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Old 07-14-2004, 09:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Did you see the musky in the Sun-times this morning.
He claims that he only had a measuring stick and measured it just over 50". He must be forgiving or very good at displaying fish, because that fish looks larger than that. He also claims that every year the average fish is getting bigger on the chain. I'm going to have to put Silver aside for awhile and give the chain a fair chance.
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I am curious, what is the name of the person in the article?
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The name of the guy is Steve Hulyk per the SunTimes

The link to the article is at the following address:

http://www.suntimes.com/output/outdoors ... out14.html

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The best part about the whole article was the author taking shots at the Cubs in the last paragraph...
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The best part about the whole article was the author taking shots at the Cubs in the last paragraph...
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That is a fine fish, but in no way is it close to the 38# State record. It probably clocks in at 30-32#. If you have ever seen the record shad fattened fish from Shelbyville, or from Shabbona, the girth on them is incredible.
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These Leech Lake strain in the chain will out grow those found in Shelbyville very soon.
The largest sampled fish from the chain was 49.5 and 31.8 pounds. Girth on the 50.5 looks to be 22-23", which would make it 34-36 pounds. Chain isn't that far behind.
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These Leech Lake strain in the chain will out grow those found in Shelbyville very soon.
The largest sampled fish from the chain was 49.5 and 31.8 pounds. Girth on the 50.5 looks to be 22-23", which would make it 34-36 pounds. Chain isn't that far behind.
There are Leech lake strain in Shabbona, and Shab has a superior, shad based forage. The 38# fish out of Shab and Shelbyville were only 49" and 50"! Those are super fat fish!
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How come no mention of Shabbona in the article?

Thought four records have come from there over the years?
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Shabbona doesn't hold the state record anymore fishstalker, explaining why only the Shelbyville fish was mentioned. I didn't bring up Shabbona for that reason. Whether the fish was fat or not...it was beat. Which brings me back to my original point. The Shelbyville record was 50.75", 1/4 of an inch longer than the chain specimen, which makes a big difference. It weighed 38 lbs 8 ounces. Making its girth just shy of 24", 23.9 to be exact. Which isn't much more than a carp samich. The chain has plenty of those for the toothy critters to gobble up.

Record fish do reside in Shabbona as the DNR has stated. They obviously haven't been caught after reaching that size for a reason, the acerage of Shabbona has alot to do with it, fishing pressure it recieves has even more of an effect. I'm sure these fish have been caught before...if not twice, when they were much smaller. These Shab fish are very smart, eventually one will fall prey to an angler and the new record will be set. It could be today or a year from today. Which ever it may be, the chain fish will give them a run for their money, with seven very strong year classes, we'll be seeing many more fish like this in the near future.
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