TRENTON, Mich. – The 2020 Toyota Series Northern Division will continue with a tournament next week in Trenton, Michigan, Sept. 17-19, with the Toyota Series at Detroit River. Hosted by the Detroit Sports Commission, 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 qualified Phoenix Boat owner.
“The Detroit River has gotten more pressure than normal for this time of year, especially since Canadian waters are still off limits to the anglers and they can only fish the American side,” said Major League Fishing pro Jonathon VanDam of Kalamazoo, Michigan. “This is also the time of year when the smallmouth begin to migrate off Lake Erie and into the mouth of the river, so anglers will have to choose whether to make a run up to St. Clair or stay relatively close and head south to the mouth of Lake Erie.
“It’s starting to get cooler, which is always the trigger for the bait fish to start moving,” continued VanDam. “Drop-shot rigs – I like the Strike King Z-Too – and any mid-depth range crankbaits, like a Strike King 5XD. Are definitely going to come into play next week.”
VanDam said the smallmouth on the fishery are starting to fatten up and feed up for the winter, so they’re a little bigger than average, which bodes well for the tournament anglers.
“The smallmouth are really feeding heavy, so anywhere from 22 to 25 pounds a day is a pretty safe bet for the anglers,” said VanDam. “I anticipate it will take anywhere from 66 to as much as 75 pounds to win this event.”
Anglers will take off daily at 7 a.m. ET from Elizabeth Park in Trenton. Weigh-ins will also be held at Elizabeth Park and will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 17-18 and at 4 p.m. on Sept. 19. Attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to follow the event online through the “FLW Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at FLWFishing.com.
In Toyota Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event, scaling up for every 20 boats over 160 and scaling down for every boat below 160. With a 160-boat field, pros fish for a top prize of $40,000, plus an extra $35,000 if FLW PHOENIX BONUS qualified. Co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard (valued at $33,500). With a 260-boat field, pros fish for a top award of $65,000, plus an extra $35,000 if FLW PHOENIX BONUS qualified. Co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard (valued at $33,500) plus $5,000 cash.
The 2020 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, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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).
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