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Marshall Runs Docks for Title

Kenny takes co-angler crown on Lake Murray
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Chris Marshall
February 13, 2017 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Chris Marshall of Forest City, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 9 ounces, Saturday to win the first T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division tournament of 2017 on Lake Murray. For his win, Marshall took home $6,237.

Marshall says he spent his day fishing docks near spawning areas. He used one bait to catch his limit – a Chris Crawl-colored Katch-Her Lures Flipping Jig.

“My day got off to a slow start,” says Marshall, who logged his third career win in BFL competition. “I didn’t catch a bass until 1 p.m. I knew the warm temperatures would drive them up shallow at some point, but it took almost all day.”

Marshall caught everything he weighed in between 1 and 2 p.m.

“I probably hit around 150 docks throughout the event,” says Marshall. “I ran around and just kept skipping the jig. My key catches came right below the mid-lake line.”

Even though Marshall was expecting the bass to be a bit shallower, he says he was glad he stayed committed to the jig bite.

“I only had seven bites and probably burned 35 gallons of fuel, but it eventually paid off,” says Marshall.

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Chris Marshall, Forest City, N.C., five bass, 22-9, $4,237 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:         Brad Fowler, Townville, S.C., five bass, 20-8, $2,019

3rd:          David Kneece, Gilbert, S.C., five bass, 20-5, $1,345

4th:          Bradford Beavers, Ridgeville, S.C., five bass, 20-0, $942

5th:          Herman Vining, Gilbert, S.C., five bass, 19-2, $907

6th:          Joey Sabbagha, Prosperity, S.C., five bass, 18-3, $1,040

7th:          Carson Orellana, Mooresville, N.C., five bass, 17-3, $673

8th:          Matthew Mollohan, Prosperity, S.C., five bass, 15-12, $606

9th:          Adam Beckum, Martinez, Ga., five bass, 15-11, $538

10th:        Chris Epting, Chapin, S.C., five bass, 15-10, $471

Complete results can be found at  

James Buchanan of Monroe, North Carolina, caught a 6-pound, 5-ounce bass – the largest of the event – which earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $545.


Co-angler Pete Kenny

Kenny wins co-angler division

Pete Kenny of Ashburn, Virginia, weighed in four bass totaling 18 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday to win the co-angler division and earn $2,306.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Pete Kenny, Ashburn, Va., four bass, 18-3, $2,306

2nd:         Rodney Tapp, North Augusta, S.C., three bass, 15-3, $1,022

3rd:          Ryan Edwards, Stuart, Fla., three bass, 13-0, $649

4th:          Tim Chadwick, Elloree, S.C., five bass, 11-9, $454

5th:          Lee Inman, Inman, S.C., four bass, 11-3, $389

6th:          James Meadows, Goose Creek, S.C., three bass, 9-2, $356

7th:          James Atkinson, Ridgeway, S.C., four bass, 9-1, $324

8th:          Lorne Debord, Warrenville, S.C., two bass, 8-10, $292

9th:          Dalton Dowdy, Chapin, S.C., four bass, 8-2, $259

10th:        Ryan Frisch, Eatonton, Ga., four bass, 7-13, $227

Kenny also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $262.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 19-21 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.