Sunny Day Spawns "BIG BASS" Sharelunkers

Above Picture Features: 14.37 lb. Big Bass Sharelunker #562 caught at Lake Sam Rayburn.

Lately, it has been raining and raining and raining. For fishermen, this leads to a lot of pent up frustration. In the first sunny day of spring, March 9th, every fishing boat in Texas must have been out on the water. All the fuss ended up producing 3 new Sharelunkers, for the highly successful Texas Parks and Wildlife Department program. This sunny day spawns "BIG BASS" Sharelunkers, for Spring break fishing trips.

Nearby Lake Sam Rayburn actually produced 2 of the 3 Sharelunkers that came in that day. Lake Sam Rayburn is now tied for 2nd as the Lake that has produced the most Sharelunkers, in the entire state. It is only beaten by Lake Fork, who holds the "Numero Uno" spot!

Darrell Tompkins from Huffman, caught TPWD ShareLunker #562 at 6:00 p.m that day. He was utilizing a spinnerbait in shallow water, when the 14.32-pound bass latched on. The gargantuan Bass was 26.25 inches long and 22.25 inches around the girth.TPWD picked it up at Jackson Hill Marina, an official ShareLunker weigh and holding station.

The other Bass from Lake Rayuburn accepted into the Sharelunker program by TPWD was #561, which was caught at the Bass Champs tournament. This monster fish weighed in at 13.05 lbs. and was 25.5 inches long, with a 21" girth. They fish was caught by Triana Wayman of Nachogdoches in 15' of water with a crankbait at 1:30 pm that day.

Per the TPWD Website: ShareLunker catches can be reported 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the season, by calling (903) 681-0550. If poor cellphone service prevents use of the voice number, anglers can leave a phone number (including area code) at (888) 784-0600. That number is also monitored 24/7 during the season.

For complete information and rules of the ShareLunker program, tips on caring for big bass and a recap of last year’s season, see www.tpwd.texas.gov/sharelunker. The site also includes a searchable database of all fish entered into the program along with pictures where available, and a list of official Toyota ShareLunker weigh and holding stations equipped with certified scales.