UPCOMING EVENT: FLW SERIES - 2020 - Toledo Bend Lake

Stracner Sacks 22-15 on Eufaula

Stracner Sacks 22-15 on Eufaula
Josh Stracner

Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Alabama, caught five bass Saturday weighing 22 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lake Eufaula. For his efforts, Stracner earned $4,418.

Stracner says he utilized much of Lake Eufaula to catch approximately 15 keepers Saturday, fishing from the north end near the bridges, to Barbour Creek, to down south toward the dam.

“I started the day targeting a shad spawn in lily pads – they were on top and all around them,” says Stracner, who earned his second career win in BFL competition. “I used a white Dirty Jigs No-Jack Swim Jig with a white Zoom Fat Albert Twin Tail trailer and caught two or three solid keepers.

“Around 11 (a.m.) I started catching some bigger fish offshore,” continues Stracner. “They were all on main-lake ledges and I caught them using a few different baits.”

Stracner listed a sexy blueback herring-colored Strike King 6XD crankbait, a custom green-pumpkin football-head jig with a Zoom Brush Hog trailer of the same color and a Carolina-rigged Brush Hog as his baits of choice.

“I have to credit my Humminbird SOLIX electronics with helping me identify those ledges – that was a huge part of my win,” says Stracner. “I actually caught the winning fish using them back near takeoff with around 10 minutes left in the day. If I hadn’t gotten it, I wouldn’t have had enough weight to seal the deal."

 

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Josh Stracner, Vandiver, Ala., five bass, 22-15, $4,418

2nd:         Ryan Ingram, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 22-0, $2,329

3rd:          Austin Lang, Dothan, Ala., five bass, 21-2, $1,238

4th:          C.J. Knight Jr., Sylacauga, Ala., five bass, 19-7, $798

5th:          Tommy Pegues, Montgomery, Ala., 18-3, $684

6th:          Tyler Morgan, Columbus, Ga., five bass, 18-2, $627

7th:          Mike Cavender, Phenix City, Ala., five bass, 16-11, $570

8th:          Bobby Padgett, LaGrange, Ga., five bass, 14-15, $513

9th:          Mark Stillwell, Salem, Ala., five bass, 14-14, $456

10th:        Alexander Wilson Sr., Elmore, Ala., five bass, 14-13, $399

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Ingram brought an 8-pound, 12-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $420.

 

Ward wins co-angler title

Jody Ward of Dothan, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $1,709 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 10 pounds, 10 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Jody Ward, Dothan, Ala., five bass, 10-10, $1,709

2nd:         Ariel Laria, Flowery Branch, Ga., five bass, 10-7, $855

3rd:          Chris Patterson, Morris, Ala., four bass, 9-7, $770

4th:          Ryan Sweeney, Springville, Ala., four bass, 8-6, $399

5th:          Larry Purdie, Columbus, Ga., two bass, 7-13, $392

6th:          Mike Garrett, Pensacola, Fla., four bass, 7-9, $299

6th:          Emory Walden, Newnan, Ga., five bass, 7-9, $299

8th:          Michael Wright, Covington, Ga., four bass, 7-5, $256

9th:          Richard Moncus, Fortson, Ga., four bass, 6-15, $228

10th:        Robert Ransom, Chattanooga, Tenn., four bass, 6-10, $199

Randall Wiggins of Birmingham, Alabama, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $210.

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. 11-13 BFL Regional Championship on the St. Johns River in Palatka, Florida. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

 

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