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Muskogee’s Capps secures victory in Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Arkansas River

Muskogee’s Capps secures victory in Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Arkansas River

Muskogee’s Capps secures victory in Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Arkansas River

Owasso’s Corriveau heads Strike King co-angler division

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (June 24, 2024) – Boater Blake Capps of Muskogee, Oklahoma, caught a limit of five bass weighing 20 pounds, 9 ounces Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Presented by TH Marine on the Arkansas River Presented by Suzuki Marine. The tournament was the fourth event of the season for the BFL Okie Division. Capps earned $10,877, including the lucrative $7,000 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus, for his victory.

Capps employed simple river fishing tactics in shallow water to gain victory. He also decided not to block to maximize his fishing time.

“There’s a lot of current in the main Arkansas River,” he said. “I was concentrating mainly on eddies in the main river and things like that, places for them to slide out of the current, whether it’s a rock, a bend in the river or a reservoir.”

Capps started the morning by casting a Heddon Super Spook topwater bait in current veins, mainly around rock jetties. He also caught some on a Gene Larew Biffle bug in those same areas. The topwater bait produced the biggest fish of the day.

“Later that day, I went downriver and made some of my best sacrifices on a Booyah square peak (XCS1 Series),” he added. “The layouts were the main thing I focused on with the square note. “There was a lot of current right in the logs.”

According to Capps, a depth of 2 feet of water was “deep” for this pattern. And it was clearly a quality bite, as his fishing partner, Jeff Corriveau, also emerged victorious.

“We caught them all day,” Capps said. “It was a lot of fun. I was really surprised there weren’t more people doing it with me. I never really had company wherever I went.

“It was a pretty simple pattern,” he added. “There aren’t many rods on deck. My front graphics were off. I just went fishing. It was all visual material too. “It’s nice to go to the bank, turn off the locators and just go fishing.”

The top 10 sailors finished the tournament:

1st: Blake Capps, Muskogee, Okla., low five, 20-9, $10,877 (includes $7,000 Phoenix MLF contingency bonus)
2nd: Joel Baker, Talala, Oklahoma, low five, 16-5, $1,408
2nd: Nic Conger, Fort Smith, Arkansas, low five, 16-5, $1,823
4th: Dale Andrews, Jay, Oklahoma, low five, 15-15, $788
5th: Zachery Fowler, Konawa, Oklahoma, five under, 13-3, $675
6th: Shane Pickett, Rose Hill, Kansas, five under, 13-1, $919
7th: Ian Leybas, McAlester, Oklahoma, low five, 12-12, $563
8th: Brett Brumnett, Wagoner, Oklahoma, low five, 12-1, $507
9th: Mike Hesson, Hackett, Arkansas, low five, 11-15, $450
10th: Shonn Goodwin, Moore, Oklahoma, low five, 11-7, $394

Complete results can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Nic Conger of Fort Smith, Arkansas, caught a bass weighing 5 pounds and earned the $415 Berkley Big Bass Boater Award.

Jeff Corriveau of Owasso, Oklahoma, won the Strike King co-angler division and $1,689 on Saturday after landing four bass on the scale that totaled 12 pounds, 2 ounces.

Strike King’s Top 10 Fishing Buddies Finished:

1st: Jeff Corriveau, Owasso, Oklahoma, four bass, 12-2, $1,689
2nd: Thad Hewitt, Delaware, Oklahoma, low five, 11-14, $944
3rd: Russell Malone, Grove, Oklahoma, four unders, 10-0, $564
4th: David Blankinship, Cushing, Oklahoma, three bass, 9-12, $394
5th: Randy Peoples, Prairie Grove, Arkansas, three bass, 9-1, $338
6th: Nathan McCartney, Inola, Oklahoma, four unders, 8-0, $310
7th: Charles Covington, Claremore, Oklahoma, three bass, 7-10, $281
8th: Marco Flores, Topeka, Kansas, four bass, 7-6, $253
9th: Daniel Payne, Warr Acres, Oklahoma, three bass, 7-5, $225
10th: Lane McCartney, Braggs, Oklahoma, three-under, 6-13, $197

Stephen Vogel of Muenster, Texas, earned the $207 Berkley Big Bass co-angler award, catching a bass weighing 4 pounds, 3 ounces, the biggest co-angler catch of the day.

After four events, Chris M. Jones of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, leads the Fishing Clash Okie Division Angler of the Year (AOY) race with 965 points, while Alan Hill of Ada, Oklahoma, leads the Angler of the Year race from the Fishing Clash Okie Division. Race of the year with 936 points.

The next event for BFL Okie Division anglers will be held September 14-15 on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma. To register for the event as a boater or fishing buddy, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com or call (270)-252-1000.

The region’s top 45 boaters and fishing buddies based on points standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will qualify for the BFL regional tournament Oct. 17-19 at Wright Patman Lake in Texarkana, Texas. Boaters will compete for a top prize of $60,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower, $10,000 Mercury or Suzuki outboard, while fishing buddies will compete for a top prize of $50,000, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Suzuki outboard.

The 2024 Phoenix BFL presented by TH Marine is a 24-division circuit dedicated to weekend anglers, with 128 events throughout the season, five qualifying tournaments in each division. The top 45 Strike King boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five qualifying event winners, will advance to one of six BFL regional tournaments where they will compete to finish in the top six, which will then qualify them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing: the BFL All-American.

Proud sponsors of the 2024 Phoenix MLF Bass Fishing League presented by TH Marine include: 7Brew, Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, BUBBA, E3, Epic Baits, Fishing Clash, General Tire, GSM Outdoors, Lew’s, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, PowerStop Brakes, REDCON1, Strike King, Suzuki, Tackle Warehouse, TH Marine, Toyota, WIX Filters and YETI.

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