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Bill Lanham shows off his (could have been a) record pumpkinseed.

Bill Lanham shows off his (could have been a) record pumpkinseed.

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Updated: August 31, 2011 12:37AM

At the end of a report on Mazonia lakes, Bill Lanham e-mailed, ‘‘The photo is of the largest pumpkinseed sunfish I have caught in our state, caught late [Friday] morning.’’

Besides seeing a Fish of the Week, I thought, ‘‘Illinois
record,’’ so I asked the south suburban man if he had weighed it.

Illinois only started keeping state records on pumpkinseeds a few years ago. The state record is 10.24 ounces, caught by Pat Crumrine on Sept. 15, 2009, from Emiquon Preserve.

‘‘Ouch!’’ Lanham replied. ‘‘It was just over 9

1/2 inches and very well could have exceeded 10.24 ounces. It went back in without going on a scale.’’

The good news is that the Illinois-record pumpkinseed swims in the Mazonia lakes.

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