Tim Prokop had a special day last week, leading his father John to his best smallmouth bass (4.7 pounds) while fishing off Chicago.

“I rigged him a small Jackall swimbait and the smallies love it,’’ Prokop messaged. “Great day with wonderful memories.’’

I know exactly what he means.

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