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02/01 — Fish of the Week

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Updated: March 2, 2012 8:16AM

With the mild winter, Jeff Nolan and Tony Klancnik of Bridgeport Bass fished downtown in early January. Nolan was casting an XPS deep-diving crankbait near Wolf Point on the Chicago River when a brown trout hit, and the battle had an audience.

‘‘The Wendella slowed down to watch us, and the people on the bridge were clapping,’’ Nolan said.
‘‘Once it jumped, I heard a collective ‘Ahhh.’ Tony was really good on the net and got it in one swipe.’’

The fun was only
beginning for the 5.88-pound brown.

‘‘It is the lightest brown I’ve ever handled,’’ said Scott Johnson, fishmonger at Hagen’s Fish Market. ‘‘The first thing that came to mind is that it is an albino fish.’’

Johnson, an active aquarist, wasn’t positive enough to call it an albino officially before he smoked it for Nolan.

‘‘It was a remarkably beautiful fish,’’ he said.

Caught at a remarkable spot by the Sun-Times

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