Sey Jay caught and released a surprise Sunday morning near Diversey Harbor, a burbot topping 8 pounds.
“I was targeting lakers and browns with slip rigged dead gobies on the bottom when this surprise fish hit,’’ he emailed. “Initially I thought it was catfish due to the coloration, but my jaw dropped when I netted it and realized it was a huge burbot.’’
The Illinois-record burbot (9 pounds, 5.6 ounces) was caught Dec. 9, 2018 by Freddie Ray Prebianca while on a duck hunting/fishing trip out of North Point Marina. (He also thought he had a catfish at first).
For Prebianca’s story, click here.
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