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Fish of the week

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

Tim Kuncis took a Sunday drive in the afternoon heat to Wilmington, where he stopped to cast into the wind below the dam on the Kankakee River.

“Caught this striper on a crawfish-looking Rapala,’’ e-mailed the Lockport man, who estimated it at 7 or 8 pounds before release. “Good fight. Took at least 5-10 minutes to get in, as the line kept zipping out. Very exciting, as I had a small crowd of non-fishing spectators. Never thought I would catch a striper there.’’

Drives around Illinois doubled Fish of the Week.

Earlier this month, Melton Black drove to Powerton Lake near Pekin. The Chicago man caught a 39-inch blue catfish on a sucker. The blue, which put up a 40-minute battle, weighed 41 pounds on the certified scales at Henry’s Sports & Bait.

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