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Big Ol' Fish - Oct 24Submitted: 10/24/2013
Story By Joe Dufek


- It's archery season for thousands of deer hunters. Turkey and waterfoul seasons are also underway. Fishing however is also holding strong. Here's this week's "Big Ol' Fish."

Tomahawk's Matthew Long was fishing at an area lake with his younger brother this summer. Using plastic worms for bait, he got a strike. Matthew reeled in this nice 19 1/2 inch smallouth bass. After the picture, the fish was released.

Kyle Austin of Eagle River was fishing for bluegills with a friend on the Eagle River chain. Using Crappie minnows for bait, he did catch an 8-inch blue gill. However, as he was hauling it in, this 23 1/2 inch smallmouth bass swallowed the blue gill. It weighed 6 1/2 pounds. It's the biggest one one he's ever caught. This one was also released to fight another day.


And take a look at this beauty caught by 5 year old Wyatt Citta of Hazelhurst. While fishing with his dad on Skunk Lake, he got this beautiful 14 inch crappie. It's the biggest one he's ever caught. Using a worm on a bobber, he reeled in the crappie all by himself. I'm told as much as he enjoyed catching the fish, eating it for supper was even better.


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