Texas Woman Boats 13 Pound Largemouth Bass | Field and flow

A last-minute decision to fish a little before heading to her kids’ baseball practice resulted in a bass of a lifetime for angler Kellie Renfro. After launching her boat on 2,200-acre Lake Nacogdoches in East Texas on March 10, Renfro and her husband eased to a secondary point where her husband quickly sailed away with a two-pound bass. Renfro was fishing off the bow of the boat when she felt a small bite, dropped the hook, then thought she was hooked. “I turned to my husband and said, ‘Well, I hooked a stump,'” Renfro said. KLTV Television. “Seconds later, that’s when [the fish] started pulling, and when I realized I had just hooked onto the biggest fish I had ever smelt. The fight was on. »

The battle lasted 10 minutes with the big fish shooting, jumping twice and spinning around the boat several times before Renfro’s husband caught the big mouth hen. Renfro caught his bass on a V&M Baby Swamp Hawg Lure Watermelon Red. She used a Dobyns rod paired with a Lew’s reel wound with P-Line Floroclear range.

After navigating the big fish, Renfro immediately contacted the Toyota ShareLunker Program, a unique initiative by Texas Parks and Wildlife that promotes the growth of monster-sized bass. A staff member from Athens quickly arrived to weigh the bass and collect biological data. The fish was 26 inches long with a circumference of 23.5 inches.

Texas anglers who reel Legacy Class bass over 13 pounds between January and March 31 can generally “loan” them to TPWD for the ShareLunker Selective Breeding and Restocking Program. But this year, so many fish were caught in the over 14-pound range, including a 17-pounder from Lake OH Ivie, that officials decided not to use Renfro’s fish for the program. Instead, he was released safely into Lake Nacogdoches.

The Toyota ShareLunker program offers four levels of participation for catching bass over eight pounds or 24 inches in Texas. Anglers who register a lunker in the program in 2022 receive gifts, a sticker for their vehicle or boat, VIP access to an annual rewards event, and are entered into draws for lifetime licenses and cash rewards.

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Renfro’s bass is the fifth largest lunker collected through the ShareLunker program on Lake Nacogdoches. The largest was a 15.34 pound beast captured in February 2020 by Joe Castle. His bass was the first from Lake Nacogdoches ShareLunker of the year. TPWD says this is also the first Legacy Class Bass entered by a woman since March 31, 2018, nearly four years ago.

Earnest A. Martinez