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Outdoors: ShareLunker trophy bass program producing some worthy decendants

Photo caption: Allen Lane Kruse caught a 12.54-pound bass from Lake Naconiche that was related to a previous ShareLunker.

The Sharelunker trophy bass program is truly living up to its name.

For example, on Dec. 2004, Jerry Campos was fishing for largemouth bass on Falcon Reservoir when he caught a 14.28-pound fish that became ShareLunker 370.

On April 13, 2013, Allen Lane Kruse of Nacogdoches caught a 12.54-pound bass from Lake Naconiche that has been submitted as a water-body and catch-and-release record for the new impoundment near Nacogdoches.

The connection?

DNA testing revealed that ShareLunker 370, which spawned at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens, is the mother of the Lake Naconiche fish. If Campos had not entered his fish into the ShareLunker program, Kruse would not have had the opportunity to catch his fish, because it would not have existed.

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