Miguel Murillo and his son Danny won the first Bridgeport Bass fishing tournament on the Chicago River.
On a tough-bite day on Aug. 28, they had the sense to focus on panfish and win that side. A great idea since nobody came in with a keeper bass. They caught bluegill, green sunfish and a hybrid bluegill/sunfish.
If you're worndering, it is the same Danny I written about several times in the last 10 years, first when he was a 17-year-old senior at Kelly High School and caught one of the first notable northern pike from the South Branch.
He's back from Iraq and is an Army recruiter in North Riverside.
The first Bridgeport Bass fishing tournament had a tough, but memorable, day. Here are some scenes. I tried to put in perspective of other fishing tournaments attempted on the Chicago River in my Sun-Times column today.
I love the symmetry in this, but another high school senior, Jim O'Neil had the best story. He had a 4-pound smallmouth come unhinged while he and his dad Bill were fishing downtown near the lock.
O'Neil is a senior member of Marist High School's bass fishing team. He also caught a largemouth just short of keeper size. Keepers had to be 14 inches.
My favorite part was having the weigh-in on the pier behind Lawrence's Fisheries.
Dale Mason and Andrea Brongiel helped set up on the pier, then went shore fishing around the area and brought back a mess of panfish, including this beautiful 8-inch bluegill.
Next time, the tournament needs to find a way to incorporate both boaters and bank fishermen.
Nolan said Bridgeport Bass has decided to include the shore side when the next tournament is held in the spring.
Good. I think it will hope the excitement.