Josh Stracner scores Toyota Bonus Bucks at Fork

Courtesy of Alan McGuckin – Dynamic Sponsorships

Long before Bassmaster Elite Series pro Josh Stracner became the 2021 Rookie of the Year award winner, he was a dominant force in amateur events around talent-rich Alabama, and subsequently, he was cashing a lot of Toyota Bonus Bucks checks.

“For a while there, back when I was fishing a lot of BFL events, the Toyota Bonus Bucks checks I’d get in the mail pretty much paid for all my entry fees,” grinned Stracner on Championship Sunday at Lake Fork.

The 97-pounds of largemouth he dredged up at the Lake Fork Bassmaster Elite using a couple different Strike King crankbaits was good enough for a 7th place finish, and a Texas-sized Toyota Bonus Bucks check.

“I bought my 2018 Toyota Tundra 100-percent because I wanted to be eligible for Bonus Bucks. And the fact it’s a beast when it comes to towing power and reliability makes it a no-brainer to buy a Toyota as a tournament fisherman,” reasons the former commercial construction superintendent.

Best of all, you don’t have to a Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie of the Year or even a full time pro to be eligible for Bonus Bucks, but you do have to make sure you’re signed-up.

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