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Mark Jacobson’s 50.4 pound flathead catfish

County: Clinton

Catch Date: May 11, 2012

Fish Size: 50.4 pounds

Notable: Took an hour to land

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Jacob Dupes noodled 46lb flathead

County: Will

Catch Date: July 9

Fish Size: 46 pounds

Notable: Saw wave of mud coming towards face

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Jimmy White’s 4 lb Crappie

County: Greene

Catch Date: 5-12-2011

Fish Size: 4lbs Spring scale 20 inches long

Notable: 4 pounds on spring scale and 20 inches long

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Scott McCrees 8 lbs. bass

County: Williamson

Catch Date: 3/12/11

Fish Size: 8 pounds on scale at Cooksey's

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Matt Lehn’s 32-pound channel catfish

County: Woodford

Catch Date: Sept. 11, 2010

Fish Size: 40 inches 32 pounds on bathroom scale

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Mike Jarvis’ 105-pound spoonbill

County: St. Clair

Catch Date: March, 2010

Fish Size: 105 pounds

Notable: Fish was snagged.

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Joe Broshears’ 7-10 bass

County: Iroquois

Catch Date: August 30, 2009

Fish Size: 7 pounds, 10 ounces, 25 3/4 inches

Notable: Bass bit as angler reeled in a bluegill.

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Robert Brewer’s 56-pound flathead

County: DeWitt

Catch Date: July 2, 2009

Fish Size: 56 pounds

Notable: Huge catfish was released.

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Jarad Poole’s bowfishing record

County: Sangamon

Catch Date: May 2, 2009

Fish Size: 48 pounds, 8 ounces and 35 pounds, 5 ounces

Notable: Bowfishing newcomer sets two state records.

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Joe Egan’s near-record smallmouth

County: Cook

Catch Date: April 25, 2009

Fish Size: 6 pounds, 5 ounces; 22 inches

Notable: Smallmouth two ounces short of state record.

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