Toyota Series Wraps Up Angler of the Year Awards
Eight Division Winners Earn $5,000 for Pros and $2,000 for Co-Anglers
BENTON, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today the final standings for the 2020 Toyota Series and the eight division Strike King Angler of the Year (AOY) title winners. The top pro and co-angler from the point standings after each division’s three regular-season tournaments won the Strike King Angler of the Year ($5,000) and Co-angler of the Year ($2,000) titles.
“We had a fantastic year with a lot of great anglers vying for points, so we are excited to offer our Strike King AOY winners an additional payout for their efforts,” said Mark McWha, Director of Tournament Operations for the Toyota Series. “Early summer tournaments were rescheduled back-to-back this fall due to COVID-19, which wasn’t ideal, but we feel very fortunate to have completed our full season and to have fished more anglers than we did in 2019, despite the pandemic. Our Toyota Series anglers and AOY title winners should be extremely proud.”
The 2020 Strike King Angler of the Year and Co-angler of the Year from each Toyota Series division are:
Pro AOY – Ricky Robinson, of Greenback, Tenn., 748 points, $5,000
Co-AOY – Josh Lockard of Somerset, Ky., 768 points, $2,000
Pro AOY – David Williams of Maiden, N.C., 766 points, $5,000
Co-AOY – James Roten of West Jefferson, N.C., 768 points, $2,000
Pro AOY – Chase Serafin of White Lake, Mich., 763 points, $5,000
Co-AOY – Dan Mundy of Swartz Creek, Mich., 776 points, $2,000
Pro AOY – Jason Lieblong of Conway, Ark., 755 points, $5,000
Co-AOY – Matt Krekovich of Granite City, Ill., 752 points, $2,000
Pro AOY – Dustin Smith of Grand Island, Fla., 745 points, $5,000
Co-AOY – Cal Culpepper of Hamilton, Ga., 778 points, $2,000
Pro AOY – Trevor Fitzgerald of Belleview, Fla., 740 points, $5,000
Co-AOY – Edwin Bartlett of Casco, Maine, 765 points, $2,000
Pro AOY – David Curtis of Trinity, Texas, 760 points, $5,000
Co-AOY – Robert Kessler of Spring, Texas, 762 points, $2,000
Pro AOY – Tai Au of Glendale, Ariz., 771 points, $5,000
Co-AOY – Zack Eggleston of Goleta, Calif., 749 points, $2,000
Final standings for each division can be found at FLWFishing.com.
The 2020 Toyota Series Championship at Lake Cumberland is set to take place next month, Dec. 3-5, in Burnside, Kentucky. The three-day, no-entry-fee event – hosted by the Somerset Tourist and Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission – features pros and co-anglers competing for a share of nearly $700,000, including a top prize of up to $235,000 for the winning pro and a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower Mercury for the winning co-angler.
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).