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Joseph Veronda’s record tiger muskie

May 04, 1999

Illinois hunting and fishing

Big Fish Info

Species: Tiger muskie

Size: 26 pounds, 9 ounces; 47 inches long, 21-inch girth

Date: May 4, 1999

County: Grundy

Josephe Veronda caught his Illinois state-record tiger muskie on a gold, 5.5-inch Super Rogue while fishing at the Coal City Area Club.

Veronda was using a 6-foot-6 bait casing rod and a bait-casting reel to make his catch.

The fish was genetically tested by the Illinois Natural History Survey and was certified as a tiger muskie.

The Coal City Area Club Illinois hunting and fishingis a collection of strip-mine lakes. The club was founded in 1958 when a group of Coal City men purchased 1,485 acres from the Northern Illinois Coal Co.

Initial memberships were available only to Coal City residents. As of last year for the club’s 50th anniversary there were 2,600 members and over 690 waiting to join.

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