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Wayne Schneider’s 3-10 crappie

County: Peoria

Catch Date: March 27, 2009

Fish Size: 3 pounds, 10 ounces; 18 inches

Notable: High water yields slab crappie.

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John Henry’s 16-pound hybrid striper

County: DeWitt

Catch Date: March 17, 2009

Fish Size: 16 pounds

Notable: Bomber spoon entices hit from big striper.

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John Teimeyer’s 8-8 largemouth

County: Sangamon

Catch Date: March 14, 2009

Fish Size: 8 pounds, 8 ounces

Notable: Bass biggest ever seen at Lake Springfield.

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Pastor Everly’s 65-pound flathead

County: Tazewell

Catch Date: March 11, 2009

Fish Size: 65 pounds

Notable: Huge fish caught by 76-year-old angler.

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Jon Zettler’s record hybrid yellow bass

County: Franklin

Catch Date: Nov. 3, 2008

Fish Size: 2.06 pounds, 15 inches

Notable: Second time in a boat yields new record fish for angler.

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Brian Short’s record bighead carp

County: Madison

Catch Date: June 14, 2008

Fish Size: 64 pounds

Notable: Bighead carp bit on a deep-diving crankbait.

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Marcus Miller’s record hybrid crappie

County: Jefferson

Catch Date: May 14, 2008

Fish Size: 4.52 pounds, 18.75 inches

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

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Tim Pruitt’s world-record blue catfish

County: Madison

Catch Date: May 21, 2005

Fish Size: 124 pounds, 58 inches

Notable: World and state record fish had a girth of 44 inches.

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Matt Carmean’s record muskie

County: Shelby

Catch Date: April 20, 2002

Fish Size: 38 pounds, 8 ounces, 50 3/4 inches

Notable: Carmean was fishing for walleye when the muskie hit.

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Joseph Veronda’s record tiger muskie

County: Grundy

Catch Date: May 4, 1999

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

Notable: Fish was caught on a gold Super Rogue.

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