Bluff City man wins boat in national fishing tournament with more than 700 other competitors


Being the only winner out of 700 people aren't good odds. It's only a .14% chance.

But one Bluff City man beat those odds and won a brand new $36,000 boat, all in a big bass fishing tournament.

The two day Big Bass Tour tournament on Lake Guntersville in Alabama offered up a lot of good prizes for the biggest bass, like hourly payouts from $100 to $1,000.

The grand prize a Nitro Z19 bass boat, which is now in the hands of Bristol, Tennessee Fire Lieutenant, Chris Hopson.

"I couldn't believe it. It was just unbelievable," Hopson said.

Hopson caught a 7.65 pound bass fish on the last day of the tournament.

"I knew I had a good opportunity to push for the lead, but we kept fishing for another hour and a half," he said.

A big accomplishment... coming out on top from bass fishers all over the country.

"It's one angler against 700, so it's very tough. They said they've never had a repeat winner and they've done it for 10 years," Hopson said.

Hopson, proud to bring the boat back to our region which he says is huge for bass fishing.

"I'm just glad to be able to bring the boat back to east Tennessee and show support to our anglers in this area," he said.

Now he's left with the tough task... deciding if he sells his old boat he has memories with, or the brand new boat he earned.

"It's hard to get rid of either boat, because one, I won the tournament in and the other one I won the boat," Hopson said.

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