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TPWD News Release — March 7, 2005

Budweiser ShareLunkers Reach Dozen Mark

ATHENS, Texas — Anglers contributed two lunker largemouth bass to the Budweiser ShareLunker program over the weekend, bringing the number of fish entered into the program this season to 12.

Mark LeBlanc of Orange caught a 13.59-pound bass from Sam Rayburn Reservoir about 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Roger Frazier, Jr., of The Colony took a 13.9-pounder from Ray Roberts Lake the next day.

Le Blanc was fishing in 5 feet of water with a Senko plastic bait in a watermelon red/green flake pattern. His fish measured 25.5 inches long and 21 inches around.

Frazier’s fish hit a fluke in two feet of water in the north end of Ray Roberts. The fish was 25.5 inches long and 20.75 in girth. Both fish showed light to moderate hemorrhaging of the fins and appeared to have spawned.

The Le Blanc fish was the first ShareLunker caught from Sam Rayburn since 2002 and only the third since 1998. That lake has contributed a total of 21 fish to the Budweiser ShareLunker program. Frazier’s fish was the first ShareLunker taken from Ray Roberts since 2000 and only the fourth in that lake’s history.

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