ATHENS—David Campbell Perciful of Conroe caught Toyota ShareLunker 563 Tuesday night while fishing in a tournament on Lake Conroe.
The fish weighed 13.14 pounds and was caught in 6 feet of water on an 8-inch Texas-rigged lizard. The fish was 27.5 inches long and 20.25 inches in girth. It was held for pickup at Stow-A-Way Marina and RV Park, an official Toyota ShareLunker Weigh and Holding Station.
Perciful’s fish is entry number six for the current ShareLunker season and the seventeenth entry from Lake Conroe.
Lake Conroe ranks fourth in the number of entries into the ShareLunker program. Lake Fork ranks first with 257. Tied for second are Lakes Alan Henry, O. H. Ivie and Sam Rayburn with 25 each. Lakes Austin and Falcon are tied for third with 20 entries each.
ShareLunker catches can be reported 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the season, by calling (903) 681-0550. The season ends April 30. If poor cellphone service prevents use of the voice number, anglers can leave a phone number (including area code) at (888) 784-0600. That number is also monitored 24/7 during the season.
For complete information and rules of the ShareLunker program, tips on caring for big bass and a recap of last year’s season, see www.tpwd.texas.gov/sharelunker. The site also includes a searchable database of all fish entered into the program along with pictures where available, and a list of official Toyota ShareLunker weigh and holding stations equipped with certified scales.
Information on current catches, including short videos of interviews with anglers when available, will be posted on www.facebook.com/sharelunkerprogram. “Like” this page and you can receive notification and photos of catches as soon as they become available.
The Toyota ShareLunker Program is made possible by a grant to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation from Gulf States Toyota. Toyota is a long-time supporter of the Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, providing major funding for a wide variety of education, fish, parks and wildlife projects.