Lake Palestine produced its second Toyota ShareLunker in less than a year Saturday when Casey Laughlin, of Rowlett, pulled in a 13.22-pound bass while fishing a Media Bass tournament.
Initially weighed at 13.02 pounds by tournament officials, the fish came in at 13.22 pounds when reweighed on the official ShareLunker program certified scale.
That should qualify the bass as the new lake record. The current Lake Palestine water body record of 13.14 pounds and first ShareLunker was set by Lindell Booth in March 2013. Booth was also fishing in a Media Bass tournament.
Laughlin caught his fish in about 8 feet of 50-degree water on the north end of the lake near Kickapoo Creek using a Zoom Speed Craw. Laughlin’s fish wrapped his line around a tree, and he and his partner had to move the boat to free it.
“When I set the hook I thought I had hooked a tree,” Laughlin said. “Actually I did. She had wrapped the line around one. We moved the boat to try to free it, and when we did she came right to the boat.”