Texas bass fishing heats up with ShareLunker 554

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The fish weighed 13.22 pounds and was 26.25 inches long and 20.75 inches in girth.
Casey Laughlin, of Rowlett, caught Toyota ShareLunker 554 from Lake Palestine on Feb. 1.

A Rowlett angler fishing in a bass tournament Saturday hauled in the second Toyota ShareLunker from Lake Palestine in less than a year.

Initially weighed at 13.02 pounds by tournament officials, the fish landed by Casey Laughlin came in at 13.22 pounds when reweighed on the official ShareLunker program certified scale, according to a news release. The difference was significant and made the fish eligible to be submitted as the lake record. The fish was 26.25 inches long and 20.75 inches in girth. It is ShareLunker 554.

Laughlin caught his fish from eight to 10 feet of 50-degree water on the north end of the lake near Kickapoo Creek using a Zoom Speed Craw.

The Palestine water body record of 13.14 pounds was set by Lindell Booth in 2013. Booth also was fishing in a tournament, also near Kickapoo Creek in 8 feet of water. He recorded the water temperature as 49 degrees. Booth’s fish, ShareLunker 545, is on display in the dive tank at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.

The fish weighed 13.22 pounds and was 26.25 inches long and 20.75 inches in girth.
Casey Laughlin, of Rowlett, caught Toyota ShareLunker 554 from Lake Palestine on Feb. 1.

Anyone legally catching a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass from Texas waters, public or private, between October 1 and April 30 may submit the fish to the Toyota ShareLunker program. Fish will be picked up by TPWD personnel within 12 hours.

The number to call to report a ShareLunker catch is 903-681-0550. If poor cell phone service prevents use of the voice number, anglers can leave a phone number (including area code) at 888-784-0600.

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