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Springville’s Dorsett ‘Scopes his way to victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League event at Lake Martin
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Springville’s Dorsett ‘Scopes his way to victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League event at Lake Martin

Anniston’s Huddleston tops Strike King co-angler division
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February 26, 2024 • MLF • Press Releases

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. – Boater Kyle Dorsett of Springville, Alabama, caught a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 12 ounces, Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Presented by T-H Marine on Lake Martin. Hosted by the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce, the tournament was the first event of the season for the BFL Bama Division. Dorsett earned $4,009 for his victory.

“My day started off kind of slow,” Dorsett said. “I found an area that had some fish in it Thursday in practice, so I ran 20 minutes down the lake and hunkered down and fished.

“Lake Martin can be a weird lake to fish,” Dorsett added. “They can be here today, gone tomorrow. But they hung around and I kept catching them. The wind blew 30 miles an hour, and when you get weather like that on Martin, the fish tend to bite.”

Dorsett said he relied on a Garmin LiveScope to target fish and presented both a jerkbait and a Damiki rig to larger bass staying close to balls of baitfish. Dorsett said he knows Martin “fairly well” and has spent a good amount of time fishing there in January and February for the past three or four years.

“I’ve spent quite a bit of time on Martin this time of year,” said Dorsett. “It took 16 pounds to win a local tournament there the weekend before the BFL. So, when I had 14 pounds at 12 o’clock, I thought I had a shot at winning.

“I was pretty excited to win this,” Dorsett said. “I’ve won some big events on the Coosa lakes, but never one this big on Martin. I’ve never even done that well there, to be honest.”

The Top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

  • 1st:          Kyle Dorsett, Springville, Ala., five bass, 16-12, $4,009
  • 2nd:        Stihl Smith, Alexander, Ala., five bass, 14-4, $2,555
  • 3rd:        James Willoughby, Gulfport, Miss., five bass, 13-5, $1,336
  • 4th:         Donald Griffith, Robertsdale, Ala., five bass, 12-7, $935
  • 5th:         Marty Giddens, Eclectic, Ala., five bass, 11-13, $802
  • 6th:         Blake Tomlin, Greenville, Ga., five bass, 11-4, $701
  • 6th:         Carson Maddux, Hoover, Ala., five bass, 11-4, $701
  • 8th:         Connor Jacob, Peoria, Ill., five bass, 11-1, $568
  • 8th:         Blake Davenport, Jemison, Ala., five bass, 11-1, $568
  • 10th:      Tim Ferguson, Pelham, Ala., five bass, 11-0, $468

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Stihl Smith of Alexander, Alabama, caught a bass that weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces, and earned the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $550.

Jeff Huddleston of Anniston, Alabama, won the Strike King co-angler division and $2,005 Saturday, after bringing five bass to the scale that totaled 10 pounds, 4 ounces.

The Top 10 Strike King co-anglers finished: 

  • 1st:          Jeff Huddleston, Anniston, Ala., five bass, 10-4, $2,005
  • 2nd:        Jeffery McCoy, Montgomery, Ala., five bass, 9-12, $1,277
  • 3rd:        Gary Marlowe, Montgomery, Ala., five bass, 9-6, $768
  • 4th:         Colt Hinson, Andalusia, Ala., five bass, 9-2, $468
  • 5th:         Derek Wood, Albertville, Ala., five bass, 8-15, $401
  • 6th:         Zac Smith, Demopolis, Ala., five bass, 8-11, $368
  • 7th:         Randall Norton, Ashland, Ala., five bass, 8-10, $334
  • 8th:         Caleb Gwaltney, Athens, Ala., five bass, 8-7, $284
  • 8th:         Thomas Eyler, Ashford, Ala., five bass, 8-7, $284
  • 10th:      Mason Bryan, Carrollton, Ga., five bass, 8-6, $234

Jeffery McCoy of Montgomery, Alabama, earned the Berkley Big Bass co-angler award of $275, catching a bass that weighed in at 3 pounds, 9 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.

The next event for BFL Bama Division anglers will be held April 20, at Lake Mitchell in Clanton, Alabama. To register for the event as a boater or a co-angler, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com or call (270)-252-1000.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five tournament winners of each qualifying event, will qualify for the Oct. 10-12 BFL Regional tournament on Santee Cooper Lakes in Clarendon County, South Carolina. Boaters will fish for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will compete for a top award of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard.

The 2024 Phoenix BFL Presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 events throughout the season, five qualifying tournaments in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five qualifying event winners, will advance to one of six BFL Regional tournaments 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 BFL All-American.

Proud sponsors of the 2024 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 7Brew, Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, BUBBA, E3, Epic Baits, Fishing Clash, General Tire, GSM Outdoors, Lew’s, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Suzuki, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota and YETI.

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 FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.