Indiana’s Wilkinson wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Ohio River

Ohio’s Guthrie tops Strike King Co-Angler Division

MAYSVILLE, Ky. (July 25, 2022) – Boater Chris Wilkinson from Farmersburg, Indianacaught five bass on Saturday weighing 8 pounds and 2 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on the Ohio River. The tournament was the third event in the Buckeye Division of the Bass Fishing League. Wilkinson earned $4,199 for her victory.

Wilkinson, who picked up his eighth career BFL win – with his last coming last month on the Ohio River at Tanners Creek – said the event was only the third time he’s fished the Ohio River.

“I had heard that the (Maysville) pool could fish really hard,” Wilkinson said. “And it sounds a little crazy, but I like it when the fishing is that hard.

“I started at the bottom of a creek and grabbed two guards, then moved to the mouth of the creek and grabbed one more,” Wilkinson added. “I fished the whole tournament in the creeks, except for my last fish, which I caught in the main river.”

Wilkinson said he caught almost all of his fish on a Texas-rigged, gill-colored Hog Snatcher Baits tube. Wilkinson was targeting bass holding wood in less than a foot of water.

“I caught 10 keepers during the day,” Wilkinson said. “I haven’t really improved much. I was supposed to arrive at 2:20 a.m., and at 2:16 a.m. I shot my last fish. He’s definitely the one who gave me enough to win.

“I saw six pounds gain there, and I saw seven pounds gain there, and I was right at eight pounds, but yeah, it surprised me that I won,” Wilkinson added. .

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Chris Wilkinson, Farmersburg, Ind., five bass, 8-2, $4,199
2nd: Jake Poffenberger, Brookville, Ohio, five bass, 7-15, $2,600 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
3rd: Pete Justice, Sharonville, Ohio, three bass, 7-6, $2,183
4th: Dick Shaffer, Rockford, Ohio, four basses, 7-4, $910
4th: Chuck Willis, Dayton, Ohio, five bass, 7-4, $910
6th: Chris Martinkovic, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 7-3, $1,470
7th: Dave Fricke, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 6-14, $700
8th: Jamie Cunnagin, New Lebanon, Ohio, three bass, 5-15, $630
9th: Brody Campbell, Oxford, Ohio, four bass, 5-14, $560
10th: David Spivey, Hamilton, Ohio, four basses, 5-11, $490

Full results are available at

Justice caught the heaviest bass of the event in the Boater Division, weighing in at 4 pounds, 3 ounces, to win the Berkley Big Bass prize of $585.

Joshua Guthrie of Athens, Ohio won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,100 on Saturday after catching four bass weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Joshua Guthrie, Athens, Ohio, four basses, 5-11, $2,100
2nd: Matt Fisher, Glouster, Ohio, three bass, 5-5, $1,700
3rd: Jesse Foster, Franklin, Ohio, two basses, 4-12, $701
4th: Matt Luken, Independence, Kentucky, four bass, 4-8, $490
5th: Ed Mook, Sewickley, PA, three bass, 4-2, $402
5th: Cole Lorenz, Canal Winchester, Ohio, two basses, 4-2, $402
7th: Rick McGuire, Brookville, Ohio, two bass, 3-14, $350
8th: Jeff Turner, Plainfield, Ill., two bass, 3-13, $315
9th: Ryan Sykes, Fairfield, Ohio, two basses, 3-12, $280
10th: Josh Whitehead, Kent, Ohio, bass, 3-10, $537

Whitehead caught the largest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 3 pounds and 10 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler of the Day award of $292.

After three events, Dave Fricke of Hamilton, Ohio leads the Bass Fishing League Buckeye Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 730 points, while Jacob Alltop of Lewistown, Ohio leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race. with 711 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will compete in the Bass Fishing League Regional Championship October 20-22 on the James River in Richmond, in Virginia. 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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Robert A. Glidden