New Hampshire’s Estes takes victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Lake Champlain

Boater Stephen Estes of Auburn, New Hampshire, and Strike-King co-fisherman Frederick Chilluffo of Camden, New York.

Camden’s Chilluffo Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

PLATTSBURGH, NY (August 8, 2022) – Boater Stephen Estes of Auburn, New Hampshirecaught five bass on Saturday weighing 21 pounds and 10 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Lake Champlain . The tournament, hosted by the city of Plattsburgh, was the fourth event in the Bass Fishing League’s Northeast Division. Estes won $13,057, including a Phoenix MLF contingency bonus of $7,000, for her win.

Estes said he focused on the north end of the lake using a shooting rig to catch about 20 Smallmouth Guardians during the day.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Stephen Estes, Auburn, NH, five low, 21-10, $13,057 (includes $7,000 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
2nd: Tristan McCormick, Burns, Tennessee, five bass, 20-10, $2,528
3rd: Rob Messenger, Sunapee, NH, five bass, 20-6, $1,432
3rd: Joseph Thompson, Coatesville, PA, five bass, 20-6, $1,432
5th: Josh Bragg, Fayetteville, Georgia, five bass, 20-4, $1,011
6th: Brent Heyn, South Hero, Vermont, five bass, 20-1, $927
7th: Matt Becker, Finleyville, PA, five bass, 19-15, $843
8th: Spencer Shuffield, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 19-11, $758
9th: Colby Miller, Elmer, La., five bass, 19-1, $632
9th: Brett Carnright, Plattsburgh, NY, five bass, 19-1, $632

Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

TJ Daniels of Plattsburgh, New York, had a bass that weighed in at 5 pounds, 3 ounces that was the heaviest in the event in the Boater Division and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award of $780.

Frederick Chilluffo of Camden, New York, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,628 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 19 pounds, 14 ounces.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Frederick Chilluffo, Camden, NY, five bass, 19-14, $2,628
2nd: Justin Bronson, Glenn Dale, Md., five bass, 17-11, $1,264
3rd: Nate Coy, Pennsburg, PA, five bass, 17-9, $845
4th: David Paszkiewicz, Kearny, NJ, five bass, 17-0, $590
5th: Shawn Gokey, Georgia, Vt., five bass, 16-14, $506
6th: David Archibald, Somerset, Mass., five bass, 16-11, $464
7th: Corey Germano, Staatsburg, NY, five bass, 16-8, $771
8th: Andrew Hostler, Tyrone, PA, five bass, 16-6, $579
9th: Benjamin Kapp, Benton, PA, five bass, 16-3, $337
10th: Al Norman, Lake Mary, Fla., five bass, 16-2, $295

Erik Gaffron of Robbinsdale, Minnesota caught the largest bass in the Co-Angler Division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $390.

After four events, Joseph Thompson of Coatesville, Pennsylvania leads the Bass Fishing League Northeast Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 912 points, while David Paszkiewicz of Kearny, New Jersey leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division race. AOY. with 918 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 compete in the Bass Fishing League Regional Championship October 20-22 on the James River in Richmond, in Virginia. 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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Robert A. Glidden