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Fish of the Week: Former prep bass fishermen branching out

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Summer vacation was good to former high school bass fishermen from Chicago, good enough for a double FOTW.

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In late July, Mike Jarvis caught and released a 15-pound bowfin on a reservoir in northern Wisconsin.

``It was big enough to become the state record, but I decided to release it,'' emailed the Taft High School grad, one of the few to qualify for Illinois' state championship in bass fishing three times.

Meanwhile, on a spring trip to Ontario, Michael Wilson, a Marist High School grad and former member of the Redhawk bass fishing team, caught his first 50-inch muskie with a red Mepps Musky Killer.

``I think his smile tells the rest of the story,'' his uncle Art Gazda emailed.

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

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