David Roulston of Frisco kicked off the season with his catch of Toyota ShareLunker 558, a 13.88-pound largemouth bass from Lake Fork, on November 20. The fish was 26.75 inches long and 20.5 inches in girth.
Roulston was fishing in 25 feet of water with a Brush Hog when the fish slammed his lure.
Blair Schwarz of McAllen caught Toyota ShareLunker 559 from a private lake in Zapata County on February 19.
The fish weighed 14.30 pounds and was caught on a Jackall ASKA squarebill crankbait in about six feet of water. The fish was 26.75 inches long and 21 inches in girth.
Toyota ShareLunker 560 came from Lake Ray Roberts and was caught by Shannon Lee Elvington of Pilot Point March 7. The 15.18-pound bass took a jerkbait. The fish was 26.25 inches long and 21.5 inches in girth. It is the current lake record for Lake Ray Roberts and is just over 3 ounces shy of making the list of 50 biggest largemouth bass ever caught in Texas.
The fish qualifies Elvington for Toyota ShareLunker Angler of the Year honors as the angler catching the biggest fish of the season. Elvington will receive a prize package from G. Loomis and a lifetime fishing license.
Also on March 7, Wayman Triana of Nacogdoches caught Toyota ShareLunker 561 from Sam Rayburn Reservoir during a Bass Champs tournament. The 13.05-pound fish was 25.5 inches long and 21 inches in girth. Triana caught it in 15 feet of water on a crankbait at 1:30 p.m.
Darrell Tompkins of Huffman, also fishing on Sam Rayburn, rounded out a three-ShareLunker day, catching Toyota ShareLunker 562 at 6:00 p.m. Tompkins was throwing a spinnerbait in shallow water when the 14.32-pound bass took it. The fish was 26.25 inches long and 22.25 inches in girth. It was held for pickup at Jackson Hill Marina, an official Toyota ShareLunker weigh and holding station.
The final fish of the season was caught by David Campbell Perciful of Conroe. He caught Toyota ShareLunker 563 April 7 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.
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.