Sometimes a fish is more than a fish, even a 14-pound muskie like Chicagoan John Brzowski caught unexpectedly and released Sunday on the Chain O'Lakes.
Brzowski sent this note:
Attached is a picture of a 14 lb. Muskie that I caught on the Chain of Lakes in Illinois on Lake Marie on 10/17/10. My dad [Dan] and I were out fishing with ultra-light tackle for white bass. The fish hit a jig on 4 lb. line in about 5 feet of water just off of the sand bar in the middle of Lake Marie. It was especially meaningful as my brother [Jim] recently passed away and this was one of his favorite spots....After a couple of quick photos, we released the fish unharmed! But she sure put up a heck of a fight on the light tackle!
That's a fish of memory as much as a Fish of the Week.
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