The day after Thanksgiving, while many people were shopping, Dwight Blanchard of Louisiana went fishing and caught a 10-pound plus bass.
“The morning didn’t go well at all, the crank battery didn’t start, so I moved everything over to the troll motor side,” Blanchard said.
He got everything straightened out and drove his boat to a ridge on a southern section of the lake near South Toledo Bend State Park.
He was in 20 feet of water, casting a Zoom watermelon-candy Trick Worm tied to 17-pound Berkley Big Game from his All Star Worm Rod. He had been fishing for about 20 minutes when, at about 7:15 a.m., he got a hit.
“The fish came up pretty quick and she made a good run close to the boat, that’s when I realized it was a good fish,” said Blanchard.
After putting the fish in the livewell, Blanchard made a few more casts but then decided to stop fishing and weigh his prize. His scale showed the bass to weigh around 10 pounds, so he went to Toledo Town and Tackle to see if the big fish qualified for the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program.
Upon arrival he became worried when he found the 10-pound plus bass in less than three inches of water in his livewell. “She was just barely alive,” he said.
Employees from Toledo Town and Tackle weighed the bass and placed it in a holding tank. Blanchard said:
They later put weights on her because she was listing to the side. Sometime later, someone came in and removed air from her air bladder. I do have to compliment the people at Toledo Town. They worked hard to make sure she stayed alive.
The bass made a full recovery and was tagged and released back into the Toledo Bend area. Blanchard’s bass is entry No. 17 in the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program for the 2014-15 season.