Leesburg’s Floyd wins at Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Kentucky-Barkley Lake
?GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. — Boater Steve Floyd from Leesburg, Ohio caught five bass weighing 22 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Lake Kentucky-Barkley Saturday.
The tournament, hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, was the second event of the season for the LBL division of the Bass Fishing League. Floyd won $12,618, including the lucrative Phoenix MLF contingency bonus of $7,000, for his win.
“I ran south and fished in the Blood River area and knocked down bushes in pockets,” Floyd said. “I thought maybe I would catch 14 pounds. I didn’t think I would get many big bites, but my second fish right away was a 6-pounder, and that made me feel a little better.
Floyd said he caught 25 guards during the tournament, including two 6-pounders and one who weighed more than five pounds. Floyd said he caught his fish on a pumpkin-green Strike King Rage Bug.
“This win is awesome,” Floyd said. “I’m from Ohio, but the most fun thing I can do is come here and flip some bushes in my favorite place. If I could go anywhere and fish any style it would be doing exactly what I did to win.
The top 10 boaters to complete the tournament are: ??
1st: Steve Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio, five bass, 22-10, $12,618 (includes $7,000 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus) ?
2nd: Seth Roberts, Jacksboro, Tennessee, five bass, 20-2, $2,309?
3rd: Brian Futch, Herrin, Illinois, five bass, 17-7, $1,539?
4th: Larry Frasier, Eddyville, Ky., five bass, 15-14, $1,078?
5th: Brad Hutcheson, Troy, Tennessee, five bass, 15-13, $924?
6th: Lonnie Bowlin, Benton, Ill., four bass, 15-11, $1,527?
7th: Puggy Deberry, Calvert City, Kentucky, four bass, 15-9, $770?
8th: Clint Knight, Lewisburg, Ky., five bass, 15-3, $693?
9th: David Brunaugh, Carbondale, IL, five bass, 14-4, $616?
10th: Jon Fatheree, Grantsburg, IL, five bass, 14-0, $512?
10th: Drew Boggs, Lebanon, Tennessee, five low, 14-0, $512.
Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Bowlin had a big mouth that weighed in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces, which was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award of $680.
Gary Huber II of Saint Charles, Mo. won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,270 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds.
Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were: ?
1st: Gary Huber, St. Charles, Mo., five bass, 13-0, $2,270?
2nd: Carl Oelker, Greenbrier, Tennessee, five bass, 12-13, $1,235?
3rd: Gabe Montgomery, Jackson, Mo., five bass, 11-15, $757?
4th: Jesse Gustafson, Gilbertsville, Ky., four bass, 11-8, $530?
5th: Andrew Bailey, Woodlawn, Tennessee, three bass, 10-10, $784?
6th: Alexis Joyce, Benton, Kentucky, five bass, 10-3, $416?
7th: Secret York, Benton, Ky., five bass, 9-9, $378?
8th: Tim Rampaul, Dickson, Tennessee, four bass, 9-3, $341?
9th: Michael Harvel, Jonesboro, Ill., four bass, 9-1, $303?
10th: Pat Rapp, Hawesville, Ky., three bass, 8-15, $465.
Bailey caught the biggest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds and 3 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $330.
After two events, Drew Boggs of Lebanon, Tennessee leads the Bass Fishing League LBL Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 486 points, while Ed Daniell of West Frankfort, Illinois leads the Strike King Co-Angler race. AOY division. with 476 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 October 13-15 on Pickwick Lake in Counce. , Tenn.
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, Ark. 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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