WETUMPKA, Ala. – Boater Josh Stracner of Vandiver, Alabama, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament on Lake Jordan Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 30 pounds, 8 ounces. For his win, Stracner netted $4,110.
Stracner said he fished on the south end of the lake throughout the event. On Saturday, he primarily used a 6½-inch green-pumpkin-colored Netbait T-Mac Straight Tail worm on a Davis Bait Company shaky-head jig. He also used a homemade jig with a green-pumpkin Zoom Super Chunk Jr. trailer.
“I caught pretty much everything I weighed on the Netbait worm in brush piles and one from docks on the jig,” said Stracner. “I would pull up and throw that shaky-head and if I didn’t get anything in three or four casts, I moved on.
“I skipped the jig under the deepest docks I could find,” continued Stracner. “The one I weighed was from a dock near the launch ramp and it ended up being my biggest of the day.”
Stracner said he fished 30 to 40 brush piles each day, in anywhere from 12 to 20 feet of water.
“I started with the shaky-head rig in brush piles Sunday but couldn’t get a bite,” said Stracner. “I picked up a (bone-colored) Zara Spook and was able to catch a limit really quick – including my biggest fish of the event.
“As the sun got up, I switched to a (Sexy Blue Back Herring-colored) Strike King 6XD crankbait and caught them well late in the day,” continued Stracner. “In the last couple of hours, I could get them at a brush pile on the first cast.”
Stracner said he ended up putting nearly 10 keepers in the boat on Saturday and 30 on Sunday.
“I got some new rods that really helped me out, especially the 7-foot, 6-inch Shimano (Expride A) heavy casting rod. It’s versatile and you can fish a lot of different techniques with it.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Josh Stracner, Vandiver, Ala., 10 bass, 30-8, $4,110
2nd: Michael Smith, Andalusia, Ala., 10 bass, 28-7, $2,255
3rd: Anthony Goggins, Clanton, Ala., 10 bass, 27-7, $1,469
4th: Dusty Robinson, Eclectic, Ala., 10 bass, 27-3, $959
5th: Shaye Baker, Tallassee, Ala., 10 bass, 27-2, $822
6th: Erick Sommers, Deatsville, Ala., 10 bass, 25-12, $754
7th: Chad Schroeder, Lowndesboro, Ala., 10 bass, 25-10, $685
8th: Joe Wikoff, Phenix City, Ala., 10 bass, 25-1, $617
9th: Jeremy Green, Gadsden, Ala., 10 bass, 24-3, $990
10th: Terry Tucker, Gadsden, Ala., seven bass, 21-9, $480
Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.
Bueltmann caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 9 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $442.
Caleb Scott of Sylacauga, Alabama, caught a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 23 pounds, 11 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $2,055.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Caleb Scott, Sylacauga, Ala., 10 bass, 23-11, $2,055
2nd: Jeff Morgan, Kennesaw, Ga., 10 bass, 21-15, $1,228
3rd: Radney Atchison, Prattville, Ala., 10 bass, 21-2, $684
4th: David McMurphy, Wilsonville, Ala., 10 bass, 20-11, $480
5th: Mike Grose, Salem, Ala., nine bass, 20-6, $461
6th: Jennings Earnest, Guin, Ala., 10 bass, 20-4, $377
7th: Lew Moore, Roanoke, Ala., eight bass, 18-9, $343
8th: Ryan Sweeney, Springville, Ala., nine bass, 17-12, $308
9th: Tyler Conn, Wetumpka, Ala., seven bass, 14-1, $274
10th: Larry Purdie, Columbus, Ga., seven bass, 13-12, $240
Jacob Robinson of Temple, Georgia, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 3 pounds, 3 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $221.
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 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.
The 2018 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. The 2019 BFL All-American will take place May 30-June 1 on the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland.
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