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One East Texan's Big Catch Wins Hummer

One East Texan had a lucky catch that changed his life.  Cassidy Cole was raised like many other East Texas boys, fishing.

"My dad has had me fishing since I was five years old since I can remember I've been fishing probably three or four times a week," said Cassidy.

What was once a hobby payed out big-time. Cassidy caught an 11lb. 8oz. bass at the McDonalds Big Bass Splash Tournament on Lake Sam Rayburn.

"Really just luck.  Right spot at the right time," said Cassidy "It was me and my uncle fishing in the boat together. He's the one that netted it and said that's a ten pound bass. I was thinking about nine and he was like you just won a hummer."

But he hadn't won it just yet. "For two days I was listening to the radio listening so nobody beat me out. it was real nerve-racking but it was worth it." "I couldn't believe it, it took about two days until it actually sunk in that it actually happened."

"We just couldn't believe. I was praying the whole weekend nobody was going to beat him,' said his wife Rebecca Cole.

Cassidy's winnings were over $130,000. The prizes included a fully loaded H2 Hummer, a Triton Bass Boat, a Bad Boy Buggie, plus a thousand dollars cash.

"I'm going to keep the boat and sell the bad boy buggie and the hummer, hopefully buy a house. And give the rest to my dad and my uncle," said Cassidy.

"Next year I'll be back on stage and be presented a fiberglass replica of the bass I caught, and I'm hoping I win it again next year," said Cassidy.

Cassidy works as a waiter at the Chili's in Kilgore. He plans on still working and fishing as much as he can.

Danielle Capper, Reporting.


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