Youth First Fishing Adventure proves to be a winner – hook, line and sinker

With bait and tackle, rods and reels and hearts full of fishing enthusiasm, 16 teens cast away into the mighty Mississippi Aug. 16.

Yeraldine Madrid smiles and gives a victorious thumbs-up as her fishing guide, Tom Hammer, holds her fish. Photo by Heidi Geiss

Yeraldine Madrid smiles and gives a victorious thumbs-up as her fishing guide, Tom Hammer, holds her fish. Photo by Heidi Geiss

The youth were on a fishing mission, eager to land the lunkers and guided by members of Anoka Lions Club.

The occasion was the annual Youth First Fishing Adventure, made possible with the Lions’ donation of crawlers and leeches, rods and reels, and life jackets – not to mention their own fishing know-how and the four pontoons and three fishing boats that served as vessels for the adventure.

“This is so sweet to be out here,” said 15-year-old Deisy Lara of Ramsey. “I usually fish with my dad, but this is the first time I’ve been out this year.”

Dropping her line into the rippling Mississippi River waters just downstream of King’s Island, 14-year-old Vanessa Martinez wished for the biggest fish.

Bass and carp, sunnies and perch were caught and released, but only after they were measured and recorded for a possible prize-winning catch.

You see, after the fishing excursion ended early in the afternoon, the Anoka Lioness Club served a picnic lunch at Peninsula Point Park and the Lions club awarded prizes to the fishers who landed the two largest fish.

And the prize-winners were Anna Bunn and Lacy Martinez, each reeling in hefty fish and hauling in trophies for their efforts.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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