Ratcliff’s Lee tops Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Lake Dardanelle
RUSSELVILLE, Ark. (May 23, 2022) – Boater Brandon Lee from Ratcliff, Arkansascaught five bass on Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Lake Dardanelle . The tournament, hosted by Russellville Advertising and Promotion, was the fourth event for the Bass Fishing League’s Arkie Division. Lee won $4,584 for his victory.
“I started in the morning fishing for a spawn of shad using a colored Dart Frog BOOYAH Pad Crasher (Frog) in the mid-lake area near Piney Bay,” Lee said. “I fished shallow; I never even shot a chart all day.
Later in the day, Lee, who picked up a BFL victory at Lake Dardanelle in 2014, said he used a white ½ ounce. BOOYAH Mobster Swimjig with a blank Piece of YUM crab trailer around reeds in less than 2 feet of water. Lee’s efforts resulted in nine goaltenders during the competition.
“I knew I had a chance to win around noon when I did my last showdown,” Lee said. “I had all 3 pounds at the time and one that weighed 4½, but I figured it would take 18 pounds to gain it. I knew I was close.
“This win is awesome,” added Lee. “They are so hard to find. I was in the first flight, so I had to sit for two hours after the weigh-in and watch everyone weigh themselves. My nerves were exhausted at the end of the day.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Brandon Lee, Ratcliff, Ark., five bass, 17-7, $4,584
2nd: Kirk Smith, Edmond, Okla., five bass, 15-9, $2,292
3rd: Shonn Goodwin, Moore, Okla., five bass, 15-0, $1,729
4th: James Boyett, Mountain Home, Ark., four bass, 14-14, $1,070
5th: Cody Ross, Livingston, Texas, five bass, 14-12, $1,592
6th: Chris Huselton, Conway, Ark., five bass, 13-2, $840
7th: Quincy Houchin, Mabelvale, Ark., five bass, 12-13, $1,464 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
8th: Aubrey Walker, Ola, Ark., four bass, 12-6, $688
9th: Mike Scoggins, Danville, Ark., five bass, 12-3, $573
9th: Doug Thompson, Mabelvale, Ark., five bass, 12-3, $573
Ross caught a big mouth weighing 5 pounds, 1 ounce – the heaviest of the event in the Boater division – to win the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day prize of $675.
Steven Logan of Hugo, Oklahoma won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,592 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 15 ounces.
Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Steven Logan, Hugo, Okla., five bass, 12-15, $2,592
2nd: Chuck Harney, Perryville, Ark., four bass, 12-11, $1,146
3rd: Dusty Rhoades, Gravelly, Ark., three bass, 11-4, $765
4th: Derrick Damon, Clarksville, Ark., five bass, 11-0, $535
5th: Kyle Huneycutt, Malvern, Ark., four bass, 9-11, $458
6th: Alvin Williams, Hartman, Ark., four bass, 8-14, $420
7th: Andrew Wooley, Little Rock, Ark., three bass, 8-11, $382
8th: Joshua James, Talihina, Okla., four bass, 8-4, $344
9th: Steve Boone, Mountain Pine, Ark., four bass, 7-12, $306
10th: Aaron Calvert, Russellville, Ark., four bass, 7-8, $267
After four events, Kevin Brown of Hot Springs, Arkansas leads the Bass Fishing League Arkie Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 967 points, while Andrew Wooley of Little Rock, Arkansas leads the Strike King Co-Angler AOY division. race with 943 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 Oct. 20-22 on Grand Lake in Grove. , Oklahoma. 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 2022 All-American will be held June 2-4 at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas and is hosted by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and Visit Hot Springs.
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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