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Jeff Lampe
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 fish that could feed a village

February 27, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Eating fish has been on my mind lately what with this being Lent and all and me helping cook fish at St. Patrick’s in Elmwood (come on out and sample some Fridays from 4:30-6:30 p.m.) And when I saw this picture, the first thing I thought was, “We could make some money for the men’s club on this sucker.” Course it would take a long fight to cut this monster into fillets.

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As the story goes, this 359.1-pound warsaw grouper was caught by a medical student from Thibodaux, La. named J.J. Tabor. He is said to blindfold people before showing them his fishing spots. The grouper is a Louisiana record but is well off the world record, a 436-pound, 12-ounce grouper caught off Florida in 1985.

Incidentally, the first fillet off Tabor’s fish weighed a reported 53 pounds.


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