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Illinois fishing: Big Downstate grass carp (revised)

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Corrections abound on this 49-inch, 79-pound grass carp caught Downstate.


Central Illinois guide Jonn Graham blogged about his cousin and the catch on Heartland Outdoors and posted the wonderful photo above.

It should be the Illinois record, which currently stands at 69 pounds, 8 ounces, caught from Lake Petersburg on July 13, 2000.

The world record of 39.75 kg (87 pounds, 10 ounces) was caught by Stoian Iliev at the Piasuchnik Dam in Bulgaria on July 22, 2009, according to the International Game Fish Association.

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May as well throw that t-shirt right in the garbage.

That slime will never wash off.

I'll have to go read that. I want to know how long it took to land.

I would wear that shirt everyday and NEVER wash it.

When reduced to threads I would frame what's left.

This is a world-class fish.......the equivalent of a 15lbs. bass in IL, if not more.

Here's a quote from Dan Sallee, from Bob Groene's column in the Quad Cities paper ~

"In my 35 years as an Illinois DNR biologist, I've certified several Illinois record fish. But this fish not only crushed the Illinois record by nearly 10 pounds, it looks like it will set a new North American Record. This was quite a feat by two young men."

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