Well, knock me over. The fishing tackle industry is gearing up for another outdoors sport show.
The Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo is targeted for Jan. 24-27 at the Schaumburg Convention Center.
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Par for the course:
A 75-year-old Lake Wales, Fla., man is recovering from injuries he sustained in an alligator attack while he played a round of golf with a friend Wednesday at Lake Ashton Golf and Country Club.
As Albert Miller bent to retrieve his ball from the edge of an irrigation pond, the 9-foot reptile launched itself from underwater and grabbed his left knee. "He lifted me up three feet and slammed me down," Miller said.
A wide array of baseball, hunting and fishing memorabilia belonging to Ted Williams was sold at auction on Saturday, including a Louisville Slugger "Bonefish Special," a combination baseball bat/fishing rod. The items went for $1,600.
Fox Chain: The walleye story continues to brighten up. The Spring Lake Channel near C.J. Smith's seems to be a productive zone right off the Grass Lake Road bridge. Crappie activity on Lake Catherine has improved. Pistakee has white bass, largemouth, and walleyes on the menu.
Lake Michigan: "Lake perch very decent," said friend Bob Jenkins of the charter rig Challenger out of Waukegan. Coho salmon a tad spotty off Fullerton. Same is true out of Waukegan.
Lake Independence (Libertyville): Two credible reports to my office told me of a big muskie caught from this beautiful lake. Most of the reports I get are about bass, but this one is good to know.
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