8 year old lands record catch in East Texas

ATHENS, TX — To catch big fish you need to fish in big water, right? Not if you fish in the ponds at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens.

Lake Zebco is only 1.5 acres, but it produces far bigger fish than you'd expect from a pond its size. The most recent example came October 1, when eight-year-old Taylor Musso of Dallas, daughter of Mark and Shondo Musso, reeled in a record longear sunfish. The fish was only 0.72 pounds, but it earned Taylor multiple bragging rights: a junior angler state record, state catch and release record, water body record, water body catch and release record and Big Fish award.

The previous record longear sunfish, 0.68 pounds, also came from Lake Zebco.

In June 2009, Kaylee Nicholson of Athens landed the junior angler catch and release state record for bluegills with a fish from Lake Zebco that measured 10.5 inches.