Zwolle angler lands ‘Perfect 10’ at Toledo Bend

Justin Glover, of Zwolle, shows off the 10-pound largemouth bass he landed Monday, May 13, in the San Miguel area of Toledo Bend.
Justin Glover, of Zwolle, shows off the 10-pound largemouth bass he landed Monday, May 13, in the San Miguel area of Toledo Bend.

Glover’s big bass bit a V&M Swamp Hog near San Miguel on Monday

You might say the third time was the charm for Justin Glover.

The 34-year-old from Zwolle flirted with his first-ever double digit bass twice this year up at Toledo Bend: He caught a 9.58-pounder in January, and followed that up with yet another near-miss for a bass that weighed 9.75 pounds in April.

Monday morning in the San Miguel area, Glover’s persistence paid off when he finally lipped in a ‘Perfect 10.’ His big fish weighed-in at exactly 10.00 pounds at Keith’s Toledo Bend Tackle in Hemphill, Texas.

“That was my third one I went to go weigh-in, and the third one struck gold,” he said.

Glover had launched at daybreak on Monday, and was enjoying a pretty solid day on the water when the big fish inhaled his Texas-rigged V&M Swamp Hog in black-and-blue at about 8 a.m.

“I knew it was a big fish,” he said, noting it bit in 5 to 10 feet of water. “My first thought was it might have been a trash fish, because it had a motor. Once I got to see it, I knew it was a big one.

“It swirled one time, and the rest of the time that joker was just digging. It was running pretty hard.”

After a couple laps around the boat, Glover, who was fishing alone, lipped the big fish aboard and headed to Keith’s, where the largemouth measured 25 inches, with an 18 ¼-inch girth.

The weigh-in was definitely a little tense, with the digital scale bouncing between 10-pound glory and yet another near miss.

“It was flickering back and forth, and then it locked in on 10,” Glover said with a chuckle. “I said, ‘Hey, I’ll take it!’”

And his timing couldn’t have been better.

Since the 10-pounder qualified for entry into the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program and was released back into the reservoir, Glover will collect his complimentary mount this Sunday at Cypress Bend Park with all of the other winners after the Big Bass Splash weigh-in. It was fish No. 42 for the lunker program season, which started last summer.

“it definitely was a true blessing,” Glover said. “It’s always one when you catch a fish that big, but this one was a pretty special deal.”

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