Mansfield’s Batson Claims Victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Sinclair

Howard de Perry wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA (May 9, 2022) – Boater Aaron Batson from Mansfield, Georgiacaught five bass on Saturday weighing 20 pounds even to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Lake Sinclair . The tournament was the second event of the season for the Bass Fishing League’s Bulldog Division, and the first of a tournament double-header weekend as another event took place on Sunday. Batson earned $5,057 for his win on Saturday.

“I started fishing for water willow, but I knew it had been pounded, so I changed it and started looking for deeper dykes,” Batson said. “I started with a Trixter Custom Baits jig and a Dock Hopper, looking for deeper dykes. I stayed in the mid-lake area and worked that jig and a Zoom Ol’ Monster worm.

“I definitely did all my work in the first two hours of the day,” Batson added. “I caught a pretty good limit of 21 pounds or so soon.”

Batson said he changed tactics and worked on seashell beds and caught a frog in very shallow water at the bottom of a creek later that day, but attributed his victory to the jig.

“I felt pretty good in this tournament after hitting my limit,” Batson said. “The fishing was tough here, and it took a good bag.

“There are big sticks fishing in the Bulldog division,” Batson added. “It’s great to get my first win.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Aaron Batson, Mansfield, Georgia, five bass, 20-0, $5,057
2nd: Stephen Jones, Macon, Georgia, five bass, 19-13, $2,528
3rd: Kip Carter, Eatonton, Georgia, five bass, 16-8, $1,685
4th: Emil Wagner, Marietta, Ga., five bass, 15-11, $1,880 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
5th: Travis Clay, Jackson, Georgia, five bass, 15-10, $1,011
6th: Flint Davis, Leesburg, Georgia, five bass, 14-14, $927
7th: Brad Stalnaker, Eatonton, Georgia, five bass, 13-12, $843
8th: Larry Cason, newborn, Georgia, five bass, 13-7, $758
9th: Andy Wicker, Cayce, SC, five bass, 12-8, $832
9th: Grant Kelly, Milledgeville, GA, five bass, 12-8, $632

Full results are available at

Blade Parker of Resaca, Georgia had a big mouth that weighed in at 7 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 $780.

Keith Howard of Perry, Ga., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,528 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 1 ounce.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Keith Howard, Perry, Georgia, five bass, 13-1, $2,528
2nd: David Gibson, Atlanta, Georgia, five bass, 12-2, $1,264
3rd: Mark Brinkman, Cumming, Georgia, five bass, 11-3, $717
3rd: Wesley Mullins, Guyton, Georgia, five bass, 11-3, $717
5th: Nicholas Clark, Lawrenceville, Georgia, five bass, 9-8, $506
6th: Donald Peppers, Good Hope, Georgia, five bass, 9-6, $464
7th: Chandler White, Covington, GA, five bass, 9-5, $421
8th: Joe Morgan, Woodstock, Georgia, five bass, 9-0, $379
9th: Austin Lockridge, Canon, Georgia, five bass, 8-15, $337
10th: Robert Enke, Columbus, Georgia, five bass, 8-10, $295

Shane Carlton of Akron, Ohio, caught the largest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $390.

After Saturday’s event, Jerry Brumfield of Cumming, GA led the Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 490 points, while Mark Brinkman of Cumming, GA led the race Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY with 484 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 6-8 on Lake Murray at Prosperity. , South Carolina. 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