Casey Wins Bass Fishing League Regional Tournament on James River

October 24, 2022
Bass Fishing League (BFL) News

RICHMOND, Va. (Oct. 24, 2022) – Boater Cody Casey of Chester, Virginia, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 39 pounds, 10 ounces, to win the MLF Bass Fishing League Regional Tournament on the James River in Richmond, Virginia. For his victory, Casey earned $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000. Casey also receives an automatic entry into the 2023 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship.

“There was a shad spawn going on, but there was so much bait in the water, the bass weren’t biting a crankbait like they usually do this time of year,” Casey said. “I throw a drop-shot year round, and I had flipped a drop-shot around during practice and was getting bit, so I figured it would be my key bait.”

Casey said he started his days by fishing wood in creeks while the tide was low, then fished current breaks and jetties with the drop-shot rig, as well as an Evergreen Flat Force 4 crankbait. Casey said he also stopped at riprap banks on his way back to Richmond every day. Casey said his efforts paid off with 30 keepers the first day and 10 on the second day of the tournament.

“I had 30 minutes to go on the last day and caught one close to five pounds,” Casey said. “I thought in my head that I had a good shot at winning then. And then at my last spot I caught another keeper that culled me up. At that point, I knew I had a real chance, and I couldn’t keep my emotions in check.

“I’ve fished my whole life and never accomplished something this big,” Casey added. “I’m still just messed up about it. I haven’t slept the last four days.”

The top six boaters that qualified for the 2023 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

                1st:        Cody Casey, Chester, Va., 15 bass, 39-10, $60,000
                2nd:       Brian Laclair, Denton, Md., 15 bass, 36-10, $12,200
                3rd:       Chris Baldwin, Lexington, N.C., 15 bass, 36-5, $6,300
                4th:        Keith Estes, Spring Grove, Va., 15 bass, 35-14, $4,200
                5th:        Chris Atwell, Mechanicsville, Va., 15 bass, 34-5, $2,500 (including $500 Phoenix MLF contingency
bonus)
                6th:        Michael Downes, South Chesterfield, Va., 15 bass, 34-4, $1,800

Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:

                7th:        Chris Daves, Spring Grove, Va., 15 bass, 34-0, $1,600
                8th:        Scott Thomas, Reading, Pa., 14 bass, 33-9, $1,700
                9th:        Rick Hawk Hawkins, Roanoke, Va., 15 bass, 33-9, $1,200
                10th:     Logan Anderson, Catawba, N.C., 14 bass, 33-6, $1,100

 

The top four boaters from each division that earned a $1,000 bonus for placing highest in the event were:

Northeast:                     Brian Laclair, Denton, Md., 2nd Place, $1,000
Shenandoah:                 Keith Estes, Spring Grove, Va., 4th Place, $1,000
Buckeye:                        Kyle Weisenburger, Columbus Grove, Ohio, 16th Place, $1,000
North Carolina:            Chris Baldwin, Lexington, N.C., 3rd Place $1,000

Atwell took home an extra $500 as the highest finishing Phoenix MLF Bonus member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Trent Killian of Bostic, North Carolina, weighed in 14 bass over three days totaling 27 pounds even to win the top Strike King co-angler prize package of $50,800, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six Strike King co-anglers that qualified for the 2023 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American were:

1st:          Trent Killian, Bostic, N.C., 14 bass, 27-0, $50,800
2nd:         David Deciucis, Chester, Va., 15 bass, 26-4, $5,500
3rd:         Billy French, Hamilton, Ohio, 14 bass, 25-8, $3,200
4th:         Brent Jones, Okeana, Ohio, 12 bass, 24-15, $1,650
5th:         John Robinson, Montpelier, Va., 15 bass, 24-10, $1,500
6th:         Safulla Rana, Warrenton, Va., 14 bass, 24-1, $900

Rounding out the top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

7th:         Max Meister, Atco, N.J., 13 bass, 22-5, $1,300
8th:         Jesse Foster, Franklin, Ohio, nine bass, 22-2, $700
9th:         Travis Waterman, Fredericksburg, Va., 13 bass, 21-13, $600
10th:       David Paszkiewicz, Kearny, N.J., 11 bass, 17-10, $550


The top four Strike King Co-anglers from each division that earned a $1,000 bonus for placing highest in the event were:

Northeast:                Max Meister, Atco, N.J., 7th Place, $500
Shenandoah:            John Robinson, Montpelier, Va., 5th Place, $500
Buckeye:                    Billy French, Hamilton, Ohio, 3rd Place, $500
North Carolina:        Trent Killian, Bostic, N.C., 1st Place $500