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Texas Record Bass' Lineage Tracked by Sharelunker DNA Program

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April 22, 2013

Texas Record Bass' Lineage Tracked by Sharelunker DNA Program

By Chad Love

Genetic testing on a 12-pound lake-record bass recently caught on Lake Naconiche revealed that it was the son of a 14-pound bass caught back in 2004 on Falcon Lake, which is some 450 miles away. How is that possible? In a word: Sharelunker.

From this story in the Houston Chronicle:
In December 2004, Jerry Campos was fishing for bass on Falcon Lake in Laredo and he caught a 14-pound largemouth bass, later named the ShareLunker 370. Nine years later, Allen Lane Kruse of Nacogdoches set a water-body and catch-and-release record for Lake Naconiche when he caught the 12.54 pound bass. DNA testing showed that the recent catch is the son of ShareLunker 370, which spawned at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. Campos had entered his fish into a "ShareLunker" program, which allows catchers to share their prize fish with others. Fingerlings from the program that spawned have stocked into more than 60 reservoirs across Texas.

According to the story, the Lake Naconiche fish has all sorts of connections to the Texas Sharelunker program, including a father that was caught at Lake Fork in 2000, a grandmother caught from Lake Fork in 1994 and a great grandmother that came from Gibbons Creek lake way back in 1988. The Lake Naconiche record fish's mother produced over 12,000 fingerlings that were stocked all over the state, but the fish caught at Naconiche was actually one of 173 adult bass that were released into the lake in 2009.

Pretty fascinating stuff, and a testament to how effective the ShareLunker program has been at helping turn Texas into a word-class bass-fishing destination. Does your state have a similar program?

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from Nixstyx wrote 51 weeks 2 days ago

Oh jeeze, now we're tracking fish pedigrees? What exactly is the end goal here? To selectively breed the next world record?

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from Bill Love wrote 51 weeks 2 days ago

A 12 pound bass was a son of a 14 pound bass? Wouldn't it be a daughter? Didn't think a male bass could get anywhere near 12 pounds.

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from Gsquare wrote 51 weeks 2 days ago

The sharelunker program is just that, Nixstyx. It is a program to grow bigger bass in Texas.
The sharelunker caught at Naconiche was the daughter of a sharelunker caught in falcon, But was also the daughter of a son of a sharelunker. Everyone confused? Go to sharelunker page of TPWD website, and read the press release of 18 april. It explains everything.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 51 weeks 1 day ago

Genetic engineering trophies sucks in my book. I don't care if it's deer or fish. Let's try to keep the wild in fishing and hunting. I really hate to see things coming to this.

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from chuckles wrote 51 weeks 1 day ago

OHH I don't think they are engineering them, just breeding big ones with big ones and seeding them in lakes. I suppose that might qualify but for me it's a long step short of the deer feeding/breeding that passes for hunting is some locales.
Plus you still gotta catch them. Which I plan to do as soon as the lakes thaw:)

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from chuckles wrote 51 weeks 1 day ago

OHH I don't think they are engineering them, just breeding big ones with big ones and seeding them in lakes. I suppose that might qualify but for me it's a long step short of the deer feeding/breeding that passes for hunting is some locales.
Plus you still gotta catch them. Which I plan to do as soon as the lakes thaw:)

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from Nixstyx wrote 51 weeks 2 days ago

Oh jeeze, now we're tracking fish pedigrees? What exactly is the end goal here? To selectively breed the next world record?

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from Bill Love wrote 51 weeks 2 days ago

A 12 pound bass was a son of a 14 pound bass? Wouldn't it be a daughter? Didn't think a male bass could get anywhere near 12 pounds.

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from Gsquare wrote 51 weeks 2 days ago

The sharelunker program is just that, Nixstyx. It is a program to grow bigger bass in Texas.
The sharelunker caught at Naconiche was the daughter of a sharelunker caught in falcon, But was also the daughter of a son of a sharelunker. Everyone confused? Go to sharelunker page of TPWD website, and read the press release of 18 april. It explains everything.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 51 weeks 1 day ago

Genetic engineering trophies sucks in my book. I don't care if it's deer or fish. Let's try to keep the wild in fishing and hunting. I really hate to see things coming to this.

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