Wagoner’s Brumnett leads the pack at Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Fort Gibson Lake | New

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WAGONER, Okla. (July 11, 2022) – Boater Brett Brumnett of Wagoner, Okla., caught three bass weighing 13 pounds, 15 ounces on Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on Fort Gibson Lake. The tournament was the fourth event for the Okie Division of the Bass Fishing League. Brumnett won $12,199, including the lucrative Phoenix MLF contingency bonus of $7,000, for his victory.

“I started fishing in the middle of the lake casting a Whopper Plopper (River2Sea), and caught a keeper early,” Brumnett said. “So I fished there for the first two hours and then moved to the upper end of the lake and started fishing the deposits and the stumps. I ended up catching two more keepers there flipping a Gene Larew Biffle Bug and a 10 inch Berkley Powerbait Power Worm. Then I ended the day fishing rock piles and upgraded twice.

“I probably caught 15 fish, and 12 of them were keepers,” Brumnett added. “I stopped on one of my rock piles and grabbed a 4½lb and it put me in at about 12lbs at the time. I hit a few of my points more and didn’t get any stings, so I went back to that pile of rocks with 20 minutes to go and grabbed another 4½ pounds on it.

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Brumnett’s win was his second BFL victory over Fort Gibson Lake. His first came in 2017.

“The lake was tough to fish, and I had two sons fishing on the boater side, so I had to work around them,” Brumnett added with a laugh. His son, Eli, finished sixth in the event and his son Tate placed 33rd.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Brett Brumnett, Wagoner, Okla., three bass, 13-15, $12,199 (includes $7,000 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)

2nd: Sheldon Collings, Grove, Okla., three bass, 13-6, $2,100

3rd: Dillon Roberts, Claremore, Okla., three bass, 12-8, $1,983

4th: Brent Homan, Graham, Texas, three bass, 12-3, $910

4th: Wyatt Ryan, Ada, Okla., three bass, 12-3, $910

6th: Eli Brumnett, Wagoner, Okla., three bass, 11-11, $770

7th: Steven McLarty, Broken Arrow, Okla., three bass, 11-6, $700

8th: Nick Kincaid, Coweta, Okla., three bass, 11-2, $830

9th: Kindle Lane, Stilwell, Okla., three bass, 10-14, $560

10th: Jason Horton, Eucha, Okla., three bass, 10-4, $490

Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Roberts caught a bigmouth that weighed in at 5 pounds, 5 ounces which was the heaviest of the event in the Boater division and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award of $585.

Doug Thompson of Mabelvale, Arkansas, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,100 on Saturday after catching three bass weighing 10 pounds.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Doug Thompson, Mabelvale, Ark., three bass, 10-0, $2,100

2nd: Nathan Christie, Claremore, Okla., three bass, 9-0, $1,050

3rd: Chip Porch, Bixby, Okla., three bass, 8-8, $701

4th: Harold Frazier, Okmulgee, Okla., three bass, 8-2, $590

5th: Michael Shinstine, Springdale, Ark., three bass, 8-0, $420

6th: Alan Hill, Ada, Okla., three bass, 7-7, $385

7th: David Hamilton, Rogers, Ark., three bass, 7-6, $350

8th: Jerrod Madden, Purcell, Okla., two bass, 7-5, $315

9th: Thad Hewitt, Delaware, Okla., three bass, 7-1, $262

9th: Patrick Sanchez, Muskogee, Okla., two bass, 7-1, $262

Derrick Skinner of Muskogee, Oklahoma, caught the largest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler of the Day award of $292.

After four events, Ian Leybas of McAlester, Oklahoma leads the Bass Fishing League Okie Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 974 points, while David Blankinship of Cushing, Oklahoma leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race. with 968 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered into the Regional Bass Fishing League Championship October 13-15 on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize, including a new $10,000 Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-hp Mercury outboard, while fellow anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200 horsepower Mercury outboard.

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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Robert A. Glidden