No fooling: Texas angler lands 10-plus-pounder on April 1

Photo courtesy of Toledo Bend Lake Association
Photo courtesy of Toledo Bend Lake Association

Broussard’s bass fell for wacky-rigged Senko on the Louisiana side

April Fool’s Day and social media go together like peaches and cream, so you have to definitely be vigilant and keep your guard up so you aren’t suckered into believing a tall tale.

If you decide to post a story about a personal best bass that you caught on April 1 — say a 10.41-pounder from the south end of Toledo Bend — then you might expect your story to be met with some degree of skepticism.

But that’s exactly what really happened to Craig Broussard, 57, of Fulshear, Texas, when his first-ever double-digit bass bit a wacky-rigged watermelon/purple flake 5-inch Senko on the Louisiana side of the reservoir about 10 a.m. Monday.

Craig Broussard, of Fulshear, Texas, had the last laugh when he reeled in this 10.41-pound largemouth bass on April Fool’s Day.
Craig Broussard, of Fulshear, Texas, had the last laugh when he reeled in this 10.41-pound largemouth bass on April Fool’s Day.

“She was in about 7 feet of water …,” Broussard said. “She wasn’t even fanning a bed yet because her tail was clean.”

Broussard said he felt his lure get ‘heavy,’ and then reacted.

“They’ve been biting like that a lot where you’re dragging it through the grass and it’s hard to tell (if you have a bite),” he said. “Once I felt it get heavy, I set the hook.”

Broussard eventually headed to Buckeye Landing with his catch, where the 26-inch fish tipped certified scales at 10.41 pounds, easily qualifying him for entry into the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program, which awards anglers who return double-digit fish to the reservoir with a complimentary mount.

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