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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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A brown booby and brown pelican

January 12, 2010 at 08:59 AM

Well, our buddy Flathead and his family spent some time on St. John’s in the U.S. Virgin Islands in December, which sounds pretty good right about now.

In between relaxing and eating, Flathead took some time to go fishing. True to form, he caught a brown pelican with his first cast. The bird (pictured above) survived the incident. Writes Flathead: “The pelican had the same idea I did. The yellow jack were busting the surface after bait fish and the silver shad rap did the trick. So I caught the pelican, took out the hook and unwrapped the line, and we both went back to fishing a little slower!”

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He also snapped a picture of a brown booby on the beach. You can see that picture below.

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