By the looks of Ben Mikrut's 17.4-pound king the first Salmon Unlimited Kids Shore Fishing Derby at Waukegan harbor on Saturday went well. Well enough for Mikrut to earn best fish in the adult member division there and Fish of the Week honors here.
Mikrut, shown celebrating the catch with his son Nicholas, 8, caught it on a spawn sack below a float off the south rocks on the harbor side.
May it be a sign of things to come from shore in coming days and weeks.
FOTW tops the Midwest Fishing Report in the Sun-Times each Wednesday. An extended online version is posted here by midnight Tuesday. E-mail nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.