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Toyota Texas ShareLunker Program – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


[music] [Western music]
IN TEXAS WE’RE KNOWN FOR OUR
BIG HORNS, BIG HATS… AND BIG BASS. That’s what you call a
Texas boy right there! BUT IT WASN’T ALWAYS
THAT WAY, AT LEAST WHERE THE
BASS WERE CONCERNED. THERE WAS A TIME WHEN A
5-POUND BASS WAS CONSIDERED A
BIG CATCH. Set the hook hard, hard! BUT TX ANGLERS WERE HANKERIN’
FOR MORE OF A CHALLENGE. Oh my God, it’s huge! THINGS ARE JUST SUPPOSED TO
BE BIGGER IN TEXAS. Whoooo! [laughs] [music] IN THE EARLY 70s
TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE BEGAN STOCKING TEXAS
WATERS WITH FLORIDA LARGEMOUTH BASS. BIG, FAT AND SASSY, THESE
FISH ARE PRIZED BY ANGLERS THE WORLD OVER FOR THEIR
SIZE AND FIGHTING ABILITY. Woo! [splash] TO HELP THESE BASS REACH
THEIR FULL POTENTIAL, PARKS & WILDLIFE NEEDED THE
HELP OF TEXAS ANGLERS. THE AGENCY STARTED THE
SHARELUNKER PROGRAM TO PROMOTE THE CATCH AND
RELEASE OF LARGE FISH AND TO SELECTIVELY BREED
TROPHY LARGEMOUTH BASS. [music] ANGLERS WHO CATCH LARGEMOUTH
BASS WEIGHING 13 LBS OR MORE ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTRIBUTE
THE FISH TO THE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE
TOYOTA SHARELUNKER PROGRAM. IN EXCHANGE, THEY’LL RECEIVE
A FREE REPLICA OF THEIR FISH AND STATEWIDE RECOGNITION. THE TOYOTA SHARELUNKER PROGRAM
IS HEADQUARTERED AT THE TX FRESHWATER FISHERIES
CENTER IN ATHENS. [music] A SPECIAL ROOM, CALLED
THE LUNKER BUNKER, PROVIDES COMFY ACCOMMODATIONS
WHERE BIG BASS MAKE LITTLE BASS.
[music] If you catch a 13 lb. or
larger largemouth bass in the state of Texas legally, you call our toll-free number and we will dispatch a truck
to you and a person to pick that fish up
and bring it back. The main thing you want to do
is take care of that fish until we get there. And that is,
you take it to a marina. TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE
BIOLOGISTS TRAVEL THE HIGHWAYS
AND BYWAYS OF TEXAS TO PICK UP LIVE, QUALIFIED
LUNKER BASS AND TRANSPORT THEM TO THE
TX FRESHWATER FISHERIES CENTER. Everybody loves a big bass! You see her jump and
you think, uh-oh. He almost had a heart attack.
[laughs] Honest to God, I can’t believe I am a member
of the ShareLunker program. It’s the greatest feeling ever
other than my child’s birth. [music]
[baby cooing] IF YOU THINK YOU’VE CAUGHT
A SHARELUNKER, VERIFY THE WEIGHT ON A
CERTIFIED SCALE. THE BASS MUST WEIGH 13
POUNDS OR MORE TO QUALIFY AS A SHARELUNKER. CALL THE TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE
TOLL-FREE 24 HOUR PAGER RIGHT AWAY. THE FISH MUST BE LIVE AND IT
MUST BE TRANSFERRED TO A DESIGNATED TEXAS
PARKS & WILDLIFE REPRESENTATIVE WITHIN 12 HOURS AFTER CAPTURE. OH, AND WE ALL KNOW
YOU’RE EXCITED BUT BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR
NAME, NUMBER AND LOCATION SO WE CAN CALL YOU RIGHT BACK. ENTRIES ARE ACCEPTED FROM
OCTOBER 1st THRU APRIL 30th. [reader beep] AT THE END OF THE
SPAWNING SEASON, THE SHARELUNKER WILL BE
RETURNED TO YOU FOR LIVE RELEASE OR YOU MAY DONATE IT
PERMANENTLY TO THE PROGRAM. EITHER WAY, YOU’LL RECEIVE A
FIBERGLASS REPLICA OF THE CATCH AND RECOGNITION AT THE
ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET HELD AT THE TEXAS
FRESHWATER FISHERIES CENTER. [music] SINCE THE PROGRAM BEGAN, ANGLERS HAVE DONATED MORE
THAN 470 TROPHY BASS TO THE TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE
DEPARTMENT FOR SELECTIVE BREEDING. SHARELUNKERS HAVE NOW BEEN
CAUGHT IN 57 DIFFERENT RESERVOIRS
ACROSS THE STATE OF TEXAS. WITH THE CONTINUED SUPPORT
OF THIS PROGRAM, TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE
ULTIMATELY HOPES TO PRODUCE THE NEXT WORLD RECORD
LARGEMOUTH BASS. He’s huge! FOR MORE INFORMATION ON
THE TOYOTA SHARELUNKER PROGRAM, VISIT THE TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE
WEBSITE.

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