Taking It to the Bank


Lake kicks out biggest bass in nearly 30 years

Jim Crockett was fishing from the shores of Houston County Lake near Crockett, Texas on the afternoon of Oct. 20 when he caught and released what may be the biggest bass reported from the 1,300-acre reservoir since 1990. Crockett, 63, said the fish weighed 14.1 pounds on an uncertified digital scale. The bass hit a 1 ounce Rat-L-Trap in about 15 feet of water. Courtesy/Jesse Mathis
It was just beginning to turn dusky dark on the afternoon of Oct. 20, and Jim Crockett of Brock was in his happy place doing what he loves. Standing on the shores of Houston County Lake, the 63-year-old angler lofted a 1 ounce perch color Rat-L-Trap into the 1,300-acre reservoir. “I’ve been here for about two to three months, working on a pipeline,” said Crockett. “I like to take my lawn chair…

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