UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Clear Lake

Vandiver’s Stracner Wins Toyota Series Tournament at Lake Eufaula

Vandiver’s Stracner Wins Toyota Series Tournament at Lake Eufaula

EUFAULA, Ala. – Alabama boater Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 22 pounds, 3 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at Lake Eufaula tournament in Eufaula, Alabama. Stracner’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 64-15 earned him the win by a 2-pound, 2-ounce margin over second-place angler Ryan Ingram of Phenix City, Alabama, and earned Stracner the top payout of $29,034 in the first tournament of the 2020 Toyota Series Southeastern Division.

This is Stracner’s fourth FLW win on Lake Eufaula – first on the Toyota Series – but midway through the day, it didn’t look like he was going to be able to pull off the come-from-behind victory after starting the day in third place. 

Stracner started the day doing what he’d done the previous two days of competition – fishing deep ledges in the mid-lake area. But today, it just wasn’t happening. With 13 to 14 pounds in the livewell and a few hours left to fish, Stracner knew he needed to change up. Eventually, he shifted to fishing shallow brush – in this case 12 to 15 feet deep – which quickly proved to be the right move.

“I did not even think about it moving shallow until about 12 o’clock, and the deep stuff wasn’t working,” Stracner said. “So I went shallow and started catching a few. I caught enough that I just stayed with it the rest of the day. And right before this storm came through, I caught three good ones on back-to-back stops.”

Stracner said that he used about a half-dozen baits throughout the week to catch the winning fish. His main ledge baits on the first two days of competition were a Strike King 10XD and 6-inch Scottsboro Tackle Co. Swimbait on a Scottsboro Recon Head. Saturday, fishing brush, he caught some on a Reaction Innovations Fat Flirt Worm, and a Z-Man ChatterBait.

“I can’t believe it,” Stracner went on to say. “I never really thought I could’ve won it. I was just hoping to stay in second or third. I just had to work real hard this week. You’ve got to be on the right stuff at the right time. Everything’s got to go right, and today was just my day. That’s really all I can say. I feel very fortunate right now.”

The top 10 pros on Lake Eufaula finished:

 1st: Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Ala., 15 bass, 64-15, $29,034

 2nd: Ryan Ingram of Phenix City, Ala., 15 bass, 62-13, $10,669

 3rd: Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., 15 bass, 61-8, $8,260

 4th: Michael M. Smith, Andalusia, Ala., 15 bass, 61-2, $6,883

 5th: Shane Powell of Dothan, Ala., 15 bass, 61-0, $6,195

 6th: Josh Butler of Hayden, Ala., 15 bass, 58-0, $6,507

 7th: Scott Montgomery of Eufaula, Ala., 15 bass, 56-8, $4,899

 8th: Dustin Smith of Grand Island, Fla., 15 bass, 54-13, $4,130

 9th: Austin Lang of Kinsey, Ala., 15 bass, 53-12, $3,442

 10th: Kacy Mims of Randolph, Ala., 15 bass, 53-11, $2,753

A complete list of results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Butler took home an extra $1,000 as the highest finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $35,000 per event in each Toyota Series tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Hank Golden of Tallassee, Alabama, brought a 6-pound, 12-ounce largemouth bass to the scale Friday – the largest fish weighed by a boater in the event – to earn the day’s Big Bass award of $81.

Blake Lewis of Pace, Florida, won the Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 44 pounds, 4 ounces. Lewis took home the top prize package of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard motor.

The top 10 co-anglers on Lake Eufaula finished:

 1st: Blake Lewis of Pace, Fla., 15 bass, 44-4, Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat w/115-hp outboard

 2nd: Cal Culpepper of Hamilton, Ga., 15 bass, 43-9, $3,544

 3rd: Bryce Goff of Haines City, Fla., 15 bass, 40-14, $2,836

 4th: Chuck Laslie of Havana, Fla., 15 bass, 39-7, $2,481

 5th: Joseph Chilcott of Crestview, Fla., 13 bass, 39-1, $2,127

 6th: Daniel Corkern of Florence, Miss., 15 bass, 38-14, $1,772

 7th: Todd Beaver of Richland, Ga., 15 bass, 38-0, $1,418

 8th: Tony Muina of Wewahitchka, Fla., 13 bass, 37-8, $1,241

 9th: Alan Ray of Georgetown, Ga., 12 bass, 37-1, $1,117

 10th: Ronald Harris of Jefferson, Ga., 14 bass, 33-5, $886

Rob Lyerly of Smyrna, Georgia, weighed in the largest bass in the co-angler division on Thursday, bringing a 6-pound, 7-ounce bass to the stage. He earned the days Co-angler Big Bass award of $54.

