4, $424
5th: Sank Payton, Bay Springs, Miss., three lows, 6-0, $363
6th: Brandon Bell, Starkville, Miss., three bass, 5-13, $333
7th: Quentin BremenkampBrandon, Miss., a bass, 5-8, $535
8th: Vernon Hearn, Lena, Miss., a bass, 5-1, $272
9th: Daniel Corkern, Florence, Miss., two basses, 4-15, $392
10th: Chris Brown, Fulton, Mississippi, single bass, 4-8, $212
Bremenkamp caught the biggest bass in the Co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds and 8 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler of the Day award of $232.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered into the Bass Fishing League Regional Championships Oct. 20-22 on Smith Lake in Cullman, in Alabama. 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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