A new bass boat for conservation efforts

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Florida anglers are enticed to enter a citizen-science conservation program for a chance to win this Mercury-powered Phoenix Bass Boat.

Florida anglers are enticed to enter a citizen-science conservation program for a chance to win this Mercury-powered Phoenix Bass Boat.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will bestow a new bass boat on one TrophyCatch conservation program participant during a live drawing on Saturday.

TrophyCatch is a citizen-science conservation program that rewards anglers who catch, document and release largemouth bass heavier than eight pounds throughout Florida.

A Phoenix Bass Boats Pro 819 with a 200-hp Mercury Marine motor, MotorGuide trolling motor, Lowrance electronics, and Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchor System will be given one of five randomly-selected finalists from 28,384 participants in the program.

“It’s an incredibly nice bass fishing package valued at over $56,000,” said FWC freshwater fisheries management director Jon Fury in a statement. “Everyone who sees it — staff and anglers alike — have been impressed with the design and layout. Only generous partnerships with industry and conservation leaders like Phoenix Bass Boats and Mercury Marine make such an offering possible.”

The drawing will take place following the 2 p.m. weigh-in for the Bobby Lane High School Cup fishing tournament at Camp Mack, a Guy Harvey lodge, marina and RV Resort in Lake Wales, Fla.

The Bobby Lane High School Cup is a nonprofit tournament held annually to raise funds to provide educational scholarships for high school seniors with an interest in bass fishing.

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