This past weekend, I spent Saturday evening out on Montrose Harbor in our annual tradition of smelt fishing. This was the 8th year of smelt fishing, but I've only gone 7 times. I remember writing posts about the outing back in 2005 and 2006, but I can't track them down. Damn you, Wordpress migration! Anyway...here's a post from our 2010 outing and one from our 2007 outing.
Organized by my good friends Matt and Jason, a group of us gathered for some sodas, plenty of laughs, peanuts in the shell and (hopefully) a smelt or two. Like in years past, unfortunately, the smelt weren't running (sure....that's the reason we didn't catch any, right?), but that's not the point of smelt fishing, right? I got to spend some time with guys like Eric and Rob - which was great to catch up. And...the peanuts? I think I've found a permanent addition to the Chicago Smelt tradition. Peanuts in the shell.
I arrived late, but it was still not quite dark. The city skyline never looks better than from behind a smelt-fishing rig and burn bucket.
same thing we caught last year in 2010. Same type of fish.