Fishing & Boating News

Budweiser ShareLunker Tally Climbs to 13

by: Larry D. Hodge,

Jeffrey Erpelding of Plainview, Texas, caught Budweiser ShareLunker #No.13 from Lake Fork on Saturday, April 3rd. The fish weighs 13.19 lbs and measures 25.5" in length with a 21" girth.
Photo by Courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Depart
(Apr. 07, 2004 - Athens, TX) The Budweiser ShareLunker program received two more entries last week, boosting to 13 the number of lunker bass received in 2004. Bruce Butler of Canyon, Texas, brought in ShareLunker No. 12 on Friday, April 2. The 14.8-pound fish came from Lake Alan Henry near Lubbock. It was 25 inches long and 22 inches in girth. Butler caught the fish in three feet of water on a jig. This is the fourth ShareLunker to come from Lake Alan Henry and the first since 2002. Lake Fork contributed No. 13, a 13.19-pound fish caught by Jeffrey Erpelding of Plainview, Texas, on Saturday. It was 25.5 inches long and 21 inches in girth. The fish hit a Wiggle Wort in three to four feet of water in Little Caney Creek. More than 200 Budweiser ShareLunkers have come from Lake Fork. Largemouth bass are currently spawning and typically are found in shallow water on their beds. Soft plastic baits, especially those that resemble a lizard, have been shown to work best during this time. Males on the nests with the females tend to be more aggressive; catching a female lunker often requires presenting the lure multiple times to entice a strike. Fish entered into the Budweiser ShareLunker program previously are now being spawned at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. Anyone wishing to enter a 13-pound-plus fish into the ShareLunker program should call program manager David Campbell at (903) 681-0550 or page him at (888) 784-0600. Entries are accepted from both public and private waters.