The Toyota Series at Lake Eufaula was hosted by the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce. It was the first of three regular-season tournaments in 2020 for Southeastern Division anglers. For a complete schedule, visit FLWFishing.com.

The Toyota Series consists of eight divisions – Central, Eastern, Northern, Plains, Southeastern, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International division. Anglers who fish all three qualifiers in any of the eight divisions and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 cash, including a $35,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus for qualified anglers. The winning co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard. The 2020 Toyota Series Championship will be held Dec. 3-5 on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky, and is hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe.

FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW is expanding its programming in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

# # #

Tags: toyota-series  -lake-eufaula  -josh-stracner  flw-communications  press-release  2020-06-04-eufaula 

Pickwick Lake Named Host of 2021 Toyota Series Championship

Pickwick Lake Named Host of 2021 Toyota Series Championship

COUNCE, Tenn. – FLW and the Hardin County Convention & Visitors Bureau announced Wednesday that Counce, Tennessee, will host the prestigious 2021 Toyota Series Championship, Oct. 28-30, 2021, on Pickwick Lake... READ MORE »

Toyota Series to Host Event on Lake Norman

Toyota Series to Host Event on Lake Norman

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – The 2020 Toyota Series Eastern Division will wrap up their season with a tournament next week in Huntersville, North Carolina, Oct. 1-3, with the Toyota Series at Lake Norman. Hosted by Visit Lake Norman, Charlotte & Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, the three-day... READ MORE »

Douglas Lake Selected to Host 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship

Douglas Lake Selected to Host 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American Championship

DANDRIDGE, Tenn. – FLW announced Tuesday that the 38th annual Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held on Tennessee’s Douglas Lake in 2021. The tournament, scheduled for June 3-5, showcases the nation’s best weekend anglers and awards the winner a $120,000 cash award, but Jefferson... READ MORE »

Grand Lake to Host 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship

Grand Lake to Host 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship

GROVE, Okla. – FLW announced Monday that the 12th annual Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship will be held on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in 2021. The tournament, slated for March 3-5, showcases the nation’s best collegiate anglers and awards the winners a... READ MORE »

Georgia’s Rockefeller Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Clarks Hill Lake

Georgia’s Rockefeller Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Clarks Hill Lake

MCCORMICK, S.C. – Boater Joshua Rockefeller of Harlem, Georgia, brought a two-day total of nine bass to the scale weighing 21 pounds even to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine South Carolina Division Super-Tournament at Clarks Hill Lake. For his victory, Rockefeller earned... READ MORE »

Great Falls’ Langford Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Smith Mountain Lake

Great Falls’ Langford Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Smith Mountain Lake

HUDDLESTON, Va. - Boater Todd Langford of Great Falls, Virginia, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 33 pounds, 4 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Piedmont Division Super-Tournament at Smith Mountain Lake. For his victory, Langford earned... READ MORE »

Smithville’s Tramel Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Old Hickory Lake

Smithville’s Tramel Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Old Hickory Lake

GALLATIN, Tenn. – Boater Josh Tramel of Smithville, Tennessee, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale this weekend weighing 34 pounds, 5 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Music City Division Super-Tournament at Old Hickory Lake. Tramel earned a total of... READ MORE »

Tupelo’s Whitehead Earns Win at Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Pickwick Lake

Tupelo’s Whitehead Earns Win at Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event on Pickwick Lake

IUKA, Miss. – Boater Christopher Whitehead of Tupelo, Mississippi, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 33 pounds, 1 ounce to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Mississippi Division Super-Tournament at Pickwick Lake. For his victory, Whitehead earned $5,942... READ MORE »

Sellersburg’s Sifers Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Rough River Lake

Sellersburg’s Sifers Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Rough River Lake

FALLS OF ROUGH, Ky. – Boater Jeramiah Sifers of Sellersburg, Indiana, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale this weekend weighing 22 pounds, 14 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Hoosier Division Super-Tournament at the Rough River. Sifers earned a total... READ MORE »

