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Piedmont youth nets 9-pound bass

Submitted by Hoss Cooley
Seven-year-old Avery Ohl, left, landed this 9-pound black bass on her Barbie Doll fishing rod last weekend at Lake Texoma.

By Matt Montgomery

Seven-year-old Avery Ohl had the catch of a lifetime July 6 while fishing at Lake Texoma with her “Papaw,” Hoss Cooley, and family and friends.

Ohl, a soon-to-be third grader at Northwood Elementary, was fishing with her trusty Barbie Doll fishing rod when she felt the pull of a large fish.

“It almost snapped,” Ohl said referring to the barbie rod. “It (the fish) was gross.”

The 9-pound black bass was actually Ohl’s first fish that she ever caught. She was using the red vein from inside of a striped bass’ body as bait.

She and her family were down at Soldier Creek on Lake Texoma, enjoying the July 4 holiday weekend and came back with a fish the family intends on mounting.

“We couldn’t be more proud,” Hoss Cooley, Avery’s grandfather, said. “Way to go, Avery!!”

The Lake Texoma record black bass weighs 11 pounds. It was caught March 28, 2011 by Daniel Robertson from Kingston. He caught that fish on a Calcutta reel and jig and released it back into the lake.

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