Before the floods came on the mighty Mississippi River, Kenny Campbell landed this 51-pound, 36-inch flathead with a little help. It's Fish of the Week for June 18, 2008.
FOTW tops the Midwest Fishing Report each Wednesday in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Campbell caught his flathead on May 31 while fishing with family and friends in East Dubuque, Iowa.
``It was so heavy that I had to call on my brother to help me get it into the net,'' the 40-year-old Chicagoan said. ``It was the best fight I ever had.''
He was using night crawlers on 20-pound test line.
It's the kind of photo that inspires dreams in some of us.
A catfishing friend who looked at the photo said, ``If I ever reach retirement I'm going to buy an old pontoon houseboat and live out my Mark Twain fantasies on the Mississippi River.''
I understand. And Amen.
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