Timberville’s Jarvis Claims Victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Smith Mountain Lake

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 Apr 12th, 2022 by Keith Worrall 

Modified Apr 12th, 2022 at 1:25 PM

Boater Jim Jarvis of Timberville, Virginia and Strike-King co-angler Brandon Miskell of Vienna, Virginia.

Vienna’s Miskell Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division

HUDDLESTON, Va. (April 11, 2022) – Boater Jim Jarvis of Timberville, Virginia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 13 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine on Smith Mountain Lake . The tournament was the second event for the Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division. Jarvis earned $4,981 for his victory.

“I started off the day on one of my rock piles,” Jarvis said. “I wasn’t feeling it. I had found some beds earlier in the week, so I ran to them and caught all of my fish on the beds with a drop-shot and a Roboworm.”

Jarvis said he caught eight keepers during the tournament – seven on the Roboworm and one on a Strike King Thunder Cricket Vibrating Jig.

“I didn’t know if I could win the tournament, just because of the quality of fishermen on the lake,” Jarvis said. “But by 2 o’clock I figured I was good enough for a top-5 finish. But, when I caught the last one at 3:30 and it put me close to 20 pounds, I thought then I might have a shot.

“This win feels great because I’m a river guy, so to win one on a lake is an accomplishment for me,” Jarvis added.

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

1st: Jim Jarvis, Timberville, Va., five bass, 19-13, $4,981
2nd: Billy Kohls, Huddleston, Va., five bass, 19-6, $2,490
3rd: Bryan Elrod, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 18-4, $1,662
4th: Chris Brummett, Lynch Station, Va., five bass, 17-8, $1,762
5th: Ryan Powroznik, Hopewell, Va., five bass, 17-7, $996
6th: Dennis Burdette, Pembroke, Va., five bass, 17-0, $1,631
6th: Chris Atwell, Mechanicsville, Va., five bass, 17-0, $1,371 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF Contingency Bonus)
8th: Chad Green, Moneta, Va., four bass, 16-14, $747
9th: Boogie Atkins, Greenville, Va., five bass, 16-0, $664
10th: Rick Tilley, Vinton, Va., five bass, 15-9, $581

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Burdette had a largemouth that weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces that was the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division and earned the day’s Berkley Big Bass Boater award of $760.

Brandon Miskell of Vienna, Virginia, won the Strike King Co-angler Division and $2,458 Saturday after catching four bass weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces.

The top 10 Strike King co-anglers were:

1st: Brandon Miskell, Vienna, Va., four bass, 15-11, $2,458
2nd: Seth Brogan, Montvale, Va., three bass, 9-15, $1,229
3rd: Matthew Rock, Bristol, Va., five bass, 9-12, $817
4th: Fred Mojica, Taneytown, Md., four bass, 9-10, $573
5th: Scott Howard, Bedford, Va., five bass, 8-10, $492
6th: Wyatt Novak, Virginia Beach, Va., three bass, 8-7, $451
7th: John Robinson, Fairfax, Va., three bass, 8-5, $389
7th: Jeramy Evans, Forest, Va., three bass, 8-5, $389
9th: Anthony Pulley, Chester, Va., three bass, 7-13, $428
10th: Jeff Rollins, Roanoke, Va., three bass, 7-11, $272
10th: Phillip Ragland Jr., Rustburg, Va., two bass, 7-11, $472

Leon Deatrick of Orrtanna, Pennsylvania, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 11 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Berkley Big Bass Co-angler award of $375.

After two events, Ryan Powroznik of Hopewell, Virginia, leads the Bass Fishing League Shenandoah Division Boater Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 492 points, while Jeramy Evans of Forest, Virginia, leads the Strike King Co-Angler Division AOY race with 491 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. 20-22 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on the James River in Richmond, Virginia. 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.

For complete details and updated tournament information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular Bass Fishing League updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF5’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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