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One lucky angler will win a brand-new bass boat in a couple of weeks, courtesy of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission TrophyCatch program and its partners.
The 10th TrophyCatch boat giveaway will be held at the Bobby Lane High School Cup Bass Fishing Tournament in Lake Wales on Dec. 3. The grand prize winner will be decided through a random drawing.
FWC said the giveaway is possible due to industry partnerships. The boat itself — a Pro 819 — is being donated by Phoenix Bass Boats. The vessel is equipped with a 200-horsepower Mercury Marine motor, supported by MotorMate, guided by Lowrance HDLive electronics and Ghost Trolling Motor, and anchored by Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchor System.
“This $65,000 boat package is a truly sweet ride,” said Thomas Graef, director of FWC’s Division of Freshwater Fisheries Management. “And It’s made a reality only by the generous contributions of partners such as Phoenix Bass Boats, Mercury and others who share our passion for bass fishing and bass conservation. It is incredible to be able to reward our participants with such a great prize for contributing to TrophyCatch.”
Earlier this year, TrophyCatch partner WrapThis let anglers vote on four different boat wrap colors to pick the one they liked best. A wrap design was applied to the Phoenix boat and was displayed throughout the season at events around the state and the winning color will be revealed, adding an exciting new twist for this year’s winner.
A live reverse drawing will determine the winner from among five randomly selected TrophyCatch registrants and club winners. The finalists will be revealed on the TrophyCatch Facebook page.
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