A California man has been declared the first winner in the 2009 Ramada Worldwide Winning Weight Game, a contest on Bassmaster.com that invites fans to pinpoint that weight will be needed to win an upcoming Bassmaster Elite Series tournament.John Stigar, 38, of Costa Mesa, Calif., correctly predicted it would take 96 pounds, 6 ounces to win the Elite season opener, the March 12-15 OPTIMA Batteries Battle on the Border on Texas' Lake Amistad.
When the event was complete, contest officials determined that Stigar was the only player to exactly match the four-day total of Battle on the Border winner Jason Williamson of Aiken, S.C.
Funny thing was, although Stigar monitored the weigh-ins, he was surprised when contest officials called to tell him he'd won.
"I entered weeks before the tournament, so I didn't remember my exact weight," said Stigar, a facilities engineer who said he enjoys fishing local tournaments. "I thought I put down 96 pounds, 3 ounces. I knew I'd been close, but thought someone must have beat me."He said his entry submitted at Bassmaster.com wasn't exactly a random guess.
I looked up past tournaments on Amistad, and scaled back my entry when I saw that weights had been dropping lately," he said.Stigar will receive a big bag of Elite Series autographed items, a Ramada fleece pullover, 5,000 Wyndham Rewards points and a collection of tackle and outdoor gear.
The Ramada Worldwide Winning Weight Game applies to all eight 2009 regular-season Elite events. Entries are accepted at Bassmaster.com or by texting your winning weight guesses to 4ESPN (43776).
Of the eight winners, one will be randomly selected at the end of the Elite season to win the grand prize, a $1,000 shopping spree from Bass Pro Shops.