A Record Catch
When a buddy mentioned to Phillip Walker that the fishing on Alvarado Park Lake was “on fire” he didn’t have an inkling he’d be part of a really big fish tale.
Phillip decided to ask his 16-year-old son, Chase, if he would like to go to the lake on April 7.
“I was surprised he said yes considering he fished the last three days,” Phillip Walker said.
Chase, a member of the Burleson ISD High School Fishing Club, and had just finished competing in the regional tournament at Lake Lewisville where he had qualified for the state championships.
“He had just bought the MBL 19 video game and I thought he might not want to go,” Phillip Walker said. “Honestly, I really wanted to go fishing and was glad he wanted to go.”
As soon as the pair put their boat on the lake, Chase missed catching a fish but his father followed up by hauling one in.
Then things slowed down and Phillip suggested moving to an area of the lake near a red boat dock. It was a location that his buddy had mentioned.
“I said let’s try this spot and work our way down to the red boat dock that was about 100 yard away.” Phillip said.
With the boat near a couple of pipes that run down in the water, Chase flipped his line in the middle of the pipes and that’s when the magic happened.
“I”m thinking to myself ‘he’s gonna get hung up in there’ then I see him reel down and get the hook set.” Phillip said. “I watch for maybe two seconds and see the rod give a little bit and hear him say ‘it’s a big one, get the net.’”
That’s when Phillip got a glimpse of what he described as “the fish of a lifetime.”
“We weren’t saying anything to each other, he was doing his job and I was trying to do mine with the net,” Phillip said. “That’s when my nerves got me.”
Phillip said Chase, a sophomore at Burleson High School, didn’t panic and the pair were able to get the fish in the net.
“When I netted it, all I could say was just ‘my gosh what have you just caught Chase.’” Phillip said.
Then the hugs and high fives started between the pair.
The bass weighed 11.4 pounds and set the Junior Lake Record for Alvarado Park Lake after confirmation from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
“I’m so happy it was my son that caught that fish,” Phillip said. “Even though I’ve chased a fish like that for 45 years. It means so much more to me that I was with my son and my best fishing buddy ever.”