McDonald Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Grand Lake

March 6, 2023
BFL News Archive

GROVE, Okla. (March 6, 2023) – Boater Brendon McDonald of Claremore, Oklahoma, caught a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 12 ounces, Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Tournament on Grand Lake. The tournament, hosted by the City of Grove, was the first event of the year for the BFL Okie Division. McDonald earned $7,000 for his victory.

“It was a bit chilly this morning,” McDonald said with a laugh. “I ran to my first spot and fished for about 20 minutes and ended up hooking a fish that weighed 7-4, and that was the first fish in the livewell.”

McDonald said he landed another bass in that area and then decided to relocate. The mid-lake move paid off, as McDonald finished out his limit by fishing shallow brush. McDonald said he caught eight fish during the course of the tournament, and had his limit by 10:30 a.m. McDonald utilized an Alabama rig with Keitech swimbaits as well as a Berkley Stunna Jerkbait 12 to boat his bass.

“I didn’t figure I’d win the tournament, but I thought I’d be in the top five,” McDonald said. “This win feels great. I had taken a few years off after fishing with a torn ACL. But I thought, ‘I’m not getting any younger and it’s time to see what I can do. I put my focus on fishing the BFLs this year, and it feels good to get the year started off the right way.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

                1st:        Brendan McDonald, Claremore, Okla., five bass, 21-12, $7,000
                2nd:       Kyle Kitts, Joplin, Mo., five bass, 19-0, $3,000
                3rd:       Justin Barbour, Tulsa, Okla., five bass, 18-11, $2,000
                4th:        Sheldon Collings, Grove, Okla., five bass, 18-0, $1,400
                5th:        T.J. Martin, Claremore, Okla., five bass, 17-6, $1,700 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
                6th:        Kirk Smith, Edmond, Okla., five bass, 17-2, $1,300
                7th:        Mick Fenn, Grove, Okla., five bass, 16-7, $1,520
                8th:        Roger Fitzpatrick, Eldon, Mo., five bass, 16-4, $900
                9th:        Nathen Luce, Claremore, Okla., five bass, 16-2, $800
                10th:     Kevin Miller, Shell Knob, Mo., five bass, 15-11, $700

McDonald’s 7-pound, 4-ounce bass earned him the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $1,000. Jeff Moss of Oronogo, Missouri, won the Strike King co-angler division and a total of $3,750 Saturday, after bringing five bass to the scale that totaled 13 pounds, 3 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers finished:

                1st:        Jeff Moss, Oronogo, Mo., five bass, 13-3, $3,750
                2nd:       Jacob Cooper, Leon, Kan., four bass, 11-11, $1,500
                3rd:       Sydney McCoy, Oklahoma City, Okla., three bass, 11-3, $1,000
                4th:        Ken Hagar, Colcord, Okla., five bass, 10-1, $700
                5th:        Tanner Ray, Owasso, Okla., two bass, 9-3, $1,100
                6th:        Steve Duncan, Amarillo, Texas, two bass, 7-14, $550
                7th:        Kaleb O’Brien, Wagoner, Okla., two bass, 7-11, $500
                8th:        Bryce Steel, Wagoner, Okla., two bass, 6-13, $450
                9th:        Ronnie Weisinger, Miami, Okla., one bass, 6-7, $400
                10th:     Michael Shistine, Springdale, Ark., one bass, 5-14, $350

Tanner Ray of Owasso, Oklahoma earned the Berkley Big Bass co-angler award of $500, catching a bass that weighed in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.