Indiana’s Deal Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Wild Card Regional Championship on Fort Loudon and Tellico Lakes


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13 minutes ago by Keith Worrall

Amended Nov 10, 2021, 8:00 a.m.

Co-fisherman Strike King victory goes to Meredith, TN

LENOIR CITY, Tennessee (November 8, 2021) – After a grueling few days on the water, boater Ryan Deal of Evansville, Indiana brought a total of two days of five basses to the scale weighing 15 pounds, 3 ounces to win the no-entry -Fee Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by the TH Marine Wild Card Regional Championship at Fort Loudoun and Tellico Lakes. For his win, Deal won $ 5,076 and automatic entry into the 2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Pan American Championship, as well as priority entry into the Toyota Series – the path to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the Bass Pro. Tower.

Hosted by Visit Loudon County and the Town of Lenoir City, the Regional Wild Card Championship is a last-ditch shot with no entry fees to the All-American for Phoenix Bass Fishing League that did not qualify for a regional championship in 2021. An optional pot was available to anglers who chose to participate in the Wild Card tournament, with the top 20% of anglers choosing to participate in the optional pot receiving checks.

The top six boaters and top six co-anglers from Strike King have qualified for one of the longest-running championships in all competitive bass fishing – the 2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine All-American , which will be held from June 2-4. on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas, hosted by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and Visit Hot Springs.

Heading up the Tennessee River to Fort Loudon, Deal said he caught his fish in about 10 feet of water, pursuing a current-based pattern that relied on a morning bite.

Deal said his main bait was a ½ oz Lunker Lure Rattleback Flipping Jig in Green Pumpkin with a matching Zoom Super Chunk Jr. trailer on 20 lbs Sunline.

“The first day was definitely better,” said Deal. “I grabbed three good little mouths early and one big mouth later in the day to bring in 12 pounds and 10 ounces.

“The last day was extremely difficult,” continued Deal. “I continued to catch small 17½ inch mouths, but they have to be 18 inches to keep, so I released about 10 pounds on day 2 and only managed to catch one goalie all day. “

The Indiana native started fishing with Major League Fishing (MLF) at the age of 16 and has competed in over 165 Phoenix Bass Fishing League tournaments over the years.

“This is the third BFL event I’ve won, but my first regional championship win and my fourth time to qualify for the All-American,” Deal said. “I’m excited and can’t wait to go to the All-American again.”

The top six boaters who qualified for the 2022 All-American Phoenix Bass Fishing League were:

1st: Ryan Deal of Evansville, Indiana, five basses, 15-3, $ 5,076
2nd: Perry Dawson of Rockwood, Tennessee, seven basses, 14-2, $ 2,538
3rd: Kevin Powers of Unicoi, Tennessee, seven bass, 13-12 years old, $ 1,715
4th: Steve Phillips of Douglas, Ga., Seven basses, 12-2, $ 1,544
5th: Darren Ashley of Calhoun Falls, SC, five basses, 12-1, $ 1,372
6th: Wade Ramsey of Choctaw, Okla., Seven basses, 11-11, $ 1,235

The top 10 boaters were:

7th: Cameron Tull of Norman, Okla., Five basses, 11-8
8th: Anthony Tardivet Mondo of Ooltewah, Tennessee, four basses, 11-5, $ 1,452
9th: Jason Foster of Ripley, Mississippi, six basses, 11-4, $ 500
10th: Darrell Ivey, Jr. of Osage Beach, Missouri, seven basses, 10-6, $ 1,392

Full results are available at

Mondo won an additional $ 354 for the Day One Berkley Big Bass award in the boating division with a bass weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces. Mark Wedan of Florence, Alabama, won the Day Two Berkley Big Bass award and $ 354 in the boating division, wearing a 4-pound, 2-ounce bass on the scale.

Foster took home an additional $ 500 as the Most Successful Phoenix MLF Bonus Member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an additional $ 7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League tournament presented by TH Marine if all conditions are met. More information about the Phoenix MLF Bonus Emergency Program can be found at

Gary Meredith of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, weighed in five basses over two days for a total of 9 pounds and 1 ounce to win the Strike King Co-Anglers Division at the Regional Wild Card Championship and secure an automatic entry into the Pan Am Championship of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League 2022., as well as a priority entry in the Toyota series.

The top six Strike King co-anglers who qualified for the 2022 All-American Phoenix Bass Fishing League were:

1st: Gary Meredith of Mount Juliet, Tennessee, five basses, 9-1
2nd: Jarrod Bailey of Salyersville, Ky., Five basses, 9-0, $ 2,660
3rd: Gary Owens of Columbus, Indiana, four basses, 8-2
4th: Brian Zelinskas of Beavercreek, Ohio, four basses, 7-7, $ 1,330
5th: Russell Woodson of Jonesville, SC, five basses, 7-6, $ 899
6th: Kim Sapetti of Chatham, Ill., Three basses, 7-5, $ 809

To complete the top 10 Strike King co-fishermen:

7th: Eric Tressle of Cornelius, NC, four basses, 7-0, $ 719
8th: Don Bible from Knoxville, Tennessee, two basses, 6-2, $ 842
9th: Damon Phillips of Anderson, SC, four basses, 5-14, $ 575
10th: Jarrod Egolf of Walkersville, Md., Two basses, 5-13, $ 753

The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine consisted of 24 divisions dedicated to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season and five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 Strike King boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five qualifying event winners, have advanced to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League regional championships.

To be eligible to fish the Regional Championship No Entry Fee Wild Card, anglers must have participated in all five events within a division of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League in the 2021 season and have fished at least two of these. events. Additionally, anglers who fished in a regular BFL Regional Championship were not eligible. The full field competed on both days in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Wild Card, with the winners determined by the heaviest catch over two days.

For more details and updated information, visit For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on MLF social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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