Simple question: What would you do if you won Rapala Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing? We mean, the whole enchilada? Would you buy a new boat? Would you buy enough Rapala lures to last you a lifetime? Would you buy fishing gear for all of your closest friends and family members?
Well, the second year of Rapala Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing recently concluded and we have a winner! It’s Bill Wiles, 52, a resident of Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City. Wiles is married, has two stepchildren, a grandson.
A longtime B.A.S.S. member, Wiles scored 11,316 points over the course of the 2021 season, 95 more than his closest pursuer, according to Bassmaster. Wiles will be awarded a grand prize of a $15,000 Bass Pro Shops gift card, $5,000 cash, one autographed Rapala and Bassmaster co-branded 3-foot giant lure, and a Rapala prize package.
Leveraging a passion for bass fishing
Did Wiles just get lucky? Well, sure there’s a little bit of luck involved in Rapala Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing, but Wiles took after his fantasy fishing like his real-life bass fishing and won big time! Wiles owes his success to his passion for bass fishing, his knowledge of the nation’s top bass anglers, and a unique strategy that set him apart from the estimated 40,000 anglers who play Rapala Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing throughout the season, from February to August.
“I guess you could say I’m an avid bass angler,” said Wiles. “During the fishing season, I probably fish four out of every five weekends. I love tournament fishing. I follow fishing, too — my DVR is full of fishing shows, whether it’s Jimmy Houston or its Bassmaster coverage. There are very few shows on my DVR that are not bass fishing related. So, yes, I’m kind of obsessed with it.”