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Joe Egan’s near-record smallmouth

April 25, 2009

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Species: Smallmouth bass

Size: 6 pounds, 5 ounces; 22 inches

Date: April 25, 2009

County: Cook

Joe Egan of Oak Lawn caught this 6-pound, 5-ounce smallmouth bass off a Lake Michigan breakwall at about 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2009.

The 22-inch fish hit a Fat Free Shad according to Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times. “I thought I had the record,” Egan told Bowman. “We fished our asses off. I can’t believe this. I am so mad it was not 2 ounces more. God it was close.”

The fish was weighed on a certified scale at Henry’s but was 2 ounces short of Mark Samp’s state record 6-7 smally. Samp caught his Illinois record smallmouth from a Fulton County strip pit on March 26, 1985.

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