Solely 21 U.S. states have ever produced a largemouth bass larger than 13 kilos. In a single memorable day final week, Texas produced three.

Anglers Aaron Suess, Alec Morrison, and Ben Milliken all caught 13-pounders on Feb. 5 and entered their bass within the Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW) Toyota ShareLunker Program. Launched by TPW in 1986, ShareLunker is designed to advertise and improve largemouth bass fishing in Texas. 

Suess caught a 13.87-pound largemouth from O.H. Ivie, a 19,000-acre lake in central Texas. Morrison boated his 13.82-pound bass at Sam Rayburn Reservoir, a 114,000-acre lake in east Texas. Milliken didn’t disclose the place he caught his largemouth, which weighed 13.15 kilos, however in a Fb put up he wrote that it was his fifth ShareLunker-sized bass in 18 months, however the first that he turned in.

Anglers who catch a bass that’s no less than 8 kilos or 24 inches can enter their catch info on-line to be acknowledged in ShareLunker’s entry-level 8+ class. However it’s the highest tier Lunker Legacy Class, in fact, that pulls probably the most consideration. Anglers who catch a largemouth weighing no less than 13 kilos are inspired to affix the Lunker Legacy Class by “loaning” their fish to TPW through the January to March bass spawn.

TPW biologists use these trophy specimens for a selective breeding program that’s designed to enhance the scale and genetic high quality of bass within the Lone Star State. TPW maintains a hotline that fishermen can name in the event that they’ve caught a prime tier lunker, and the division dispatches employees anyplace within the state to select up lunker fish. The division additionally has official weighing and holding stations at greater than a dozen lakes throughout the state for anglers who need assistance caring for their fish till TPW employees arrive.

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Suess, Morrison, and Milliken’s massive largemouths—ShareLunker entries 654, 655, and 656 respectively—have been transported to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Heart in Athens. As for what mysterious components aligned to make Feb. 5 such a banner bass day, who can say? Have to be one thing within the water.

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