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I'm not sure if this has been reported on BR already:

I found this on another site.  15.48 pound bass caught in Lake Fork.

 

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Wow!

 

A once in a lifetime accomplishment.

 

Thanks for sharing.

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That's the third over 15 caught this year in Texas 😉

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Beautiful, I hope it was released OK.

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Holy Smokes ~ That's a Beast of a Bass !

Congrats to Mr. LeBove.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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Wow that is a huge bass!

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2 hours ago, 68camaro said:

Beautiful, I hope it was released OK.

That's the release transport truck in the picture. 

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Not sure if I’m correct but I think it went into the sharelunker program. I think they will spawn her in captivity then release? Any tx guys know how it works?? I need to take a trip to tejas to visit my brother and go find some pigs like that! Congrats to the angler!

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And we don't have that kind of program here in CA. Nice beautiful bass. I wish one of these day I gotta hold a bass like that.

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I wish Kansas cared as much about Bass as Texas does.

they seem to have the hands off mentality here. If they do well great. if not, oh well

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30 minutes ago, JustJames said:

And we don't have that kind of program here in CA. Nice beautiful bass. I wish one of these day I gotta hold a bass like that.

California is too busy trying to get rid of those pesky non-native species instead of putting resources into breeding bigger bass to bring in the fishing dollars. Texas is way ahead of most states as far as capitalizing on trophy bass fisheries. Its also one of my dream destinations. 

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4 minutes ago, Weedwhacker said:

I wish Kansas cared as much about Bass as Texas does.

they seem to have the hands off mentality here. If they do well great. if not, oh well

That is not necessarily a bad thing. Many times if a state tries too hard to manage a resource they end up ruining the experience of fishing such as when the implement restrictions on where and when you can fish certain bodies of water. It takes a good balance of control and "hands off" to build a good resource. Not many states can do it. For years in PA we couldn't fish for bass between March 1 and the 3rd Saturday in June. Now they stopped all that nonsense and allowed us to fish for bass anytime of the year but catch and release in the early season. When the lower Susquehanna river showed signs of distress in the SMB population in 2012 the state put restrictions in place to stop people from targeting bass early in the year. Its a fine wire that needs to be walked. 

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3 minutes ago, Gundog said:

That is not necessarily a bad thing. Many times if a state tries too hard to manage a resource they end up ruining the experience of fishing such as when the implement restrictions on where and when you can fish certain bodies of water. It takes a good balance of control and "hands off" to build a good resource. Not many states can do it. For years in PA we couldn't fish for bass between March 1 and the 3rd Saturday in June. Now they stopped all that nonsense and allowed us to fish for bass anytime of the year but catch and release in the early season. When the lower Susquehanna river showed signs of distress in the SMB population in 2012 the state put restrictions in place to stop people from targeting bass early in the year. Its a fine wire that needs to be walked. 

I agree to a point. You can have too many regulations.

From what I have seen, in Kansas the catfish is king and it shows. the catfish stocking programs have created fisheries that can rival anywhere in the country.

Granted our lowland lakes and reservoirs are near perfect habitat for catfish. 

I Just wish the state would put a little more Effort on the Bass population and habitat.

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7 hours ago, Catt said:

That's the third over 15 caught this year in Texas 😉

Yea and it's only March. 

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That is an amazing fish!  If his head was just a bit smaller he could stick it in its mouth.  :)

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7 hours ago, Swbass15 said:

Not sure if I’m correct but I think it went into the sharelunker program. I think they will spawn her in captivity then release? Any tx guys know how it works?? I need to take a trip to tejas to visit my brother and go find some pigs like that! Congrats to the angler!

You are correct about the ShareLunker program. I live in the wrong state...I need Florida strain girls that aren't over 700 miles from home.

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2 hours ago, senile1 said:

That is an amazing fish!  If his head was just a bit smaller he could stick it in its mouth.  :)

Yes it is, but notice that he is still long arming it.  That throws the perspective off & in my opinion, messes up the image.  There really is no need to push a 15 lb bass closer to the camera & away from you, it is awesome enough with the correct perspective.

 

But it is his lunker, he can do with it as he pleases...:mellow:

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Agree with you @OCdockskipper it’s like guys who kill big bull out west, no need to sit two feet behind its rear when it scores 380 smh

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Nice fish....bass are trash in Oregon and not managed well at all either....so sad.....LOVE TENNESSEE!!!

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Wow .... That is a limit of 5 in my lakes ..... :thumbsup:

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I got to Lake Fork Friday night, and everyone was talking about that fish. No word on what part of the lake it came from, but it was supposedly caught on a chatterbait (the first report said that it was caught on a jig, but that was apparently a misprint).

 

I've always wondered where they get the male fish to breed to the Share Lunker females. They only accept 13+ pound bass into the program, and they are certainly all females. Does anybody know how big the males are that they use, and where they come from?  

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Holy Cow that's a HOG!!

 

A dream come true for that guy.

 

Me? I'll keep dreaming :thumbsup:

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17 hours ago, OCdockskipper said:

Yes it is, but notice that he is still long arming it.  That throws the perspective off & in my opinion, messes up the image.  There really is no need to push a 15 lb bass closer to the camera & away from you, it is awesome enough with the correct perspective.

 

But it is his lunker, he can do with it as he pleases...:mellow:

Agreed.  I said that in jest anyway.  Pics are always deceiving, especially with the long arm technique.  

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41 minutes ago, senile1 said:

Agreed.  I said that in jest anyway.  Pics are always deceiving, especially with the long arm technique. 

He's either long arming it or has absolutely massive hands.:lol:  Anyways, I'd love to catch one that big.

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