Illinois Angler Wins BerkleyBigFish Grand Prize

Illinois Angler Wins BerkleyBigFish Grand Prize
Illinois Angler Wins BerkleyBigFish Grand Prize

Cheryl Smith loves to fish, and her desire to be on the water is paying off. Her infectious angling passion paid big dividends in the Berkley Big Fish (BBF) Contest for OutdoorGirl1, as she has become known on Smith landed the biggest prize offered - a fishing trip for two with legendary angler Hank Parker.

"I was up against a lot of great anglers on Berkley Big Fish," said Smith. "The website is so much fun, I can't get away from it. The voting and pictures that are submitted show that fishing is growing. Families and individuals still love to get outdoors and stay active."

The St. Charles, Ill., native has been posting pictures of her and anything with gills on since early 2009. She has won multiple awards on BBF, most notably being named Elite Angler for the month of April. Smith is also a five-time category winner and has marked her place as one of the standout anglers on the site.

"It's so good to have a website that is all positive," said Hank Parker. "Everything about the outdoors should be all about being positive. is for any angler wanting to share their story. Cheryl was the crown jewel out of the 22 anglers selected for the Grand Prize. She is held in high regard from her competitors and myself as well."

BerkleyBigFish is a Web site that celebrates the sport of fishing through creating an online community of dedicated anglers. The almost-12,000 users (nearly double from a year ago) can post photos that are entered into monthly contests and sweepstakes with the chance to win prizes from Berkley, Abu Garcia and other sponsors.

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