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Smallmouth on Chicago lakefront: Fish of the Week

David Forbert bikes to work from Lakeview, which gives him a chance to fish the lakefront.

It paid off this month in downtown Chicago with a big smallmouth bass, which “wrecked a mushroom head jig about 15 feet off shore,’’ he emailed. “I think a few of the pedestrian tourists were freaked out when I got her out of the water. HA!’’

Ha! Indeed. There are few things as fun as catching big fish in front of strolling visitors to Chicago. It leaves a good impression.

After photos, the smallmouth was released.

FOTW, the celebration of big fish and good stories, runs Wednesdays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. The story part matters as much as the big fish part.

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