McClung Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on West Point Lake

March 6, 2023
BFL News Archive

LAGRANGE, Ga. (March 6, 2023) – Boater David McClung of LaGrange, Georgia, caught a five-bass limit weighing 20 pounds even Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Tournament on West Point Lake. The tournament was the second event for the BFL Bulldog Division. McClung earned $4,729 for his victory.

“I expected to catch a good bag this morning fishing main-lake points,” said McClung. “But that wasn’t happening. We didn’t have any wind and the water was too clear. So, I basically just looked for stained water in the backs of the creeks. We caught 15 to 20 spotted bass in the morning on a crankbait.”

McClung said both of his largest bass were caught on an Untamed Tackle Ace Jig in black and blue. He said he also rotated through chatter-style baits, swimbaits and square-bill crankbaits.

“I just caught them and put them in the livewell,” McClung said. “I didn’t weigh them. I thought I had between 16 to 17 pounds, and I knew that would be good enough for a good shot at a top-3 finish. But you never know at this lake.

“I knew there was a chance for a win,” McClung added. “Usually if you can get two kicker fish and three decent filler fish you always have a chance. This feels good, man. It’s been a long time coming.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament:

                1st:        David McClung, LaGrange, Ga., five bass, 20-0, $4,729
                2nd:       Robert Benson, Dahlonega, Ga., five bass, 18-3, $3,569 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
                3rd:       Blake Tomlin, Greenville, Ga., five bass, 17-8, $1,576
                4th:        Holland Harris, Dothan, Ala., five bass, 15-8, $1,103
                5th:        Bryan Asay, Newnan, Ga., five bass, 14-1, $946
                6th:        Dustin Smith, Lake Mary, Fla., five bass, 13-4, $867
                7th:        Lane Wright, Alpharetta, Ga., five bass, 13-2, $788
                8th:        Rock Crowe, Valley, Ala., five bass, 12-15, $709
                9th:        Kyle Welcher, Opelika, Ala., five bass, 12-10, $851
                10th:     Cory Mathis, Newnan, Ga., five bass, 12-9, $552

Robert Benson of Dahlonega, Georgia, caught a bass that weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and earned the Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $705. Benjie Winkler of Cleveland, Georgia, won the Strike King co-angler division and a total of $2,305 Saturday, after bringing five bass to the scale that totaled 12 pounds, 11 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers finished:

                1st:        Benjie Winkler, Cleveland, Ga., five bass, 12-11, $2,305
                2nd:       Mark Ware, LaGrange, Ga., five bass, 10-12, $960
                2nd:       Jackson Riddle, Watkinsville, Ga., five bass, 10-12, $960
                4th:        Tony Stevens, Monroe, Ga., five bass, 10-1, $538
                5th:        Austin Robinson, Temple, Ga., five bass, 10-0, $461
                6th:        Lance Spencer, Donalsonville, Ga., five bass, 9-10, $423
                7th:        Steve Walls, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 9-9, $584
                8th:        Kelly Reese, Cartersville, Ga., five bass, 9-8, $496
                9th:        Randy Reese, Woodstock, Ga., five bass, 9-6, $288
                9th:        Justin Foster, Thomaston, Ga., five bass, 9-6, $288

Donald Dills of Mineral Bluff, Georgia, earned the Berkley Big Bass co-angler award of $335, catching a bass that weighed in at 4 pounds, 10 ounces – the largest co-angler catch of the day.