A couple years ago, a 13-year-old boy stood on the banks of Lady Bird Lake downtown casting giant swimbaits, fishing for monsters.
He got one.
Grant Langmore pulled in a 27-inch-long largemouth bass that weighed 13.5 pounds. That’s a fish so big, you’d need a Yeti Tundra 110 cooler to lay it down flat.
The Yeti mention isn’t gratuitous — the Austin-based company has featured Langmore in a recent video by Austin filmmaker Bradley Beesley. (If you’re not familiar with Yeti’s outdoors-oriented stories, check them all out here. The Father’s Day-related video featuring fly fisherman JT Van Zandt talking about his father, Townes, is particularly compelling.)
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“The Catch” opens with old-timers at places such as Callahan’s or McBride’s Guns talking about the likelihood of catching a 13-pound bass (pretty low) and the idea that such a fish was caught by a kid who rides his bicycle to the lake.
But Langmore “has a knack,” his mother says in the film and the montage of boy-and-giant-fish photos more than proves the point.
We’re introduced to the teen’s fishing club in a garage behind a basketball goal, and watch the four teens march down a tree-lined avenue, rods in hand. The scene doesn’t linger, but there’s a fleeting idea of “The Wild Bunch” of Lady Bird Lake.
What makes the film so compelling to people who aren’t members of the fishing community is the aerial scenery of downtown Austin and the short discussion of the fish that live between shores of joggers and walkers, under kayakers and rowers.
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Beesley’s film stirs up the waters a little — was the bass really that big? But we all know the answer: Texas Parks and Wildlife says it’s a Lady Bird Lake record. And that’s pretty official.
In a story after his big catch, Langmore told the San Antonio Express-News, “"I was really excited because I've been fishing for such a long time," Langmore said. "I finally did it."
Langmore is a fisherman beyond his years, no doubt. Just don’t tell the old-timers it’s been a long time.