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Fish of the Week: Record carp from Chicago River

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Andy Klocek caught and released this 38-pound, 7-ounce carp Thanksgiving on the Chicago River.


The ``beautiful monster,'' as Paul Pezalla called it, is the heaviest documented carp caught from the Chicago River.

That tops by 5 ounces, the previous unofficial record for Chicago River carp, caught by Pezalla in November, 2008.

``It was caught in the North Branch, within 50 yards of where I caught the 38-2,'' Pezalla emailed.

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