A Chinook big enough to bust 30 pounds earns Fish of the Week honors

Michael Trombino caught a king topping 30 pounds on July 18 fishing out of Waukegan Harbor to earn Fish of the Week honors.

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Michael Trombino with his big Chinook topping 30 pounds, caught out of Waukegan Harbor.

Michael Trombino with his big Chinook topping 30 pounds, caught out of Waukegan Harbor.

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Michael Trombino put a story to the 30-pound Chinook tale for this summer with a 32.1-pound king caught last Monday evening, July 18, out of Waukegan.

“We ended the night in 190 feet, and the king hit in 175 just south of the Reef,” he emailed fellow Trollers Unlimited members. “She hit on our downrigger on a meat rig with a Dragon Slayer flasher. The downrigger was out 30 and down 70.

“The king took 45 minutes to get in, and it was a fun fight.”

He was fishing with his buddy Austin DaValle on the Stormy D, which they own together.

“I wouldn’t have been able to catch the fish if it wasn’t for his help,” Trombino emailed.

On the boat, he weighed his king at 31.57 pounds, but the next morning at Lake Michigan Angler in Winthrop Harbor it weighed 32.1.

Michael Trombino’s big Chinook on the scale at Lake Michigan Angler. Provided photo

Michael Trombino’s big Chinook on the scale at Lake Michigan Angler.

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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 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 onFacebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).

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