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Ian Bailey Montgomery, 12, of White Creek, NY, on a recent Sunday morning before church, caught this 19-inch, 5-pound smallmouth bass in Lake Champlain near the family camp on Willsboro Point. He was fishing alone in a rowboat using a crawfish for bait. He normally does not take a net with him but told his mother April that he took it that morning as he was trying to catch one of the large carp that prowl the area. After appropriate pictures, he released it saying he wanted to catch it again next year when it would be 5-inches longer!


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