Hook, line and sinker

Saturday is Take Me Fishing Day, so grab a pole, tackle box, bait, and your little guy or gal and head over to one of four local park ponds.

I could tell my fate was sealed when my then-boyfriend took me fishing and saw me bait my hook, cast, catch, and de-hook a fish without any assistance needed from him.

I have always been fond of fishing and I’ve been doing it ever since my dad gave me a little pink Zebco rod with “Anne” inscribed on the reel. Many a summer days I’ve spent on a lake shoreline or in a boat waiting for the big bite.

A rite of passage for my family was going to the annual Take Me Fishing Day at Mohawk Park. I can still remember standing on the bank the day my dad let me cast my rod for the first time. Before then, he always had casted for me, handing off the rod just after he set the line. I thought I had finally grown up. While I only caught some small bluegill—probably no bigger than a few inches—I thought it was really something. Years later it was my nephew’s turn as he became the next young angler in the family.

Those memories and traditions will stay with me forever and will likely be forged by other youngsters this Saturday, June 4 as the annual Take Me Fishing Day descends on four area park ponds. Take Me Fishing Day is a great opportunity to teach kids about fishing while enjoying the sport for free as no fishing license is required in honor of National Fishing and Boating Week.

From 7 a.m.-noon, the Mohawk Park-East Side Pond, LaFortune Park Pond, Jenks’ Veterans Park, and Broken Arrow’s Chisholm Trail Park will be full of family-friendly fishing. Ponds will be stocked especially for this event. KOTV Channel 6’s Dick Faurot and some of his fellow on-air staff will be making their way to each of the locations throughout the morning.

Anglers should bring their own rods and bait. Zebco, which is presenting the event, will be giving out free hats and goodies to the first 150 kids at each location.

For more information, call Zebco at 800-494-3224 or click here


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