Jacksboro’s Faulkner takes victory in two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Lake Cherokee
1 week ago by Keith Worrall
Amended 09/20/2022 at 10:44 a.m.
Houston of Kentucky leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (September 19, 2022) – Boater Riley Faulkner from Jacksboro, Tennesseecaught nine bass weighing 23 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the two-day MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on Lake Cherokee in Jefferson City, Tennessee. The tournament, hosted by the Jefferson County Department of Tourism, was the fifth and final regular season event for the Bass Fishing League‘s mountain division. Faulkner won $8,050 for his win.
Although Faulkner said he grew up fishing Cherokee and knew it very well, his tournament got off to a slow start on Saturday in his first two stops. He then stopped at his third place, where his luck turned.
“I ran on the bank and had a limit in about 30 minutes,” Faulkner said. “I lost a 3-pounder, but I was about 10 pounds. Then I saw a tree and I jumped on it and grabbed a 5-pounder.
On Sunday, Faulkner said he focused on fishing a jig over wood on flats, and his efforts produced a three-point bass and a big mouth to secure the victory.
“I missed a varsity fishing tournament this weekend to fish this BFL event, so it feels good to know that skipping this varsity tournament pays off,” Faulkner said.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Riley Faulkner, Jacksboro, Tennessee, nine bass, 23-7, $8,050
2nd: Tristan Abbott, Somerset, Kentucky, 10 bass, 22-8, $3,294
3rd: Isaac Peavyhouse, Jamestown, TN, 10 bass, 22-6, $2,062
4th: Tim Smiley, White Pine, Tenn., 10 low, 22-0, $1,944 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF5 contingency bonus)
5th: Jarrod Conn, Burgin, Kentucky, eight bass, 21-3, $1,238
6th: Jesse Wiggins, Addison, Alabama, nine bass, 19-8, $1,134
7th: Chip Chambers, Elizabethton, TN, 10 bass, 19-7, $1,031
8th: Chase Henley, Kingston, TN, seven bass, 16-1, $928
9th: Talmadge Marcum, McKee, Ky., eight bass, 15-15, $825
10th: Dwight Fox, Gainesboro, TN, eight bass, 14-13, $722
Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Faulkner also caught a bass that weighed in at 5 pounds, 1 ounce, the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division, and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $862.
Joe Houston of Burlington, Ky., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $3,188 on Sunday after catching a two-day total of four bass weighing 9 pounds, 4 ounces.
Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Joe Houston, Burlington, Ky., four bass, 9-4, $3,188
2nd: Brent Clark, Bowling Green, Kentucky, four bass, 8-10, $1,544
3rd: Kendall Parnell, Monticello, Kentucky, four bass, 8-4, $1,030
4th: Cliff Humphreys, Candler, NC, four bass, 8-1, $870
5th: Andrew Devere, Paint Lick, Kentucky, four bass, 7-15, $618
6th: Kelly Reese, Cartersville, GA, three bass, 7-8, $766
7th: Joshua Jernigan, Rocky Top, Tennessee, three bass, 7-4, $515
8th: Mark Hogue, Danville, Kentucky, three bass, 6-13, $463
9th: Wayne Crouch, Jamestown, TN, four bass, 6-11, $412
10th: Tracy Helton, London, Ky., three bass, 6-10, $360
Dustin Perkins of Russell Springs, Kentucky caught the biggest bass in the Strike King Co-angler division, a fish weighing even 4 pounds. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $424.
With the regular season now over, boater Michael Morrison of Stamping Ground, Ky., won the 2022 Bass Fishing League Mountain Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with a five-event total of 1,301 points to win the AOY award. of $1,000. Todd Stopher of London, Kentucky won the 2022 AOY Strike King Co-Angler Mountain Division race with 1,267 points and took home the $500 Strike King Co-angler of the Year award.
Now, the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the division based on points standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will qualify to compete in the Bass Fishing League Regional Championship from October 20-22 on the Lewis Smith Lake in Cullman. , Alabama. 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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