Wilkinson Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament at the Ohio River-Tanners Creek

May 15, 2023
Bass Fishing League (BFL) News

LAWRENCEBERG, Ind. (May 15, 2023) – Boater Chris Wilkinson of Farmersburg, Indiana, caught a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 3 ounces, Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament at the Ohio River-Tanners Creek. The tournament was the first event of the season for the BFL Buckeye Division. Wilkinson earned $5,575 for his victory.

“I hit four different creeks throughout the day and didn’t have a keeper until 10 o’clock,” said Wilkinson, who now has nine career Phoenix Bass Fishing League wins. “I finally figured out a couple of things.”

Wilkinson said he caught most of his fish on a gill-colored Hog Snatcher Baits tube and a few on a Hook Some Bass Bait Company spinnerbait. He said he targeted wood and rock shallow, in 1 to 3 feet of water. Wilkinson said the bait combination produced seven keepers on tournament day.

“Once I figured out what they were doing and where they were positioning, it was pretty easy after that, really,” Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson added that his ninth BFL win was just as special to him as the previous eight.

“This will never get old,” Wilkinson said. “If it does, I won’t do it anymore. I love the competition, and I love to win, and that gets me going that much harder each time I win. Because I want to win another one.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

                1st:        Chris Wilkinson, Farmersburg, Ind., five bass, 12-3, $5,575
                2nd:       Brady Bickers, Carrollton, Ky., five bass, 10-7, $2,288
                3rd:       Cody Seeger, Lewistown, Ohio, five bass, 10-3, $1,525
                4th:        Dick Shaffer, Rockford, Ohio, five bass, 9-14, $1,068
                5th:        Pete Justice, Sharonville, Ohio, four bass, 9-9, $915
                6th:        David Spivey, Hamilton, Ohio, five bass, 9-5, $1,389
                7th:        Hunter Colwell, Sidney, Ohio, five bass, 8-10, $1,263 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
                8th:        Brad Baldwin, Waynesville, Ohio, three bass, 8-8, $1,313
                8th:        Zach Graham, Westerville, Ohio, two bass, 8-8, $648
                10th:     Sean Wieda, Alexandria, Ky., five bass, 8-0, $534

Brad Baldwin of Waynesville, Ohio, caught a bass that weighed 4 pounds, 11 ounces, and earned the Big Bass Boater award of $665. Steve Sorrell of Beavercreek, Ohio, won the co-angler division and a total of $2,620 Saturday, after bringing four bass to the scale that totaled 8 pounds, 13 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished:

                1st:        Steve Sorrell, Beavercreek, Ohio, four bass, 8-13, $2,620
                2nd:       Brandon Houston, Lakeside Park, Ky., five bass, 7-4, $1,144
                3rd:       Brian Short, Oxford, Ohio, five bass, 6-14, $762
                4th:        Jeffrey Smith, West Chester, Ohio, five bass, 6-5, $534
                5th:        Dominic Bogolo, Hamilton, Ohio, four bass, 6-4, $658
                6th:        Sean Hupp, Logan, Ohio, three bass, 6-0, $419
                7th:        Dean Osborne, Jackson, Ohio, four bass, 5-13, $381
                8th:        Andrew Cassidy, West Portsmouth, Ohio, three bass, 5-8, $343
                9th:        Jeremy Middleton, Marengo, Ohio, three bass, 5-0, $305
                10th:     Jesse Foster, Franklin, Ohio, three bass, 4-12, $267

Sorrell also earned the Big Bass co-angler award of $332, catching a bass that weighed in at 4 pounds, 11 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.

After one event, Chris Wilkinson of Farmersburg, Indiana, now leads the BFL Buckeye Presented by Rabid Baits Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 250 points, while Steve Sorrell of Beavercreek, Ohio, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 250 points.