Talk about a BEAST.
According to For The Win, a Texas angler reeled in the eight largest largemouth bass in Texas state history.
Professional angler Jason Conn caught the 17.03-pounder Monday afternoon at O.H. Ivie Lake, which is known for being filled with massive bass. Just in the past couple of months, we’ve seen a ton of monster bass come out of O.H. Ivie, including a 13-pounder, and two 14-pounders in the same day.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said that the largest bass ever caught in Texas happened in January 1992, when Barry St. Clair reeled in an 18.18-pounder.
Conn is an avid pro fisherman and guide, and he said that it hasn’t officially sank in.
He posted to Facebook:
“I am now in the top 10 with biggest bass ever caught in the state of Texas and only 2 fish this size caught in the last 30 years.
So unreal and I am still in shock.”
The bass was kept alive, and donated to Texas Parks and Wildlife to add to the longstanding Toyota ShareLunker Program.
The program, which is in its 37th year, collects bass that are 13 pounds or heavier, and are used in a hatchery setting where the fish are encouraged to spawn their offspring, so that they can continue to stock them statewide.
He shared more pictures of this hog to his Instagram page:
Didn’t get to Ivie till 11am and by 2:30 pm I have a 17-lb bass in the boat. We weighed her 3 times at the store and 1 time on my scale in my boat. She was 17.10 on my scale. 17.03 first weight at the store. We weighed her again and she was 17.18 but we all mutually agreed to use the 17.03 weight due to the fact that we put her in a tank with minnows.
Anyone that knows bass fishing knows a bass in shock is not eating anything but most likely throwing up food which I saw 2 shad in the tank she threw up! I know what my fish was but I can’t take credit for a lake record due to this issue! I am now in the top 10 with biggest bass ever caught in the state of Texas and only 2 fish this size caught in the last 30 years.
So unreal and I am still in shock. Thank you to everyone for all the calls and texts. Means everything to me. I’ve worked my butt off to get where I am and stoked to have my first certified ShareLunker.
She’s the number 8 largest bass ever caught in Texas weighing 17.03. “
Hot damn, what a big ol’ SOB: