The Brothers Ulbrich & a pike: Fish of the Week

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The Brothers Ulbrich’s FOTW, as told by proud and laughing dad Rick Ulbrich

He emailed:

Brothers, Colin (age 10) and Noah (age 7) Ulbrich teamed up to land this nice Northern Pike in a lake in the Northwest suburbs. One picked the spot, the other baited the tip-up. One saw the flag go up, both ran to the hole. One set the hook and retrieved the line, while the other wrestled it out of the hole once the head came through. True teamwork. Noah, so happy at the sight of the tip-up flag going up, ran toward it from the hole he was fishing and in the excitement couldn’t set his own pole down — so his jig hook bounced from his hole and became stuck in his snow pants and was not deterred as he limped the final yards tangled in line, pole, and hook. The combination of the nice fish, the great teamwork and circumstances, along with their ages — make this my fish of the week nomination.

That sure works for me.

After all FOTW is the celebration of big fish and good stories around Chicago fishing. And that’s a good story. FOTW appears Wednesdays on theSun-Times outdoors page.

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