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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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Peoria lures Tiffany and the Prez

July 25, 2008 at 11:00 AM

What a week in Peoria. First we got outdoor television personality Tiffany Laskosky and today President Bush. I’d ask who you’d rather spend time Gettin’ Close with on a hot day on a boat, but I can guess the answer.Illinois Outdoors

Laskosky was in town for a few days with husband Lee (the pair are pictured at right holding their most recent Golden Moose television award) and Rascal Flatts singer Gary LeVox to shoot flying Asian carp with Chris Brackett of Glasford. Brackett is the fellow who has brought national attention to aerial bowfishing on the Illinois River. But this summer has not been good for him or for most carp shooters. Due to continued high water, Peoria Lock and Dam’s wicket dam has only been up for 10 days. That means fish don’t concentrate as much as during a usual summer.

“It’s been OK this summer, but not as good as last year,” Brackett said. “And when the dam is down, the shooting is poor south of Peoria.”

As a result, Brackett has had to focus most of his guide trips in the Peoria area. That includes the one below earlier this week with Tiffany.

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