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11-year-old is Texas’ Youngest Elite Angler PDF Print E-mail
Written by Texas Outdoors   
Sunday, 08 December 2013 17:30

11-year-old is Texas’ Youngest Elite Angler

Keatyn Eitelman with his catchMove over Johnny Football. Keatyn Eitelman of Pottsboro is at the top of his game too, and he’s only eleven years old. Just call him Keatyn Angler. He became Texas’ 25th Elite Freshwater Angler—and the state’s youngest—in August, just before his eleventh birthday. He finished this task when he caught a 21.25-inch, 5.5-pound largemouth bass from Lake Texoma on July 23 and submitted it for a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Big Fish Award. Read his story.

An Elite Angler is a one-time achievement award for an angler who catches trophy-class fish of five different species. To be eligible, an angler must earn five freshwater or five saltwater Big Fish Awards.

TPWD offers many ways to be recognized as an angler: state and water body records by weight, catch and release records by length, First Fish Awards, Outstanding Angler, Big Fish Awards, and Elite Angler. See the award categories and application. If you catch a fish that may qualify for an award, take good pictures of the fish to aid in identification. If the award is based on length, one of the pictures must show the fish on a ruler. Don’t forget to take pictures of yourself holding the fish, too!