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Smiley Wins the First Volunteer Division Event of the Year

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February 2, 2021 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Boater Tim Smiley of White Pine, Tennessee, won the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine at Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee. Smiley earned $7,441 for his victory at the event, hosted by Fish Dayton and the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Tim Smiley of White Pine, Tenn.
 
5
 
25-5
 
$7,441
 
2nd
 
Justin Botts of Bluff City, Tenn.
 
5
 
22-10
 
$2,775
 
3rd
 
Chris Dodson of Spring City, Tenn.
 
5
 
22-8
 
$1,846
 
4th
 
Tim Saylor of Johnson City, Tenn.
 
4
 
20-4
 
$1,295
 
5th
 
Chad Ball of Damascus, Va.
 
5
 
20-0
 
$1,310
 
6th
 
Mickey Beck of Lebanon, Tenn.
 
5
 
19-6
 
$1,018
 
7th
 
Jerry Shepard of Lebanon, Va.
 
5
 
16-10
 
$925
 
8th
 
Wayne Norman of Jacksboro, Tenn.
 
4
 
16-6
 
$833
 
9th 
 
Blake Gideon of Cleveland, Tenn.
 
3
 
16-1
 
$740
 
10th
 
Seth Davis of Harrison, Tenn.
 
5
 
15-10
 
$1,148 
RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Seth Roberts of Jacksboro, Tenn.
 
5
 
24-12
 
$2,775
 
2nd
 
Andy McNeel of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
 
4
 
13-6
 
$1,388
 
3rd
 
Cody Moore of Ooltewah, Tenn.
 
4
 
12-4
 
$924
 
4th
 
Curtis Crooke of Washburn, Tenn.
 
2
 
12-1
 
$848
 
5th
 
George E. Stoeppel of Spring City, Tenn.
 
3
 
11-6
 
$555
 
6th
 
Tim Godsey of Chickamauga, Ga.
 
4
 
11-0
 
$509
 
7th
 
Raymond Hanlon of Chattanooga, Tenn.
 
5
 
10-10
 
$463
 
8th
 
Lynn Spears of Athens, Tenn.
 
4
 
9-8
 
$416
 
9th
 
Jordan Loveless of Indianapolis, Ind. 
 
5
 
9-5
 
$370
 
10th
 
Cameron Crider of Dwale, Ky. 
 
3
 
9-1
 
$324 

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Berkley Big Bass 
 
Tim Smiley of White Pine, Tenn.
 
10-pound, 6-ounce bass
 
$890
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Justyn Potter of McRoberts, Ky.
 
8-pound, 14-ounce bass
 
$455
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
Seth Davis of Harrison, Tenn.
 
Eligible Phoenix Boat*
 
$500
 

* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

WINNING BAITS

ANGLER
 
BAIT
 
COLOR
 
Boater
 
BOOYAH Hard Knocker lipless crankbait
 
Not Specified
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
Queen Tackle 1/2-ounce tungsten jig
 
Not Specified
 

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
Volunteer Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
 
Oct. 14-16
 
Lake Murray, Columbia, S.C. 
 
Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board
 
Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
 
June 3-5
 
Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn.
 
Jefferson County Department of Tourism
 

The 2021 MLF 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 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

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 Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.