Fishy Prediction: 'Captain Gill' Predicts 6 More Weeks Of Boating Season

Could it be a load of carp?

Rob Hart
August 29, 2019 - 2:31 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Move over Punxatawney Phil and the octopus who could predict World Cup winners, there's a new predictive creature in town: Captain Gill.

Yep, that's right, there's a fish named Captain Gill here to predict how much longer boating season will last, and that the end of the summer does not always mean the end of boating.

Discover Boating, a boating group, believes the fish has mystical powers.

"Legend has it that Captain Gill comes from a secret location underwater and that information cannot be revealed," said Discover Boating spokesperson Maggie Maskery.

On Thursday, under a clear blue sky in Burnham Harbor, Captain Gill did indeed predict six more weeks of boating season, as the crowd cheered him on.

"Fin-tastic news for all, I do not see my shadow!"

One might argue that the scales were tipped, and that the fish was in the tank for Discover Boating.

Though Maskery said there is nothing fishy about it.

"We rely on Captain Gill's, uh, 'forecasting abilities' to come up with predictions every year and we're so lucky that it worked out in our favor this year," Maskery said.

In reality, it was a humorous way for Discover Boating to spread a simple message that boating season doesn't end after Labor Day on Monday.

Maskery said most harbors are open through late October, and that Chicagoans should hit the water as long as the weather cooperates.

"In Chicago, because the summers are short, everyone gets out on the water when they can. They truly take advantage. So extending that season into October will keep the harbors thriving," Maskery said.