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‘Pound for pound, one of the best fights’: Flathead for Fish of the Week

Robert Coutinho wrangles in his first flathead and it’s a beaut.

Robert Coutino (left) was led to his first flathead catfish by Saro Kevorkian.

Robert Coutinho caught his first flathead catfish over the weekend from the Fox River. His buddy, Saro Kevorkian, put him “on that beast.” It weighed 38 pounds and came on a bluegill.

“Pound for pound, one of the best fights I’ve ever had,” Coutinho messaged.

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