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Stahl Wins Strike King Co-Angler Division at the Harris Chain

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March 18, 2021 • Rob Newell • Toyota Series

When it comes to saving the best for last, co-angler John Stahl, a CAD drafter from Land Oโ€™Lakes, Florida, knows how to get it done. Today, Stahl caught the biggest limit of the week in the Strike King co-angler division โ€“ 20 pounds, 4 ounces โ€“ to come from seventh place and win the co-angler side of the Toyota Series presented by A.R.E. Southern Division event on the Harris Chain.

On Day 1, Stahl caught 8 pounds, 9 ounces flipping a red bug Yamamoto Senko with a 3/8-ounce weight behind pro Darrell Davis. On Da 2, pro Matt Baty took him out on deep hydrilla flats on Lake Harris where Stahl reeled in 14 pounds, 2 ounces on a ยฝ-ounce gold Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap and a Zoom Magnum Ultravibe Speed Worm in red bug.

Today, Stahl was paired with pro Willy Dennison who took him to the same area he fished with Baty.

โ€œAs a co-angler you never know where youโ€™re going or what youโ€™re going to fish,โ€ Stahl says. โ€œOnce I found out we were returning to the same area I fished the day before, it just helped the day get off to a good start. Having already fished there I knew what to expect.โ€

During the day, Stahl used a 3/8-ounce white ChatterBait with a Z-Man DeiZel MinnowZ trailer and the Speed Worm to haul in his big catch.

โ€œWith all the wind today I had to switch from a ยผ-ounce weight to 5/8-ounce weight on the Speed Worm to help keep it down,โ€ he says. โ€œOnce I went to that bigger weight I got some key bites.โ€

For his win, Stahl earns a fully-rigged Phoenix bass boat.

โ€œThis is a dream come true,โ€ he adds. โ€œIโ€™ve been fishing these things for years trying to win a boat and it finally happened; what an awesome experience.โ€

Top 10 Strike King Co-Anglers

1. John Stahl โ€“ 42 – 15 (13) โ€“ $33,500

2. Todd Classon โ€“ 37 – 13 (13) โ€“ $5,000

3. Fisher Cusic โ€“ 36 – 11 (12) โ€“ $4,000

4. Jim House โ€“ 35 – 07 (12) โ€“ $3,500

5. Bill Spence โ€“ 35 – 06 (14) โ€“ $3,000

6. Eduardo Ramos โ€“ 33 – 11 (14) โ€“ $2,500

7. BJ Bass โ€“ 29 – 15 (13) โ€“ $2,000

8. Marshall Daugherty โ€“ 29 – 00 (11) โ€“ $1,750

9. Andy Niles โ€“ 27 – 07 (13) โ€“ $1,500

10. Steve Pennington โ€“ 26 – 14 (12) โ€“ $1,250

Complete Results