The year 2013 will go down as the year of the big fish in Spartan Fishing Team history. Since the teams inception in 2008, there has never been a summer/fall with so many large fish being caught by Spartan anglers. The team also hosted one of the largest fall high school bass tournaments in the state. You can read about the Rayjus Outdoors-Oak Lawn High School Bass Tournament on page 3. Team new comer and freshmen Jonathon Osipczuk discusses his favorite fishing memory on page 5, which just happened to be his first bass tournament experience. Andy Jensen researches whether or not fish feel pain when hooked on page 5, and Nate Nauseda researches the senses of a bass on page 7. Junior Mike Sutko finishes off the issue with a great article about his experience in making soft plastic baits with the owner of Convincing Custom Baits.