A pair of mid-winter muskies make it Fishes of the Week.
Billy Loftus of Oswego caught and released his 40-incher on Feb. 18.
Victor Elarde sent this one of Bob Steflin, who caught his 43-incher on Feb. 15 near the Montgomery dam.
FOTW tops the Midwest Fishing Report in the Sun-Times each Wednesday. The extended online version appears here, usually by midnight Tuesday.
``Caught and released this 40in musky out of the fox river today (2/18/2009) using a storm kickin minnow.''
Then Elarde's tale:
``A friend of mine and I went fishing in the Aurora area on 02/15/09. I thought this might be worth mentioning in your column. A young man by the name of Bob Steflin hooked a big one.
He was fishing at the Montgomery dam in aurora with a medium action rod and a 3 1/2 in. Walleye marked rapala and 8 lb test line.
He hooked and landed a muskey. This fish weighed 23 1/2 lbs, 43 inches long and 22 in girth. He fought this big boy for almost a half hour, and was successfully netted. It was possibly the fish of his life and I wanted to share it with you and hopefully your readers.''
Fish of a lifetime trumps even FOTW.
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