Alabama angler lands elusive $25,000 bass

For more than two decades, anglers had been fishing the annual Mark's Outdoors Open Bass Tournament, knowing a fish that weighed exactly 7.00 pounds would be worth $25,000.

But no one had been able to collect the prize - until Saturday.

Brian Horton of Cleveland, Ala., caught a fish that hit the magic mark during Saturday's 21st renewal of the event on Logan Martin Lake. The fish, which hit a Stanley Ribbit paddletail frog in a patch of weeds, was netted by his 8-year-old daughter, Anna Grace.

The tournament was held for 19 years on Lay Lake, which has served as the site for the Bassmaster Classic four times. But it was moved last year to Logan Martin. 

The event usually draws about 500 boats with two anglers per boat. That means 21,000 anglers tried to find the $25,000 fish before it was finally brought to the scales.

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