Beaumont fisherman wins Phoenix Bass League Tournament

JEFFERSON – Boater Raymond Ford of Beaumont, Texas caught five bass Saturday, May 16, weighing 29 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on Lake ‘O the Pines. The tournament was the fourth event of the season for the Cowboy Division of the Bass Fishing League. Ford earned $5,122 for his win.

“There were other boats where I wanted to start, but there was one left and I was able to get to where I wanted a little closer,” Ford said. “My co-fisherman first caught a 3-pounder on a wacky worm. I’m a crankbait fisherman, but I tried a jigging spoon, tail spinner, and drop-shot rig, but ended up by going back to my crankbait.

Ford said the change in his crankbait paid off as he hooked his biggest fish of the day – a largemouth 8-pounder – which boosted his confidence for the rest of the tournament. Ford finished the day with six goalies on a Strike King Pro Model 8XD and a Strike King Pro Model 5XD crankset.

“About every hour I was hanging on to one,” Ford said. “I fished clean and I didn’t lose any fish. My first four fish were over 20 pounds.

“The water temperature was 85 degrees with an air temperature of 90 degrees,” Ford added. “We were doing everything we could to keep the fish alive.”


Ford said he called the tournament director to see if he could weigh in early to preserve the fish he had and ended up weighing in at 1 p.m.

“I really didn’t know what I had at that time,” Ford said. “I didn’t think I was 30 pounds.

“With bass fishing, there are a lot of lows,” Ford added. “I put zero in my last tournament, so starting from zero to win this one, I’m not going to lie to you, it really feels good. But I’m staying humble. I know I could go out next week and withdraw. But I’m enjoying the moment right now.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Raymond Ford, Beaumont, Texas, five bass, 29-7, $5,122
2nd: Rickey Elliott, Spring, Texas, five bass, 22-2, $2,064
2nd: Craig Lawless, De Berry, Texas, five bass, 22-2, $1,864
4th: Rich Richardson, Lufkin, Texas, five bass, 21-12, $1,043
5th: Kyle Everett, Deridder, Louisiana, five bass, 21-9, $894
6th: Wade Hudgens, Longview, Texas, four bass, 21-5, $820
7th: Tater Reynolds, Florien, La., five bass, 20-7, $745
8th: Earl Ates, Longview, Texas, five bass, 20-4, $971
9th: Bart Doty, Kilgore, Texas, five bass, 20-1, $596
10th: Cannon Bird, Marshall, Texas, five bass, 19-11, $522

Full results are available at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Ford’s big mouth, which weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces, was the heaviest of the event in the Boater division and won the $650 Berkley Big Bass Boater of the Day award.

David Sherrer of Elm Grove, Texas won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,336 on Saturday after catching five bass weighing in at 25 pounds.

Strike King’s top 10 co-anglers were:

1st: David Sherrer, Elm Grove, Texas, five bass, 25-0, $2,336
2nd: Greg Dennis, Fort Worth, TX, five bass, 20-14, $1,118
3rd: Jacob Smith, McKinney, Texas, five bass, 19-3, $1,070
4th: Charlie Saucier, New Orleans, Louisiana, five bass, 17-5, $522
5th: Cedric Jackson, Sicily Island, Louisiana, four basses, 15-10, $447
6th: Daniel Bryant, Lafayette, Louisiana, five bass, 15-5, $410
7th: Bradley Murray, The Woodlands, Texas, five bass, 15-0, $373
8th: Jenn Nolan, Baytown, Texas, five bass, 14-12, $335
9th: Audric Horton, Whitehouse, Texas, five bass, 14-11, $298
10th: Connie Mack Martin, Shreveport, Louisiana, five bass, 13-10, $261

Smith caught the biggest bass in the Co-angler division, a fish weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $325.

After four events, Tater Reynolds of Florien, Louisiana leads the Bass Fishing League’s Cowboy Division Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 988 points, while Greg Dennis of Fort Worth, Texas leads the AOY race. of the Strike King Co-Angler Division. with 896 points.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on points standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered into the Bass Fishing League Regional Championship Oct. 20-22 on Grand Lake in Grove. , Oklahoma. Boaters will compete for a prize of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200 horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while fellow anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a Mercury outboard of 200 horsepower.

The 2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine is a 24-division circuit dedicated to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 Strike King boaters and co-fishermen in each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships where they compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the oldest championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American. The 2022 All-American will be held June 2-4 at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and is hosted by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and Visit Hot Springs.

The top 45 Strike King boaters and co-fishermen as well as tournament winners from each division of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League will also gain priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the path to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, ARE Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Revital Outdoors, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, TH Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri .

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