Martin de Westerville Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Potomac River


MARBURY, Maryland (October 19, 2021) – Pro Jarrett Martin from Westerville, Ohio brought a total of three days of 14 basses to the scale weighing 47 pounds, 7 ounces to gain the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Presented by TH Marine at the Potomac River Presented by THE BASS UNIVERSITY TV.

For his victory, Martin won $ 62,500, including a Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200 horsepower, $ 10,000 Mercury outboard, as well as lucrative emergency bounties, including up to an additional $ 7,000 Phoenix MLF Bonus. Martin also received automatic entry to the 2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Pan Am Championship, June 2-4, at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas, as well as priority entry to the Toyota Series – the path to the Tackle Circuit. Warehouse Pro and finally the Bass Pro Tour.

Co-fisherman Strike King victory goes to Gaines’ Eldred

Martin said he mined a carpet expanse at Pohick Creek for most of the event, where the majority of the other competitors also fished.

“The pre-fishing was a bit difficult,” said Martin. “I tried to go racing a lot of the models that I have raced in the past – I had been there twice and had caught a few fish on the docks – but I couldn’t get a solid run. like I did before. So that resulted in going in and really dissecting the streams. I fished non-stop but really couldn’t find anything in training until the last day when I finally climbed to Pohick.

In Pohick, Martin said he immediately started getting quality frog bites. Although he didn’t catch any, he had a good starting point and said there was no one else around when he found the zone during training.

“I shot in the first morning of the tournament, and there were already six boats all over the flat,” said Martin. “So I went to the corner where I had caught them and started to go back and forth, for a stretch of 100 meters. I just walked back and forth all day. When the tide was bad, the fish would come up and hit it, but they never ate it until the tide picked up.

As day one continued, Martin said he understood that the tide had to be at a certain level for the fish to bite, but whether it was going up or down didn’t seem to matter.

“I figured out that a 1.9 foot tide was the best tide,” Martin said. “It doesn’t matter if it goes up or down, for whatever reason, right here where I was, once 1.9 hit you could see big red crayfish come up to the surface and start flipping through that scum. , and man, they just started eating. You’d have a 30 minute window where they would just eat. “

On day 1, Martin only caught 14-5 all day. On day 2 he found the tide right and put the biggest bag of the tournament on the deck first.

“On day 2 I rode this spot – first pitch, 4 pounds,” said Martin. “I looked at the tide back and it was at 1.8. I was like, ‘Alright, it’s approaching, these fish are about to leave.’ And they did. It was amazing, I had all my fish by 8:45 am that morning. I just sat there with a rollover rod in my hand and protected it all day.

On the last day, however, Martin said he suffered a large curve ball due to the weather. With most of the top anglers fishing in Pohick as well, adjusting was no easy task.

“On day 3, I drove in the same spot and the wind was blowing in there. I parked and looked at my waypoints, and I’m already 20 yards from my waypoints, heading towards the rugs. I was sitting where the fish were. I was like ‘This is bad, this is not ideal.’ ”

After knocking out a goalie early on, Martin had another bad luck. Pohick’s fish started to bite, but for the fishermen who were fishing alongside him – not where Martin was.

“For some reason these fish started pulling to the right,” Martin said. “As soon as these fish fired, everyone kind of circled around and tried to join in on the action. I was pretty much stuck and didn’t want to go in. So I unplugged the plug around 10:30 or 11:00, and I ran to the other side and grabbed a 3 pounder and put it in the box.

At around 11:30 a.m., with only two in the box and his main area blown away, Martin said he knew things were flying.

“Fortunately, my co-fisherman [John Martin] got some good ones at Mattawoman, ”Martin said. “At probably 11:30 am, we decided to send him back there. So we run back, start fishing that mat, and like the fifth throw, I catch a 4lb. We go a little further, another 20 minutes, and I catch a 3 pounds. That’s all I could get, so thank goodness he caught some fish there the day before.

Four fish on the last day ended up being enough to get the job done, sending Martin home to Ohio with the biggest paycheck of his career, while literally catching every one of his fish on a frog. Do most of its work with a SPRO Bronzeye 65 in black, Martin said he also caught a few on a BOOYAH Pad Crasher in frog cricket. For his tackle, he rolled with a Shimano curado, a heavy power of 7 feet, 3 inches Daiwa Tatula Elite and 65 pounds Suffix 832 braid.

