ATHENS, Texas — Catching a Budweiser ShareLunker — a largemouth
bass weighing 13 pounds or more — is its own reward, an accomplishment
shared by a relative handful of anglers.

– Lake Mohave

The person who catches the 400th qualifying entry into the program
will receive the largest prize package the Budweiser ShareLunker
program has ever offered. “In addition to the usual prizes of a
Budweiser ShareLunker jacket and a fiberglass replica of the fish, the
lucky angler will receive a cash award of $400 per pound of fish and a
G.Loomis rod with Shimano reel valued at a total of $600. If the angler
is a Texas resident, he or she will also receive a lifetime fishing
license,” said Allen Forshage, director of the Texas Freshwater
Fisheries Center.

Prizes will be awarded at the annual Budweiser ShareLunker banquet to be held at TFFC May 27, 2006.

With the 400th fish worth a minimum of $5,200 in cash,
ShareLunker program managers expect the prize package to generate
considerable interest. The current count of entries stands at 393; fish
400 could be caught fairly soon.

“ShareLunkers have been caught from 53 lakes and 12 bodies of
private water spread all over Texas, and it’s not uncommon for more
than one fish to be caught on the same day,” said Forshage. “If more
than one fish is caught on the same day, the time we receive the calls
from the anglers to pick up the fish will determine which fish is
number 400. Furthermore, as stated in the ShareLunker program rules,
fish must be turned over to TPWD alive within 12 hours of capture to

The final determination of whether a fish will be accepted will be made by ShareLunker program manager David Campbell.

Anglers are advised to consult the TPWD ShareLunker Web pages for complete rules and tips on caring for lunker bass.

The number to call to enter a fish into the program and arrange for
pickup is (903) 681-0550. Anglers may also leave a message or numeric
page, including area code, at (888) 784-0600.

Anglers may either donate the fish to Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department or elect to have it returned to them at the end of the
spawning season. TPWD uses the big females for spawning in an attempt
to improve the size and growth rates of largemouth bass in Texas waters.

Prizes will be funded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Anheuser-Busch and G.Loomis.

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.

The G.Loomis GLX Jig and Worm rod will be personally inscribed to
the angler at the factory. The rod features high quality cork grips and
nickel/titanium alloy recoil guides that flex with the rod and have no
ceramic ring.

The rod will be outfitted with a Shimano Chronarch 50MG reel, a
low-profile magnesium-framed bait-casting reel weighing only 5.9
ounces. The reel holds 70 yards of 14- to 17-pound monofilament line
and has a 6.2:1 retrieve ratio. It features anti-rust bearings, a
drilled spool for light weight and Shimano’s “super free” spool

– Lake Mohave

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