Like most of us, Farmerville’s Jason Williams fishes for fun and relaxation. In fact, he has been fishing since he was old enough to hold a fishing pole. But one recent fishing trip has left him anything but relaxed. A fish he caught is even making it hard for him to sleep at night.
The reason? He caught a bass on Lake D’Arbonne that could win him a $100 gift card; a new Chevy Truck; a new Ranger bass boat…. OR cash up to A MILLION DOLLARS! Here’s the story:
A couple of Saturday’s ago, Jason was out fishing in a spot where he usually catches some nice bass. He threw out his Yellow Magic topwater lure, chugged it a couple of times and POW !! — a chunky two pound bass hit and was reeled to the boat. As he got ready to put it in the livewell, he noticed a numbered red spaghetti tag stuck alongside the fish’s dorsal fin. He didn’t think much of it, but after he fished a while longer, he decided to call Wildlife and Fisheries to see what it meant. They knew nothing about it. So he looked more closely at the tag. On the other side of the tag, it said, Cabella’s Fish For Millions.
“Wow. I didn’t know what to think,” the 32-year-old said. “I just quit fishing immediately and went to my cousin’s house and looked it up on the computer. I read the rules, registered the fish and they told me congratulations and that they would let me know what I had won once the contest was over (the contest ends at midnight, July 7).” Hence, the lack of sleep for Jason.
Had Williams known about the contest and pre-registered, his prizes, whatever they may be, could have doubled. He didn’t. He didn’t know about the contest previously. In fact, I didn’t know anything about it and did not know D’Arbonne was one of four Louisiana lakes that had a tagged fish released in it. Other lakes in Louisiana are Lake Cataouatche, Chicot Lake, and Toledo Bend. You can find out more about the contest and still register as well. I can’t find out for sure if there is another tagged fish out there on the Bone, but there might be. Here’s the official website: http://cabelas.com/fishformillions
“It was just a typical fishing trip,” Williams said. “It was early and I’d been catching some good fish on topwater baits. I caught the fish about 8 a.m. and kept fishing for about an hour longer before I decided to look into what the tag meant. I can’t believe it. And I can’t wait to find out what I have won. Time is moving pretty slow. I have to admit, it’s hard to wait. If you fish in a tournament and you catch a good string of fish, you have to wait to weigh in to see if you won. But that is just at the end of the day. This is a whole other level of waiting and suspense. Not knowing whether I’ve won a tackle box, a new boat or a million dollars is definitely hindering my sleep at night.”
Cabela’s is sponsoring Fish for Millions giving anglers a shot at up to $2 million in cash and nearly $270,000 in additional prizes by catching tagged fish in select lakes across the United States. The prize can double if the angler uses the Cabela’s app or pre-registers for the contest before catching a tagged fish. Cabela’s, along with Chevy and Ranger Boats, tagged 1,500 fish of various species in lakes across 22 states – Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Ohio Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin – and 97 bodies of water. This year’s competition features three new states and 31 new bodies of water. Up for grabs in this year’s contest are two Ranger 520Z bass boats valued at $60,000 apiece, a Chevy Silverado valued at $55,000, $5,000 Cabela’s shopping sprees, Ultimate Fishing Gear packages valued at $2,500, Cabela’s Tournament ZX Tourney Trail fishing combos valued at $99.98 and Costa sunglasses valued at up to $250, among other prizes.
Fishing requires a lot of patience. But this takes it to another whole level for sure. We wish Jason the best and we will let readers know when he finds out something for sure in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, you can be sure of one thing. When Jason’s phone rings and the caller ID says “Cabellas“, it won’t take him long to answer… I just hope he remembers to sit down first. Good luck, Jason!