Kelley of South Carolina wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Tournament on Lake Pickwick

The top four boaters in each division who earned a $1,000 bonus for placing highest in the event were: Bama: Tommy Gunn, Cusseta, Ala., 12th place, $1,000
LBL: Drew Boggs, Lebanon, Tennessee, 2nd place, $1,000
Music City: Tony Eckler, Lebanon, Tennessee, 3rd place, $1,000
South Carolina: Robert Holland, Columbia, South Carolina, 5th place, $1,000

Gettys won an additional $500 as the highest ranked Phoenix MLF Bonus member. Boaters are eligible to earn up to an additional $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League tournament if all requirements are met. More information about the Phoenix MLF Bonus Emergency Program can be found at

Gary Haraguchi of Murfreesboro, Tennessee weighed in 11 bass over three days totaling 29 pounds, 2 ounces to win the $50,000 Strike King Best Co-Angler award, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with an outboard 200 horsepower Mercury.

The top six Strike King co-anglers who qualified for the 2023 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

1st: Gary Haraguchi, Murfreesboro, TN, 11 bass, 29-2, $50,000
2n/a: Brian Umstead, New Brockton, Ala., seven bass, 20-5, $5,346
3rd: Barry Gunter, Trafalgar, Ind., eight bass, 20-4, $3,020
4e: Bobby Simmons, chancellor, Ala., seven bass, 18-14, $1,454
5e: William Chadick, Auburn, Ala., seven bass, 18-1, $969
6e: Bullet Helms, Charlotte, NC, seven bass, 17-13, $1,372

To round out the top 10 Strike King Co-Anglers:

sevene: Mike Langdale, Sycamore, Georgia, seven bass, 17-12, $975
8e: Damon Brown, Mayfield, Ky., eight bass, 17-4, $678
9e: Philip Wright, Bedford, Ky., seven bass, 16-10, $581
tene: Wayne Crouch, Jamestown, Tenn., five bass, 15-14, $1,033

The top four Strike King co-anglers from each division who earned a $500 bonus for placing highest in the event were: Bama: Brian Umstead, New Brockton, Ala., 2nd place, $500
LBL: Barry Gunter, Trafalgar, Indiana, 3rd place, $500
Music City: Wayne Crouch, Jamestown, TN, 10th place, $500
South Carolina: William Chadick, Auburn, Alabama, 5th place $500

The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by the TH Marine Regional Tournament on Pickwick Lake was organized by the Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau. It featured top pros and Strike King co-anglers from the Bama, LBL, Music City and South Carolina divisions.

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-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, have qualified for 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.

Strike King’s top boaters and co-fishermen as well as tournament winners from each division of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the path to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Invitationals and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro. Round.

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