Fleming Island’s Crowley Earns First Career MLF Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event at Harris Chain of Lakes

Fleming Island’s Crowley Earns First Career MLF Win at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event at Harris Chain of Lakes
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LEESBURG, Fla. (March 4, 2024) – Boater Ryan Crowley of Fleming Island, Florida, caught a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 8 ounces, Saturday to win the MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League (BFL) Presented by T-H Marine on the Harris Chain of Lakes. Hosted by Discover Lake County Florida, the tournament was the third event of the season for the BFL Gator Division. Crowley earned $4,541 for his victory.

Crowley came into the tournament with a two-part strategy: bed-fishing for spawning bass in a canal and fan-casting offshore around eelgrass and peppergrass. While pre-fishing, he located four quality bass on beds and was able to anchor his limit on tournament day with an early 8-pounder. Unfortunately, two of the other bedding bass he’d found were gone, and a 5-pounder he’d hoped to catch refused to bite.

Crowley, who works in construction, was able to catch a few small buck bass before overcast skies and dingy water made…

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