Take a look at FLW champ Shin Fukae’s ‘list of favorites’ and you’ll find the following: baby back ribs, Lakes Champlain and Okeechobee, his Toyota Sequoia, Yamamoto’s Shad Shape lures, the rice balls his wife Miyu makes, and drop shot rigs.
Fukae has also grown fond of the Toyota Trucks Bonus Bucks program. He has won more than $5,000 in his first year as a registered participating angler– including $1,500 in Bonus Bucks for his recent FLW victory at Lake Champlain.
Fukae offers wisdom along with a small plea for fellow FLW tournament anglers that are considering signing-up for Toyota’s Bonus Bucks program. “If you’re towing with a 2007 or newer Toyota Truck you should definitely sign up, but once you sign-up, you’ll be competing against me to win the Bonus Bucks, so please go easy on me,” said the 2004 FLW Tour’s Angler of the Year.
“I love my Sequoia, especially the integrated GPS and backup camera. I also enjoy the luxury and comfort, and its interior space for carrying all the things necessary for life away from home as a touring pro. My wife Miyu travels with me, and the backup camera makes it easy for her to connect the boat trailer,” said the 38- year-old Fukae, who claims fishing industry legend Gary Yamamoto as his mentor and very close friend.
Fukae continues describing his fondness of the Bonus Bucks program by saying, “With the Toyota Bonus Bucks program, you don’t have to win the tournament to win the Bonus Bucks. You only need to be the highest or second highest finishing registered participant. I only have one first place finish during the time I’ve been signed up, yet I’ve managed to accumulate over $5,000 with the program.”
Shin’s right. Bonus Bucks is simple. Own or lease a 2007 or newer Tundra, Sequoia, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser or Tacoma, send in your registration like Shin did, and be the highest finishing eligible participant (must finish in the top 50% of the field) in your FLW or BASS affiliated tournament – and you win the Bonus Bucks. To find out more and to make sure you’re signed up please visit www.ToyotaTrucksBonusBucks.com or call Kendell at (918) 742-6424.