Flathead catfish with a mind of its own: A lively flathead earns Fish of the Week honors

Rachel Savicz caught a lively flathead catfish to earn Fish of the Week honors.

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Rachel Savicz caught a lively flathead catfish from the Fox River. Provided by Adam Savicz

Rachel Savicz caught a lively flathead catfish from the Fox River.

Provided by Adam Savicz

Adam Savicz messaged photos of his wife Rachel with the nice flathead she caught Aug. 8 from the lower Fox River on a hand-sized bluegill.

“We did not have a scale or bump board on the boat, [but] she is a fitness instructor [and] estimated the weight at 20-25 pounds,” he messaged.

They run the Illinois Fishing Addicts Facebook page.

This is a perfect example that a good photo can make the difference for FOTW.

Here is another artful, though slightly more traditional, fish-holding photo.

Rachel Savicz with a lively flathead catfish from the Fox River. Provided by Adam Savicz

Rachel Savicz with a lively flathead catfish from the Fox River.

Provided by Adam Savicz

FOTW, the celebration of big fish and their stories (the stories matter, as this one shows) around Chicago fishing, runs Wednesdays in the paper Sun-Times. The online posting here athttps://chicago.suntimes.com/outdoorsgoes up at varied days of the week, depending on what is going on the wide world of the outdoors.

To make submissions,email (BowmanOutside@gmail.com) orcontact me onFacebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).

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