Paris resident Jimmie Vaughan has broken the weight record for a largemouth bass catch on Lake Bonham.
Vaughan’s bass weighed in at 12.77 pounds, certified at Ledhe’s Meat Market in Bonham. The fish was 23 1/2 inches long and 24 1/2 inches around.
“She was a football, that’s for sure,” he said.
According to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department website, Vaughan’s fish broke the previous 11 1/2 pound bass caught in June 2010.
Not big enough for the Sharelunker program, Vaughan had the fish certified, then released it back into the lake near where he caught it.
Vaughan, an outdoorsman who loves to hunt and fish in his spare time, said he used a deep diving crank bank to catch the fish.
He said when he hooked the fish, he knew it was bigger than the 8 and 9 pounders he had caught before, but didn’t realize just how big it was until he got it out of the water.
Not able to get to the net in his boat and with only one hook left in the mouth, Vaughan said he had to reach down and “belly flop” the fish into the boat with his hands.
He called the local TP&WD game warden, who told him to have it certified at Lehde’s Meat Market.
“That’s the only fish I caught that day,” he said.