Jeffrey Hopkins is one such student.
“I sometimes fish on land,” Hopkins said.
Hopkins said he has caught sunfish and bass in the past. This time, however, motoring around the lake with classmates and a volunteer, the sunfish and bass the anglers could see in the water weren’t interested in the bait they had to offer.
“I didn’t catch any fish,” Hopkins said. “They weren’t liking my worms.”
Hopkins still said the trip was fun and exciting.
Similarly, Emma Hathaway had only ever fished from shore before, mostly with her grandmother. To her, a boat offered more flexibility than fishing from shore.
“It felt good,” Hopkins said. “It was fun and relaxing. Sometimes you can sit down instead of standing the whole time.”
Hopkins did land two sunfish during her first time on the water, one on a worm and one on a leech.
The students participating in the fishing trip received other donated treats. In addition to having cookies and water, each participating student went home with a new rod and reel and tackle. The annual Take A Kid Fishing trip is made possible by donations from local businesses, donation of fishing boats, guidance by locals and organization by the Lions Club.
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