lun·​ker | \ ˈləŋ-kər \

Definition of lunker

: something large of its kind used especially of a game fish

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Lake Guntersville turned out some tremendous bags of bass in last Saturday's Alabama Bass Trail (ABT) event, with the top team weighing in five fish that went 30.02 pounds including an 8.56 pound lunker. Frank Sargeant,, "Guntersville turns out impressive catches in Alabama Bass Trail event," 13 Mar. 2018 Until then, though, the tactics above are a good bet for those seeking lunkers. Cheryl Wray,, "NASCAR Daytona qualifying, Auto Parts Clash live stream, TV, time, lineup," 11 Feb. 2018 For more on chasing lunker blue cats, visit Frank Sargeant,, "Time for whopper blue cats in Lake Wheeler," 23 Jan. 2018 Students, parents and other anglers can use the Christmas break to target 800 lunker rainbow trout, spread this week across northwest Oregon ponds and lakes. Bill Monroe,, "Christmas vacation treat for northwest Oregon anglers," 18 Dec. 2017 No, this is the one about the guy who treats his son's mama with love and respect as well as the one who loves hookin' a lunker bass. Chuck Yarborough,, "Luke Bryan continues to evolve with 'What Makes You Country' (CD review)," 18 Dec. 2017 Spanning 186,000 acres, the lake is chock-full with largemouth bass, and lunkers (bass weighing more than 10 pounds) can be caught there all year round. Smithsonian, "The 40 Best Places to Explore Louisiana’s Southern Wilds," 13 Mar. 2017 Other than the few lunkers, fishing overall was slow. sacbee, "Stripers and kings are bringing smiles to anglers in some north-state waters," 19 Aug. 2017 There were a couple of keys to attracting bites from the lunker trout and not the undesirables that were in the area, Schultz said. Todd Masson,, "Anglers have epic topwater action all to themselves," 10 July 2017

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First Known Use of lunker

1867, in the meaning defined above

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