Come fish, go fish

Close to 200 gather for the annual Take a Kid Fishing Day program sponsored by Warwick Valley Rod & Gun Club

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  • Close to 200 people, youngsters along with their parents or grandparents, came out to enjoy overcast skies and mild temperatures while fishing in a creek well-stocked with trout.

  • Kathleen Baird, 10, and her brother Robert, 12, each caught a trout. Their Great Grandfather Bill Baird, 99, is also the original owner of the farm and he will celebrate his 100th birthday this August..

  • Samantha Kelly, 10, was all smiles when she caught this Rainbow Trout.

  • Volunteer Rob Burghardt (left) was on hand to help young fishermen like Austin Droge, 11, who caught this 18 in. Brown Trout.

  • Roddrick Vivieca, 11,has the right message for this event on his tee-shirt.

  • Rich Young offers his daughter Makenzie, 6, a few pointers on casting her line.

  • Lucy Ro, 6, looks like she knows what she's doing.

  • Dave DeSantis coaches his son Nick, 5.

  • Laura Peacock poses with her son Matthew, 8, who just caught an 18 in. Trout.

— It was great weather for fishing on Saturday, May 5, as close to 200 people, youngsters along with their parents or grandparents, came out to enjoy overcast skies and mild temperatures while fishing in a creek well-stocked with trout.

Thanks to an annual community service provided by the Warwick Valley Rod & Gun Club, families enjoyed another opportunity to "Take a Kid Fishing Day."

And every boy and girl also received a valuable prize to take home.

Earlier that morning the club members stocked approximately 300 to 400 hundred trout in Wawayanda Creek on Baird Farm.

The picturesque farm has traditionally been the site of the annual event held for children who live in the Town of Warwick. The event is provided for youngsters who may not have access to a stream.

"Take a Kid Fishing Day" was organized by club members for boys and girls under age 14 to give them an opportunity to enjoy the wildlife and environment surrounding their community.

Although many of the participants were successful, a child did not have to catch a fish to win one of the prizes awarded at the close of the event.

Since it is not a contest, it has been the practice for the club to award a prize to every participating child, whether the child was lucky that day or not. The prizes, most of which were donated by the local business community and other organizations and individuals, included fishing rod and reel combos, vests, tackle boxes, lures and other outdoor recreation items.

Contributions collected during the day and proceeds from the sale of food and refreshments will be used exclusively for next year's "Take a Kid Fishing Day."

- Roger Gavan

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