Anglers Reel in ShareLunkers From O.H. Ivie Reservoir


SAN ANGELO, TX – Three anglers have made contributions to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) ShareLunker program with their recent catches at O.H. Ivie Reservoir.

Paul Birinyi caught an 8.21-pound bass on May 23, 2024, and a 10.20-pound bass on May 22, 2024. His 8.21-pound catch earned him recognition in the Bass Pro Shops Lunker Class, while his 10.20-pound catch secured a spot in the Strike King Elite Class.

Paul Birinyi

Paul Birinyi

Brady Stanford joined the ranks on May 30, 2024, with a 9.52-pound bass, placing him in the Bass Pro Shops Lunker Class.

Brady Stanford

Eric Buckman topped the list with a 13.00-pound bass on May 25, 2024, earning him the prestigious Lew’s Legend Class award.

Eric Buckman

The TPWD's Toyota ShareLunker program, established in 1986, partners with anglers to promote and enhance bass fishing in Texas. The program runs year-round, from January 1 through December 31, and offers anglers opportunities to be recognized for their achievements and contributions.

Anglers who catch a largemouth bass weighing at least 8 pounds or measuring 24 inches can participate by entering their catch information online or through the ShareLunker mobile app. Participants receive a Catch Kit based on their fish's weight class, including an achievement decal, merchandise, and other giveaways.

Additionally, all entrants are eligible for a $5,000 shopping spree grand prize drawing and other prizes. Anglers who donate a 13-pound or larger bass for spawning are entered into another drawing for a $5,000 shopping spree, VIP access to the Toyota ShareLunker Annual Awards event, and more.

The program features several levels of achievement:

  • Lunker Legacy Class: For anglers who catch and donate a 13+ pound bass during the spawning period, supporting the selective breeding program.
  • Lew's Legend Class: Recognizing anglers who have caught bass weighing 13 pounds or more.
  • Strike King Elite Class: For those who catch a double-digit bass.
  • Bass Pro Shops Lunker Class: For anglers catching a bass weighing at least 8 pounds or measuring 24 inches.

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