Dynamic Blog – 9 pounds 6 ounces of American Military Pride

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DynamicBlogHeaderWhen 39-year-old Shannon Ordner stood on the B.A.S.S. stage during the Toyota Bonus Bucks Owners event on Toledo Bend a few weeks ago, fellow anglers got an eyeful of what’s great about America in the form of a fat green 9 pound 6 ounce largemouth, being held by a military veteran wearing a giant smile — and lots of red, white and blue.

The Toledo Bend beast ate a white and black Spro Bronzeye Frog Jr. at 7:25 a.m. in 2-feet of water, and fell just a frog’s hair short of the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program’s magical 10-pound mark. Ordner would have qualified for a free fiberglass replica mount from the program, but that was of zero detriment to the Louisiana resident’s excitement.

“This is the biggest bass of my life, and I caught it in the most high profile event I’ve ever fished – I’ll never ever forget this day,” smiled Ordner. And then came perhaps the most punctuating comment of the magical day when Ordner was asked why he wears a tournament jersey touting “Louisiana National Guard” in big bold yellow letters.

“I’m not a serious tournament angler, I don’t fish any trails, but I do love Toledo Bend – and my country – this shirt is a matter of pure pride,” says Ordner, a father of two, who has spent 16 years in the Active Army, and additional time in the Active Guard and Reserves with the Louisiana National Guard.

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“Over the past 20 years, it’s been an honor and a privilege to serve my country,” says Ordner. “It has honestly made me the man that I am today, and I’ve met and served with some amazing people that are like brothers and sisters. Terry Gilcrease was my fishing partner today, and he and I met in the Louisiana National Guard.”

“I was in Iraq in 2004 and 2005 with 5-5-ADA, and then served in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011 with 2-44-ADA, I was fortunate, I made it home without any physical or mental scars, and I work now as a recruiter for the Louisiana National Guard,” explained Ordner, who has purchased three Toyota trucks since 2012.

“I own a 2015 Tundra Crew Cab right now, it’s just such a comfortable ride with a ton of towing power, and as far as I’m concerned it’s the most American made truck on the road – it’s built in Texas,” said Ordner. “I’ll never forget this bass, and I’ll never not own a Toyota.”

Ordner’s 9 pound 6 ounce bass was the biggest of the 4th Annual Toyota Bonus Bucks Owners Tournament – and it came with a mighty amount of memorable American pride for all who watched him weigh-in.