BROOKELAND, Texas – Glenn Webb of Bethel, Oklahoma came out of the gate swinging at the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Although he only brought four bass weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces to the scale on the final day, his huge Day 1 and Day 2 bags and three-day total of 63-12 carried him to victory, earning him the win by a 1-pound, 14-ounce margin over Derek Mundy of Broaddus, Texas. Webb took home the top payout of $54,000 in the first tournament of the 2022 Toyota Series Southwestern Division Presented by Outlaw Ordnance.
Mundy finished second with a three-day total of 61-14, a mere 15 ounces ahead of Dakota Ebare of Brookeland, Texas, with a three-day total of 60-15, good for third place.
“I’ve fished a lot of local tournaments back home, but this is the first time I’ve really ventured out and fished as a boater,” said Webb. “It feels great. It’s super cool to win the first big tournament on my first try.”
Webb said he wasn’t even planning to fish the event, but after a good finish in a local tournament the week before, he decided to take a shot at it and registered.
“I wasn’t really planning on fishing this event at all,” said Webb. “Once I decided to give it a try, I was able to find a link and get in and I’m so glad I did.”
Although he breezed through the first two days of competition, with more than 26 pounds on Day 1 and 28-5 on Day 2, the final day proved to be a bit more tedious for Webb, who said he threw an umbrella rig the first two days but had zero luck with it on the final day.
“There were probably more fish there on the final day than there were on Day 2 because they were loading up every day,” said Webb. “I don’t know if it was the clouds, the wind or the light, but something was off, so we had to make some adjustments.”
Webb switched to a Carolina rig late in the final day to catch his four keepers and hold on to the number one spot, returning to Oklahoma with a Toyota Series trophy and a winner’s check.
The Top 10 pros on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir finished:
1st: Glenn Webb of Bethel, Okla., 14 bass, 63-12, $54,000
2nd: Derek Mundy of Broaddus, Texas, 15 bass, 61-14, $22,000
3rd: Dakota Ebare of Brookeland, Texas, 15 bass, 60-15, $16,250
4th: Brett Cannon of Willis, Texas, 15 bass, 52-10, $13,250
5th: Kris Wilson of Montgomery, Texas, 15 bass, 49-13, $12,250
6th: Cole Moore of Anacoco, La., 15 bass, 49-10, $9,775
7th: Jeffery Rice of Bossier City, La., 15 bass, 49-8, $8,300
8th: Jake Ormond of Sterlington, La., 15 bass,49-7, $7,300
9th: Cal Cameron of Coppell, Texas, 15 bass, 49-4, $6,300
10th: Jack York of Nacogdoches, Texas, 15 bass, 49-0, $4,700
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Pro Jim Moynagh of Shakopee, Minnesota won the $150 Day One Berkley Big Bass award in the pro division Thursday with a bass weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Moore won Friday’s $150 Berkley Big Bass award, bringing a whopping 11-pound, 15-ounce bass to the scale.
Ebare took home an extra $1,000 as the highest finishing Phoenix MLF Bonus member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $35,000 per event in each Toyota Series tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.
Levi Thibodaux of Thibodaux, Louisiana, won the Strike King Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 35 pounds, 8 ounces. Thibodaux took home the top prize package worth $35,250, including a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard motor.
The Top 10 Strike King co-anglers on the Sam Rayburn Reservoir finished:
1st: Levi Thibodaux of Thibodaux, La., 15 bass, 35-8, Phonix 518 Pro boat w/115-hp Mercury outboard + $1,750
2nd: Duane McDaniel of Crosby, Texas, 11 bass, 33-10, $6,625
3rd: Scott Parsons of Rogers, Ark., 13 bass, 32-0, $5,300
4th: Sieg Kilby of Kilgore, Texas, 15 bass, 31-12, $4,150
5th: Phillip Hudnall of Newkirk, Okla., 11 bass, 31-4, $3,650
6th: Alan Bernicky of Joliet, Ill., 15 bass, 29-15, $3,350
7th: Albert Ignacio of Dallas, Texas, 13 bass, 28-14, $2,650
8th: Scott Reaves of Henrietta, Texas, 13 bass, 28-6, $2,075
9th: Luke Bennett of College Station, Texas, 13 bass, 28-3, $1,630
10th: Sakae Ushio of Tonawanda, N.Y., 14 bass, 27-12, $1,390
The Day One Berkley Big Bass $100 award winner in the Strike King co-angler division, was John Hatton of Buna, Texas, with a 6-pound, 8-ounce bass, while the Day Two $100 award went to Joe Landers of Okmulgee, Oklahoma with a 6-pound, 7-ounce largemouth.
The Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. at the Sam Rayburn Reservoir was hosted by the Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Chamber of Commerce. It was the second regular-season Toyota Series event of 2022 and the first tournament in the Southwestern Division Presented by Outlaw Ordnance. The next event for Toyota Series anglers will take place on Feb. 22-24 – the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E on Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro, Alabama, hosted by Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce. For a complete schedule, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com.
The 2022 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. consists of six divisions – Central, Northern, Plains, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International and Wild Card divisions. Anglers who fish in any of the six divisions and finish in the top 25 – or the top 12 from the Wild Card division – will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Championship for a shot at winning up to $235,000 cash. The winning Strike King co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard. The 2022 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Championship will be held Nov. 3-5 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, and is hosted by Marshall County Tourism and Sports.
Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. 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, Outlaw Ordinance, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X and YETI.
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