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Warmer largemouth bass: Fish of the Week

Just because of the weather, enjoy this big largemouth bass from Florida.

Matthew Hanik of Oak Forest caught it Thanksgiving Eve on the Butler Chain of Lakes around Orlando.

“Hit the bait hard, took off under the boat, reel of a lifetime,’’ he emailed.

FOTW, the celebration of big fish and good stories around Chicago fishing, appears Wednesdays on the Sun-Times outdoors page.

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