A really big surprise, a 7 1/4-pound hybrid striper, Braidwood: Fish of the Week

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Ryan ‘‘Ski’’ Kwiecinski, one of the best young fishermen in the south suburbs, caught one of the best fish at the Braidwood Lake opener last week. It was a 7.25-pound hybrid striped bass.

What I found interesting is that there were numerous reports of pretty good-sized hybrids caught the opening days of fishing at Braidwood. Interesting because Rob Miller said they literally only found a couple hybrids in surveying last fall.

FOTW, the celebration of big fish and good stories around Chicago fishing, runs Wednesdays on the Sun-Times’ outdoors page. Submit nominations on Facebook (Dale Bowman), on Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or by email (straycasts@sbcglobal.net).


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