Stracner Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake EufaulaStracner Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Eufaula Josh Stracner won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lake Eufaula
EUFAULA, Ala. (May 14, 2018) – Boater Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Alabama, caught five bass Saturday weighing 22 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lake Eufaula. For his efforts, Stracner earned $4,418. Stracner said 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,” said 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,” continued 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,” said 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 finished the tournament in:
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
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. 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 were:
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.
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