It's odd the things that ignite a person to action.
``Jumbo Jimmy'' Baczek has the fire.
Maybe, his beginning protest on Thursday--first day of the annual month-long closure for perch fishing on the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan--will finally spark change.
In doing a column for the Sun-Times on Baczek repeating as champ of Henry's eighth annual perch derby at Northerly Island, I happened to ask Baczek what he thought of the July closure for perch fishing.
He hesitated, then came out with a bland answer about how at least you can take kids fishing (15 and younger) during the closure.
He called yesterday and said, ``That was a weak-ass answer.'' He said it was the kind of thing a politician would say.
That prompted him to take action. He called at 5 a.m. this morning and said he was protesting with his bike and dog around the Shedd.
His one-man protest has sent a bunch of things in motion.
There's much more to come, including a more organized protest. For now, a not-for-profit has offered their answering machine as a gathering place for numbers. Call (312) 225-FISH (3474).