Here's the thing.
The Illinois record smallmouth would have to be about twice as heavy as this one Capt. Ralph Steiger is hoisting against one of my favorite fishing back drops around Navy Pier.
He caught it late this morning.
Boy, am I glad i bumped into North Sider Cary Gelfond at a show this winter and he set up May 6 for a trip with Steiger.
I predicted the Illinois record will fall over the next week. Joe Egan came close on April 25.
For the record, Mark Samp caught the Illinois record smallmouth (6-7) from a Fulton County strip pit on March 26, 1985. Dana Yoder caught the Indiana record smallmouth (7-4) from Twin Lake in Lagrange County in 1992.
We tried Wednesday, hoping for a miracle catch.
Gelfond broke the ice at Navy Pier with the first of the two 3-pound smallies we boated on the day.
Then came a flurry. We would catch and release about 20 bass, including one largemouth in stops around Navy Pier, Monroe Harbor, several South Side spots and several Indiana spots.
All but three came on Poor Boy grubs on 1/4-ounce jigs.
By 2, it was time. I had to be home for the kids getting out of school.
Full moon is Saturday night.