Stracner Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Eufaula

Stracner Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Eufaula Josh Stracner won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lake Eufaula

EUFAULA, Ala. (March 25, 2019) – Boater Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Alabama, brought five bass to the scale Saturday weighing 22 pounds, 9 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lake Eufaula. For his victory, Stracner earned $5,302. Stracner said he fished mid-lake, between the Highway 82 and 431 bridge crossings and that he put 10 keepers in his boat throughout the day.


“I caught a big one sight-fishing around 9 [a.m.]. It was my second keeper of the day and ended up being the biggest [in the boater division],” said Stracner, who earned his fourth win in BFL competition – second on Lake Eufaula. “I also caught one more shallow on the same stretch of grass.”


Stracner said he used a Texas-rigged, green-pumpkin Yamamoto Senko for his shallow fish. The rest of his limit was caught with a Sexy Shad-colored Strike King 6XD crankbait, on an offshore hump near the mouth of Barbour Creek.


“The other three bass in my limit were prespawn,” Stracner said. “They came in 16 feet of water and were within sight of where I caught the grass fish.”


The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Josh Stracner, Vandiver, Ala., five bass, 22-9, $5,302

               2nd:         Andrew Norris, Columbus, Ga., five bass, 22-4, $1,996

               3rd:          Greg Rikard, Leesville, S.C., five bass, 18-8, $1,451

               4th:          Mark Stewart, Ashville, Ala., five bass, 18-6, $838

               5th:          Coby Carden, Shelby, Ala., five bass, 18-4, $718

               6th:          Jeff Kitchens, Auburn, Ala., five bass, 16-13, $659

               7th:          Tim Ferguson, Pelham, Ala., five bass, 16-3, $599

               8th:          Jason Nixon, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 15-9, $539

               9th:          Terry Fisher, Jacksonville, Fla., five bass, 15-8, $479

               10th:        David Parsons, Dothan, Ala., five bass, 15-7, $419 

Stracner’s big sight-fish was a 7-pound, 8-ouncer – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $460. Justin Smith of Deatsville, Alabama, won the Co-angler Division and $1,953 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 13 ounces.


The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Justin Smith, Deatsville, Ala., five bass, 12-13, $1,953

               2nd:         John Hatfield, Panama City, Fla., five bass, 11-7, $926

               3rd:          Jeff Buswell, Fayetteville, Ga., five bass, 11-0, $585

               4th:          Vernon Miller, Manchester, Ga., five bass, 10-7, $409

               5th:          Mark Whitten, Scottsboro, Ala., five bass, 10-2, $336

               5th:          Timothy Hackett, Wetumpka, Ala., five bass, 10-2, $336

               7th:          Dakota Gaskin, Carrollton, Ga., five bass, 10-1, $292

               8th:          Michael Corbett, Oxford, Ala., three bass, 9-1, $523

               9th:          Lew Moore, Roanoke, Ala., five bass, 8-13, $234

               10th:        Nikki Jo Hatten, Pace, Fla., three bass, 8-12, $204

Corbett caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 7 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $110.

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