Florida TrophyCatch Angler Wins Bass Boat

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Bass angler Ed Prather is the winner of a $40,000 Phoenix Bass Boat as part of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) TrophyCatch program.

Prather was chosen randomly from 11,230 individuals, who registered free-of-charge at TrophyCatchFlorida.com. The final drawing was  held during Bartow Ford’s Winter Wonderland event.

TrophyCatch is the FWC’s citizen-science, conservation rewards program for anglers who catch, document and release largemouth bass greater than 8 pounds. Each season they have a drawing from among registered anglers for a boat.

Industry partners donate the boat and other TrophyCatch prizes at no cost to the FWC, to help encourage conservation and citizen-science.

The Phoenix 619 Pro bass boat and trailer came with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard, MotorGuide trolling motor and Power-Pole anchoring system.

This year, Bartow Ford added a surprise gift of $1,000 towards the purchase of one of their vehicles to pull the boat.

Prather had a 10-pound, 4-ounce bass from Rodman Reservoir approved in 2015.

source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission