BROOKELAND, Texas (Aug. 29, 2022) – Boater Tater Reynolds of Florien, Louisiana, caught 10 bass weighing 48 pounds, 14 ounces, to win the two-day MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The tournament, hosted by Jasper County Development District, was the fifth and final regular-season event for the Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division. Reynolds earned $8,467 for his victory.
According to post-tournament reports, Reynolds said he focused his tournament efforts above the Highway 147 bridge on Sam Rayburn and targeted brush piles in 15 to 35 feet of water. Reynolds used a Table Rock Pro-colored 6th Sense 106X Jerkbait to land his bass.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Tater Reynolds, Florien, La., 10 bass, 48-14, $8,467
2nd: Derek Mundy, Broaddus, Texas, 10 bass, 38-8, $3,733
3rd: Blake Schroeder, Whitehouse, Texas, 10 bass, 35-13, $2,738
4th: James Allen Pruitt, Houston, Texas, 10 bass, 35-4, $1,742
5th: Jason Bonds, Lufkin, Texas, 10 bass, 35-0, $1,493
6th: Wesley Dawson, Chester, Texas, 10 bass, 32-14, $1,569
7th: Walt Stevens, Bernice, La., 10 bass, 32-6, $1,544
8th: Tommy Loving, Cypress, Texas, 10 bass, 31-13, $1,620 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF5 contingency bonus)
9th: Todd Castledine, Nacogdoches, Texas, 10 bass, 29-15, $996
10th: Cody Wise, Chireno, Texas, 10 bass, 27-6, $871
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Kevin Jeane of Natchitoches, Louisiana, caught a bass weighing 8 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – to earn the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $1,140. Ben Faucheaux of Natchitoches, Louisiana, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $3,733 Sunday after catching a two-day total of eight bass weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces.
The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:
1st: Ben Faucheaux, Natchitoches, La., eight bass, 22-6, $3,733
2nd: J.J. Matzke, League City, Texas, seven bass, 19-10, $1,867
3rd: Daniel Bryant, Scott, La., five bass, 19-8, $1,914
4th: James Moore, Jr., Lampasas, Texas, eight bass, 19-8, $1,221
5th: Hannah Gryder, Many, La., eight bass, 19-5, $747
6th: Zane Parker, Goodrich, Texas, nine bass, 19-4, $684
7th: Mitchel Martin, Washington, La., seven bass, 18-3, $622
8th: Jimmy Saltzman, Lake Charles, La., seven bass, 18-3, $560
9th: Zachary McDaniel, Pitkin, La., six bass, 16-9, $498
10th: Steven Fisher, Nacogdoches, Texas, four bass, 14-9, $436
Daniel Bryant of Scott, Louisiana, caught the largest bass in the Strike King Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 9 pounds, 6 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $570.
With the regular season now complete, boater Tater Reynolds of Florien, Louisiana, won the 2022 Bass Fishing League Cowboy Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with a five-event total of 1,363 points to earn the $1,000 boater AOY award. Greg Dennis of Fort Worth, Texas, won the 2022 Strike King Co-Angler Cowboy Division AOY race with 1,258 points and earned the $500 Strike King Co-angler of the Year award.