Whitehouse’s Schroeder wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir
BROOKELAND, Texas (Release) – Boater Blake Schroeder from Whitehouse, TXcaught five bass on Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The tournament, hosted by the Jasper County Development District, was the third event for the Bass Fishing League’s Cowboy Division. Schroeder earned $5,475 for his victory.
“It wasn’t fast and furious at all,” Schroeder said. “I caught a big one on one 6th Sense Cloud 9 C15 crankbait that weighed about 7½ pounds. I caught a few more on a Carolina rig with a Big Bite Baits Pro Lizard in 8 to 12 feet of water. I’ve also caught some of my best on beds around hay grass and suede brush on a Soft plastic 3 inch Big Bite Baits.
Schroeder said he caught 15 bass during the day, 11 of which were keepers, fishing north of the Highway 147 bridge.
“It’s my third BFL win, and it feels good,” Schroeder said. “I know it’s an accomplishment to win one, and there aren’t a ton of people who have the opportunity to win multiple ones, so I’m definitely lucky to have the chance to win two. years in a row. And winning against the peloton of anglers fishing Sam Rayburn is a feat in itself.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
- 1st: Blake Schroeder, Whitehouse, Texas, five bass, 23-4, $5,475
- 2nd: Tater Reynolds, Florien, La., five bass, 22-9, $2,737
- 3rd: Chris Diberardino, Zavalla, Texas, five low, 21-8, $2,327 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency bonus)
- 4th: Cameron Mattison, Benton, Louisiana, five bass, 20-8, $2,056
- 4th: Shaine Campbell, Brookeland, Texas, five bass, 20-8, $1,186
- 6th: Wyatt Frankens, Corrigan, Texas, five bass, 19-9, $1,004
- 7th: Dicky Newberry, Houston, Texas, five bass, 18-6, $912
- 8th: Logan Sherrer, Karnack, Texas, five bass, 18-5, $821
- 9th: Jason Bonds, Lufkin, Texas, five bass, 18-1, $730
- 10th: Dillon Harrell, New Caney, Texas, five bass, 17-11, $639
Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Mattison had a 9-pound, 10-ounce bigmouth that was the heaviest in the event in the Boater division and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award of $870.Rondell Joseph of Manvel, Texas won the division Strike King Co-angler and $2,737 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 9 ounces. Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:
- 1st: Rondell Joseph, Manvel, Texas, five bass, 15-9, $2,737
- 2nd: Bryan Myers, Ragley, La., five bass, 14-11, $1,369
- 3rd: Tim Sink, Kemah, Texas, five bass, 14-8, $913
- 4th: John Pilinski, Haughton, Louisiana, two bass, 13-4, $1,074
- 5th: Ron Dickens, North Richland Hills, Texas, four bass, 13-0, $547
- 6th: Darren Bland, Orange, Texas, four bass, 12-14, $502
- 7th: Albert Ignacio, Dallas, Texas, five bass, 12-13, $456
- 8th: Mitchel Martin, Washington, La., five bass, 12-7, $388
- 8th: Byron Green, Humble, Texas, four bass, 12-7, $388
- 10th: Eric Pearce, Roanoke, Texas, five bass, 11-11, $319
Pilinski caught the largest bass in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 9 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $435.
After three events, Tater Reynolds of Florien, Louisiana leads the Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 744 points, while Albert Ignacio of Dallas, Texas leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division race. AOY with 708 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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