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#400 Caught ....... UPDATE#2 ..... w/pic

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I beat Matt to it. Apparently there someone caught a 13.05 on Amistad this afternoon. Share a lunker officials are heading down there right now. Lots of things could happen though. The bass is only .05 over 13. If it coughs up breakfast before officials get there ......... the guy is S.O.L.

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;D never give up lbh do you.  I hope you catch a big one but it looks like your going to be late on this one.  It couldn't have waited for 3 more weeks until you got your shot at it

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This is what I got from another site.

Jason Baird of Gypsum, Kansas, caught Budweiser ShareLunker No. 400 from Lake Amistad about noon on Tuesday, February 28.

The 13.1-pound fish will be worth $5,240 in cash in addition to other prizes to be awarded to Baird. Baird's catch followed by less than a week the catching of ShareLunker No. 399 by Kurt Wade of Arlington, Texas, who was fishing in Mill Creek Reservoir.

Baird's fish arrived at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday following an all-night trip to Lake Amistad, on the border between Texas and Mexico outside Del Rio, Texas.

Complete details will follow shortly.

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Fellow Kansan taking home the prize.

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Unreal!!!

I wonder if there is going to be a reward for 500?

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Here's the cmplete story:

TPWD News Release

Kansas Angler Lands 13.1-pound Bass Worth $5,240

ATHENS, TexasAnd the winner is..Jason Baird of Gypsum, Kansas.

Fishing the Castle Canyon area of Lake Amistad about noon Tuesday, Baird and guide Ray Hanselman, Jr., spotted a big bass on her bed. After 45 tension-filled minutes during which the big bass darted at the Smallie Beaver creature bait in the White Trash pattern at least 15 times without taking it, she finally bit.

Thinking the bass weighed perhaps 8 or 9 pounds, Baird was going to lip it until it came to the boat and they realized it was much bigger. Hanselman then handed Baird a net so he could land the fish, which was 26 inches long and 21 inches around.

This was my second time to fish Lake Amistad, and I'd never sight fished before, Baird said. Amistad is awesome. There were so many big fish on beds in there.

The 34-year-old Baird and three friends drove all Monday night to get to the lake to fish. I had seen on Bass Center on ESPN that Budweiser ShareLunker 398 had been caught, but I did not know my fish might be eligible for the prize for number 400 until we called another guide after I caught it and he started screaming to get the fish weighed and call the ShareLunker hotline, Baird said. Baird, who is Parks and Recreation Director for Herington, Kansas, was using a Falcon rod with a Quantum spinning reel spooled with 30-pound-test braided line.

In addition to the usual prizes of a Budweiser ShareLunker jacket and a fiberglass replica of the fish, Baird will receive a cash award of $400 per pound of fish and a G.Loomis rod with Shimano reel valued at a total of $600. Prizes will be funded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Anheuser-Busch and G.Loomis.

What does an angler do after catching the probable fish of a lifetime and gaining an unexpected windfall in the process?

Go fishing again. What else?

Baird and friends and Hanselman were back on the water at daybreak Wednesday, just as Budweiser ShareLunker program manager David Campbell was pulling into the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center after an 895-mile, 16-hour round trip.

Following a quick examination and measuring session, the fish forever after to be known as Budweiser ShareLunker No. 400 was swimming circles in her new home, peering at curious photographers through the picture window in her personal tank. If all goes as planned in the coming weeks, she will mate with a male descendant of an earlier ShareLunker to produce several thousand offspring that will be stocked into Lake Amistad and perhaps other public lakes in Texas.

And in 8 or 9 years, another lucky angler may find himself enjoying a very personal connection to the present drama in the form of another, perhaps even bigger fish on the end of his or her line. Making that happen as often as possible is the ultimate goal of the Budweiser ShareLunker program.

Anglers legally catching a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass in Texas waters may enter it into the ShareLunker program by calling David Campbell at (903) 681-0550 or by paging him at (888) 784-0600.

For information on the Budweiser ShareLunker program, including current and previous season records, go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/budsharelunker/

The Budweiser ShareLunker program is made possible through support from Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Since 1991, Anheuser-Busch, in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, has contributed millions of dollars in funding to support conservation causes and fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation programs in Texas.

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Thanks for the pics and update.  Great for that fella....and what all that says for the state of Texas and their commitment to the sport of bass fishing.

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Hey, I know that guy! He was the KS Federation rep. at the National Championship a couple years ago and I fished against him in the Qualifiers, and beat him.

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Was on the lake yesterday, on Fork.   I knew when I arrived at the lake on a 85 degree day and the ramps looked normal, I just knew one had been caught.   Sure enough, #400 was caught.

Wasn't going to stop us.   Found some 65 degree water in the backs of creeks and coves.   Saw some bedding, not locked on, saw some good ones cruising, not interested in eating, looking to bed.    With this current warming trend, 2-3 days more and they'll lock in.

Backed off, and went down lake, much cooler water, fish were interested in eating in lower 50's in staging areas.

Thanks Ku for keeping every one current.

Hookem Matt.

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An update.....They keep on coming....

:o 2 of the fish had already spawned! :o

:o One on a beetle spin :o

I am neither of these fisher(persons). :'(

TPWD News Release

Four Fish in Three Days from Four Lakes

ATHENS, TexasFriday afternoon David Utz of Lovelady did what no other angler in the 20-year history of the Budweiser ShareLunker program has done: Caught 13-pound-plus fish on back-to-back days.

About 6:00 p.m. March 3 Utz pulled a 13.03-pound bass from Lake Ratcliff in the Davy Crockett National Forest, the day after he caught a 13.65-pounder from the same lake. His entries became numbers 402 and 403. Utz was using a jig and pig in 5 feet of water. The fish was 25.25 inches long and 20.75 inches around.

Three other ShareLunkers were caught over the weekend. Dr. Mark Smith of Allen caught number 404 from Lake Fork Saturday. The 14.09-pound fish was 24.75 inches long and 21 inches in girth.

Later that same day Tanya Sorter of Hemphill reeled in Budweiser ShareLunker number 405, a 14.25-pounder from Toledo Bend Reservoir. Her fish was 25.75 inches long and 22 inches in girth and was caught on a Rattlin' Rapala.

Both the Smith and Sorter fish had already spawned.

Sunday morning Trey McCollum of Nacogdoches caught a 13.13-pound bass from San Augustine City Lake, a 200-acre impoundment stocked with Florida largemouth bass in 1979, 1980 and 1992. McCollum was fishing with a Beetle Spin. His fish was 26 inches long and 20.5 inches around, and like the other three was in water between 3 and 5 feet deep.

One anglerJim Gorehad two entries into the program on the same day, but one of those entries was a 6.5-pound male, the only fish of that gender ever entered into the program. It was the largest male largemouth bass Budweiser ShareLunker program manager David Campbell had ever seen, and he wanted that fish's genes incorporated into the ShareLunker breeding program.

The total number of entries for the current season now stands at 15, with nearly two full months left.

Anglers legally catching a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass in Texas waters may enter it into the ShareLunker program by calling David Campbell at (903) 681-0550 or by paging him at (888) 784-0600.

For information on the Budweiser ShareLunker program, including current and previous season records, go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/budsharelunker/

The Budweiser ShareLunker program is made possible through support from Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Since 1991, Anheuser-Busch, in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, has contributed millions of dollars in funding to support conservation causes and fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation programs in Texas.

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