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Mansfield’s Batson Claims Victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Sinclair
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Mansfield’s Batson Claims Victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Sinclair

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Boater Aaron Batson of Mansfield, Georgia, and Strike-King Co-angler Keith Howard of Perry, Georgia.
May 9, 2022 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Boater Aaron Batson of Mansfield, Georgia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 20 pounds even to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Lake Sinclair . The tournament was the second event of the season for the Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division, and the first of a tournament double-header weekend as another event took place on Sunday. Batson earned $5,057 for his victory Saturday.

“I started out fishing water willow, but I knew it had been getting pounded, so I changed it up and started looking for deeper seawalls,” Batson said. “I started with a Trixter Custom Baits jig and a Dock Hopper, looking for deeper seawalls. I stayed in the mid-lake area and worked that jig and a Zoom Ol’ Monster worm.

“I definitely did all my work in the first two hours of the day,” Batson added. “I caught a pretty good limit of 21 pounds or so early on.”

Batson said he changed tactics and worked shell beds and fished a frog in very shallow water in the back of a creek later in the day, but credited the jig with his win.

“I felt pretty good about this tournament after I caught my limit,” Batson said. “The fishing’s been tough here, and it’s been taking a good bag.

“There are some big sticks that fish the Bulldog Division,” Batson added. “It feels great to get my first win.”

The Top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

  • 1st: Aaron Batson, Mansfield, Ga., five bass, 20-0, $5,057
  • 2nd: Stephen Jones, Macon, Ga., five bass, 19-13, $2,528
  • 3rd: Kip Carter, Eatonton, Ga., five bass, 16-8, $1,685
  • 4th: Emil Wagner, Marietta, Ga., five bass, 15-11, $1,880 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
  • 5th: Travis Clay, Jackson, Ga., five bass, 15-10, $1,011
  • 6th: Flint Davis, Leesburg, Ga., five bass, 14-14, $927
  • 7th: Brad Stalnaker, Eatonton, Ga., five bass, 13-12, $843
  • 8th: Larry Cason, Newborn, Ga., five bass, 13-7, $758
  • 9th: Andy Wicker, Cayce, S.C., five bass, 12-8, $832
  • 9th: Grant Kelly, Milledgeville, Ga., five bass, 12-8, $632

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Blade Parker of Resaca, Georgia, had a largemouth that weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces that was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and earned the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $780.

Keith Howard of Perry, Georgia, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,528 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 1 ounce.

The Top 10 Strike King Co-anglers were:

  • 1st: Keith Howard, Perry, Ga., five bass, 13-1, $2,528
  • 2nd: David Gibson, Atlanta, Ga., five bass, 12-2, $1,264
  • 3rd: Mark Brinkman, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 11-3, $717
  • 3rd: Wesley Mullins, Guyton, Ga., five bass, 11-3, $717
  • 5th: Nicholas Clark, Lawrenceville, Ga., five bass, 9-8, $506
  • 6th: Donald Peppers, Good Hope, Ga., five bass, 9-6, $464
  • 7th: Chandler White, Covington, Ga., five bass, 9-5, $421
  • 8th: Joe Morgan, Woodstock, Ga., five bass, 9-0, $379
  • 9th: Austin Lockridge, Canon, Ga., five bass, 8-15, $337
  • 10th: Robert Enke, Columbus, Ga., five bass, 8-10, $295

Shane Carlton of Akron, Ohio, caught the largest bass in the co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass co-angler award of $390.

After Saturday’s event, Jerry Brumfield of Cumming, Georgia, led the Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 490 points, while Mark Brinkman of Cumming, Georgia, led the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 484 points.

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. 6-8 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Murray in Prosperity, South Carolina. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The 2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The Top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships where they are competing to finish in the Top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running 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 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway 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 T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. 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, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.