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BoatUS announces winners of ‘Awesome Fishing Trip’

When Western Kentucky University senior Jacob N. Hopkins and University of Idaho senior Samuel Martin set out to write their winning essay entries in the BoatUS “Zona’s Awesome Fishing Trip” contest, they likely thought they were angling for only one top prize.

However, after judges reviewed both entries -- which chronicle career aspirations, the chance to fish with Zona and being members of BoatUS -- they decided to change the rules and award each student a grand prize trip. Hopkins and Martin will now both get their own “Awesome Fishing Trip” with ESPN Bassmaster and Greatest Fishing Show host Mark Zona, and both will get a $1,000 gift card for airfare, lodging and meal expenses.

Click here to read the full announcement and a link to the winning essays.