Hot Springs’ Brian Bean Earns Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Hamilton
Feb 16th, 2022 by Keith Worrall
Modified Feb 16th, 2022 at 6:15 PM
Winning boater Brian Bean of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and winning co-angler Lance Freeman of Eddyville, Kentucky.
Kentucky’s Freeman Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Feb. 16, 2022) – Local Hot Springs angler Brian Bean brought five bass to the stage Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Lake Hamilton. The event was the season-opening tournament for the Bass Fishing League Arkie Division. For his win, Bean earned $6,139.
According to post-tournament reports, Bean caught his fish in the mid-to-upper-lake area of Lake Hamilton, targeting deep brush in 15 to 30 feet of water with an umbrella rig, rigged with Tennessee Shad-colored Berkley Power Swimmer swimbaits.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Brian Bean, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 17-15, $6,139
2nd: Josh Ray, Alexander, Ark., five bass, 14-13, $3,152 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Bonus)
3rd: Kevin Brown, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 13-9, $2,168
4th: Scott Hardin, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 13-6, $1,238
5th: Brayden Nichols, Blanchard, La., five bass, 12-15, $1,061
6th: Chris Huselton, Conway, Ark., five bass, 12-8, $972
7th: Spencer Shuffield, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 12-0, $884
8th: Ethan Sutton, Hot Springs, Ark., five bass, 11-7, $796
9th: Robert Jacuzzi, Little Rock, Ark., five bass, 11-6, $707
10th: Matt Baker, Glenwood, Ark., five bass, 11-5, $619
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Bean’s 6-pound, 1-ounce bass earned the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $835.
Lance Freeman of Eddyville, Kentucky, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,652 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 14 pounds, 3 ounces.
The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:
1st: Lance Freeman, Eddyville, Ky., five bass, 14-3, $2,652
2nd: Caden Fuller, Waldron, Ark., two bass, 8-12, $1,743
3rd: Jonathan Simms, Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 8-2, $887
4th: Perry Dawson, Rockwood, Tenn., three bass, 7-9, $619
5th: Darrin Franklin, Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 7-6, $530
6th: Kevin Keown, Lonoke, Ark., five bass, 6-13, $486
7th: Stephen Tyson, Sr., Camden, Ark., two bass, 6-12, $442
8th: Brooks Robertson, Hot Springs, Ark., four bass, 6-8, $398
9th: Todd Garner, Pocola, Okla., five bass, 6-7, $331
9th: Travis McKee, Fayetteville, Ark., three bass, 6-7, $331
Fuller caught a bass weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces – the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – to earn him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $417.
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 20-22 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma. Boaters will compete for a top award of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard.
The 2022 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 Regional Championships where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running 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 boaters and Strike King co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division will also earn priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the pathway 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 T-H Marine include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, AFTCO, A.R.E. 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, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X, YETI and Yo-Zuri.
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