Kentucky’s Morrison wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Dale Hollow Lake

Boater Michael Morrison of Stamping Ground, Kentucky and Strike-King co-fisherman John Fitzpatrick of Baxter, Tennessee.

Baxter’s Fitzpatrick Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

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BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. (April 11, 2022) – Boater Michael Morrison of Stamping Ground, Kentuckycaught five bass on Saturday weighing 19 pounds and 14 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on Dale Hollow Lake . The tournament, hosted by Star Point Marina and Resort, was the second Bass Fishing League Mountain Division event. Morrison earned $5,475 for her win.

“We started at a spot I found at the Toyota Series Central Division event two weeks ago,” Morrison said. “The fish was still there, and I made the first drop and caught one about 4 pounds, then I caught a 14-inch smallmouth keeper.

“I had Carolina rig spots that I had caught fish on, and I thought I could get a quick limit doing that, but I hit those spots and didn’t do anything good,” added Morrison.

Morrison said he decided to move and ran towards the roadblock and reached his limit in 30 minutes. A 4-pound, 14-ounce bass replaced the 14-inch smallmouth and her weigh bag was set at 2:15 p.m.

“We started going up the lake around 2:45 a.m., and I got halfway there, and it started to sink a little bit,” Morrison said. “I was like, ‘I think I just won this thing.

“Beating these guys here in Dale Hollow is an achievement I can’t describe,” Morrison added.

Morrison said his bait of choice was a Damiki Armor Shad Soft Jerkbait and a Venom Lures Dream Craw on a swinging jig head. He also caught fish on a Carolina rig fitted with a Zoom Brush Hog.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Michael Morrison, Stamping Ground, Ky., five bass, 19-14, $5,475
2nd: Tristan Abbott, Somerset, Kentucky, five bass, 18-13, $2,937
3rd: Brian Wilson, Somerset, Kentucky, five bass, 18-10, $1,827
4th: Tim McDonald, Paintsville, Kentucky, five bass, 18-8, $1,277
5th: Bailey Gay, Union, Ky., five bass, 18-7, $1,595 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
6th: Tony Eckler, Lebanon, Tennessee, five bass, 18-3, $1,004
7th: Branden Grubb, Lily, Ky., five bass, 18-2, $1,112
8th: Brett Graham, Cold Spring, Kentucky, five bass, 17-11, $821
9th: Nathan Adams, High Ridge, Mo., five bass, 17-8, $730
10th: Matthew Mullins, Russellville, Kentucky, five bass, 17-6, $639

Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.Jim Dean of Huntington, West Virginia had a big mouth that weighed in at 5 pounds, 8 ounces which was the heaviest in the event in the Boater division and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award of $870.

John Fitzpatrick of Baxter, Tennessee won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,631 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: John Fitzpatrick, Baxter, Tennessee, five bass, 16-14, $2,631
2nd: Lee Sinclair, Albany, Kentucky, five bass, 15-11, $1,315
3rd: Timothy Jolley, Monroe, TN, five bass, 14-14, $877
4th: Will Bandy, Edmonton, Ky., five bass, 14-11, $614
5th: Bill Haunert, Byrdstown, TN, five bass, 14-6, $526
6th: Curt Fannin, Prestonsburg, Ky., five bass, 13-10, $582
7th: Brent Clark, Bowling Green, Kentucky, five bass, 13-7, $438
8th: Mike Morrison, Staffordsville, Kentucky, five bass, 13-4, $395
9th: Jake Mattingly, Stanford, Ky., five bass, 12-11, $551
10th: Todd Stopher, London, Kentucky, four basses, 10-10, $307

Travis Parrott of Byrdstown, Tennessee, caught the largest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the $410 Berkley Big Bass Co-angler of the Day award. Bass Fishing League Mountain Division with 499 points, while Timothy Jolley of Monroe, Tennessee leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 497 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 be entered into the Bass Fishing League Regional Championships Oct. 20-22 on Smith Lake in Cullman, in 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 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 .

For more details and up-to-date tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media at Facebook, instagramand Youtube.

Robert A. Glidden