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Bluff City’s Vicchio and Elizabethton’s Smith Win Phoenix Bass Fishing League on South Holston Reservoir

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 8 mins ago by Keith Worrall 

Modified May 26th, 2021 at 6:46 AM

Knoxville’s Aultman Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 25, 2021) – Boater Ken Vicchio of Bluff City, Tennessee wins the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine at South Holston Presented by Googan Baits in Bristol, Tennessee. Vicchio earned $3,203 for his victory at the event.

TOP 10 RESULTS

RANK
BOATER NAME/HOMETOWN
BASS
WEIGHT
AWARD

1st
Ken Vicchio of Bluff City, Tenn.
5
17-3
$3,203

1st
Kyle Smith of Elizabethton, Tenn.
5
17-3
$4,203

3rd
Tim Saylor of Johnson City, Tenn.
5
16-14
$1,424

4th
Joshua Norris of Powell, Tenn.
5
16-10
$1,497

5th
Josh Lee of Powell, Tenn.
5
16-6
$854

6th
Tyler Altizer of Abingdon, Va.
5
15-3
$783

7th
John Huff of Abingdon, Va.
5
14-7
$712

8th
Bryan Leonard of Blountville, Tenn.
5
14-5
$641

9th
Colton Chambers of Elizabethton, Tenn.
5
14-4
$569

10th
Richard Pugh of Knoxville, Tenn.
5
14-2
$498

RANK
STRIKE KING CO-ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN
BASS
WEIGHT
AWARD

1st
Audie Aultman of Knoxville, Tenn.
5
14-11
$2,433

2nd
Justin Goodman of Lancing, Tenn.
5
12-1
$1,068

3rd
Blaine Miller of Rosedale, Va.
5
11-6
$712

4th
Nick Coker of Knoxville, Tenn.
5
11-5
$698

5th
Dylan Meade of Big Stone Gap, Va.
4
10-6
$427

6th
Jonathon Kennedy of Bloomingdale, Tenn.
4
10-5
$392

7th
Smiley Lewis of Easley, S.C.
4
10-4
$356

8th
Dean Dalton of Keeling, Va.
5
10-3
$320

9th
Jim Neece, Sr. of Bristol, Va.
4
9-15
$285

10th
Gerrit Goins of Charleston, Tenn.
4
9-2
$249

CONTINGENCY AWARDS

AWARD
NAME
CONTINGENCY
PAYOUT

Boater Big Bass
Ron Burger of Decatur, Tenn.
4-pound, 14-ounce bass
$595

Strike King Co-Angler Berkley Big Bass
Audie Aultman of Knoxville, Tenn.
5-pound, 3-ounce bass
$297

Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
Joshua Norris of Powell, Tenn.
Eligible Phoenix Boat*
$500

* Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

WINNING BAITS

ANGLER
BAIT
COLOR

Boater
Unspecified Jig
Did Not Disclose

Boater
V&M Chopstick Worm
Did Not Disclose

Strike King Co-Angler
Unspecified Spinnerbait
Did Not Disclose

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENT
DATE
LOCATION
HOST

Volunteer Division – Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship
Oct. 14-16
Lake Murray, Columbia, S.C.
Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board

Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American
June 3-5
Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn.
Jefferson County Department of Tourism

The 2021 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championships. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while Strike King co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.

The top six finishers in each regional will then qualify for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the Toyota Series, the pathway to the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube .

About MLF BIG5
MLF BIG5 is part of MLF, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization. It provides anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits featuring a five-biggest-fish format. Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with offices in Benton, Kentucky, MLF and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Zimbabwe.

MLF tournaments are broadcast on Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network, MyOutdoorTV, Discovery and CBS Sports while MLF Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros to the world’s most avid bass anglers.

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