Teach A Kid To Fish, And They Will Fear No Worm

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Kids have had enough lectures and eye-flitting from grown-ups.

What they need is somebody to take them fishing.

Us old folks don’t get MySpace.com, we don’t understand Hannah Montana, or how someone walks correctly with roller skates embedded in their shoes. And above all, we don’t know what it’s like to have to pass a test to prove to the government that we know how to subtract and divide.

We do know how to bait a hook. And when that nightcrawler gets wriggling, and that five-year-old’s face turns white with shock and fear, whose going to rise to the occasion?

That’s where you come in.

(That’s not even to mention what to do when a kid who has seen 1,000 dismembered bodies on television goes toe-to-toe with a flapping trout.)

This Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. is the annual Kid’s Fishing Day at the city’s Forestry Division compound located at 4398 West Belfair Valley Road (Old Belfair Hwy), west of Jarstad Park.

The fishing day isn’t hosted by Hostess, or Nintendo, or Jolt Cola (am I dating myself?) or Abercrombie & Fitch thong’s for primary schoolers, but by the wholesome Kitsap Poggie Club and the city’s Public Works & Utilities Department.

Read the city’s press release here.

Rainbow trout will be there for the angling, donated by the State Department of Fish & Wildlife. The Poggies provide fishing gear for those that do not have their own, so that cuts out your best excuse, mister.

Check out photos of Fishing Days past here.

3 thoughts on “Teach A Kid To Fish, And They Will Fear No Worm

  1. It appears our dear Binion is waxing nostalgic about a life he never got to live. I can just picture him sitting in a corner, weaping all over his Sudoku puzzle, his black framed glasses magnifying the red-eyed pain of a past pushed away in vain.
    “If only they had invented kiddie thongs when I was a wee boy,” he murmurs to himself. “I would have been the prettiest boy at the ball.” It’s a sad story, made all the worse by the fact that it comes from a man who thinks people around these parts actually fish with nightcrawlers.

  2. Andrew, I think it was a cute story. The poggie club is a great organization. I was fortunate enough to be able to learn to hike, hunt, camp and fish when I was a kid on the same land as the three previous generations of my family. Girls and boys we all learned and we all used “nightcrawlers” to fish for trout in the creek. We were really successful at it as well. Fish always tasted better as a kid when you caught it yourself.

    Colleen Smidt

  3. I used Fish Eggs, not worms…little round orange eggs. They were sold in a small jar I carried in my saddle bags along with my simple break down fishing pole, ready to fish the high country lakes in the Cascades.

    My rig wasn’t fancy, a few shiners, a small sinker and a salmon egg on a hook usually worked fine.

    I rarely saw another person fishing but once watched a fly fisherman fish across the lake. He cast out and reeled in a dozen or more times without result.

    I tossed out my line a few times and had fried fish for dinner.

    Being out is good for the soul…child and adult alike.

    Congratulation State Department of Fish & Wildlife and the dedicated Poggie Club volunteers … you are showing kids a new way of living… and eating.
    Sharon O’Hara

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