Big bite not done yet: Toledo Bend yields 11-pounder

Photo courtesy of Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program
Photo courtesy of Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program

Jarrell’s lunker bit a Magnum Trick Worm in the mid-lake area

Eddie Jarrell’s previous personal best bass was a 10-plus-pounder caught in the mid-lake area of Toledo Bend.

As of late afternoon on April 16, he upped the ante and bumped his PB north of 11 pounds when he hauled in another lunker in the same general area he caught his first double-digit fish.

“I’m sure it was probably on a bed, but I couldn’t see a bed,” said Jarrell, 60, of Evans. “It was up shallow.”

The bass inhaled his Carolina-rigged watermelon red 7-inch Zoom Magnum Trick Worm late that afternoon after 5 p.m.

“I knew it was a big fish to start with, but I didn’t know it was that big,” Jarrell said with a chuckle.

Eddie Jarrell shows off the massive 11.15-pound largemouth bass he reeled in April 16 in the mid-lake area of Toledo Bend. The big female devoured a Carolina-rigged 7-inch watermelon red Zoom Magnum Trick Worm in the shallows.
Eddie Jarrell shows off the massive 11.15-pound largemouth bass he reeled in April 16 in the mid-lake area of Toledo Bend. The big female devoured a Carolina-rigged 7-inch watermelon red Zoom Magnum Trick Worm in the shallows.

As is often the case, the giant bass didn’t put up a tremendous battle when it was hooked.

“It really wasn’t that long,” he said. “She didn’t fight real hard, and gave up pretty quick. She came out of the water one time, then I pulled her down and didn’t let her back up.”

At Fin & Feather Resort, the giant bass, which measured 24 ½ inches, tipped certified scales at 11.15 pounds. It easily qualified Jarrell for the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program, which awards anglers who return 10-pound-plus fish to the reservoir with a complimentary mount.

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