If you like big fish stories, you will love the tale behind Texas’ newest Toyota ShareLunker.
This one has got more twists and tangles than a Texas-size backlash. So many, in fact, that it culminated in a bizarre mix-up that ultimately ended with the wrong fish getting hauled 175 miles to the ShareLunker headquarters in Athens, while the right fish was left finning around in a minnow vat at a tackle store in Many, LA.
The fish in question was a whopper of a bass caught on the afternoon of February 25 from Toledo Bend Reservoir by Ryan Pinkston of Center. The bass, which weighed in at 14.20 pounds, ate a Jewel football jig that Pinkston tossed to one of his sweet spots on the lake’s Texas side. He described it as place where a small drain collided with an underwater ridge that jumped from 12 to four feet of water.
It took some doing, but Pinkston managed to wrestle the fish into the boat all on his own. Admittedly, however, he had no idea what he had.
“I honestly couldn’t tell if it was an 11 pounder or a 15 pounder,” Pinkston said. “I just knew it was big.”
Amazingly, Pinkston’s big bass mojo wasn’t done yet. His next cast produced an 8 1/2 pounder.