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Mepps Hooks Rare Paradise Bass

Mepps Hooks Rare Paradise Bass


John Ackerman, Rock Island, IL, is all smiles as he shows off his unusual catch. John hooked this 21" fish at the Hennepin Canal State Park while casting a #4 Mepps  Aglia dressed with a white tail. It was identified by park officials as a paradise bass, a striped bass/yellow bass hybrid. Apparently the fish are rare, especially one the size of John's. "I wish you would have gotten a tissue sample from this one," Illinois state officials wrote John, "We (Illinois officials) have never verified one, so if DNA would have confirmed it, this might have been a state record to last a long time."

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