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.
Rip them lips!!