Phenix City’s Cavender and Georgia’s Durham Tie for Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Eufaula
Jun 13th, 2022 by Keith Worrall
Modified Jun 13th, 2022 at 6:38 PM
Boaters Mike Cavender of Phenix City, Alabama, and Joe Durham of Albany, Georgia, both weighed in limits totaling 19-14 to tie for the win and each earn $3,514 for their victory.
Georgia’s Armstrong Tops Strike King Co-Angler Division
EUFAULA, Ala. (June 13, 2022) – Boaters Mike Cavender of Phenix City, Alabama, and Joe Durham of Albany, Georgia, both caught five bass Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 14 ounces, to tie for the win at the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Lake Eufaula . The tournament was the fourth event for the Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division. Cavender and Durham each earned $3,514 for their victory.
“The first place I stopped at I caught two of the fish I weighed in,” Durham said. “Things went well the rest of the day, and I made some weight upgrades and filled out my limit.”
Durham said he caught 20 fish during the day – all keepers – by fishing ledges from Kiwiki Creek to the causeway with a Picasso Aaron Martens Heavy Cover Shock Blade Pro vibrating jig, a Duo Realis Crankbait G87 15A and a locally produced bladed jig that produced his biggest fish of the day.
“I’ve fished this lake for a long time, and this feels great,” Durham said.
Cavender, an offshore fisherman who said he has fished Eufaula for 27 years, said his experience on the body of water finally paid off at the event. He said he targeted 16 schools of fish in 10 to 20 feet of water around mid-lake and further north.
Cavender said he started the day targeting fish in 10 feet that he had marked under early cloud cover, and then transitioned to deeper water as the day progressed. His bait of choice was a chartreuse shad-colored Strike King Pro Model 5XD Crankbait.
“On my first cast I caught a 4-pounder,” Cavender said. “My second cast gave me a 3½-pounder. So I was happy.”
Cavender’s streak of quality fish continued, and he said he had a limit of 17 pounds in the first 30 minutes of the competition.
“I was just praying I could catch a 5-pounder and a 4-pounder and get 15 pounds total,” Cavender said. “I had no idea I was going to catch five 4-pounders.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Mike Cavender, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 19-14, $3,514
1st: Joe Durham, Albany, Ga., five bass, 19-14, $3,514
3rd: Matthew O’Connell, Brooks, Ga., five bass, 18-3, $2,362 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
4th: Baylor Ronemus, Tiger, Ga., five bass, 17-9, $1,093
5th: Payton Morgan, Woodstock, Ga., five bass, 16-0, $937
6th: Bobby Padgett, Lagrange, Ga., five bass, 15-3, $820
6th: Buddy Benson, Dawsonville, Ga., five bass, 15-3, $820
8th: Ethan Greene, Eufaula, Ala., five bass, 14-14, $703
9th: Chandler Ray, Georgetown, Ga., five bass, 14-11, $625
10th: Will Harkins, Blairsville, Ga., five bass, 14-10, $547
Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
Blake Layfield of Sparks, Georgia, had a largemouth that weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces that was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and earned the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $690.
Noah Armstrong of Fayetteville, Georgia, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,688 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 20 pounds, 7 ounces.
The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:
1st: Noah Armstrong, Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 20-7, $2,688
2nd: Alan Ray, Georgetown, Ga., five bass, 14-13, $1,172
3rd: Thai-Son-Le, Macon, Ga., five bass, 13-9, $781
4th: Timothy Stone, Conyers, Ga., five bass, 11-6, $547
5th: Jeff Rikard, Leesville, S.C., four bass, 11-3, $719
6th: Jeff Cook, Columbus, Ga., five bass, 11-1, $430
7th: William Mercer, Cumming, Ga., five bass, 10-10, $391
8th: Zach Lineberry, Dothan, Ala., five bass, 9-15, $351
9th: Chris Davies, Milner, Ga., five bass, 9-14, $312
10th: Jeffrey Payne, Danville, Ga., five bass, 9-13, $273
Armstrong also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 15 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $345.
After four events, Kip Carter of Eatonton, Georgia, leads the Bass Fishing League Bulldog Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 969 points, while Donald Peppers of Good Hope, Georgia, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 946 points.
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. 6-8 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Lake Murray in Prosperity, South Carolina. 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 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.
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