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Justin Garner Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Table Rock Lake
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Justin Garner Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Table Rock Lake

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Boater Justin Garner of Highlandville, Missouri, and Strike-King co-angler Sam Poulos of Kirbyville, Missouri.
April 5, 2022 • MLF • Press Releases

KIMBERLING CITY, Mo. – Boater Justin Garner of Highlandville, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 21 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine event on Table Rock Lake. The tournament was the season-opener for the Bass Fishing League Ozark Division. Garner earned $13,000, which included the lucrative $7,000 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus, for his victory.

“I started out in prespawn areas where I know bass like to stage,” Garner said. “I pulled into my second spot and there were shad everywhere, and it was just game on.”

Garner said a Picasso Umbrella Rig with Keitech Swimbaits fished in spots from the Joe Bald area to the Table Rock Dam accounted for most of his bass Saturday.

“This win is awesome,” Garner said. “This Phoenix boat and Major League Fishing makes a good combination and a good payday.”

The Top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

  • 1st:        Justin Garner, Highlandville, Mo., five bass, 21-13, $13,000 (includes $7,000 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
  • 2nd:       Landon Edwards, Springdale, Ark., five bass, 21-2, $3,000
  • 3rd:       Shawn Kowal, Linn Creek, Mo., five bass, 20-3, $2,000
  • 4th:        Travis Harriman, Huntsville, Ark., five bass, 20-2, $1,400
  • 5th:        Dustin Blevins, Harrison, Ark., five bass, 17-14, $1,400
  • 6th:        Wesley Rogers, Thayer, Mo., five bass, 17-13, $1,100
  • 7th:        Connor Cunningham, Springfield, Mo., five bass, 17-11, $1,000
  • 8th:        Tom Statler, Kimberling City, Mo., five bass, 16-14, $900
  • 9th:        Chris Horton, Highlandville, Mo., five bass, 16-12, $800
  • 10th:     Cade Alsbury, Gentry, Ark., five bass, 16-7, $700

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Thomas Rallo of Eldon, Missouri, had a 5-pound, 12-ounce largemouth that was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and earned the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $1,000.

Sam Poulos of Kirbyville, Missouri, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $3,000 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 12 ounces.

The Top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

  • 1st:        Sam Poulos, Kirbyville, Mo., five bass, 18-12, $3,000
  • 2nd:       Aaron Lorenz, Branson West, Mo., five bass, 18-8, $1,500
  • 3rd:       Christopher Coy, Kirksville, Mo., four bass, 15-3, $1,500
  • 4th:        Bryan Barnard, Harrison, Ark., five bass, 13-10, $700
  • 5th:        Dennis Spell, Bonne Terre, Mo., five bass, 13-7, $600
  • 6th:        Josh Hood, Dupo, Ill., five bass, 12-8, $550
  • 7th:        Rich Carpenter, Parkville, Mo., four bass, 11-8, $500
  • 8th:        Luke Ahart, Ulman, Mo., five bass, 11-7, $450
  • 9th:        Barry Aumiller, Wildwood, Mo., five bass, 10-9, $600
  • 10th:     Alan Quick, Springfield, Mo., four bass, 10-5, $350

Coy caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $500.

After one event, Garner leads the Bass Fishing League Ozark Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 250 points, while Poulos leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race, also with 250 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. 20-22 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma. 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.

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