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Young man lands Chinook at Salmon Unlimited’s Kids Derby: Earns Fish of the Week

Julio Solorzano earns FOTW honors with a 17.4-pound king caught at Waukegan Saturday during Salmon Unlimited’s Kids Derby.

Julio Solorzano caught a 17.4-pound Chinook (held by coach/teacher Rob Abouchar) Saturday during Salmon Unlimited’s Kids Derby.

Julio Solorzano was the hit Saturday of Salmon Unlimited’s Kids Derby at Waukegan The young man from Northlake caught a 17.4-pound Chinook on a firetiger Berkley Flicker Minnow from the south rocks. Rob Abouchar, Leyden’s bass fishing coach, messaged that Solorzano, a sophomore, is a member of the bass club and it was only his third fish ever.

FOTW, the celebration of big fish and their stories (the stories matter) around Chicago fishing, runs Wednesdays in the Sun-Times. Submit nominations by message on Facebook (Dale Bowman), on Twitter and Instagram (@BowmanOutside) or email (