State Smallie Record Smashed

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State Smallie Record Smashed

Postby WB Staff » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:01 pm

Joe Capilupo’s 7-3 smallmouth bass smashed Mark Samp’s 6-7 record from 1985.

Joe Capilupo with his Illinois-record smallmouth bass of 7 pounds, 3 ounces at the holding tank at Henry’s Sports and Bait. Dale Bowman

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Joe Capilupo looked at the smallmouth bass in the net Monday night at Monroe Harbor and thought, “I know it’s at least 5 pounds; looking again, I thought it was over 6 pounds.’’

Try 7 pounds, 3 ounces. His smallmouth smashed the longest-standing significant fish record in Illinois.

Mark Samp caught the previous Illinois-record smallmouth (6 pounds, 7 ounces) on March 26, 1985, from a Fulton County strip pit.

“It even jumped out of the water,’’ Cooke said. “I heard a splash and was going to help net it, but he did it himself.’’

It came on a Z-man Ned rig (California craw). “It is the go-to, swear-by, never-fails bait,’’ Pitelka said.

Capilupo was using a St. Croix Mojo Bass Casting rod with a Daiwa Legalis reel with 14-pound Sufix monofilament.

Earlier in the day, they were kayak-fishing at Busse Woods.

“I lost my rod in the water, and Jonny jigged it up,’’ Capilupo said.

Once they weighed it on hand-held scales between 7-5 and 7-1, enough to smash Samp’s record, they had a quandary...
Full story and more pix at Sun Times: ... 985-record

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Re: State Smallie Record Smashed

Postby 185vsfrog » Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:15 am

Awesome story!

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