It's O-fish-al Robert Laird Catches the Biggest Black Bass in Lake Livingston History (for now)
Things were abuzz at Kickapoo Bait & Tackle in Onalaska.
Livingston Man Reels in Bass for the Record Books, ONALASKA, February 21, 2010 - At approximately 11 am on February 21, 2010, Robert Laird, 52, of Livingston was bass fishing on Lake Livingston (He refuses to give his exact location) when he got a bite. Laird was fishing in a small local tournament with the Polk County Bass Club, when he reeled in a Bass for the Lake Livingston Record Books. Laird pulled in a 13.18 lb, 24 3/4 inch long black bass. The previous record was a 12.72 pounder caught in 1987. According to Laird, it didn't take long to reel in the whopper in "Actually, he made one little run, and then came back to the boat". Laird then netted the fish himself. He took the fish to Kickapoo Bait & Tackle, called local game warden Ryan Hall, and the fish was officially weighed on certified scales and measured and witnessed by Hall. Kickapoo Bait & Tackle was abuzz with excitement as friends and fellow fishing buds gathered. Laird opted to donate his fish to a State Fishery in Ahtens, Texas. Laird is participating in the ShareLunker Program which uses the fish for spawning purposes. Laird will officially go down in the state record books, receive a highly detailed replica of his fish to be mounted on his wall, receive a plaque denoting his record, and will be talked about in local fishing circles for a long time. Congratulations Robert Laird!
Special thank you: Game Warden Ryan Hall and Mr. & Mrs. Swann