Harbin of South Carolina wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Clarks Hill Lake
APPLING, Ga. (June 20, 2022) – Boater Kameron Harbin of Abbeville, South Carolinacaught five bass on Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Clarks Hill Lake . The tournament was the fourth event for the South Carolina division of the Bass Fishing League. Harbin won $11,856, which includes a Phoenix MLF contingency bonus of $7,000, for their victory.
“I found an area of the lake that I ran and got some really good bites,” Harbin said. “I caught a 2-pounder off the bat and then followed that up 30 minutes later with a 5-pounder. I just kept picking them one by one all day and caught my last good fish around noon.
Harbin said he fished from the middle of Clarks Hill towards the upper end. It targeted shallow ditches at the bottom of streams with a Berkley J-Walker and one Berkley PowerBait Bottom Hopper Worm fished on a shake head rig.
After catching 20 keepers during the tournament, Harbin said he felt mostly confident in his weigh bag, but had a 2-pound fish he wanted to improve.
“I had a 5-pounder on it that ended up spitting the bait, and I thought, ‘That’s going to be the one that’s going to cost me the win,'” Harbin said. “I just didn’t think I had won.
“I have a lot of experience in Clarks Hill and have fished there for many years,” added Harbin. “I’ve been close in the BFL competition before and finished second, so to finally have one wrapped up in a win is really good.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Kameron Harbin, Abbeville, SC, five bass, 20-7, $11,856 (includes $7,000 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
2nd: Donald Miller, Harlem, Ga., five bass, 20-6, $1,913
3rd: Tucker Veronee, Gilbert, SC, five bass, 18-9, $1,141
4th: Joshua Rockefeller, Harlem, GA, five bass, 17-2, $799
5th: Randall Clark, Hephzibah, Georgia, five bass, 15-7, $685
6th: Wesley Story, Clarks Hill, SC, five bass, 15-3, $628
7th: Tyler Walls, Gastonia, NC, five bass, 15-0, $771
8th: Joshua Weaver, Monroe, Georgia, five bass, 14-8, $514
9th: DJ Hadden, Appling, Georgia, five bass, 13-1, $457
10th: Danny Kirk, Midville, Georgia, five bass, 13-0, $400
Harbin also caught a big mouth weighing 5 pounds, 13 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater division – to win the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day prize of $430.
Rennison Robbins of Jackson, South Carolina, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $1,928 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 11 pounds, 14 ounces.
Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Rennison Robbins, Jackson, SC, five bass, 11-14, $1,928
2nd: Brennan Gunther, Mount Pleasant, SC, five bass, 10-11, $956
3rd: Cameron Mullis, Gastonia, NC, five bass, 9-13, $571
4th: James Akins, Cumming, Georgia, five bass, 9-12, $400
5th: Kevin Henderson, Honea Path, SC, five bass, 9-10, $343
6th: Matthew Guffey, Simpsonville, SC, five bass, 8-14, $314
7th: Hunter Bailey, North Augusta, SC, five bass, 8-0, $285
8th: Arthur Harris, York, SC, four bass, 7-12, $257
9th: Joey Alexander, Salem, NC, five bass, 7-11, $228
10th: Heath Pieczynski, Forsyth, Georgia, three basses, 7-8, $200
After four events, Jason Burroughs of Hodges, SC leads the Bass Fishing League South Carolina Division’s Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 976 points, while Jacob Barfield of Conway, SC leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division. AOY race with 948 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 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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