Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship for Pickwick Lake, Tennessee


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September 28, 2022 by Keith Worrall

Amended 09/28/2022 at 11:40 a.m.

COUNCE, Tenn. (September 27, 2022) – The Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine’s Bama, LBL, Music City and South Carolina divisions will conclude its 2022 season next month in Counce, Tennessee, October 13-15, with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship presented by TH Marine at Pickwick Lake.

Hosted by the Hardin County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the three-day regional championship will feature the top 45 boaters and co-anglers as well as tournament winners in all four divisions battling it out for a top prize of 60 $10,000 including a Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200 horsepower Mercury outboard, plus lucrative contingency rewards including up to $7,000 additional Phoenix MLF bonus. Strike King co-fishermen will compete for a top prize of $50,000, including a Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200 horsepower Mercury outboard. Winners will be determined by heaviest three-day catch.

The highest ranked boater in each division will also receive a bonus of $1,000 and the highest ranked co-angler in each division will receive a bonus of $500.

Local pro and fishing guide, Jimmy Washam from Stantonville, Tennesseesaid it saw the late summer lull and plenty of fish in “no man’s land”, but expects to see cooler temperatures create change by mid-October.

“As the temperature starts to drop, we should see a push into shallow waters,” Washam said. “The fish will really orient themselves on the bait and start chasing gizzard shad in the grass. Any shallow water stuff that has a shad population around should have bass nearby.

“The surface bite will start to heat up and we usually see a small mouth pushing towards the escape channels as well. The Wilson Lake escape race will likely play into this event, for guys who like to target the little mouth in the current.

Washam said he expects to see lots of shad-like lures and surface baits, including walking baits, River2Sea Whopper Ploppers and popbaits, as well as lipless spinnerbaits and crankbaits. . Smallmouth finesse tactics should also play a big role, such as head shaking, Ned rig, and other finesse jigs.

“The Azuma Z Dog Topwater Walker is a walking bait from Profound Outdoors that I’ve caught a lot of fish on recently so I think it will be a big part of the event, as well as the Azuma Shaker Z Lipless Crankbait . I think both are going to weigh a lot of fish right now,” Washam continued. “There’s usually a lingering deep bite around this time of year and chances are someone can take it. have for himself if he finds quality fish that is still offshore.

“That would be the ‘sleeper pattern’ that I think we’re likely to see someone be successful with, using traditional offshore baits like a soccer jig, swimbait and crankbait.”

Washam said he predicted it would take 18 pounds a day to put anglers in contention to win the event.

Anglers will depart daily at 7:00 a.m. CT from Pickwick Landing State Park in Counce. Weigh-ins will also take place at the park and begin at 3 p.m. Fans are invited to attend the event or follow the action online via the “MLF Live” weigh-in broadcasts on

The 2022 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-fishermen from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League regional championships.

The top six from each region will qualify for one of the oldest championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American. Dates and location for the 2023 All-American will be announced shortly.

The 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 path to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Tour and ultimately the Bass Pro Tour.
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