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Illinois hunting and fishing

Big Fish Fridays: Pumpkin Quest

September 18, 2009 at 09:59 PM

“Chef Todd” Kent’s status as a fishing state record holder appears to have been very short-lived.

Just days after genetic tests proved Kent’s 0.41-pound fish was a pure pumpkinseed, Pat Crumrine of Washington caught a larger fish.

Fishing Tuesday at the Emiquon Preserve, Crumrine caught an 0.64-pound pumpkinseed on a worm while fishing a weedline.

“If you got it to the bottom you could catch pumpkinseeds and bluegill. Otherwise it was all bass,” Crumrine said. “But we also caught bass after bass. So we ended up switching over and fishing for bass instead.”

Crumrine said he and friend Mike Marsh had read of Kent’s record and decided to go out to Emiquon to catch a larger fish.

They were fishing in 10-foot one-man kayaks with fish baskets tied to the side.

Crumrine’s apparent pumpkinseed weighed 0.64 pounds on a certified scale at Presley’s Outdoors in Bartonville — the same scale used to weigh Kent’s fish.

Emiquon is one of the few central Illinois public lakes with a viable population of pure pumpkinseeds. Many anglers also mistake the oft-larger redear for the pumpkinseed, though that does not appear to be the case in this situation.

“We knew we were going out there to catch (pumpkinseeds) and we looked them up before going,” Crumrine said. “So we had a pretty good idea of what we were looking for.”

Fisheries biologist Rob Hilsabeck agreed.

“Looks like a pure pumpkinseed to me,” said Hilsabeck.

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that looks like a redear to me

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That is for sure a red ear.

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