Greenwood’s Stanfill leads the field in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Lake Murray
PROSPERITY, SC (May 9, 2022) – Boater Bobby Stanfill from Greenwood, SCcaught five bass on Saturday weighing 27 pounds and 11 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Lake Murray . The tournament, hosted by Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board, was the third event for the South Carolina division of the Bass Fishing League. Stanfill earned $4,864 for her victory.
“I caught a lot of fish and I caught them all day,” Stanfill said. “It was the culmination of a lot of decisions I made throughout the day, and every single one of them was right. I had a starting point where I ended up catching a pretty decent limit right out of the gate.Then the pressure kind of got away from me.
Stanfill said that after reaching his limit, he moved to a different location where blueback herring were not present on the shore and did not spawn during training. He said he cast a spinnerbait into a windy flat and about 25 6-inch herring followed the bait. Stanfill said he knew the wind and the herring meant the bigmouth would be nearby.
“I said, ‘I’ll just hang in there and go with it,'” Stanfill said. walked up and killed him. I grabbed several more in a row and said, “I’ll just do it like that.”
Stanfill said the bass were “absolutely flat-out” during the event and the fishing was fantastic for many of the competitors. He said he expected to see 20- and 21-pound stringers at the weigh-in, but the baitfish and wind gave anglers plenty of opportunities for the big bags.
“I didn’t know what size spar I was building,” Stanfill added. “I don’t focus on that. I just look at the smallest one I have and try to replace it. It all came down to a few vicious bursts where I just destroyed them.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Bobby Stanfill, Greenwood, SC, five bass, 27-11, $4,864
2nd: Roger Medlock, Mount Pleasant, SC, five bass, 22-15, $2,048
3rd: Jason Burroughs, Hodges, SC, five bass, 22-12, $2,310 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
4th: Ricky Basey, Warrenville, SC, five bass, 21-2, $847
5th: Nelson Walker, Manning, SC, five bass, 20-14, $726
6th: Chris Blanchette, Charleston, SC, five bass, 20-11, $666
7th: Bradford Beavers, Summerville, SC, five bass, 20-5, $605
8th: Josh Rennebaum, Chapin, SC, five bass, 20-2, $545
9th: Derek Lehtonen, Woodruff, SC, five bass, 20-1, $484
10th: Kevin Whitmore, Easley, SC, five bass, 19-11, $424
Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Stanfill and Medlock each had a big mouth that weighed in at 7 pounds, 4 ounces, which tied for the heaviest of the event in the Boater division, and they shared the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award of $464. .
Jared Upchurch of Lugoff, South Carolina, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $1,816 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces.
Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Jared Upchurch, Lugoff, SC, five bass, 15-2, $1,816
2nd: Tracy Harrington, Rock Hill, SC, four bass, 14-14, $1,290
3rd: Kevin Henderson, Honea Path, SC, five bass, 14-12, $606
4th: John Joyce II, Inman, SC, five bass, 14-0, $424
5th: Lonnie Drusch, Sumter, SC, five bass, 13-8, $363
6th: Stephen Britt, Chapin, SC, three bass, 12-14, $333
7th: Jason Hueble, Whitmire, SC, five bass, 12-1, $303
8th: Mel Tolson, Hartsville, SC, four bass, 9-14, $272
9th: Erik Girouard, Sumter, SC, three bass, 9-11, $227
9th: Christopher Helton, Greer, SC, five bass, 9-11, $227
Harrington caught the largest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $232.
After three events, Jason Burroughs of Hodges, SC leads the Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division’s Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 740 points, while Jacob Barfield of Conway, SC leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division. AOY race with 715 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 13-15 on Pickwick Lake in Counce. , Tennessee. 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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