Mayfield’s Dowdy wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes

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Amended July 12, 2022 at 12:44 PM

Sturgis’ Griffin leads Strike King Co-Angler Division

Gilbertsville, Ky. (July 11, 2022) – Boater Josh Dowdy from Mayfield, Kentuckycaught three bass on Saturday weighing 13 pounds even to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes. The tournament, hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, was the Bass Fishing League‘s fourth LBL division event. Dowdy earned $4,684 for her victory.

“I got to the first spot and got bitten there and put my biggest fish in the boat,” Dowdy said. “Then the breeze changed from south to north, and that set me up really well to go to some of the offshore spots that I wanted to fish.”

Dowdy said the wind allowed him to position and hold his boat to make more methodical and efficient casts.

“When you’re dealing with small schools of fish — say one or six fish — it really pays to get that first cast where you want it,” Dowdy said. “You have to catch the first one at school, because there won’t be another. Just fish one here and one there, choosing them throughout the day.

Dowdy said he relied on slow, methodical technique, throwing a football jig as well as a Carolina rig to catch a total of six goaltenders on the day.

“I was aiming for ledges, gravel and shell bars 10 to 15 feet deep during the day,” Dowdy said. “I couldn’t get bitten on the brush. I just moved to the main lake and started fishing the same old Kentucky lake models that everyone knows.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Josh Dowdy, Mayfield, Kentucky, three bass, 13-0, $4,684
2nd: Tim Griggs, Paducah, Kentucky, three bass, 12-13, $2,059
3rd: Lance Freeman, Eddyville, Ky., three bass, 11-9, $2,274 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
4th: Harold Buchmeier, Gilbertsville, Kentucky, three bass, 10-10, $1,261
5th: Ray Barga, Benton, Kentucky, three bass, 10-3, $824
6th: Harry Barber, Earlington, Kentucky, three bass, 10-0, $755
7th: Michael Wasden, Paris, Tenn., three bass, 9-13, $686
8th: Andrew Suggs, Cunningham, Tennessee, three bass, 9-8, $618
9th: Ryan Deal, Evansville, Ind., three bass, 9-7, $549
10th: Stuart Arthur, Benton, Mo., three bass, 9-6, $456
10th: David Hames, Trezevant, Tennessee, three bass, 9-6, $456

Full results are available at

Dowdy also had a big mouth that weighed in at 4 pounds, 15 ounces, which was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award of $565.

Demetrius Griffin of Sturgis, Ky., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,059 on Saturday after catching three bass weighing 9 pounds, 13 ounces.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Demetrius Griffin, Sturgis, Kentucky, three bass, 9-13, $2,059
2nd: Todd Mowery, Madison, Alabama, three bass, 9-1, $1,030
3rd: Alan Brasher, Decaturville, Tenn., three bass, 8-14, $687
4th: Ethan Wheeler, Mayfield, Kentucky, three bass, 8-4, $480
5th: Gary Gustafson, Gilbertsville, Kentucky, three bass, 8-3, $412
6th: Cory York, Benton, Ky., three bass, 7-13, $378
7th: Hayden Jett, Memphis, Ind., three bass, 7-11, $343
8th: Ed Daniell, West Frankfort, IL, three bass, 5-15, $459
9th: Alexis Joyce, Benton, Ky., two bass, 5-13, $275
10th: Frank Haysley, Louisville, Kentucky, single bass, 5-9, $722

Haysley caught the biggest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler of the Day award of $282.

After four events, Toby Corn of Paducah, Kentucky leads the Bass Fishing League LBL Division’s Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 921 points, while Ed Daniell of West Frankfort, Illinois leads the Strike King Co race. -Angler Division AOY. with 966 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. , Tennessee. 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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