Eighteen children participated in a kids fishing class conducted by local author Spider Rybaak and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services June 8 at Lake Neahtahwanta in Fulton.
Mike McGrath kept several youngsters and their guardians hooked for hours discussing fishy subjects ranging from terminal tackle and tying knots to demonstrating how to mix and use chum to draw monster fish averaging 10 pounds to your line.
“I’m not just talking theory, I’m showing how it’s done,” McGrath explained, casting out a couple rigs.
A few minutes later, he had his first carp, followed by another several minutes later and then another. He landed a total of 15 fish ranging from eight to 25 pounds in less than three hours.
Meanwhile, at the boardwalk, Spider was teaching how to fish with worms and Berkley PowerBaits. It had been raining for the past few days and the water was high and murky, but 14 kids caught something, mostly sunnies, white perch and strawberry bass.
Loaner Shakespeare Classic rod and reel combos were available for the day.
Spider and McGrath are holding another fishing class on Lake Neahtahwanta July 13 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those seeking more information may contact McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org or 882-1549.