Nick Stockman caught this 18.4-pound, 31-inch brown trout from shore at Hammond Marina in mid-February.

Stockman, 26, who grew up in the south suburbs and now lives in Crown Point, Ind., caught it on a black and silver Jointed Rapala on his fourth cast with a slow steady retrieve.

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