Davis Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament at Lake Sinclair

May 22, 2023
BFL News Archive

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (May 22, 2023) – Boater Flint Davis of Leesburg, Georgia, caught a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds even Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake Sinclair. The tournament was the fourth event of the season for the BFL Bulldog Division. Davis earned $4,889 for his victory.

“I fished for a couple of hours during practice, but couldn’t get anything going on,” said Davis. “I just ran down the lake for the first couple of hours trying to find a shad spawn and never had a bite for two hours.”

Davis said he switched tactics and began running bream bed pockets in search of his first bite.

“The first fish is a crazy story,” Davis said. “The first one was a 6-pounder, and I hooked it, and it swam under a dock and got wrapped around some concrete posts for five minutes. I figured there was no way possible I was getting that fish in. I was about to break my line, and I felt it kick one more time. I let all my slack out, and the fish swam out from under the dock and floated right to me. I thought, ‘Today might be one of those days.’”

Davis continued to run bream beds in clear water and targeted fish on his Garmin Livescope
. He added two 4-pounders to the livewell, and continued fishing topwater baits in shade to fill his weigh bag.

“It’s been a slow season for me, but I finally turned things around,” said Davis. “It’s been one of those years where everything that could go wrong has, so it feels good to finally get everything to flow and it happened the way it’s supposed to this week.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

                1st:        Flint Davis, Leesburg, Ga., five bass, 20-0, $4,889
                2nd:       Matthew O’Connell, Brooks, Ga., five bass, 18-2, $2,744 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
                3rd:       Mark Burns, Good Hope, Ga., five bass, 16-6, $1,297
                4th:        Noah Armstrong, Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 16-4, $907
                5th:        Chris Blair, Newnan, Ga., five bass, 14-8, $778
                6th:        Kip Carter, Eatonton, Ga., five bass, 14-7, $713
                7th:        Emil Wagner, Marietta, Ga., five bass, 13-8, $648
                8th:        Shane Salisbury, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 13-5, $583
                9th:        Pete Fargo, Acworth, Ga., five bass, 13-0, $486
                9th:        Jimmy Cassity, Auburn, Ga., five bass, 13-0, $486

Noah Cobb of Canton, Georgia, caught a bass that weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and earned the Big Bass Boater award of $525. Demetrice Collins of Thomson, Georgia, won the co-angler division and a total of $1,944 Saturday, after bringing five bass to the scale that totaled 13 pounds, 7 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

                1st:        Demetrice Collins, Thomson, Ga., five bass, 13-7, $1,944
                2nd:       Conery Williams, Macon, Ga., five bass, 10-2, $972
                3rd:       Rodney Soles, Dublin, Ga., five bass, 10-0, $649
                4th:        Tyler Mangum, Canton, Ga., five bass, 9-9, $454
                5th:        Ryan Soles, Dublin, Ga., five bass, 9-7, $389
                6th:        Gerald Bennett, Dallas, Ga., five bass, 8-13, $340
                6th:        Benjie Winkler, Cleveland, Ga., five bass, 8-13, $340
                8th:        Garry Hutchison, Sharpsburg, Ga., five bass, 8-10, $292
                9th:        Deondre Cooksey, Thomasville, Ga., five bass, 8-0, $259
                10th:     Chandler White, Covington, Ga., five bass, 7-14, $227

Colby Matthews of Madison, Georgia, earned the Big Bass co-angler award of $262, catching a bass that weighed in at 5 pounds, 2 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.

After four events, Matthew O’Connell of Brooks, Georgia, leads the BFL Bulldog Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 938 points, while Benjie Winkler of Cleveland, Georgia, leads the Co-Angler Division AOY race with 930 points.