Fishing & Boating News

Budweiser ShareLunker Program Begins March with Five Lunkers

by: Larry D. Hodge,

Leroy Crawley, Sr., of Forsyth, Missouri, caught Budweiser ShareLunker No. 5 from Lake Fork February 20. The 13.11-pound fish was 24.25 inches long and 22.75 inches in girth.
Photo by Larry Hodge
Alvin ("Sonny") Helms of Wills Point, Texas, reeled in Budweiser ShareLunker No. 6 from Lake Fork on February 21. The fish was 24.5 inches long and 21.5 inches around and weighed 13.02 pounds.
Photo by Larry Hodge
(Mar. 02, 2004 - Athens, TX) Two more fish were added to the Budweiser ShareLunker tally on February 20 and 21, increasing to five the number of 13-pound-plus largemouth bass from 2004 in the Lunker Bunker at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. Lake Fork continues to send big bass to Athens. On February 20 Leroy Crawley, Sr., of Forsyth, Missouri, caught a 13.11-pound fish in 10 feet of water near the dam. Crawley was using a green pumpkin colored jig with a Crawdaddy trailer. The next day Alvin Helms of Wills Point contributed a 13.02-pound bass to the ShareLunker program. He was fishing in four feet of water in Pension Creek using a Carolina-rigged watermelon colored French fry. An earlier entry in the program died February 22. The 13.08-pound fish caught by Laredo angler Richard Mims on January 29 lost its battle with stress-related illnesses despite the best efforts of ShareLunker program manager David Campbell to save it. The fish failed to respond to several injections of antibiotics as well as other treatments. A second fish caught by Mims from Lake Casa Blanca continues to do well. That fish weighed 14.64 pounds and was caught just two days after the first. Last year the ShareLunker program recorded a 100 percent survival rate. As March brings warmer temperatures and big fish move into shallow water to spawn, the number of entries in the ShareLunker program should continue to rise.