ErikMartinezcaughtthefishofhislife,a52-pound flathead, on June 2 from the Fox River in Elgin.
The construction worker, who was targeting flatheads, caught it on a live sucker from a local bait shop on an 888 reel and a Big Game rod.
In his 30 years of fishing, he has caught plenty of flatheads, but none nearly that big.
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