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Fish of the Week: Double big brown trout

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Sunday was a big day for big brown trout on the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan, big enough that Salina Wunderle and Bill Szafranski earned double Fish of the Week honors.



On Sunday Capt. Gregg Pavalon e-mailed a first photo of the biggest brown he saw, then Wunderle, a student at Northeastern Illinois University, sent the better one above from an outing with friends on Kingfisher Charters out of Belmont Harbor.

``It was a pretty long battle, and it gave up one hell of a fight, even till the end it was giving me a good go,'' the Albany Park woman said. ``It was an impressive fight for such an amazing beast!''

Beast indeed at 37 inches and 21 pounds.

Speaking of beasts.

On Monday, Andy Mikos, my pick for the best Lake MIchigan boat fisherman not a captain, sent this:

My friends asked me to forward this picture to you for a shot at fish of the week. This is a 26lb brown trout caught off the boat Tuff Stuff owned by Bill Giselli. Is was caught just east of the R4 by Bill Szafranski who is a 20 year old from Mt. Prospect. It was caught on 10 colors of lead core with a glow watermelon spoon Sunday the 29th at about 6:30am.

The coolest part of this story is that both big browns were taken by young people. Every once in awhile I find encouragement.

FOTW tops the Midwest Fishing Report on the outdours page of the Sun-Times each Wednesday. An extended online version appears here, usually by midnight Tuesday. Obviously, I am behind today, lost some time yesterday tracking down some stuff.

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