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Media Contact: Larry Hodge, 903-676-2277, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov

Oct. 17, 2005



Enhanced Budweiser ShareLunker Database Now Online

ATHENS, Texas — Big bass nerds everywhere take note: Information about entries in the Budweiser ShareLunker program can now be searched online.

The on-line database has two modes, basic and advanced. The basic mode allows online searches by season, reservoir and angler name. It also includes links to photos of anglers and their fish where available.

To access the database, go to http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/tffc/budsharelunker/ and click on the button “Search ShareLunker Entries” under the picture.

Clicking on the advanced search button on the above page takes you to a list of all ShareLunkers. This list can be sorted by date, angler name, weight, length, girth, water body, day of week or moon phase simply by clicking on the column heading. ShareLunkers that are current water body records are also identified. Users can perform additional searches using buttons provided at the top of the page.

A button on the advanced search page allows you to download an Excel file to your computer that includes all the information above through the 2004-2005 season. This file will be updated after the close of each season, which ends April 30 each year.

Anglers legally catching a largemouth bass weighing 13 pounds or more between October 1 and April 30 may enter the fish into the Budweiser ShareLunker program by calling (903) 681-0550 or leaving a page, including area code, at (888) 784-0600. The angler may choose to have the fish returned after the spawning season or donate the fish to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The Budweiser ShareLunker program is made possible through support from Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Since 1991, Anheuser-Busch, in partnership with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, has contributed millions of dollars in funding to support conservation causes and fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation programs in Texas.

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