When Harris Housley of Calhoun, Ga., dropped his name in the sweepstakes box at the 2014 Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo, he never thought that a few months later he’d get a phone call from Bassmaster Elite Series pro Aaron Martens.
“I had a message on my phone that said, ‘This is Aaron Martens. It looks like we’re going to be fishing together!’ I thought someone was playing a joke on me,” Housley said.
After talking with Martens, Housley soon learned he was the sole winner of the Bassmaster Reelin’ & Racing Sweepstakes presented by Nationwide Insurance.
Not only will Housley receive round-trip airfare to Birmingham, Ala. — B.A.S.S. headquarters — and a three-night hotel stay, rental car and $500 in spending money, but he will also get the VIP experience at a major stock car race at Talladega Superspeedway.
“I’ve followed racing just about my whole life,” Housley said. “I’ve been to Talladega before they had to run restrictor plates, so it’s great that’s part of the prize.”
After the race on Sunday, Oct. 19, Housley will hop in the boat with the 2013 Angler of the Year to fish a lake in central Alabama.
“I’ve watched Aaron on The Bassmasters,” Housley said. “He seems like such a down-to-earth person and very knowledgeable about fishing. I just can’t wait!”
Housley, who fishes lakes around the southeast as often as he can, is looking forward to learning the way Martens dissects a body of water and his tricks on finding fish.
“It just seems like October won’t get here soon enough!” Housley said.
Fans have another chance to get on the water with an Elite pro through the Fish With Rojas In Mexico Sweepstakes currently underway on Bassmaster.com.
The winner will receive a fishing trip to Angler’s Inn in El Salto, Mexico, that includes round-trip airfare, ground transportation, $500 spending money, gear from Rigid Industries and Spro/Gamakatsu, a four-night stay and three days of fishing on one of the world’s best lakes for trophy bass.
The Fish With Rojas In Mexico Sweepstakes runs through May 30, and the winner will be selected June 10, 2014.