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Sharelunker Traces Monster Bass’ Lineage

by Shannon Rikard

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You may be interested in finding and tracing your family history, and there is plenty of information on the internet. You could scour the Web for documents related to your family, or even pay for a membership to site like Ancestry.com that asks users if they’re “ready to discover [their] family story.” No matter the avenue you take, there’s no doubt that many people are interested in finding out about their forefathers. And as it turns out, many people are also interested in learning the lineage of the fish they catch. Texas’ Sharelunker program allows users to do just that.  

“A record-breaking 12-and-a-half-pound bass recently caught in a Nacogdoches lake is one of the many offspring of a another record-setter caught several years ago in a Laredo lake, roughly 450 miles apart… 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.”

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Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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