Galesville’s Trim Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Mississippi River in La Crosse

Galesville’s Trim Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Super Tournament on Mississippi River in La Crosse

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Boater Nick Trim of Galesville, Wisconsin, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 34 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Great Lakes Division Super-Tournament at the Mississippi River. For his victory, Trim earned $6,690... READ MORE »

Conway’s Lieblong Wins Toyota Series Tournament at Lake Dardanelle presented by Fish-Intel

Conway’s Lieblong Wins Toyota Series Tournament at Lake Dardanelle presented by Fish-Intel

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Conway, Arkansas’ Jason Lieblong weighed five bass totaling 15 pounds, 15 ounces, Saturday – the largest limit of the event – to win the three-day Toyota Series at Lake Dardanelle presented by Fish-Intel tournament in Russellville, Arkansas. Lieblong’s three-day total of 15 bass... READ MORE »

Clarkston’s Dobson Wins Toyota Series Event on Detroit River

Clarkston’s Dobson Wins Toyota Series Event on Detroit River

TRENTON, Mich. – Pro Scott Dobson of Clarkston, Michigan, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 9 ounces to win the three-day Toyota Series at the Detroit River event in Trenton, Michigan. Dobson’s three-day total of 15 bass weighing 59-3 earned him the win by a 1-pound, 7... READ MORE »

University of Montevallo Wins Sixth-Annual  Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Open  on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes

University of Montevallo Wins Sixth-Annual Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Open on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 18, 2020) – The University of Montevallo team of Grayson Morris of Birmingham, Alabama and Jacob Pfundt of Canton, Georgia won the sixth-annual Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Open on Kentucky and Barkley lakes Thursday with a two-day cumulative total of 10 bass... READ MORE »

Dardanelle Midday Update – Day 1

Dardanelle Midday Update – Day 1

Thursday’s opening round of the Toyota Series Plains Division opener at Lake Dardanelle followed the script many anglers predicted. Despite many favorable conditions at the beginning of a peak fishing season, muddy water and bright sunshine made fishing difficult across the 34,000-acre Arkansas River impoundment. READ MORE »

Plains Division Kicks Off on Dardanelle

Plains Division Kicks Off on Dardanelle

All the major bass tournaments Lake Dardanelle has hosted since 2004 have followed different scripts, and the Toyota Series Plains Division event that kicks off today will be no different. With a schedule full of changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first event of the Plains Division season, and it’s the last division to kick off in 2020. READ MORE »

Toyota Series to Host Event on Clear Lake

Toyota Series to Host Event on Clear Lake

CLEARLAKE, Calif. – The 2020 Toyota Series Western Division will finish out their season with a tournament next week in Clearlake, California, Sept. 24-26, with the Toyota Series at Clear Lake. The three-day tournament will feature the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers casting for a top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if the winner is a... READ MORE »

Andalusia’s Smith Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event at Lake Eufaula

Andalusia’s Smith Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League event at Lake Eufaula

EUFAULA, Ala. - Boater Michael M. Smith of Andalusia, Alabama brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 40 pounds, 4 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Bama Division Super-Tournament at Lake Eufaula. For his victory, Smith earned $6,329... READ MORE »

Murray State University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Lake Guntersville

Murray State University Wins Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Tournament on Lake Guntersville

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – The Murray State University team of Adam Puckett of Murray, Kentucky, and Nathaniel Lear of Greenville, Kentucky, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Lake Guntersville event Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 1 ounce. The victory earned the Murray State bass club $2,000 and qualified them to compete in the... READ MORE »

Morgan Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Norman

Morgan Wins Two-Day Phoenix Bass Fishing League Event on Lake Norman

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Boater Brian Morgan of Mooresville, North Carolina, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale this weekend weighing 24 pounds, 10 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine North Carolina Division Super-Tournament at Lake Norman. Morgan earned a total of $5,831 for his victory – his third win of the year in... READ MORE »

Freeburg’s Dickneite Earns Victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks

Freeburg’s Dickneite Earns Victory at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks

WARSAW, Mo. – Boater Andre Dickneite of Freeburg, Missouri, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 18 pounds, 7 ounces to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event on Lake of the Ozarks in Warsaw, Missouri. For his victory, Dickneite earned a total of $3,794... READ MORE »