Chapin’s Epting Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League on Lake Murray

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 Feb 16th, 2021 by Keith Worrall 

Modified Feb 16th, 2021 at 11:23 AM

Boiling Springs’ Pennell Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

PROSPERITY, S.C. (Feb. 15, 2021) – Boater Chris Epting of Chapin of South Carolina won the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine at Lake Murray in Prosperity, South Carolina, earning $6,509 for his victory.


Chris Epting of Chapin, S.C. 5 24-06 $6,509

Cody Hoyle of Rutherfordton, N.C. 5 23-0 $2,555

Ross Burns of Columbia, S.C. 5 20-2 $1,336

Jeremiah Jensen of Columbia, S.C. 5 19-7 $935

Christopher Marshall of Forest City, N.C. 5 18-15 $802

Andy Wicker of Pomaria, S.C. 5 18-4 $735

Ronald W. Catoe, Jr. of Lugoff, S.C. 5 17-15 $668

Michael Stephens of Gastonia, N.C.  5 17-2 $601

Justin Hadden of Leesville, S.C. 5 16-14 $535

Ronnie Wilson of Grover, N.C. 5 16-11 $468


1st Thomas Pennell, III of Boiling Springs, S.C. 5 18-9 $2,005

2nd Brennan Gunther of Mount Pleasant, S.C. 5 14-3 $1,002

3rd Michael Campbell of Pineville, S.C. 5 13-1 $668

4th Rodney Tapp of Inman, S.C. 5 12-13 $434

4th Andrew Starnes of Chapin, S.C. 5 12-13 $434

6th Bill Hawkins of Piedmont, S.C. 3 11-11 $568

7th Zahreed McClinton of Fort Bragg, N.C. 4 10-10 $334

8th Richie Dixon of Camden, S.C. 4 10-7 $301

9th Lonnie Drusch of Sumter, S.C. 3 10-0 $267

10th Brian Bultman of Aiken, S.C. 3 9-10 $234

A complete list of results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

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.


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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