Paul Pezalla had a couple thoughts after one of his regular customers rescued a man who fell into the Chicago River near Columbus late at night this week.
The guy who pulled him out is a regular customer who fishes near Columbus Avenue frequently. The cops often times kick him out for no apparent reason. I would think that having law-abiding anglers around would make the place less attractive to the lowlifes. Fortunately, they did not kick him out that night.Pezalla is the one of the early European-style carp fishermen in Chicago, who went on to start up a carp-related business, Wacker Bait & Tackle, LLC in Broadview.
On a broader view, I think Pezalla has a point that could be extrapolated to include fishermen on the Chicago lakefront in general.