Steelhead netted with a milk crate

Modesto Perez caught a steelhead while perch fishing with Andy Hansen netting it with a milk crate to earn Fish of the Week honors.

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Modesto Perez with his steelhead caught with an ultralight while perch fishing.

Modesto Perez with his steelhead caught with an ultralight while perch fishing.

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Modesto Perez caught a steelhead while perch fishing last Monday, Feb. 13, at a North Side harbor on 4-pound line on an ultralight with a tungsten jig.

“It was fun,” he emailed in a classic understatement.

That’s a feat in itself, but wait, there’s more.

“We had no net so [Andy Hansen] ran to his car to get a milk crate,” Perez emailed. “It worked.”

The ingenuity and success of that impromptu net job made my week.

Andy Hansen netting Modesto Perez’s steelhead with a milk crate. Provided photo

Andy Hansen netting Modesto Perez’s steelhead with a milk crate.

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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 in 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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