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Chapin’s Epting Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Lake Murray

Boiling Springs’ Pennell Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division
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February 15, 2021 • MLF • Press Releases

PROSPERITY, S.C. (Feb. 15, 2021) – Boater Chris Epting of Chapin of South Carolina won the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine at Lake Murray in Prosperity, South Carolina, earning $6,509 for his victory.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
 
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Chris Epting of Chapin, S.C.
 
5
 
24-06
 
$6,509
 
2nd
 
Cody Hoyle of Rutherfordton, N.C.
 
5
 
23-0
 
$2,555
 
3rd
 
Ross Burns of Columbia, S.C.
 
5
 
20-2
 
$1,336
 
4th
 
Jeremiah Jensen of Columbia, S.C.
 
5
 
19-7
 
$935
 
5th
 
Christopher Marshall of Forest City, N.C.
 
5
 
18-15
 
$802
 
6th
 
Andy Wicker of Pomaria, S.C.
 
5
 
18-4
 
$735
 
7th
 
Ronald W. Catoe, Jr. of Lugoff, S.C.
 
5
 
17-15
 
$668
 
8th
 
Michael Stephens of Gastonia, N.C.  
 
5
 
17-2
 
$601
 
9th
 
Justin Hadden of Leesville, S.C. 
 
5
 
16-14
 
$535
 
10th
 
Ronnie Wilson of Grover, N.C.
 
5
 
16-11
 
$468
 
RANK
 
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
 
BASS
 
WEIGHT
 
AWARD
 
1st
 
Thomas Pennell, III of Boiling Springs, S.C.
 
5
 
18-9
 
$2,005
 
2nd
 
Brennan Gunther of Mount Pleasant, S.C.
 
5
 
14-3
 
$1,002
 
3rd
 
Michael Campbell of Pineville, S.C.
 
5
 
13-1
 
$668
 
4th
 
Rodney Tapp of Inman, S.C.
 
5
 
12-13
 
$434
 
4th 
 
Andrew Starnes of Chapin, S.C.
 
5
 
12-13
 
$434
 
6th
 
Bill Hawkins of Piedmont, S.C.
 
3
 
11-11
 
$568
 
7th
 
Zahreed McClinton of Fort Bragg, N.C.
 
4
 
10-10
 
$334
 
8th
 
Richie Dixon of Camden, S.C.
 
4
 
10-7
 
$301
 
9th
 
Lonnie Drusch of Sumter, S.C.
 
3
 
10-0
 
$267
 
10th
 
Brian Bultman of Aiken, S.C.
 
3
 
9-10
 
$234
 


A complete list of results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
 
NAME
 
CONTINGENCY
 
PAYOUT
 
Boater Berkley Big Bass 
 
Cody Hoyle of Rutherfordton, N.C.
 
8-pound, 12-ounce bass
 
$550
 
Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
 
Markice Johnson of Thomson, Ga.
 
7-pound bass
 
$275
 
Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
 
Chris Epting of Chapin, S.C.
 
Eligible Phoenix Boat*
 
$2,500
 

* 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
 
Did Not Divulge
 
Did Not Divulge
 
Strike King Co-Angler
 
Square Bait
 
Did Not Divulge
 


2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES
  

EVENT
 
DATE
 
LOCATION
 
HOST
 
South Carolina Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
 
Oct. 21-23
 
St. Johns River, Palatka, Fla.
 
Putnam County Tourist Development Council
 
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.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on MLF’s social media outlets at  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.