Video: Texas Angler Catches 14.48-Pound Largemouth Bass

YouTuber Tyler Anderson visits famed O.H. Ivie Reservoir in central Texas and battles one of the biggest bass ever captured on video.

Video: Texas Angler Catches 14.48-Pound Largemouth Bass

One year ago I wrote about an incredible run of big bass coming from O.H. Ivie Reservoir in central Texas, and it appears the winter of 2022 is setting up in a similar way to last winter. (Click here to read that March 1, 2021 article.)

In the video below you’ll see Tyler Anderson of Frisco, Texas, find a school of suspended bass with forward-facing sonar and then cast to them. With the aid of this electronics, Anderson teases one of the fish into striking, and eventually lands the monster bass, which later weighs 14.48 pounds on a certified scale.

Tyler Anderson brings his live bass to be weighed on a certified scale.
Tyler Anderson brings his live bass to be weighed on a certified scale.

Viewing tip: The video is nearly a half-hour long, so plan accordingly. The reason I’m showcasing it here is you’ll get an interesting behind-the-scenes view of everything that goes into the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s tremendously successful Toyota ShareLunker program, which started in 1986.

Anderson is host of the popular Tyler’s Reel Fishing YouTube channel, and he’s casting an Alabama Rig for suspended bass in 25-28 feet of water. Anderson’s bass qualifies for the Lunker Legacy Class, which is reserved for bass weighing 13 pounds or more.

As you’ll see in the video, bass of this caliber are loaned to the ShareLunker program and take part in its selective breeding program during the spawning period (January through March). Click here to see an updated list of ShareLunker bass. 

Anderson caught his Legacy Bass on Jan. 5, 2022. And as in 2021, the 19,000-acre O.H. Ivie, which is located about 55 miles east of San Angelo, isn’t showing any signs of slowing down this winter. A 14.92-pounder was caught on January 8, a 14.13-pounder was caught on January 21, and a 15.03-pounder was caught on January 23. All three of these bass are now part of the ShareLunker selective breeding program.

Congrats to Tyler Anderson and all of the anglers who have loaned their mega bass to the smart and successful ShareLunker program.


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