Tony Lozipone of Iowa Park reeled in 13.14-pound ShareLunker 647 bass, on Possum Kingdom Lake recorded its first Legacy Class Lunker of the 2023 ShareLunker collection season on Sunday.
Lozipone began fishing as a young child and had a lifetime goal of catching a ShareLunker. The dream became a reality for him Sunday, recording a new personal best along with a tournament championship. Ironically, his previous personal best was a 10-plus pounder at Possum Kingdom last year.
“I was in about 40 feet of water and the fish was on a 15- to 18-foot ledge,” said Lozipone. “I made a perfect cast, which brought her off that ledge. I saw her come and eat the swimbait and it was just amazing. I called my dad to let him know.”
Lozipone couldn’t believe his eyes when he read the scale: more than 13 pounds.
“I started whooping and hollering because I accomplished a lifetime quest to catch a Legacy Lunker,” he said. “It was all a blur after that because I was so excited.”
Lozipone made a second call — to the ShareLunker program — to officially submit his catch.
“My experience with the ShareLunker program was great,” said Lozipone. “They immediately answered when I called and were there to get the fish within 30 minutes. TPWD staff weighed the fish and took really good care of it. There isn’t a better feeling than to know if you catch a fish that big it goes through this process. The whole ShareLunker program is awesome.”
Lozipone’s fish is the sixth all-time Legacy Class entry from this lake; Scott Tongate’s ShareLunker 44 from October 13, 1989, still holds the water body record at 16.02 pounds. Don Allison owns Possum Kingdom’s other Legacy Lunker, thanks to 15.38-pound ShareLunker 80 on February 14, 1991.
Story from TPWD