This story was published today on the Outdoor Wire newsletter about the monster 14:3 bass caught at La Perla Lake last week.
February 19, 2015 - BREAKING NEWS
Tecomate’s Famed La Perla Ranch Produces 14 lbs. 5 oz. TPWD “ShareLunker” Largemouth
Toyota ShareLunker entry #559 was picked up at 2:00 a.m. this morning from the famed Tecomate Headquarters, La Perla Ranch, which has been the talk of the bass fishing world the past couple of months. The behemoth largemouth was caught by Blair Schwarz late yesterday afternoon and weighed soon thereafter on certified scales kept at the ranch. Sharelunker #553 weighed in at an incredible 14.3 pounds, which equates to 14 pounds 5 ounces, and is the largest ShareLunker caught since 2013.
Blair was working a Jackall squarebill crankbait around a brush pile on what is known as Star Island in La Perla Lake when the massive bass engulfed the lure. A subsequent call was made to TPWD, and when they arrived in the wee hours of the night, the fish appeared to be healthy and in great condition.
The La Perla lunker is the second submission of the season to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s ShareLunkerprogram. It is not yet known whether the fish is a pure Florida largemouth. If she is not pure Florida, she will be returned to La Perla Lake as soon as possible. However, if DNA testing at the San Marcos Fish Hatchery shows that she is pure Florida, she will be held in Athens through the spring so that any fry she produces can be grown and then distributed. A portion of any fry produced will be released into water bodies producing ShareLunkers during the current season. Some will go back to La Perla Ranch, and some will be used for research.
Tecomate’s La Perla Ranch and lake projects on the ranch are the brainchild of Blair’s father, Dr. Gary Schwarz, who first became famous for his pioneering work on nutritional food plots along with biologist and whitetail legend David Morris. That work led to the formation of Tecomate Seed Company and eventually to the “The Bucks of Tecomate” TV show, one of the highest-watched shows in outdoor TV history.
Seven years ago, Schwarz turned his attention to bass and began a quest to grow largemouth bass to megaproportions using the same high-nutrition “food plot”concept he pioneered for deer.
The recent catch and submission of the giant La Perla bass to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Toyota ShareLunker program is the latest in a long list of recent headlines about La Perla in the bass world. A week ago, Mark Zona, MC of the Bassmaster Elite series and host of “Zona’s Awesome Fishing Show,” aired an episode that featured his incredible introduction to fishing La Perla Lake. The previous week, fishing juggernauts Shimano and G. Loomis hosted 16 outdoor writers at La Perla to test new products on several of the La Perla Ranch lakes, which was fitting since the most recent La Perla lunker was caught on a Shimano Curado reel and G. Loomis IMX rod.
Three bass over 10 pounds were caught in one day during the Shimano event, and several articles documenting the trip and the incredible fishery ensued. Blair’s bass tops the previous La Perla Lake record, caught by Matt Carter of Austin, Texas, by almost two full pounds.
For more information, visit: www.laperlaranchresort.com and www.tecomate.com and follow Tecomate’s La Perla Ranch and Tecomate Wildlife Systems on social media:
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Bob Mahoney, Shimano Northern Marketing Manager, talks about the new G. Loomis E6X series rod and matching it up with the Shimano Curado baitcasting reel while fishing La Perla Ranch Resort in Texas.
Zona's Awesome Fishing Show starring Mark Zona and featuring Tecomate's La Perla Ranch airs on the Outdoor Channel this weekend.
- Friday at 11:30am and 8pm EST
- Saturday at 9:00am EST
- Sunday at 8:30am EST
All times are Eastern, please check local listings and adjust for your time zone.
Be sure to catch the incredible fishing on Dr. Gary Schwarz' famous La Perla Lake in Zapata County, Texas.
Brad Wiegmann Outdoors asks "How far would you travel to fish for giant largemouth bass? How much farther would you go to fish for giant largemouth that get limited fishing pressure? The answer is whatever distance it is from your house to La Perla Ranch in Texas."
And that's exactly what Brad did during the Shimano Unveiling event last week at La Perla Ranch. Brad wrote a very nice article about his experience at the ranch and also had a chance to interview Dr. Gary Schwarz on two videos.
Click below to visit Brad webpage and see the entire article :
The experts know when they have it good and they had a great time this past week at La Perla Ranch.
Here is another article with plenty of photos highlighting their visit to this special place in deep south Texas.