The TrophyCatch program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has awarded Vance Mccullers from Lutz the eighth season Phoenix bass boat. Boat partners Mercury Marine and Lowrance were in the TrophyCatch boat raffle to do the “reverse drawing,” which began with each of the five finalists dropping their names into a bucket. The last name pulled from the bucket was the winner of the TrophyCatch boat package.
“Four of the finalists submitted multiple fish to TrophyCatch, while one angler simply signed up for the program and had an entry on the boat drawing,” said Tom Graef, director of the freshwater fisheries division. “As finalists, everyone had an equal chance to be a brand new Phoenix boat owner and no fish submission was required to be eligible. Everyone who is registered with TrophyCatch has the chance to win big! “
“Thanks to TrophyCatch. I really appreciate it, “said the happy angler Mccullers.” I told my wife that when I get home on this boat, I will believe her golden horseshoe story. Now I’m coming home with my truck! “
The Phoenix Boat Package is a brand new Phoenix 819 powered by Mercury Pro XS 200, driven by Lowrance electronics and ghost trolling motor, and anchored by Power Pole. Partner Wrap, this also helped draw attention to the boat while it was being pulled by Bartow Ford’s Ford F-150 TrophyCatch. Finalist awards include items such as a Mercury visor and Phoenix hat, plus a lure lock storage box and $ 100 gift cards for Bass Pro Shops.
The TrophyCatch program rewards anglers who document the catch and release of largemouth bass weighing 8 pounds or more in Florida. To qualify for prizes, anglers must submit photos or videos of their catch to TrophyCatch.com showing all of the fish and its weight on a scale before releasing it into the water. FWC biologists use TrophyCatch bass research data to make informed decisions about how to manage Florida bass fishing and encourage the capture and release of trophy bass.
The FWC encourages anglers to join TrophyCatch to become citizen scientists and help manage and maintain Florida freshwater fisheries. The associated TrophyCare program promotes trophy bass handling best practices to ensure that every TrophyCatch bass is released live. For more information on the TrophyCatch program, please email Laura Rambo Walthall at Laura.Walthall@MyFWC.com.
For general information on the water body, fisheries forecasts, virtual tours, facility control operational plans and annual work schedules, boat ramp information and more, visit the What’s Happening on My Lake? Website at MyFWC.com/Lake.