These two anglers fishing in Hot Springs National Park had more than your typical day on the lake.
From April 1 through June 30, the park hosts the Hot Springs Fishing Challenge, with fisherman competing to catch various fish such as walleye, bluegill and bass.
Pete Clark and his brother Jessie were certainly the talk of the challenge, landing a four-pound largemouth bass named Big Al that had eluded capture for five years. The two reeled in the largest payday in the challenge, fetching a whopping $15,000 for the big haul.
According to KARK, the organizers were thrilled to see someone finally catch the top fish.
“We are overjoyed that someone has finally caught the top-prize fish,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Vista Hot Springs.
At last check, there were still more than 50 tagged fish remaining, with a total value of $65,500. If you’ve got nothing better to do over the next few days, head to Arkansas and take your shot at a piece of the pie.
Pete plans on splitting his cash prize with his brother, using his half to pay off his truck. As far as Big Al goes, well he’ll be headed back into the lake.