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March 9, 2018
Lake Fork Delivers Two 13lb+ ShareLunker Bass In One Week
AUSTIN -The second Legacy Class largemouth bass of the 2018 Toyota ShareLunker season came out of the big bass hot spot Lake Fork March 8. Angler Michael Terrebonne of Cut Off, Louisiana caught the 13.00lb, 25-inch largemouth bass in 6ft of water during an annual family trip to the lake.
"We come to Lake Fork every year - it's our favorite place to fish," Terrebonne said. "We've talked about catching a ShareLunker before but we never imaged we would catch one that big. I still can't believe I did it, when you actually catch one it's such a shock."
Terrebonne said although he caught a 9 pound bass on the same trip just a few days before, nothing compared to the experience of landing a double digit bass.
"I didn't realize how big the fish was until it turned sideways and I realized it was huge," Terrebonne said. "Everyone was so excited and yelling 'Get the net! Get the net!' When we got her onto the boat and saw how big she was and so full of eggs I know I definitely wanted to donate her to the ShareLunker program for spawning."
The fish, now known as Toyota ShareLunker 572, was weighed and held at a local marina until Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries staff arrived to verify the catch and transport it to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC). The fish is now in the "Lunker Bunker" at the TFFC being monitored and cared for by hatchery staff to prepare for spawning.
"We are very grateful that Mr. Terrebonne decided to loan this impressive fish to the Toyota ShareLunker program," said Kyle Brookshear, Toyota ShareLunker program coordinator. "Growing bigger, better bass for future generations depends on us being able to selectively breed the state's biggest fish, and we couldn't do it without anglers like Mr. Terrebonne loaning their catches to us."
The entry comes just a week after angler John LaBove caught and entered the first Legacy Class bass of the season. Labove caught Toyota ShareLunker 571, a 15.48lb largemouth bass out of Lake Fork March 2.
Every angler who loans a 13 pound or larger Legacy Class bass to the Toyota ShareLunker program during the spawning period Jan. 1 to March 31 will receive a Toyota ShareLunker Catch Kit containing branded merchandise and fishing tackle items, a 13lb+ Legacy decal, VIP access to awards programming at the Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest, a replica of their fish, and an entry into the year-end ShareLunker Prize Drawing to win a $5,000 shopping spree and an annual fishing license. These anglers will also be entered into the Legacy Class Prize Drawing for a $5,000 shopping spree and an annual fishing license at the end of the spawning period March 31.
The Toyota ShareLunker Program is made possible by a grant to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation from Gulf States Toyota. Toyota is a longtime supporter of the Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, providing major funding for a wide variety of education, fish, parks and wildlife projects.
For updates on the Toyota ShareLunker program and to view photos of all of the 13-pound-plus largemouth bass caught this season, visit www.facebook.com/ShareLunkerprogram or https://texassharelunker.com/.
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March 9, 2018
Patience Key for Upcoming Spring Turkey Season
AUSTIN - Patience as much as skill will be tested during the opening days of this year's spring turkey season, as Texas hunters may be forced to wait out the natural pecking order to get a gobbler's attention.
According to biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), recent field observations suggest hens are slowly becoming receptive, and breeding activity should be peaking over the next few weeks.
"Things are changing daily as gobblers are strutting and hens are slowly becoming receptive," said Jason Hardin, TPWD Upland Game Bird Program specialist. "That means many hens could become interested in breeding near opening day of the season, effectively hampering a hunter's chances of luring love-struck gobblers. If you do go early in the season some of the best hunting could be mid-day after hens split off from toms.
"By week three most hens should be bred and hunting should be good from the time the toms leave the roost until they go back up for the night," he noted. "Also, if conditions remain mild and if we get a few more timely rain events, Texas can expect another good year of nesting and populations growth."
Biologists report habitat conditions in South Texas are shaping up in a hurry. There has been enough rain to green up the landscape with bluebonnets, wine cups, and other flowers popping up quickly. As for the rest of the state, the landscape should follow suit week-by-week moving northward. One region of concern is the Rolling Plains, where the landscape is very dry with limited rain in the last six months.
The spring season for Rio Grande turkey gets under way March 10-11 with a youth-only weekend in the South Zone, followed by a general season that runs March 17-April 29 and then culminates with a youth-only weekend May 5-6. In the North Zone, the youth-only weekend seasons are March 24-25 and May 19-20. The North Zone general season opens March 31 and runs through May 13. A special one-gobbler limit season runs April 1-30 in Bastrop, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Jackson, Lavaca, Lee, Matagorda, Milam, and Wharton counties.
Eastern spring turkey hunting in the counties having an open season is April 15-May 14. Hunters are required to report harvest of eastern turkeys electronically to TPWD within 24 hours of harvest. Reports can be made through the TPWD My Texas Hunt Harvest App or online from the TPWD turkey page at www.tpwd.texas.gov/turkey . The app is available for free download from Google Play or the App Store. Hunters will be issued a confirmation number upon completion of the reporting process. Hunters still have to tag harvested birds.
The harvest reporting app can also be used as a tool for voluntarily reporting and tracking harvests of other resident game species, including Rio Grande turkey. With My Texas Hunt Harvest, hunters can log harvested game animals and view harvest history, including dates and locations of every hunt.
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