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Really big blue comes from Braidwood (move over LaSalle): Earns Fish of the Week

Chris Skrabel caught a 55-pound blue catfish from Braidwood Lake to earn Fish of the Week honors.

Chris Skrabel with a 55-pound blue catfish.
Chris Skrabel with a 55-pound blue catfish caught from Braidwood Lake.
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Chris Skrabel caught a blue catfish that lives up to his email, ``Hey boss, caught this whale at Braidwood Lake.’’

Move over LaSalle Lake.

Skrabel caught his 38-inch, 55-pound blue on a bluegill in 30 feet of water under overcast skies around 10 Friday morning. The ``whale’’ was released.

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