By Rick Smith
Special to the Herald
James Quisenberry moved to the Lake Fork area dreaming of some day catching a ShareLunker bass.
On March 22, his dreams came true by catching ShareLunker number 489, a 15.61 lb largemouth, in 10 feet of water fishing with a waterdog.
The fish was 23.25 inches in girth and 25.25 inches long. This bass ties for the number 33 spot on the list of top 50 biggest largemouth bass caught in Texas, which qualifies the fisherman for $10,000 in cash from the Lake Fork Area Chamber of Commerce's Lake Fork Bounty Bonanza tournament.
Added to that will be $500 for catching a bass weighing 13 pounds or more, likely another $300 for the biggest bass weighed in during the month, $250 in tackle from Berkley and $500 in tackle from Lake Fork Marina. The fish is the biggest ShareLunker to come from Lake Fork since 2002.
Jefferson fisherman, Keith Burns, fishing on Caddo Lake caught a 16.17-pound largemouth Saturday, which ranks 16th on the list of 50 largest bass ever caught in the state.
He caught the fish on a Senko in about five feet of water. This puts Burns into the lead for Angler of the Year honors. The fisherman that catches the biggest fish this season will receive a free lifetime fishing license.
James Hollis of Longview caught a Lake O' the Pines record 13.2-pound fish during a bass tournament Saturday. This is the first ShareLunker fish to come from the lake besting out a lake record of 12.74 lbs. James said that he caught the fish on a plastic lizard in five feet of water.
Interestingly enough both fish were caught on a weekend of rain and snow when most would consider fishing conditions less than ideal. If you catch a largemouth bass 13 pounds or larger call David Campbell at (888) 784-0600 and leave your phone number including area code.
Someone will pick up the fish within 12 hours of your call. Remember to keep the fish healthy and alive. Anyone legally catching a largemouth bass of 13 pounds or larger who wishes to donate his fish for breeding purposes will receive a free replica mount, ShareLunker clothing and recognition at the annual ShareLunker banquet.
Three in a row - Gerald Poboril and Daniel Barnes of Belton made fishing history by winning their third Media Trail bass fishing tournament.
Sunday on Lake LBJ, this fishing tandem took first place with five fish weighing in at 14.74 lbs.
Gerald said they were unable to fish the water they preferred because of 40-plus mph winds, so they worked the creeks, pockets and other shallow water around boat docks. Spinner baits and Texas rigs seemed to work best.
Close on their heels was the Texas Tournament Zone Team of Landon Glass of Jarrell and Brian Booker of Lago Vista with 14.38 pounds. Landon said they also fished shallow water and found Senkos to work best.
The next Media tournament is scheduled for April 18th on Lake Belton.