La Crosse’s Fitzpatrick victorious at Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Wolf River Chain of Lakes

Milwaukee’s Jenkins Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

WINNECONNE, Wis. (June 20, 2022) – Boater Brian Fitzpatrick from La Crosse, Wisconsincaught five bass on Saturday weighing 15 pounds and 12 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on the Wolf River Chain of Lakes . The tournament was the third event in the Bass Fishing League’s Great Lakes Division. Fitzpatrick earned $3,963 for his win.

“I started catching a few pretty quickly,” Fitzpatrick said. “You know, just put some in the boat. It always helps mentally. I was just running around, hitting a bunch of areas, and fast fishing.

Fitzpatrick said he used a swim jig and buzzbait to cover the water quickly and cruised between 20 and 25 bars during the day, 15 of which were keepers.

“Around noon I got rid of some 14 inches that I had and I knew I was a little over 15 pounds so I knew I might have a shot at winning,” Fitzpatrick said. “I really felt like I needed to improve one more fish, though. I knew it would be close.

It turns out Fitzpatrick, who calls the Mississippi River his native water, didn’t need to improve his weight and the tournament trophy was his.

“It feels good,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s a little better to win here than on my body of water.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Brian Fitzpatrick, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 15-12, $3,963
2nd: Andrew Behnke, Fond Du Lac, Wis., five bass, 15-2, $1,981
3rd: Kyle Meyer, Blaine, Minnesota, five bass, 14-14, $1,322
4th: Kory Rose, Waterloo, Iowa, five bass, 14-2, $925
5th: Nick Trim, Galesville, Wis., five bass, 13-15, $1,293 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
6th: Jeremy Nokken, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 13-12, $727
7th: Jeff Ritter, Prairie Du Chien, Wis., five bass, 13-9, $627
7th: Hunter Litchfield, Macomb, IL, five bass, 13-9, $827
9th: Mike Feldermann, Galena, IL, five bass, 13-7, $528
10th: Brandon Gann, Sparta, Wis., five bass, 13-4, $462

Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Alex Standerfer of New London, Wisconsin caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – to win the Berkley Big Bass Boater prize of $535.

Devan Jenkins of Milwaukee, Wis., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $1,921 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 1 ounce.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Devan Jenkins, Milwaukee, Wis., five bass, 12-1, $1,921
2nd: John Sordahl, Holmen, Wisconsin, five bass, 11-12, $960
3rd: Ron Mairet, Columbus Junction, Iowa, five bass, 11-0, $641
4th: Chad Plaskey, West Bend, Wis., five bass, 10-14, $448
5th: Brady Rufenacht, Lavalle, Wis., four bass, 10-8, $384
6th: Kevin Anderson, Ettrick, Wis., five bass, 10-6, $352
7th: Matthew Vang, Milwaukee, Wis., five bass, 10-5, $320
8th: Zachary Burns, Campbellsport, Wis., four bass, 9-5, $288
9th: Carter Wijangco, Naperville, IL, four bass, 8-15, $256
10th: Cody Oberfoell, Marion, Iowa, three bass, 8-7, $224

Kyle Simonson of Appleton, Wis., caught the biggest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $255.

After three events, Jeff Ritter of Prairie Du Chien, Wis., leads the Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 720 points, while Chad Plaskey of West Bend, Wis., leads the Strike King Co-Angler. AOY Division race with 722 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on points standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered into the Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 20-22 on Grand Lake in Grove. , Oklahoma. 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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