Lake Ozark’s McFarland wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Table Rock Lake

Saint Peters’ Huber leads the Strike King Co-Angler division

KIMBERLING CITY, Missouri (May 9, 2022) – Boater Cole McFarland of Lake Ozark, Missouricaught five bass on Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Table Rock Lake. The tournament was the third event in the Ozark Division of the Bass Fishing League. McFarland won $8,000 for her win.

“We had a pretty nasty fog delay, and I was the last boat out,” McFarland said. “I started by turning over bushes, and it didn’t work. I practiced last Sunday and had them pretty shallow, but the lake was 10 feet higher (during the tournament).

McFarland said he changed his approach to searching for the smallmouth by fishing flat and catching a few bass, then targeting the docks with a 5/16 ounce Crock-O-Gator shakehead rig. He said he stayed close to the Kimberling City area for the duration of the tournament.

“Honestly, the head-shaking platform was the bulk of it,” McFarland said. “I caught my biggest and one of my best that way and then caught a 3-pounder knocking over a bush later in the day. Then, with about 10 minutes left until the weigh-in, I eliminated my smallest little mouth with a 2½-pounder dragging her head shaking on a point.

McFarland said he shot twice during the day and his weigh bag consisted of four large mouths and one large small mouth.

“It’s just surreal,” McFarland said. “That feeling hasn’t gone away yet. It’s just great to win such a well organized event.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Cole McFarland, Lake Ozark, Mo., five bass, 16-6, $8,000
2nd: Travis Harriman, Huntsville, Ark., five bass, 15-12, $3,200
3rd: Mike Webb, Sparta, Mo., five bass, 14-10, $2,000
4th: Aaron Foglesong, Raymore, Mo., five bass, 14-4, $1,400
5th: Dustin Back, Galena, Mo., five bass, 14-1, $1,200
6th: Matt Ells, Shell Knob, Mo., five bass, 13-15, $1,100
7th: Brent Chapman, Lake Quivira, Kansas, five bass, 13-12, $1,000
8th: Mike Roller, Purdy, Mo., five bass, 13-5, $900
9th: Marcus Sykora, Osage Beach, MO, five bass, 13-1, $800
10th: Tyler Casey, Harrison, Ark., five bass, 12-10, $900

Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

McFarland had a big mouth that weighed in at 4 pounds, 14 ounces which was the heaviest in the event in the Boater division and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award of $1,000.

Brian Huber of Saint Peters, Mo., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $3,000 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 14 ounces.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Brian Huber, St. Peters, Mo., five bass, 12-14, $3,000
2nd: Jim Kopff, Old Monroe, MO, five bass, 12-11, $1,500
3rd: Vincent Jones, Robertsville, MO, five bass, 12-7, $1,000
4th: Chris Dougan, Clayton, Mo., five bass, 12-1, $700
5th: Gabe Montgomery, Jackson, Mo., five bass, 11-15, $700
6th: Walter Hammond, Lees Summit, Missouri, five bass, 11-8, $550
7th: Brett Hurst, Helena, Mo., five bass, 10-5, $500
8th: Drew Boehle, Saint Charles, MO, four bass, 10-0, $450
9th: Larry Weeks, Ridgedale, MO, four bass, 9-11, $400
10th: Ronin Picker, Moscow Mills, Mo., five bass, 9-0, $350

Hunter Hansen of Overland Park, Kansas, caught the largest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch won him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $500.

After three events, Tyler Casey of Harrison, Arkansas leads the Bass Fishing League Ozark Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 717 points, while Drew Boehle of Saint Charles, Missouri leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division race. AOY. with 715 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 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 .

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Robert A. Glidden