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P.J. Gilfillan caught this 45-inch Northern on a recent trip to Sabourin Lake Lodge in Ontario. Photo submitted by Joe Gilfillan.

10/12 at 06:25 AM

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David Gjelsvik’s record hybrid striper

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Johnson

Size: 20.02 pounds, 33.7 inches long, 24-inch girth

Date: June 20, 1993

Notable: Fish hit on a three-eighth-ounce jig.

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Marcus Miller’s record hybrid crappie

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Jefferson

Size: 4.52 pounds, 18.75 inches

Date: May 14, 2008

Notable: Big crappie almost became dinner instead of a record.

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Robert Scott

Home: Pekin, IL

Occupation: Semi-retired Insurance agent

Most memorable outing in Illinois? About 2 weeks ago I was fishing the Illinois River near Pekin and I caught a 28-inch, 10-pound, 10-ounce catfish. My 8-pound test line broke and I had a "bobber stopper" on the line. It broke above the bobber. I thought I just lost it. But in a few minutes I saw the bobber going up and down. So I got closer and tried to get it buy casting for it. On the third cast I caught it and pulled it slowly to the boat. I leaned over and got the fish with a dip net.

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