OH Ivie continues with ShareLunker 669

By | April 4, 2024

April 3 – ATHENS OH Ivie added another Legacy Class ShareLunker during the final week of the 2024 Toyota ShareLunker collection season. Fisherman Tery Lewis of Lubbock collected the 13.99-pound ShareLunker 669 on Thursday, bringing OH Ivie’s season total to 12 brought the total to 19 statewide. It turned out to be the final Legacy Class entry for the 2024 collecting season.

“OH Ivie’s lineup of Legacy Class ShareLunkers remained strong throughout March,” said Natalie Goldstrohm, Toyota ShareLunker program coordinator, in a press release. “Despite heavy fishing pressure, this reservoir is consistently producing top-quality bass week after week and month after month, thanks to effective fishery management practices.”

Lewis had been looking for a Legacy Class ShareLunker for about three years, and on Thursday his search was complete.

“We saw her earlier today, but she wasn’t tied to a bed or anything,” Lewis said. “We came back later, though, and by that point she had locked herself in. We sat on her for about 45 minutes, and I missed her once, but we gave her a few more minutes and went back. I turned it back in , pulled it towards her and she bit it. I didn’t realize how big she was at first and thought she weighed about 10 or 11 pounds, but then she jumped out of the water and my heart rate started. We netted her and It was the fish of a lifetime.”

The Legacy Class Lunker was also a personal best for Lewis, breaking his previous record of 12.11 pounds and placing him in the ShareLunker program.

“Hats off to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the great job they are doing managing these fish and supporting the fishermen,” Lewis added. “Their work and the effort they put in, along with the support of the ShareLunker program sponsors, makes the fishing so much better.”

OH Ivie’s current run has expanded to seven consecutive Legacy Lunkers with ShareLunker 669. It has produced an unprecedented number of ShareLunkers over the past four seasons, accounting for the final ShareLunker of the 2020 collecting season and then exploding for 12 Legacy Class Lunkers in both the season 2021 as well as 2021. and 2022 seasons and now the 2024 campaign. It then broke the single-season collection record for that body of water with 15 ShareLunkers in 2023. This fish brought the total to 51 combined Legacy Lunkers and multiple Legend Class entries in the past four collecting seasons.

Due to limited space in the Lunker Bunker and after accepting 10 fish from OH Ivie, TPWD personnel did not transport the ShareLunker 669 to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC). The fish was returned to the fisherman and released into the lake. However, staff processed this Legacy Class ShareLunker submission on site, meaning biologists met with the fisherman to take measurements, record official weight, and collect genetic samples for analysis.

During the first three months of the season (January 1 – March 31), anglers who reel in a bass over 13 pounds can loan them to TPWD for ShareLunker’s selective breeding and stocking program. These fishermen can call the ShareLunker hotline at (903) 681-0550 24/7 through March 31 to report their catch.

Anglers must weigh their potential Legacy Class fish on a certified scale. A list of official weigh stations can be found on the official ShareLunker weigh and hold station website.

Anglers who catch and loan one of these 13+ pound lunkers will earn Legacy Class status, receive a catch package filled with merchandise, a 13+ pound Legacy decal for their vehicle or boat, VIP access to the Toyota ShareLunker Annual Awards event, a high-quality replica mount of their fish from Lake Fork Taxidermy, and Bass University will provide a swag package and annual subscription. These anglers will also receive entries into two separate drawings: a Legacy Class drawing and the year-end grand prize drawing. Both drawings will reward the winner with a $5,000 purchase from Bass Pro Shops.

The year-round Toyota ShareLunker program offers four levels of participation for catching bass over eight pounds or 24 inches in Texas. Lewis used the certified scale at Elm Creek Marina to weigh his ShareLunker.

Anglers who enter data for each lunker they catch over eight pounds or 24 inches in the 2024 calendar year will also receive a catch kit, a sticker for their vehicle or boat, a one-month subscription to Bass University and a year’s pass . finish the grand prize drawing and win $5,000 at Bass Pro Shops. The entry-level ShareLunker classes include the Bass Pro Shops Lunker Class (8 lb.+), Strike King Elite Class (10 lb.+), and Lew’s Legend Class (13 lb.+).

Once a lunker is retrieved, anglers must enter catch data into the Toyota ShareLunker mobile app – available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play – or into the online Toyota ShareLunker app at TexasSharelunker.com.

In addition to providing basic catch information, fishermen have the option to send a DNA-scale sample of their lunker bass to TPWD researchers for genetic analysis. Anglers who contribute one to the program in 2024 will receive a Lew’s baitcast reel valued at up to $200, while supplies last, with a limit of one reel per angler. Fishermen who submit a genetic sample will also receive a three-month subscription to Bass University. Instructions for submitting DNA samples can be found on the Toyota ShareLunker website.

The Toyota ShareLunker Program is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Toyota. Toyota has been a long-time supporter of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and TPWD, providing important funding for a wide range of fisheries, state parks and wildlife projects.

Additional vital program support comes from Lew’s, Legend Class Prize Sponsor, Elite Class Prize Sponsor Strike King, Lunker Class Prize Sponsor, Bass Pro Shops, American Fishing Tackle Co., Bass Forecast, Bass University, Lake Fork Taxidermy and 6th Sense Fishing. For updates on the Toyota ShareLunker program, visit facebook.com/sharelunkerprogram/, https://www.instagram.com/TexasShareLunker/ or TexasSharelunker.com.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *