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Christie's anchor fish during the Elite Tournament was caught before


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BASS reported on its Instagram feed that Jason Christie's anchor fish during the Elite Tournament which was recently completed on Toledo Bend, was caught and entered into the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program almost exactly one year prior.

Tim Goodwin caught the original big bass on April 8, 2016, when it weighed 10.32 pounds. Goodwin received a fiberglass replica of the fish since it weighed more than 10 pounds and thus qualified for the program. As part of the program, the Toledo Bend Lake Association tags and releases the fish back into the lake.

A tag in Christie's fish allowed the association to track its history. The fish had lost about half a pound since last year, but that could have been because it had already spawned out this year.

According to a report by Todd Masson,, Christie went to a place just thinking he could catch a limit fishing the shad spawn, and caught the fish.

"When I hooked it, I thought it was a 5-pounder. Then it came up and kind of wallowed, and I thought maybe it was a 7-pounder. Then it came by the boat, and I knew it was a giant. Luckily, it was hooked good."

The fish weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces.

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