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Boy reels in ‘beast’ of a brown trout at EC Marina

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Updated: May 6, 2013 6:40AM



Brown trout big enough to bust wooden net handles highlighted a wild Saturday around East Chicago Marina.

Not just once, but at least twice.

Jack Fiorio was boat fishing with his dad, Joe, on the rocks to the east of the marina when Jack hooked a big brown while casting a Flicker Shad.

“(Jack) released this beast after a a hard fought battle,’’ Joe messaged.

The “beast’’ was 40 inches long with a girth of 28. It likely rivaled the Indiana record brown (29.03 pounds), caught by Glen Duesing on April 2, 2006.

“This boy can fish and not just the fair weather fishing. He ice fishes all season long, crappie fishes in snow storms,’’ Joe messaged. “He truly loves this sport.’’

Members of the extended Fiorio family are regulars when it comes to catching big fish on southern Lake Michigan and the inland waters of Northwest Indiana.

On the other end of the age spectrum Larry Kornas landed a 25.6-pound brown from shore at the marina.

The 69-year-old from St. John caught it on a jig (white twistertail) and squid. It was 33 inches long with a girth of 26.

After a hard fight, his son helped him land the fish, which broke the wood handle on the net.

When Kornas took it into Mik-Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet in Hammond and said he was going to put it on a smoker, Glen Gajewski stepped in and engineered a swap of a mess of spring coho (which are better on the smoker any way) for the brown.

The brown will be mounted by Nature’s Way Taxidermy in Steger, Ill.

Turkey: The draw for turkey hunting at the Reynolds Creek Gamebird Habitat Area will be held at the Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife area at 10 a.m. CST Saturday.

Indiana’s youth season for turkey is April 20-21; the regular turkey season opens April 24.

A class for new turkey hunters on how to hunt wild turkey will be offered at the Salamonie Interpretive Center on Tuesday and April 16 with a session at the J. E. Roush Fish & Wildlife Area shooting range on April 13. Equipment will be provided. Register at (317) 234-8442 or awuestefeld@dnr.IN.gov.

3D shoot: The Michigan City chapter of the Izaak Walton League is having a 3D archery shoot on Sunday. Contact Jason at (219) 877-5800; or Pat at (219) 877-4148.

Fishing notes: Finally a weekend with a forecast likely to spur fishing interest. The primary effort on Lake Michigan will be for spring coho and browns. Gajewski said one of the keys is for trollers to slow down and to find warmer water (shipping channel, coming out of the Ditch or the discharges). Brad’s Thin Fish has been the hot bait this spring.

“The wind finally quit blowing and a lot of guys are trying to get back out,’’ Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station said. “It’s been hit and miss.’’

Warmer water this weekend would help.

Staff at Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area said water remains cold (up or down around 40 degrees) with variable results for panfish and bass. The hope is the weekend warmth will kick in fishing.

Sleziak said crappie fishermen are getting at the usual spots on Lakes like George and Amber.

Remember, roughly 7.5 miles of some sections of Trail Creek and the East Branch of the Little Calumet river are closed to angling to protect newly stocked steelhead yearlings.



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