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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — When Kayla Nevius caught an 8-pound, 2-ounce bass one morning before work, she was excited, but she didn’t realize it would be a life-changing moment. The video she shot of her catch made her the grand-prize winner in the GoPro Best Catch Contest Powered by Bassmaster.
“I think about it a hundred times a day,” said Nevius, 24, “and it makes me smile every time!”
For her win, Nevius will receive a boat and motor package worth $57,989. She gets a 2015 Nitro Z-21 boat, a Mercury 250 horsepower ProXS motor, two Humminbird 1199 electronics, a Minn Kota Fortrex trolling motor and two 12-foot Talon Shallow Water Anchors.
“I already have a boat, but it’s a 1994 model,” said Nevius, who bought the used boat just more than a year ago. “Now I get a 20-year upgrade!”

“My GoPro has been my best friend since I bought one a year ago,” Nevius said. “I keep it in my purse, and I take it every time I go hunting, hiking, snowboarding or fishing.
Each monthly winner was chosen based on cinematography/composition, perspective/degree of difficulty, character and catch, and overall beauty and lighting. Then, the five monthly winners were judged against each other for the grand prize.

“This contest was a great opportunity for us to see more of the amazing footage bass anglers were capturing with their GoPros,” said Todd Ballard, senior director of lifestyle marketing for GoPro. “With entries from all over the U.S. and tons of creativity and epic catches, getting to one winner wasn’t easy.
“Kayla nailed it, and we love her passion for capturing and sharing great content. We look forward to seeing what she captures in her new Nitro boat,” Ballard said.

Nevius, who has a degree in child, adolescent and family services from California State University-Bakersfield, dedicates her life to helping children who are struggling socially, academically and psychologically. She is currently seeking a job in that field, but she has served as a child mentor in the past, and she is passionate about getting children outdoors.
The GoPro Best Catch Contest Powered by Bassmaster ran from March 15 to Aug. 15. The judges included seven-time Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam, B.A.S.S. co-owner Jerry McKinnis, and Bassmaster emcees Dave Mercer and Tommy Sanders. 


Courtesy of BASS Communications.

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