Virginia’s Trent Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Tournament on Lake Murray

The top four boaters from each division who earned a $1,000 bonus for placing highest in the event were:

Bulldog: Matthew O’Connell, Brooks, Georgia, 2nd place, $1,000
Choo Choo: Corey McMullen, Gurley, Alabama 10th place, $1,000
Gator: John Dial, Winter Haven, Fla., 13th place, $1,000
Piedmont: Chad Poteat, Mount Airy, NC, 3rd place $1,000

Trent won an additional $7,000 as the highest ranked Phoenix MLF Bonus member. Boaters are eligible to earn up to an additional $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League tournament if all requirements are met. More information about the Phoenix MLF Bonus Emergency Program can be found at
Tim Privette, Jr. of Wendell, NC weighed in 10 bass over three days totaling 21 pounds, 3 ounces to win the $50,200 Strike King Best Co-Angler award, including a new Phoenix 819 bass boat Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six Strike King co-anglers who qualified for the 2023 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

1st: Tim Privette Jr., Wendell, NC, 10 bass, 21-3, $50,200
2n/a: Wayne Smelser, Wytheville, Va., nine bass, 19-5, $5,414
3rd: Jerry Armstrong, Shelbyville, Tennessee, nine bass, 18-3, $4,806
4e: Dustin Riddle, Hiwassee, Va., six bass, 18-3, $1,444
5e: Benjie Winkler, Cleveland, Georgia, seven bass, 18-2, $1,463
6e: Mekye Barnes, Raleigh, NC, nine bass, 15-4, $867

To round out the top 10 Strike King Co-Anglers:

sevene: Stephen Waldon, Ellenwood, Ga., four basses, 13-14, $770
8e: Jared Kutil, Beaufort, SC, five bass, 12-14, $824
9e: Caleb Gwaltney, Athens, Ala., seven bass, 12-12, $578
tene: Rex Henry, Hixson, Tenn., four basses, 11-7, $530

Robert A. Glidden