In April 2005, 11-year-old Brandon Adams from Florence, Texas set the record for the largest cash/prize payout for a youth angler in a competitive fishing event. During the 21st annual Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash, he caught a bass on Lake Sam Rayburn that weighed 11.57 pounds.

That monster of a bass earned him the top spot for that tournament, and he would end up winning a new boat and a new H2 Hummer, along with some cash. The total value of his cash and prizes was $103,000.

Something About 11-Year-Old Anglers

Now, let's flash forward about 20 years as another 11-year-old angler has done something historic on a Texas lake.

Wednesday, Stetson Davis from Tuttle, Oklahoma, and his father, Brodey, went fishing on J.B. Thomas Reservoir, located in between Big Spring and Snyder, Texas.

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The goal was to catch a double-digit bass, and that goal was definitely accomplished.

Hooking the Mammoth Bass

Stetson and his dad spotted a huge fish in the lake and made several casts her way, but the bass wouldn't bite. Finally, Stetson placed the bait right in front of the fish, and she took it.

It was a short fight after that. Stetson set the hook and his dad got the net and they were able to bring the fish into the boat.


Shattering the Previous Youth Record

The 13.31-pound ShareLunker smashed the waterbody record for the biggest largemouth bass caught by a junior angler. The previous J.B. Thomas junior angler record was 7.96 pounds.

A bass over 13 pounds places it in the Legacy Class of the Toyota ShareLunker program.

Like Father, Like Son

Stetson's dad, Brodey, also has a place in the Texas fishing record books. In 2022, he submitted the seventh-biggest largemouth bass in Texas history when he caught a 17.06 bass at O.H. Ivie Lake near San Angelo.

Brodey's catch in 2022 is the current O.H. Ivie record, and the largest in the state since Barry St. Clair of Klondike, Texas hauled in the state record of 18.18 pounds in 1992. St. Clair caught the record-breaker on Lake Fork in northeast Texas.

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