Jackson Hobbs, a 16-year-old Eagle Scout from Franklin, Idaho, was vacationing this summer in Alaska when, on a whim, he purchased a $10 ticket to enter the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, a fishing contest held every year in Homer, Alaska.
All Jackson did was catch a 335-pound halibut to win the derby’s $10,000 grand prize.
“It’s every fisher’s dream to catch that big fish,” Jackson told The Herald Journal newspaper. “You say, ‘I’m going to do it one time and I’m going to get a fish. You realize it’s your last chance; then (the fish) just happens to get on, and it’s that one fish you’ve been looking for your entire life, that one fish every fisher wants to catch.”
Jackson’s grandfather gave Jackson the trip as a reward for Jackson earning his Eagle rank.