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Tennessee angler wins Gander Mtn. “Fish Like a Pro” grand prize


Pro angler Dean Rojas’ fully-loaded $70,000 boat headed to Boone Lake in east Tennessee - ST. PAUL, MN, October 23, 2013 --- Jim McQueen admits he thought it was a hoax when the call came from Gander Mountain. He had entered the outdoors leader’s “Fish Like a Pro” sweepstakes on-line at, but when the call came to his house in Piney Flats, TN, to let him know he was the grand prize winner, it seemed too good to be true.

“I actually thought it was a scam or a hoax,” said McQueen on Tuesday as he collected his grand prize at the Gander Mountain store in Forest Lake, MN. “My wife called me at work and asked if I entered a boat contest. I said I remembered doing that, and she told me to call Gander Mountain. Everything worked out. It’s unbelievable.”

Towed behind McQueen’s SUV on the trip home to Tennessee is Elite Bassmaster Angler Dean Rojas’ boat – a fully loaded 2013 Skeeter FX 20 with 250hp Yamaha V Max SHO® Motor, valued at $70,000.

McQueen, who started fishing for trout on Tennessee rivers with his father at the age of four, said he’d struggled to find time for fishing recently as his long-time job as an estimator for a metals company in Johnson City, TN, has been busy, but nothing will keep him off the water with a new boat to enjoy.

“I’d been taking some time off fishing lately, but I’ll be back out there all the time now,” McQueen said. “That boat’s going to be running up and down Boone Lake. It’s a beautiful boat, and I plan on doing a lot of fishing with it.”

The “Fish Like a Pro” sweepstakes was one part of Gander Mountain’s First Cast event, which launched the fishing season back in March. Entries were accepted on-line and at Gander Mountain stores in 24 states, and McQueen’s name was drawn as the lucky winner.

“We are very happy to see our ‘Fish Like a Pro’ grand prize go to a long-time fisherman with a real love for the outdoors,” said Steve Uline, Gander Mountain's executive vice president of marketing. “First Cast has been a celebration of fishing season on the lakes, rivers and oceans throughout Gander Mountain territory, from the Atlantic Coast in Florida to the Red River in North Dakota. We look forward to hearing many great fishing stories from Jim McQueen and friends.”

About Gander Mountain Company

Gander Mountain Company headquartered in St. Paul, MN, is the nation's largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services. Since 1960, Gander Mountain has offered the best selection of outdoor equipment, technical apparel, active casual wear, and footwear featuring national, regional and specialty brands at competitive prices. Focused on a "We Live Outdoors®" culture, Gander Mountain dedicates itself to creating outdoor memories. There are currently 127 conveniently located Gander Mountain outdoor lifestyle stores in 24 states. For the nearest store location call 800-282-5993 or visit Gander Mountain is also the parent company of Overton's (, a leading catalog and Internet based retailer of products for boating and other water sports enthusiasts.