Surprise of big flathead: Fish of the Week

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Angelo Mavraganes was casting a Flicker Shad off the deck Saturday night by the De Pere dam on the Fox River in south of Green Bay.

Mavraganes, a Northwest Side man better known as a regular at Montrose, had been catching smaller walleye and big drum, but then came a surprise, a flathead catfish big enough to be work to lift. He estimated it at 35-40 pounds, before releasing under a full moon.

FOTW, the celebration of big fish and good stories, runs Wednesdays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. The story part matters as much as the big fish part.

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