Prince of Blue Ridge wins two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Lake Hartwell
1 day ago by Keith Worrall
Amended September 14, 2022 at 1:14 p.m.
South Carolina Hawkins tops Strike King Co-Angler Division
LAVONIA, Georgia (September 12, 2022) – Boater Alex Prince from Blue Ridge, Georgiacaught 10 bass weighing 38 pounds, 6 ounces, to win the two-day MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Lake Hartwell in Lavonia, Georgia. The tournament, hosted by the City of Lavonia, was the fifth and final regular season event for the Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division. Prince earned $6,121 for his victory.
Prince said he started the tournament hot on Saturday morning, catching good fish at his first spot on the main lake while casting surface bait.
“They were just biting and we were catching,” Prince, 23, said. “It was windy and the weather was nice.”
However, Prince said things changed for him on Sunday and he was only 10 pounds in the tank at noon. Then the sun came out, the wind picked up, and the fish lit up.
“They started biting and I shot three of my biggest fish three times,” Prince said. “I was chasing big schools of fish that were wandering around and catching them with a fluke-type bait on a Gamakatsu EWG 4/0 hook. I also caught a couple on walking bait.
“The main thing for me on Sunday was that when the sun came up they sat in the brush and you knew where they were instead of chasing them,” Prince added. “I caught them between 15 and 30 feet deep.
“It was a great day,” added Prince. “I’m just a kid who likes bass fishing. I never dreamed of winning one. I know the Savannah River division has some of the best anglers in the country. This win is such a blessing.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Alex Prince, Blue Ridge, Georgia, 10 bass, 38-6, $6,121
2nd: Emil Wagner, Marietta, Ga, 10 bass, 35-8, $3,760 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF5 contingency bonus)
3rd: Tyler Campbell, Martin, Georgia, 10 bass, 34-15, $2,041
4th: Bradford Beavers, Summerville, SC, 10 bass, 33-6, $1,428
5th: Cole Wilson, Nicholson, Georgia, 10 bass, 32-5, $1,224
6th: Jayme Rampey, Liberty, SC, 10 bass, 31-14, $1,122
7th: Justin Tingen, Moore, SC, 10 bass, 31-2, $1,020
8th: Collin Smith, Honea Path, SC, 10 bass, 30-12, $1,758
9th: Matthew O’Connell, Brooks, Georgia, 10 bass, 29-9, $1,116
10th: Justin Raines, Easley, SC, 10 bass, 29-0, $714
Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Collin Smith of Honea Path, South Carolina caught a bass weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces — the heaviest in the event in the Boater Division — to win the Berkley Big Bass Boater prize of $840.
Cody Hawkins of Travelers Rest, South Carolina won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $3,449 on Sunday after catching a total of nine basses over two days weighing 24 pounds, 14 ounces.
Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Cody Hawkins, Travelers Rest, SC, nine bass, 24-14, $3,449
2nd: Caleb Warrington, Watkinsville, Georgia, 10 bass, 22-7, $1,517
3rd: Brody Bowen, Cleveland, Georgia, 10 bass, 20-12, $1,010
4th: Damon Phillips, Anderson, SC, 10 bass, 20-9, $708
5th: Lee Polatty, Abbeville, SC, eight bass, 17-12, $607
6th: Kevin Henderson, Honea Path, SC, nine bass, 17-4, $556
7th: Zach Pringle, Newton, NC, eight bass, 16-5, $506
8th: Corey Veal, Royston, Georgia, 10 bass, 15-13, $445
9th: Jacob Turner, Hodges, SC, six bass, 15-6, $1,054
10th: Darren Jeter, Candler, NC, 10 bass, 15-3, $354
Hawkins also caught the biggest bass in the Strike King Co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds and 4 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $416.
With the regular season now over, boater Greg Glouse of Liberty, South Carolina won the 2022 Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with a five-event total of 1,335 points to win the boater’s AOY award of $1,000. . Johnny Hancox of West Union, SC won the 2022 AOY Strike King Co-Angler Savannah River Division race with 1,314 points and took home the $500 Strike King Co-angler of the Year award.
Now, the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the division based on points standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will qualify to compete in the Bass Fishing League Regional Championship from October 20-22 on the Lewis Smith Lake in Cullman. , Alabama. 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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