So close to 2020 goal: Sey Jay comes up just short of lake trout aim

Sey Jay earned FOTW honors for nearly reaching his 2020 goal for lake trout.

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Sey Jay came close to his 2020 goal for lake trout on the Chicago lakefront. Provided photo

Sey Jay came close to his 2020 goal for lake trout on the Chicago lakefront.

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Sey Jay came close to his 2020 goal, catching a 19.5-pound lake trout on New Year’s Eve.

“It was my goal this season to bag a 20-pound laker, but I came up slightly short,” the Skokie man emailed.

On New Year’s Eve, he bottom fished with goby fillets on slip-rigs on the outside of Diversey Harbor for burbot and lakers. He caught two lakers, first a spawned-out 13.3-pound fish with a big head; the second weighed was 19.5 pounds and 37 inches long.

I like that he came close to accomplishing a goal such as that in 2020.

FOTW, the celebration of big fish and their stories (the stories matter, as this one shows) around Chicago fishing, runs Wednesdays in the paper Sun-Times. The online posting here at https://chicago.suntimes.com/outdoors goes up at varied days of the week, depending on what is going on the wide world of the outdoors.

To make submissions, email (BowmanOutside@gmail.com) or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).

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