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Fish of the Week: Fox River flathead

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With some trepidation, I post this Fish of the Week, a wonderful flathead caught and released on the Fox River by Don Keller.

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My trepidation is that streams biologist Bob Rung thinks during the heat and drought that fishermen consider putting up their rods.

Here's Keller's tale.

Fishing with a curlytail grub, he caught a surprise Fox River monster last Friday at Geneva.

``Believe it or not, she was only one of 20 fish I caught that afternoon in the 100-degree heat,'' the Palatine man emailed. ``The rest were smallmouth. To top it off, I was spooled with 6-pound NanoFil.''

He measured the flathead at 36 inches, estimated at 23 pounds, then released her.

``I hope to catch up with her again when she is 50 pounds!,'' he emailed.

A 50-pound flathead on the Fox may be wishful thinking, but I understand the idea.

Email nominations for FOTW, the weekly celebration of big fish stories around Chicago fishing in the Sun-Times outdoors page on Wednesdays, to straycasts@sbcglobal.net.


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