A record-setting largemouth bass that was originally caught in Lake Ray Hubbard has made its way around the area, but has landed in a public viewing tank located only a stone’s throw from where it was originally caught.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, located at 5001 Bass Pro Drive in Garland, Texas, is the new home to the largest Largemouth Bass ever caught in the lake.

On Nov. 8, Wally Marshall, also referred to as “Mr. Crappie”, Bass Pro Shop’s National Fishing Pro, did the honors of transferring the bass from its holding tank into the 35,000 gallon freshwater tank.

The tank is located in the center of the store, surrounded by cascading waterfalls, luscious vegetation, and exotic wildlife.

The Largemouth Bass was caught in Lake Ray Hubbard by Leonard Nuttall, from Rowlett on Dec. 27, 2002, with a black and blue jig.

It weighed in at 14.10 pounds and was 25.5 inches long.

It was donated to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, a division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, as part of the Budweiser ShareLunker Program.

Eventually it made its way to the Bass Pro Shops tank in Grapevine, Texas, and it was only natural that the Largemouth Bass be moved to the new location in Garland, due to its proximity, overlooking Lake Ray Hubbard.

The transfer to the bass’ new home was handled by Dallas North Aquarium.

On hand was David Campbell, a representative of the TPWD, to answer any questions regarding the program. The Budweiser ShareLunkers Program encourages anglers who have caught 13-pound-plus largemouth bass to lend or donate the fish to TPWD for spawning purposes.

Ultimately, TPWD hopes to produce the next world record largemouth bass within the state of Texas.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World opened on the western shore of Lake Ray Hubbard this week. Viewing tanks are a fixture at many of the sporting goods retailer’s locations.

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