Results of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League event held at Lake Percy Priest
Boater Kelly Readhimer from Beech Bluff, Tennesseecaught five bass on Saturday, May 14 weighing 18 pounds, 1 ounce, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on Lake Percy Priest presented by Lithium Pros. The tournament was the third event of the season for the Bass Fishing League Music City division. Readhimer earned $4,235 for her victory.
“I practiced on Friday and grabbed probably 13 or 14 pounds in a school,” Readhimer said. “I threw some bait in it and didn’t get bitten, so I turned the boat around and shot the tip in 8-10 feet of water. I caught three 3-pounders in a row. So I tagged these fish.
Readhimer said he started the tournament on Saturday fishing a spawn of shad and did not catch any bass. He said he went back to the school he found the day before, but nothing bit the decoy he threw. He switched to a ¾ ounce brown football mop jig and threw to the point, jumped the jig twice and landed a 4½ pound bass.
Readhimer said he focused on the Hobson Pike Bridge area and targeted a shallow flat that stretched from an island to the shore and featured many large boulders. He jumped the jig, grabbed a few keeper bass, and fished until he hit his limit.
“All I was doing was stroking this big mop jig,” Readhimer said. “You couldn’t drag it out and get bitten. I was stroking him so hard with 30 minutes left in the tournament that my right arm was cramping.
Readhimer said he had only been to Percy Priest five times and felt lucky to have picked up the win.
“I don’t have much experience on the lake, but I knew the fishing was tough,” Readhimer said. “Basically I had two spots and just traded them for all they were worth. How I found these fish was just luck.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Kelly Readhimer, Beech Bluff, Tennessee, five bass, 18-1, $4,235
2nd: Billy Hinson, Mount Juliet, Tenn., five bass, 17-5, $2,618 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
3rd: Josh Tramel, Smithville, TN, five bass, 16-14, $1,413
4th: Chris Fondren, Lebanon, Tennessee, five bass, 15-14, $988
5th: Zach Youngblood, Smithville, TN, five bass, 15-6, $811
5th: Mike Bryant, Cookeville, TN, five bass, 15-6, $1,011
7th: Brandon Edel, Hendersonville, TN, five bass, 15-1, $706
8th: Bryden Mugleston, Mount Juliet, Tennessee, five bass, 14-3, $1,225
9th: Michael Tuck, Old Hickory, Tennessee, three bass, 13-2, $565
10th: Dylan Wright, Murfreesboro, TN, five bass, 12-8, $494
Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Mugleston had a big mouth that weighed in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces, which was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award of $590.
Brian Haworth of Cookeville, Tenn., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,413 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 11 ounces.
Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Brian Haworth, Cookeville, TN, five bass, 14-11, $2,413
2nd: Harvey Daniels, Portland, TN, four bass, 10-9, $1,059
3rd: Robert Moore, Elkmont, Alabama, five bass, 10-8, $806
4th: Gary Haraguchi, Murfreesboro, TN, four bass, 9-7, $494
5th: Teddy Baggett, Nashville, Tennessee, four bass, 9-0, $424
6th: Grant Frazier, Manchester, TN, four basses, 7-15, $388
7th: Matt Perkins, Smyrna, Tennessee, three bass, 7-11, $353
8th: Keith Whipple, Iuka, Miss., three bass, 7-4, $318
9th: Logan Stewart, Nashville, TN, four bass, 7-1, $282
10th: Ricky England, Sparta, Tennessee, three bass, 6-9, $247
Haworth caught the biggest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds and 8 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $295.
After three events, Jade Keeton of Florence, Alabama leads the Bass Fishing League Music City Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 705 points, while Grant Frazier of Manchester, Tennessee leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division race. AOY. with 732 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 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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