It’s been a little while since there was a Major event on Eufaula — as in three years.
The FLW Series made stops there in back-to-back years, and the Elite Series used to head down the every couple years at the start of the century.
Basically, what we’re saying is we have some data to look at (which is nice compared to the last couple lakes). So let’s start crunching.
Before he won the 2011 FLW Tour event on the Red River, Jon Cox’s claim to fame (outside of the state of Florida, at least) came at Eufaula in 2010, when he finished seventh in the FLW Series event. A little more digging and you realize he’s actually got quite the impressive history there. In four Minor events his worst finish is 30th and best is third. Not too shabby, right there.
Bryan Thrift finished second in the 2010 FLW Series event at Eufaula, but it’s not even his best finish there, as he also won an EverStart there in 2005. His other two finishes are a 25th and 31st, so it’s a pretty safe bet he’ll be one to watch.
Tom Monsoor and his swim jigs have done some damage in both of those FLW Series tournaments, catching his third- and 33rd-place stringers in the two events. But no one may be happier to go to Eufaula than Koby Krieger. He has five top 10s there in Major and Minor events, with a pair of wins. Throw in the fact that he’s on fire with four straght finishes of 14th or better, and I’m certainly getting him on my fantasy team.
The next three best anglers there only fished the two FLW Series events, and the results were OK. Scott Suggs had a pair of top 25 finishes, Scott Martin made a top 10 in 2009 and David Dudley finished 16th in 2010. No idea what to make of that.
Some other pros with averages north of 800.000 include Chris Baumgardner (848.058), Todd Auten (837.034), Wesley Strader (819.915), Dave Lefebre (814.261) and Greg Bohannan (807.103).