Anglers can blame several factors on why they have lost some enthusiasm about going fishing lately. Low lake levels, extremely high winds and temperatures falling to freezing and rising to the 90s tend to do that to some people, but 6-year-old Trip Kubin of Lewisville isn’t one of them.Nor are a host of other anglers across the state who have seen their catches heading for the record books since January.Anglers have established four blue catfish records on four lakes in addition to a pending one regarding Kubin’s catch at Lake Lewisville. Others have established two largemouth bass records and three crappie records on five lakes. Also, eight largemouth bass weighing more than 13 pounds that were caught during February and March have been entered in the state’s Share Lunker program.Texas Parks and Wildlife officials predict even more lake records and trophy-size fish are to come by the end of April as a variety of species go into their spawning patterns.Kubin has been a fast learner about big catfish. His father is Lake Lewisville fishing guide Bobby Kubin, one of the best blue catfish anglers in the state. Last year when Trip Kubin was only 5, his dad took him on an annual birthday fishing trip at Lake Lewisville, where the youngster caught a 25-pound blue catfish.“That’s quite an accomplishment for such a young angler,” Bobby Kubin said. “Trip had his sites on a new personal best this year, and I knew I had my work cut out for me when we took him out for his annual birthday fishing trip on March 15. The bite was slow and we made one more move hoping to get enough for a fish fry for his birthday party that evening.”Then one of his rods slammed down with his line going in the wrong direction. The fish pulled about 50 yards of line off the reel before Trip could get it out of the rod holder. After having to clear several lines and a couple of battles with the anchor rope, he was able to bring the beast to the net.The fish weighed 41 pounds and was almost 44 inches long.The other big blue catfish caught since late January include a whopping 62.23-pounder caught by Kenneth Hall at Lake Ray Hubbard on Feb. 2, a 54.3-pounder caught by Jordan Rethmeier of Garland at a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center lake near Athens on March 16, a 24.80-pounder at Lake Graham by Dean Truesdell on Feb. 2, and a 5.58-pound fish caught by Bobby Ingram on Jan. 25 that established a Lake Texana record.An interesting note about Rethmeier’s catch is that it was made in Lake Zebco, a 1.5-acre “casting pond” at the hatchery and fisheries research facility. The fish measured 47 inches long and 31 inches around. Rethmeier said he caught it on a heavy spinning reel with 50-pound braided line on a heavy rod he and his dad set out with the bail open while rigging other light rods and reels for panfish. Rethmeier said he and his dad never thought the heavy rod would get “seriously tested by anything.”The big blue catfish took the bait while Rethmeier was rigging a trout pole. The huge bluecat put up a big battle before Rethmeier finally landed it about eight minutes later. A Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center employee used his golf cart to carry the fish to nearby scales, where he topped out at 54.3 pounds.“We took him back to the pond and made sure he was doing OK and let him go,” Rethmeier said.Of the eight Share Lunker largemouth bass weighing more than 13 pounds caught since early February, one was a record for Lake Palestine, and another bass that was just shy of 13 pounds set a record at Lake Graham.Les Norton used a crank bait to catch the 12.34-pound Lake Graham record bass on Feb. 2, which incidentally, was the same day Truesdell caught his record blue catfish on the same lake and the same day Hall caught his record blue catfish at Lake Ray Hubbard.Lindell Booth of Chandler set the Lake Palestine record for largemouth bass on March 2 with a fish weighing 13.14 pounds. On March 19, Johnny Spruiell of Iowa Park landed a Lake Amon Carter largemouth bass weighing 13.75 pounds. The Amon Carter record is a 14.44-pounder caught in 1996.The bass caught by Booth and Spruiell were entered into the Share Lunker program along with six others caught since early February. The six include a 13.4-pounder at Falcon Reservoir, a 13.28-pounder from Lake O’ The Pines, a 13.23-pounder from Toledo Bend, and three fish weighing 16.04, 14.06 and 13.11 pounds from Lake Fork.The 16.04-pound bass from Lake Fork was caught by Richard Scibek of Granbury and is the largest Share Lunker entry submitted so far this year.Caddo Lake near Jefferson in Northeast Texas got a white crappie record on Feb. 17 when Aaron Yohn caught one weighing 3.07 pounds. Other crappie records set this year include a 0.91-pound black crappie caught at Lake Graham on Jan. 28 by Jerry Taylor and a 0.61 white crappie caught on a fly rod Jan. 27 at Lake Lewisville by Destin Schroeder.