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Chitown-Angler

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Post Posted: 11:51am - Dec 5,18 
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Hi everyone!

As my brother has proven to be less than reliable, (LOL) I am looking for someone to share carpool expenses for fishing on Navy Pier to and from the general Elgin area.

I am available pretty much any day and will fish down to 25 degrees. I have easy, year round access to minnows

I have been to Navy Pier about 6 times, usually around 10-4 pm but not opposed to other times. I seem to catch bigger ones
in the afternoon, but never gone early in the morning for comparison.

Can bring 1-3 people. Kids ok. I have extra gear if you are a total newb.

I also have a 16' bass tracker style boat available for other locations.

Let me know

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Post Posted: 12:06pm - Dec 5,18 
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I'm also in the Elgin area, and this seems like a great idea! Now all I need is the freetime to go, lol.

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Post Posted: 12:58pm - Dec 5,18 
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Take the train. Minimal setup. Bucket, tackle, and a rod. Less than $5 cab ride from union station to navy pier.

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Post Posted: 02:47pm - Dec 5,18 
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reno wrote:
Take the train. Minimal setup. Bucket, tackle, and a rod. Less than $5 cab ride from union station to navy pier.


I have considered this before myself. Only taking my 5'6'' UL setup, backpack with my perch box, some wax worms and shrimp, and a 5 gallon bucket. Doesn't seem to be too inconveniant at all.

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Post Posted: 04:13pm - Dec 5,18 
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I second that taking the train is an easy process, especially if you are flexible with arrival/departs. If you have a 2 piece rod, that would be ideal as well. But just an FYI, it'll cost you more than $5 to get from Union Station to Navy pier in a cab. Guessing it would be $10-15 depending on traffic, especially during the week. Cheapest option would be the buses. You can use Google Maps to figure out which buses would get you there the fastest.

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Post Posted: 04:28pm - Dec 5,18 
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Call UBER

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Post Posted: 05:47pm - Dec 5,18 
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Cab ride from Union Station to Navy Pier is going to be close to $15. I thinking pulling the flag now is $4. Uber (depending on time of day) will probably be around $8 from my experience and taking it downtown. I think it will be a little bit more though most times of the day.

I heard Max McGraw has some decent perch fishing, just head over there! LOL

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Post Posted: 08:01am - Dec 6,18 
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Went to the bears game a few weeks ago and can ride was 7 from union station. I wouldn’t think it would be twice as much to go to navy pier from union station. Maybe because it was a Sunday?

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Post Posted: 08:30am - Dec 6,18 
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BigB wrote:
I heard Max McGraw has some decent perch fishing, just head over there! LOL


For $20k, those better be 200 pound perch, lol.

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Post Posted: 08:36am - Dec 6,18 
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I figured approx $25-30 round trip to Elgin.

MrFreeze, what town do you live in?

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Post Posted: 09:21am - Dec 6,18 
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TEAPOT wrote:
I figured approx $25-30 round trip to Elgin.

MrFreeze, what town do you live in?


I live in Elgin as well. Heard that nothing is biting right now though.

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Post Posted: 10:09am - Dec 6,18 
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I drove to the pier on Tuesday..absolutely nobody was there at 11am. Security guard
claimed they were catching fish 2 days prior, but I'm not convinced she was accurate.

I elected to leave rather than pay $26 for parking for nothing.

Going to be warmer starting around Sunday. I plan on fishing several days next week, if you want to go.

I live near Golf and Shales Parkway.

(sorry if I dissed your moniker, lol)

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Post Posted: 11:25am - Dec 6,18 
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TEAPOT wrote:
I drove to the pier on Tuesday..absolutely nobody was there at 11am. Security guard
claimed they were catching fish 2 days prior, but I'm not convinced she was accurate.

I elected to leave rather than pay $26 for parking for nothing.

Going to be warmer starting around Sunday. I plan on fishing several days next week, if you want to go.

I live near Golf and Shales Parkway.

(sorry if I dissed your moniker, lol)


LOL, I actually found it funny!

I'll have to see if I can get any time off next week, as I am itching to get some more perch for the dinner table.

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Post Posted: 07:52am - Dec 7,18 
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Reno, Yep, Sundays are a ghost town in the loop. Probably the least amount of traffic anywhere in the city. Try that cab ride on a work day and its a whole different story. I drive down there all the time during the week and hate it. If I head down there on a weekend its like a breathe of fresh air. If your cabby knows how to navigate lower Wacker you probably can save a few bucks. Driving lower Wacker has become a lost art, less and less people know how to use that anymore.

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Post Posted: 03:01pm - Dec 11,18 
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I just joined and this is my first reply in this forum.
Too bad I'm not close to you. I'm retired and free most of the time. But to join you from here will be more trouble that it merits, I think.
I've fished Navy Pier for the first time about a month ago and did very well. I've been wanting to go again, but the conditions have not been good mainly due to the bad weather. I'm thinking of going this Thursday. I park in the Navy Pier Parking for $6. You have to exchange to a special discount ticket at the East Parking office and be out by 10 am. Otherwise, it's $20. It's so convenient. If the weather changes, you can just run into the parking garage and wait out or go home.

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Post Posted: 03:20pm - Dec 11,18 
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Looking to try the Ogden slip area...anyone interested in going tomorrow?

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Post Posted: 10:05pm - Dec 14,18 
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TEAPOT.
If you are thinking of fishing Ogden Slip, try the river. On the way to Ogden Slip, I met some that just fished the pier and they all said there wasn't any action.
I only tried the slip several minutes and nothing for me (first time there.) The river, on the other hand, was productive. Fish close to some of the bridges. This was my first time fishing the river and I actually enjoyed the scenery. But be ready to catch a lot of garbage and snags. There are many public parking garages that offer early morning specials (about $12).
I'd be more than willing to go together if you lived closer to me.

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Post Posted: 04:57pm - Dec 15,18 
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I drove by the Columbus bridge over the river. Nobody fishing.

I should have at least tried it...

The problem I am encountering is getting spoiled on the first few times "tuna boating" at navy pier.

I (stupidly?) think that if nobody is fishing, that nothing is biting. It would never stop me on any other species.

Once again, my bro had an excuse.

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