A project engineer at Thomas Door Controls, Martin said he had already won in college and fished live on the final day of the national championship, but it was his biggest win to date.

“I don’t think it’s really completely dealt with right now,” Martin said. “I drove home for 8 hours, right after the tournament, and had tons of calls and texts. I just answered the phone all the time, never listened to music or anything. I could not believe it. This is what we work for – this is what everyone works for. There are so many factors that go into being successful in tidal waters, so winning and making the All-American is definitely a dream come true. I think the All-American is one of the most coveted tournaments, and I never thought I would be in that position.

The top six boaters who qualified for the 2022 All-American Phoenix Bass Fishing League were:

1st: Jarrett Martin from Westerville, Ohio, 14 basses, 47-7, $ 62,500, including Phoenix 819 Pro boat with 200 hp outboard motor
2sd: Jim Vitaro from Wooster, Ohio, 15 basses, 46-10, $ 10,000
3rd: Ryan Powroznik from Hopewell, Virginia., 15 basses, 44-6, $ 5,000
4e: Christopher Helfer from Baltimore, Ohio, 15 basses, 44-1, $ 3,000
5e:Brody Campbell from Oxford, Ohio, 15 basses, 44-1, $ 2,000
6e:Michael Duarte from Baltimore, Maryland., 15 basses, 43-10, $ 1,800

The top 10 boaters were:

7e:Josh Smith from Hamilton, Ohio, 15 basses, 43-3, $ 1,800
8e:Cody Salzmann from Clarkston, Michigan., 15 basses, 42-5, $ 1,900
9e:Bryan Elrod from Mechanicsville, Virginia., 15 basses, 41-1, $ 1,200
tene:Dick Shaffer from Rockford, Ohio, 15 basses, 39-9, $ 1,000

Full results are available at

Martin won an additional $ 2,500 as the Most Successful Phoenix MLF Bonus Member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an additional $ 7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League tournament presented by TH Marine if all conditions are met. You can find more information about the Phoenix MLF Bonus Emergency Program at

Evan Eldred from Gaines, Michigan weighed 14 basses over three days for a total of 35 pounds, 15 ounces to win the Strike King Best Co-Angler award of $ 50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200 Mercury outboard horses.

The top six Strike King co-anglers who qualified for the 2022 All-American Phoenix Bass Fishing League were:

1st: Evan Eldred de Gaines, Mich., 14 basses, 35-15, $ 50,000, including Phoenix 819 Pro boat with 200 hp outboard motor
2sd: Max Meister from Atco, NJ., 13 basses, 30-2, $ 5,000
3rd: Steve Sorrell from Beavercreek, Ohio, 15 basses, 30-1, $ 2,500
4e: BK Kelley from Chester, Virginia., 11 basses, 29-2, $ 1,500
5e: Brian Short from Oxford, Ohio, 11 basses, 27-14, $ 1,000
6e: John Martin of Ridley Park, Pennsylvania., 11 basses, 24-10, 900 $

To complete the top 10 Strike King co-fishermen:

7e: Adam Simpson from Gaithersburg, Maryland., 12 bass, 24-7, $ 1,050
8e: Samuel Jones from Fuquay Varina, North Carolina., 10 basses, 24-3, $ 700
9e: John Lane of Findlay, Ohio, 11 basses, $ 24-3.600
tene: Lavon Raber from Wolcottville, Ind., 11 basses, 23-12, $ 500

The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine Regional Championship on the Potomac River was hosted by the Charles County Council of Commissioners. It featured top Strike King pros and co-anglers from the Buckeye, Michigan, Northeast and Piedmont Divisions.

The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine consisted of 24 divisions dedicated to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season and five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 Strike King boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five qualifying event winners, advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League regional championships.

The top six from each region will advance to one of the longest-running championships of all bass fishing competitions – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American, to be held June 2-4 at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas. , hosted by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, and Visit Hot Springs.

Top Strike King boaters and co-anglers from each division of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the route to the Tackle Warehouse Pro circuit, and ultimately the Bass Pro Tour.

For more details and updated information, visit For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on MLF social media at Facebook,Twitter,Instagram and Youtube.


Robert A. Glidden

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