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Friday, June 14th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Steve Sarley

Steve Sarley: Recent Chicago Bulls’ ceremony a sad but nice reminder of Jerry Krause’s love of fishing

The Chicago Bulls held a ceremony on Jan. 12 to establish their Ring of Honor. The Ring’s purpose is to honor players and management members who have contributed to the Bulls’ greatness over their history.
It was an enjoyable event, and it was good to see so many of the people who have been with the team through its history. I was very disheartened to watch as a group of fans booed when former General Manager Jerry Krause was introduced.

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Steve Sarley: Outdoor shows in Illinois still lure us; here are some to consider

I fondly recall the “good old days” of my youth, when one of the highlights of the year was attending the huge outdoors show that was held annually at the International Amphitheater on Chicago’s south side.
It was a phenomenal exhibit of all things fishing, filling the hall with booth after booth. The host and emcee for the event was John Bromfield. Bromfield was a movie and television cowboy who rode into the show’s hall on his white stallion, wearing a white cowboy hat.

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Little fishing pressure an upside to hitting the ice in Illinois

It sure looks to me that we will have some quality ice fishing shortly. I’ll be totally honest with you by saying that I don’t ice fish all that much, at least not as much as I ought to.
When I meet and question folks who do not ice fish, the answer I usually hear is that it is too cold. Northern Illinois? Too cold? I am shocked to hear that. Who’d have thunk it?

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Remembering Mike Jackson, a ‘one of a kind’ angler, communicator in Illinois

Buffalo Grove’s Orrin Brand has passed away at the age of 79. Illinois fishermen are more familiar with the other name that Brand used – Mike Jackson.
Jackson once told me that he elected to call himself “Mike Jackson” because he felt that the Jackson name sounded more masculine and fit his outdoor writer persona better.

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Marengo’s Herb Franks an Illinois angler to remember

The Oct. 31 passing of Marengo’s Herb Franks was covered widely in local media. I’m sure you’ve seen it. I don’t want to be repetitive, but there are a few things I’d like to mention.

Herb was an extremely close friend. He was famous for his work as an attorney, as a visionary, as a businessman, a Democratic politician, and for simply being a wonderful human being. Oh, by the way, Herb loved fishing.

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Illinois’ November chill ideal for some fishing, too

By the time you are reading this, November will have arrived. The month usually sees our temps plummeting below freezing on a regular basis. Snow is always a possibility, along with sleet, hail, cold rains, and any other surprises that good old Mother Nature has in store for us. It’s no wonder that many people detest the upcoming winter season.
Don’t just moan about the weather, find something to enjoy. There are plenty of activities available. 

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Just one lure to save your life: What would you choose?

I was once fishing for muskies with Spence Petros when he showed me a rod he had rigged up with an 8-inch Lindy Tiger Tube. It’s a soft plastic lure that has a huge treble hook molded inside the bait. The end of the lure has a bunch of soft wiggly tentacles that attract fish.
He laid the rod with the Tiger Tube down and said to pick it up and flip the tube into the water if I saw a muskie following one of our presentations to the boat. He said the Tiger Tube was the best throw-back bait any muskie fisherman could possibly use.

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There are certainly many monsters among us in Illinois waters

It’s human nature to want to check out new places, and this is particularly true in the sport of fishing. Have you ever slapped your forehead in wonder when you saw an angler “leave fish to find fish?” There are fishermen who are catching fish and suddenly motor off to a new spot because they think it will hold fish that will bite faster, or be bigger, than the ones they are currently catching. It usually doesn’t work that way.
I think this wanderlust hits us far too often here in the Land of Lincoln.

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