Luke Bryan and Luke Combs Reel In Monster Bass Ahead of CMA Fest

Just days before CMA Fest, two of country music’s biggest stars, Luke Combs and Luke Bryan, reeled in a few…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 6, 2022

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Luke Bryan, Luke Combs; Photos via Instagram

Just days before CMA Fest, two of country music’s biggest stars, Luke Combs and Luke Bryan, reeled in a few monster fish and took to Instagram to celebrate. 

First, Luke Bryan caught an 11.6-pound bass. The “Up” singer was completely overjoyed and documented the moment with a video set to his song, “Bill Dance,” honoring the famous angler. 

“I’ve been waiting my whole life for this moment,” Bryan captioned the clip. 

The Georgia native was so thrilled over this big catch that he even gave the bass a nice big kiss on its head. 

“I’ve been trying to catch my ten-pounder my whole life and I just caught an 11.6,” Bryan gushed. 

He later went fishing with his youngest son, Tate and celebrated yet another milestone moment. 

“Tate’s first shoal bass. Hell of a fishing week for me,” Bryan wrote. 

Meanwhile, Combs showed off his latest catch with an Instagram post and even teased a few new song lyrics. 

“Sorry honey, but I got to click over… I got a 6 pound largemouth on the other line,” 

The lyrics are from Combs’ new track, “On The Other Line.” He previously shared a snippet of the new toe-tapping tune on Instagram on May 31. 

“On The Other Line” will be featured on Combs’ much anticipated new album, Growin’ Up, which will be available everywhere on June 24. 

The 12-track project includes the North Carolina native’s latest chart-topping hit, “Doin’ This,” as well as a duet with Miranda Lambert

Bryan and Combs are slated to perform at the Nissan Stadium stage during CMA Fest on Saturday, June 11. The superstars will be joined by Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood and Randy Houser for the star-studded nightly concerts. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.