Highlandville’s Garner wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Table Rock Lake


(April 5, 2022 – KIMBERLING CITY, Mo.)
Boater Justin Garner of Highlandville, Missouri, caught five bass on Saturday weighing 21 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on Table Rock Lake. The tournament was the season opener for the Ozark Division of the Bass Fishing League. Garner won $13,000, which included the lucrative Phoenix MLF contingency bonus of $7,000, for his win.

“I started in pre-spawn areas where I know bass like to put on a show,” Garner said. “I got to second place and there was shad everywhere, and that was just the game.”

Garner said a Picasso Umbrella Rig with Keitech Swimbaits fished in spots from the Joe Bald area to the Table Rock Dam accounted for most of his bass on Saturday.

“This win is awesome,” Garner said. “This Phoenix boat and Major League Fishing make a good combination and a good payday.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Justin Garner, Highlandville, Mo., five bass, 21-13, $13,000 (includes $7,000 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
2nd: Landon Edwards, Springdale, Ark., five bass, 21-2, $3,000
3rd: Shawn Kowal, Linn Creek, MO, five bass, 20-3, $2,000
4th: Travis Harriman, Huntsville, Ark., five bass, 20-2, $1,400
5th: Dustin Blevins, Harrison, Ark., five bass, 17-14, $1,400
6th: Wesley Rogers, Thayer, Mo., five bass, 17-13, $1,100
7th: Connor Cunningham, Springfield, MO, five bass, 17-11, $1,000
8th: Tom Statler, Kimberling City, MO, five bass, 16-14, $900
9th: Chris Horton, Highlandville, Mo., five bass, 16-12, $800
10th: Cade Alsbury, Gentry, Ark., five bass, 16-7, $700

Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Thomas Rallo of Eldon, Missouri, had a 5-pound, 12-ounce bigmouth that was the heaviest in the event in the Boater division and won the $1,000 Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award.

Sam Poulos of Kirbyville, Mo., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $3,000 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 12 ounces.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Sam Poulos, Kirbyville, MO, five bass, 18-12, $3,000
2nd: Aaron Lorenz, Branson West, Mo., five bass, 18-8, $1,500
3rd: Christopher Coy, Kirksville, MO, four bass, 15-3, $1,500
4th: Bryan Barnard, Harrison, Ark., five bass, 13-10, $700
5th: Dennis Spell, Bonne Terre, MO, five bass, 13-7, $600
6th: Josh Hood, Dupo, Illinois, five bass, 12-8, $550
7th: Rich Carpenter, Parkville, MO, four bass, 11-8, $500
8th: Luke Ahart, Ulman, Mo., five bass, 11-7, $450
9th: Barry Aumiller, Wildwood, MO, five bass, 10-9, $600
10th: Alan Quick, Springfield, MO, four bass, 10-5, $350

Coy caught the biggest bass in the Co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds and 5 ounces. The catch won him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $500.

After one event, Garner leads the Bass Fishing League Ozark Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 250 points, while Poulos leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race, also 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. 20-22 on Grand Lake in Grove. , Oklahoma. 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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