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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 catfish you’ve got to see

October 10, 2008 at 11:09 AM

It’s not often a fish makes me feel better about my own gut, but this catfish is the exception.

The London Telegraph reports that Alan Melhuish caught this Wels catfish—the largest catfish ever caught in Spain. The Telegraph also said the fish weighed more than 16 stone, which means nothing to me. I guess the fish weighed 226 pounds and was more than 8 feet long. Click here to read the entire article.

After you read the article, memorize this picture. Because the first person who passes this fish off as a state record flathead from Carlyle Lake is going to have their e-mail privileges rescinded.

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