Windsor’s McDowell wins two-day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Rend Lake


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1 week ago by Keith Worrall

Amended 09/20/2022 at 10:07 am

Ayers Bests Field of Strike King Co-Anglers of Goreville

SESSOR, Ill. (September 19, 2022) – Canoeist Garrett McDowell from Windsor, Illinoiscaught eight bass weighing 19 pounds and 14 ounces, to win the two-day prize MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by TH Marine on Rend Lake in Sessor, Illinois. The tournament was the fifth and final regular season event for the Bass Fishing League Illini division. McDowell earned $5,426 for her win.

McDowell said he started his riprap fishing derby at the north end of Rend, where the wind was widespread and blowing baitfish onto the rock. McDowell said he caught six guards on Saturday morning on a Z-Man Jack Hammer Evergreen ChatterBait , then moved towards fish standing in less than a foot of water. The wind was coming from a different direction on Sunday and the bass wasn’t holding the riprap, so McDowell said he was fishing shallow, but cloud cover hampered quality production.

“With about an hour in, the clouds cleared and I was able to get my last two bites knocking over cypress trees,” McDowell said.

McDowell said he found success using a Omega Revelation Swim Jig for its bite of chypre.

“It feels good,” McDowell said. “My first BFL win was at a Super Tournament in Shelbyville in 2018. It’s just kind of my time of year – when it comes to the fall bite. It’s the kind of moment I shine.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Garrett McDowell, Windsor, IL, eight bass, 19-14, $5,426
2nd: Patrick Odell, Windsor, IL, seven bass, 19-10, $2,563
3rd: Alex Moore, Chester, IL, nine bass, 18-13, $1,709
4th: Toby Corn, Paducah, Kentucky, nine bass, 18-7, $1,596
5th: Trey McKinney, Carbondale, IL, eight bass, 18-5, $1,325
6th: Brennon McCord, Thompsonville, IL, low eight, 17-13, $1,440 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF5 contingency bonus)
7th: Wayne O’Dell, Toledo, IL, six bass, 17-2, $1,484
8th: Greg Mullins, Mount Vernon, Ill., six bass, 16-0, $769
9th: Scott Rice, Cobden, Ill., six bass, 15-6, $683
10th: Michael Black, Toledo, IL, six bass, 14-7, $598

Full results are available at

Wayne O’Dell of Toledo, Illinois had a bass that weighed in at 5 pounds, 12 ounces which was the heaviest in the event in the Boater division and won the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $630.

Sheldon Ayers of Goreville, Ill., won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,502 on Sunday after catching a two-day total of five bass weighing 12 pounds, 12 ounces.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: Sheldon Ayers, Goreville, IL, five bass, 12-12, $2,502
2nd: Rick Cheatham, Carterville, IL, five bass, 12-6, $1,401
3rd: Ryan Murphy, Paris, IL, six bass, 11-12, $1,034
4th: Ryan Taylor, Christopher, Illinois, four bass, 9-14, $584
5th: Ovidiu Marginean, Glenview, IL, four bass, 9-9, $500
6th: Chuck Davis, Farmington, IL, four bass, 9-6, $559
7th: Andrew Boring, El Paso, IL, four bass, 8-15, $417
8th: Mike Swetland, Tamaroa, IL, four bass, 8-11, $375
9th: Steve Bowcock, Bridgeport, IL, four bass, 7-6, $392
10th: Brian Huber, St. Charles, Mo., three bass, 7-0, $292

Drake Horn of Murphysboro, Illinois caught the biggest bass in the Strike King Co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $307.

With the regular season now over, boater Trey McKinney of Carbondale, Illinois won the 2022 Bass Fishing League Illini Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with a five-event total of 1,326 points to win the AOY price of $1,000. Chuck Davis of Farmington, Illinois won the 2022 AOY Strike King Co-Angler Illini Division race with 1,283 points and took home the $500 Strike King Co-angler of the Year award.

Now the top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the division based on points standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will advance to compete in the Regional Bass Fishing League Championship from May 13-15. October on the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wisconsin. 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 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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