The 2020 Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Fishing is the first event of the season for the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. Set to take place on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, the Texas Lunker Challenge is a big bass format event. Anglers will be on the search for the biggest fish they can catch in hopes of claiming their share of the $20,000 in prizes, and the opportunity to earn 1000 points towards the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.
Year in and year out, Sam Rayburn is consistently chosen as one of the top five bass fishing lakes in all of the country. This is why the most prestigious tournament trails flock to southeast Texas to fish for the world-class bass that live there. On the Saturday prior to the college event, the Texas Team Trail hosted a 300 plus boat tournament on Sam Rayburn. A five-bass limit weighing just over 49 pounds claimed the top prize. The limit consisted of a 12 and an 11 plus pound fish, with the rest averaging nine to 10 pounds. Registration for the Texas Lunker Challenge immediately proceeded the TXTT weigh-in, so the anglers knew what this great body of water was capable of producing.
Conditions on tournament day set up perfectly for a pre-spawn slugfest. Light winds, cloudy skies, and warming temperatures were in place. Bites were easy to come by, as many of the buck bass in Sam Rayburn were pushed up shallow looking for a place to build their bed. A combination of wacky rigs, lipless crankbaits, and swimbaits produced a majority of the bites. At the conclusion of weigh-in, Matthew Dorcz from Schreiner University won with a fish weighing over eight pounds. Tune in to see all of the great coverage of the 2020 Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Fishing.