UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Chickamauga

Stracner Wins Again, Clinches AOY

Stracner Wins Again, Clinches AOY
Josh Stracner

Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Alabama, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 35 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the two-day T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division super-tournament on Lake Eufaula Sunday. Stracner earned $6,694 for his efforts.

“It was really tough fishing, but I actually caught some fish out deeper than I thought I was going to catch them,” says Stracner, who earned his fifth career win in BFL competition and locked up the Bama Division Angler of the Year points title. “I caught them pretty deep – which you usually don’t this time of year – but it was the only way I could get a bite. Some of the places had brush and some of it was natural timber, and I was catching them from 15 to 25 feet deep.”

For baits, Stracner kept things pretty simple. A Strike King 6XD crankbait and Zoom Magnum Trick Worm did most of the work for him over the two days. The biggest key to his win was running new water and doing his homework ahead of time.

“I put in the time and I spent the weekend before this tournament doing nothing but idling, and I’ve really got to credit my Humminbird Helix electronics,” continues Stracner. “I spent a lot of time idling trying to look for fish. I got one good bite on Friday before the event, and I spent the rest of the day looking for more of it. I really think that’s what won it for me.”

Though Stracner’s game plan was solid, the tournament nearly slipped through his fingers. In a game where lost fish usually haunt an angler, Stracner was fortunate this time that things all worked out.

“They actually bit a little better and earlier on Sunday, it was just poor execution on my part. The first fish I hung was a 4½-pounder, and it came up and jumped and came off. I lost another good one about an hour later and I really thought I had blown it. I was fortunate to have just enough. 

“I went [to Eufaula] to just try and fish and win the Angler of the Year title,” Stracner went on to say. “I was leading coming into the tournament and I just wanted to go catch a decent limit and not worry about my finish too much, but I wound up doing better than I thought.”

 

The top 10 boaters:

 1st: Josh Stracner, Vandiver, Ala., 10 bass, 35-12, $6,694

 2nd: Ryan Ingram, Phenix City, Ala., 10 bass, 34-5, $2,441

 3rd: Shane Powell, Dothan, Ala., 10 bass, 32-7, $1,562

 4th: Casey O’Donnell, Guntersville, Ala., 10 bass, 30-2, $1,092

 5th: Wesley Rushing, Eufaula, Ala., 10 bass, 29-9, $936

 6th: Jeff Kitchens, Auburn, Ala., 10 bass, 28-11, $858

 7th: Mark Stillwell, Salem, Ala., 10 bass, 28-7, $780

 8th: Terry Tucker, Gadsen, Ala., 10 bass, 27-1, $702

 9th: Ethan Greene, Eufaula, Ala., 10 bass, 26-15, $624

 10th: Jeff Cannon, Douglasville, Ga., 10 bass, 26-10, $546

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Stracner caught a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the event’s Boater Big Bass award of $562.

 

Co-angler Curtis Hillman

Hillman wins co-angler title

Abbeville, Alabama’s Curtis Hillman won the Co-angler Division and $2,402 Sunday after catching a two-day total of seven bass weighing 27 pounds, 12 ounces.

 

The top 10 co-anglers:

 1st: Curtis Hillman, Abbeville, Ala., seven bass, 27-12, $2,402

 2nd: Mark Hebert, Lineville, Ala., nine bass, 25-10, $1,081

 3rd: Wayne Kilgore, Attalla, Ala., 10 bass, 22-6, $723

 4th: Daniel Buswell Jr., Fayetteville, Ga., seven bass, 22-0, $505

 5th: Robert Hays, Elmore, Ala., nine bass, 21-11, $432

 6th: Thomas Robbins, Jackson, S.C., nine bass, 18-10, $596

 7th: Mike Grose, Salem, Ala., nine bass, 17-1, $410

 8th: Lew Moore, Roanoke, Ala., five bass, 15-5, $324

 9th: William Jackson, Sharpsburg, Ga., five bass, 12-1, $288

 10th: Emory Walden, Newnan, Ga., six bass, 10-4, $252

Hillman also caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 13 ounces. The catch earned him the event’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $240.

 

The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division super-tournament on Lake Eufaula was hosted by the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce.

 

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. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville presented by Mercury Marine in Guntersville, Alabama. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.

Tags: headline-story  2019-09-28-eufaula 

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