Angler Snags 7.59-Pound Bass And $100,000

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There aren’t many things that’ll earn someone over $100,000 for a hobby that they love. John Odom did just that, he won it in a single cast!

It only took one cast and one fish for Missouri amateur angler John Odom to reel in a $101,500 jackpot Sunday.

The Normandy, Missouri, fisherman was participating in the annual Midwest Fish Tournament’s Big Bass Bash on Sunday at Lake of the Ozarks when he hooked a 7.59-pound largemouth bass with a spinner lure.

Unlike many tournaments where an angler’s best five fish are weighed, the Big Bass Bash pays prize money for an angler’s single-biggest fish.

“We had over 3,000 anglers from 30 states this weekend,” said Charlie Terrell, an owner and organizer of the tournament. “John’s strictly an amateur — he was fishing from a 20-year-old Stratos boat on the Niangua arm of the lake when he hooked it. He was pretty excited when he came in. He was almost crying and almost passed out when he won.”

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