WATCH: WTVM Reel Fishin’ Weekend Show

WTVM to host Reel Fishin' Weekend Show
WTVM to host Reel Fishin' Weekend Show
Published: May. 5, 2023 at 4:21 PM EDT|Updated: May. 15, 2023 at 1:22 PM EDT
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EUFAULA, Ala. (WTVM) - Angler Justin Lucas walked away a winner following a three-day Major League Fishing tournament in Eufaula.

Lucas caught his five-bass limit with a weight of 17 pounds, 12 ounces to win the MLS Toyota Series.

“I’m on cloud nine,” Lucas said to MLF reporters after his victory. The victory marks Lucas’ first Toyota Series as a pro, and he said that it’s just as sweet of a win to him as any of his previous pro-level titles.

“I’ve always said that the level of competition in the Toyota Series is as hard to win at as one of the bigger pro events, because you have the best locals in all of these events,” he said. “A lot of these people, you may not have heard of them before, but they’re hammers here. I’ve always respected these guys and so to be able to win against them is a big deal to me. It’s a great payday too.”

Lucas was awarded $79,300, which includes the bonus he received from Phoenix Boats.

Robert Griswold of Lincolnton, North Carolina, won the Strike King Co-angler Division Saturday with a three-day total of nine bass weighing 23 pounds, 7 ounces. Griswold took home the top co-angler prize package worth $34,350, including a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard motor.

Sports Leader 9′s Jonathon Hoppe and Tony Reese provided live coverage Saturday evening in a half-hour “Reel Fishing Weekend Show” special. You can watch a replay of the event in this story.