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Fish of the Week: Starting year off right for smallmouth bass

Charlie Gimmler started the year off right with his PB smallmouth bass to earn FOTW.

Charlie Gimmler caught his personal-best smallmouth bass. Provided
Charlie Gimmler caught his personal-best smallmouth bass. Provided
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Charlie Gimmler started the smallmouth bass season with a personal-best of 20 3/4 inches in DuPage County.

“My buddy Dan Coleman jumped in knee deep to land her,” he messaged.

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

A longer and different view of Charlie Gimmler’s PB smallmouth bass. Provided.
A longer and different view of Charlie Gimmler’s PB smallmouth bass.
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