> What: Eastern Toyota Series
> Where Lake Norman (Huntersville, N.C.)
> When: Thursday through Saturday (Oct. 1-3, 2020)
> What they’re saying: “Everyone is going to catch a lot of fish and this is going to be a good tournament,” said Bass Pro Tour angler Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., who has five Top-10 finishes – including two wins – on Lake Norman in FLW competition. “I was looking at the long-range forecast and it’s supposed to cool off considerably, like down into the 40s at night. That’s going to get them moving and make the shallow bite turn on real good. What makes Norman such a fun tournament lake, though, is guys can catch them on pretty much anything that they want to throw. Shallow topwater is going to be strong – buzzbaits, walking baits – I’m going to have a Damiki Rambler tied on, and I’m sure that we’ll see lots of Whopper Ploppers – but plenty of guys will be catching them out deep with dropshot rigs, as well. We’re going to have to run everything and fish different stuff every day. I think if you can catch 12 1/2 to 14 pounds a day, you’ll be right there at the end. I think the winner will have something like 37 to 40 pounds. If you catch that and don’t win, you didn’t do anything wrong. You just got beat.”
> At stake: A top prize of up to $65,000, plus a $35,000 bonus if the winner is a qualified Phoenix Boat owner.
> Attendance: Limited to competing anglers and essential staff only
Some of the information above was taken from an FLW press release.