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Toledo Bend Lunker Bass #39


Jake Ortego displays his Toledo Bend lunker bass weighing exactly 10.0 pounds taken in San Miguel Cove May 12, 2020. Ortego caught his fish on a Texas-rigged Missile D Stroyer. (Photo courtesy of the Toledo Bend Lake Association)

Jake Ortego
 Date fish taken: 5/12/2020
 Angler’s name: Jake Ortego
 Hometown: Ville Platte, Louisiana
 Location where fish taken: San Miguel
 Depth taken: 3 to 4 feet of water
 Lure used to catch fish: Missile D Stroyer
 Other tackle used: (rod, reel, line): 7-foot, 4-inch Denali rod; Shimano Curado reel; 50-pound Power Pro braid
 Certified Weigh Station: Toledo Town and Tackle
 Certified bass weight: 10.00 pounds
 Tagged and eligible for replica from Toledo Bend Lake Association: Yes

Ortego’s bass is lunker No. 39 for the 2019-2020 Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program season.


Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

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