Chicago Sun-Times
Stray Casts will intelligently report and observe, hopefully with a touch of wit, on daily occurrences, reports and releases related to Chicago-area outdoors from bucks to bass to birds to bugs

Fish of the Week: New Year's carp

| 3 Comments | No TrackBacks

Paul Pezalla nabbed his second Fish of the Week with this 15-pound, 13-ounce carp caught on New Year's Day, which marked a significant personal mark.


Pezalla, one of Chicago's foremost carp fisherman and founder of Wacker Bait & Tackle LLC in Broadview, was fishing in the Carp Anglers Group First Fishing Folly, a casual national catch-a-carp-in-the-cold event.

Here's Paul's tale:

Managed to get in a few hours of fishing yesterday (1/1/10) as a participant in the Carp Anglers Group First Fishing Folly (FFF), a casual national catch-a-carp-in-the-cold event.

This fish was taken at 9:15am on the First, air temp about 8F and water temp 44F. Weight 15lbs 13oz. It is a significant fish to me because it marks the 120th consequtive month that I have caught a Chicago-area carp.

I'm impressed.

FOTW tops the Midwest Fishing Report on the outdours page of the Sun-Times each Wednesday. An extended online version appears here, usually by midnight Tuesday.

E-mail FOTW nominations to

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL:


Congratulations Paul. A carp every month for ten years.....that is quite an accomplishment.

Well Done Paul!

Well done Paul. Congratulations!!

Leave a comment

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by Dale Bowman published on January 5, 2010 10:06 PM.

Illinois Hunting Report: Countdown was the previous entry in this blog.

Buck of the Week: Cook County Christmas is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.