At its best, Fish of the Week is a fish of a lifetime.
Tracy Bridgford caught one of those last week on Sturgeon Bay. The 6-13 smallmouth is a FOTW for May 21, 2008. Her husband Allan sent three interesting photos and a good story, too.
FOTW tops the Midwest Fishing Report in the Sun-Times each Wednesday. Here's the story for this week from Allan.
``I'm an avid bass fisherman and my favorite place to fish is Sturgeon Bay. It's a haul from Oakbrook Terrace but as you know the smallmouth bass fishing is terrific.
My best smallmouth yet is 5 pounds 1 ounce.
Anyway, my wife Tracy and I made the trip to Sturgeon Bay earlier this week. She had never seen a smallie, much less caught one, so you can probably guess the rest of the story.
After about three hours on the water she hooked up with a monster: 6 pounds 13 ounces on my Rapala hand scale. She caught this beauty with a Nichols green pumpkin/gold flake tube in about 8 feet of water.
It was her first smallie ever and the fish-of-a-lifetime! I'm afraid I won't be able to top it. After a few pictures the fish was released in good shape.''
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