Special for La Tribune
CLANTON — Springville boater Kyle Dorsett caught five bass on Saturday weighing 15 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine on Lake Mitchell. The tournament was the second event for the Bama division of the Bass Fishing League. Dorsett won $5,498 for her victory.
“We had about an hour of foggy delay, and I really had no expectations,” Dorsett said. “I had trained for a few days and the sun was out, but I had never even caught a 3-pounder.
“After the fog delay on Saturday, I went to my place and there were two boats sitting on them, so I just grabbed a jig and went fishing,” Dorsett added. “I fished as I like to fish.”
Dorsett said his bass came on a Dirty Jigs Swim Jig and a Dirty Jigs Scott Canterbury Flippin’ Jig. He said he focused on fishing Mitchell Lake, from the boat launch in the middle of the lake to the Coosa River.
“This win is awesome,” Dorsett said. “It’s my third win in the BFL, but it’s been a long time. It’s just great to win against this caliber of anglers.
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Kyle Dorsett, Springville, five bass, 15-7, $5,498
2nd: Chad Hall, Cullman., five bass, 13-1, $1,873
2nd: Austin Shields, Lake View., five bass, 13-1, $1,873
4th: Dennis Barnes, Boaz., five bass, 12-14, $1,050
5th: Danny Grantham, Bay Minette, five bass, 12-13, $900
6th: Michael Smith, Andalusia, five bass, 12-4, $987
6th: Cory Gardner, Estill Springs, TN, five bass, 12-4, $787
8th: Robbie Robinson, Mobile, Five Bass, 12-3, $675
9th: Dusty Robinson, Eclectic, five bass, 12-0, $600
10: Austin Archer, Anniston, five bass, 11-10, $1,025 (includes $500 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on points standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered into the Bass Fishing League Regional Championship October 13-15 on Pickwick Lake in Counce. , Tennessee. Boaters will compete for a prize of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200 horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while fellow anglers will fish for a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a Mercury outboard of 200 horsepower.
The 2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine is a 24-division circuit dedicated to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 Strike King boaters and co-fishermen in each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six Regional Championships where they compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the oldest 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 Strike King boaters and co-fishermen as well as tournament winners from each division of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League will also gain priority entry into the MLF Toyota Series, the path to the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour.