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This Year's CPR Contest Entries

Alex Ramer
My Dad and I went to Forest Park Fish Hatchery for the "CPR" Program to learn about the different types of fish during the Catch, Photo and Release Contest.
My Dad is Assistant Den Leader for Den 10 Pack 425 and I am a Wolf Scout in Den 10 Pack 425. I learned how to install a bobber stop, bobber, swivel, bead weights and make a leader line to attach the hook to the swivel. After casting my line, we sat and waited while watching the bobber. I seen the bobber start to move as the fish were nibbling on the bait and all the sudden it went under. I grabbed my rod and gently started reeling in and the fish took the bait, I tugged and it hooked the fish. As I reeled it in I could see it was a small fish about 6 inches long, It was a Bluegill. I held up my catch to get my picture taken then My Dad showed me how to gently remove the hook and release the fish back into the water as I watched the fish swim off really fast.
After checking to see if the bait was still good, I casted out again and shortly after I caught another fish, a Bluegill, it was about the same size as the first one I caught. We took another picture and released the fish back into the water then cast back out again. I had lots of fun today and was excited to catch some fish today. Afterwards My Dad and I ate a hotdog and rehydrated with a bottle of water before Heading back home. It was an exciting day and I look forwards to fishing more this summer.
Caleb Brown
I was fishing on the pier and nobody was catching anything. I kept watching my rod tip and evertime it would bend I would jump up. Finally my rod bent really hard and I jerked my pole and reeled in fast. I was so excited to catch my first fish of the day!
Kaleb Mashke
I was fishing at a little pond at a local nature center for an O.K. Kids Day event. I know it isn't technically a fish but it was fun to catch a frog that big. It weighed about two or three pounds. I was standing on the edge of the bank with a 10 foot cane pole and held the string down over the edge. I had other people help me to find the right spot because I couldn't really see it from there. Once it took the worm and hook the frog went crazy it hopped all over so it was hard to get him pulled in. I had to have some help to get him under control. I hollered at my mom that I got a frog and she grab her camera and ran to me to take a photo. It did not want to open his mouth so a guy that was helping with the fishing clinic had to pull the hook out. After everyone got to see him and my mom got plenty of pictures I got to release him back into the water and see him swim off.
Brenlyn Richmond
I got a big Largemouth Bass! They like to go after shiny things in the water, so I had to cast & reel in my lure several times before I caught one. I even got it out of the water all by myself! It was so exciting! My dad helped get it off the hook so my mom could take a picture and we released it back into Harvey County East Lake. I can't wait to go fishing again!!
Blake Bell
Hello my name is Blake and I'm 4 years old, 5 in July. I love it when my dad takes me fishing! I wanted to share my favorite picture when my dad taught me how to remove the hook after I caught a little bass. I can't wait to go fishing again!

-Teach a boy to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime

Damon Armenta
So when i caught this smallmouth I was pretty excited. I saw two and the smaller one took it first. My bait of choice was a pumpkin green flake senco. My location was stansburry park Utah.
Cypress Neve
My family went to O.K in beavers bend for Christmas.I got my rod from my uncle.It was a Quatum Bill Dance special Edition medium-light action spinning rod.

Then a year ago my family went to South Padre Island.The second day me and my family went swimming and I brought my rod.I was using a silver spoon. I had a fish on and it came off.It happened two other times.Then I finally got a lady fish on and I walked back to shore and got the hook out of the fish's mouth. I was so excited because that was my first fish with that rod and it is my first saltwater fish in my life.
Kooper Williamas
I was at a Cub Scout fishing derby. I was fishing for Blue Gill and catfish. My dad said "Kooper, your pole!" I grabbed the pole and had to fight it while reeling it in. I got it in and I took a picture. Then I brought it up to the table to measure it. I took it back down to the lake and I released it into the lake. I casted my bait, then another fish bit and I really had to fight it to get in. I brought it in, my dad netted it and I kept fishing for Blue Gill until he brought it up and released it back into the lake. Even though it was bigger then this one he didn't get a picture. I won the biggest catfish catagory at my fishing derby. I even caught 70 little Blue Gill! I had so much fun with my dad and friends fishing! I can't wait until next year!!
Griffin Nelson
Griffin and I were on an adventure walking down stream from a fishing honey hole of ours. Along the way we seen many different birds, animals and caught some fish including this beautiful Smallmouth Bass. Most of all we spent time outdoors together and had an amazing day together.
Colby Brown
I had caught two little fish telling myself that wasn't good enough I had 5 fishing poles out starring like a hawk at each one. The wind from the ocean wasn't helping it made me nervous but than I saw a real bite I quickly ran over to the third pole and jerked it hard. I knew there was a big one on it. It took me about 2 minutes to reel it in. I caught a nice size whiting. Everyone else wasn't catching much so once I took it to the scale it weighed 13 oz and I had the top fish of the tournament but It was only 30 minutes in so every 10 mins I would check the leaderboard and I stayed on for the rest of the tournament. I won a ocean rod and a plaque.i had a great day fishing.
Kailey McClellan
I was camping with my family at Starvation reservoir we were camping right on the lake and had just gotten there. I decided to walk down to the water with my new rod. After a few casts I caught this beautiful rainbow trout. It put up a good fight before I finally landed it.
Patty Greever
My daughter, Patty was fishing at Bennett Springs State Park in Missouri for rainbow trout.
She stood in 54 degree waste deep water for an hour when her line got tangled, so I was fixing her line and told her to use my rod and reel. Next thing I know she is yelling with excitement and landed a 2lb 8 oz rainbow on a four pound test line. Nothing compares to your little girl loving the outdoors. We got a picture and released the trout back into the stream.
JT Greever
My son and I like to fish this small creek here in NW Missouri for little catfish.
Local farm asked how we where doing, but we had just started so nothing yet as we had just put the lines in.
Spending the afternoon on the bridge with my son was a great day, but became better when he set the hook on this 2lb 12oz channel cat. My sons not big for his age, but managed to pull this cat up about twenty foot to the top of the bridge.
We got a picture, and released the fish back to the water.
The best part of the pic, is how my son is holding the fish away from him to make it look bigger then it is. LOL
Kooper Williams
I was fishing under a bridge. I was catching some Blue Gill. The Blue Gill were small and little. My dad told me my pole was moving. I went to grab it and I caught this catfish. I kept on catching Blue Gill until I put new bait on. Then I casted back out and I wasn't fishing for Blue Gill. While I waited I was playing a game of putting some rocks on another rock. Then I went back to catching Blue Gill again. I also caught a Large Mouth Bass but it was a little one. I had a good day, it was fun and me and my dad caught some Blue Gill. I don't know when I will go but I can't wait to go again this week! I hope we can go out on the boat real soon but if we don't it's ok because I love fishing any where!
Kooper Williams
I was catching blue gill with my dad. There was a big fish at the bottom swimming around. I tried to catch it with wax worms like I was doing with the blue gill. I put a night crawler on and tried to catch it with that but it did not want to eat it. So I went back to fishing for Blue Gill again. I caught a bunch of them. I was reeling in another one and the big fish came out from under the pier and ate my blue gill as I was reeling it in. I reeled it in and it was a largemouth bass. I took a picture with it. We released it and I tried to catch a different bass but it didn't bite. That was the bestest bass I ever caught because it was a good fighter and my biggest one! I want to catch another one!
Edi Arneecher Farm day fun!
Michael Leas Jr
Michael jr and dad out camping and fishing for the weekend. We proceed to go on a 13 mile canoe trip the following day. I would like to share more photos. Let me know how I can do so.
Keiron Langston
I only had about an hour to fish and I begged my mom to take me fishing before my brother’s baseball game. She said okay and we went to a local public fishing lake. After a while of fishing I got bored and cast my plastic worm out and notice some bluegills so I grabbed my net and tried to scoop up bluegills and then release them for fun. I tried really hard but didn't catch anything in my net but seaweed. Then my line that was in the water went tight so I thought that I was drifting backward dragging my worm on the bottom but actually I was getting pulled by the bass in the photo in my kayak. I grabbed my pole and lifted it up then I felt tugging and set the hook then I went on a journey around the small lake while the bass pulled me and I got him in my net and paddle all the way to were my mom was and I left the fish in the net in the water and got photos and then released the fish back into the water to live another day.
Kaylene Rogers
My entire family went fishing with our friends for father's day. We first went to lake Olathe in the morning. We didn't catch anything so we enjoyed our picnic and went home. Then in the early evening we went to cedar lake to try again. We had so much fun casting our lines. We were all catching fish, except my brother caught a cup. I was getting my line in the water, then I would run around the grass with the 2 year old baby and play, mom and dad watched my bobber. Then they told me when they thought I had a fish. I had lots of worm thieves before I finally caught one. I have autism and I don't keep my attention much, but mom and dad and friends let me have fun when we go fishing, so it is never boring. I love to go fishing now.
Kaya Williams
I was at the McHenry Dam on Saturday fishing with my family.. I was trying to catch some catfish. My dad helped me cast my pole out so I didn’t get stink bait everywhere! My dad took my brother to the bathroom. Then a little while later, when they were walking back, my mom and I saw the pole move. So I got up from my chair and went to the pole and waited for it to move again. Once it moved again, I picked it up and started reeling it in. When I was reeling it in, it was sort of easy but sort of hard. After that my brother came running to get the net to net the catfish. We like to help each other that way. It was really fun to do. I can’t wait until I get another catfish. I hope the next catfish I get is even bigger! I caught a lot of fish that day.
Caroline Brown
I caught this fish all by myself. My daddy took me fishing and my rod bent and I pulled real hard. I reeled it in and then let it go so it could swim with it's brothers and sisters in the ocean.
Riley Pate
Mom took me and my brother and his girlfriend to Petite Jean to go hiking before my brother had to leave to go to basic training for the army for the summer. I knew there was a little creek that flowed by the trail so I packed my mini fishing pole and some of my favorite jigs in my backpack that I was going to carry. I knew if the water was running good that I wanted to fish. As we hiked along the trail I put my fishing pole together and a jig on it and I threw out my pole. I caught a bunch of bream, goggle eyes, and a few bass. This was a big goggle eye one. It was bigger than my hand. Some people saw it and thought it was cool. It sure was fun and pretty. I love fishing! I want to go back and fish some more.
Molly Lombardi
Our Girl Scout Service Unit (620) was having a Twilight Camp in the Kansas City Area. We had a great fisherman helping us bait the hook and catch the fish. We had almost 150 girls at the camp. The camp lasted for three nights. I was one of the teen leaders since I was going to high school in the Fall. So many kids caught fish. I heard that we were catching a lot so on the last night, my group of girls were going to be at the lake. I don't like to bait the hook so Bill did it for me. I actually caught three fish. This picture is of me with one of them. I didn't kiss the fish like some of the girls did. It was a lot of fun! We threw the fish back into the lake. Funny, you would think that the fish would get tired of getting hooked.
Joslyn Rodriguez
I came to Ironwooods Park with the Girl Scouts Twilight camp and we went fishing. First we had to listen to all the rules about fishing so no-one would get hurt. And then we got to see pictures of different kinds of fish. Then they gave each of us a fishing pole with a spinning reel. I was so excited to show everyone that I knew how to cast a fishing pole. My mommy helped me put a worm on my fishing pole, then I casted out my pole. I had to wait awhile for a fish to eat my worm, then my bobber went under the water. So I pulled my pole really hard and started reeling in the fish. It was really hard to reel the line. I caught a bluegill with a beautiful orange tummy. I really like going fishing with my dad, mom, sister, and my cousin Luis too.
Kooper Williams
We went to a park and we were fishing. The pole was moving so I grabbed it. I started to reel it in and it was fighting me. It kept pulling my line out everytime I got it closer it would pull again. The pole was really bent on top. My dad was holding on to me because it felt like it was going to pull me in the water. I finally got it all the way in and my dad netted it. I was very happy because I have never caught a fish like this before. A bunch of people were watching and smiling at me when I caught the fish. I also got to see 3 turtles jump into the river. They looked like they were doing cannonballs when they went in! A Crane sat on a tree across the river from me. I got to see lots of animals and it was my biggest fish yet and my first Carp.
Grace Whisler
There is nothing like the sound of water moving through a creek, slowly and gently rolling over the rocks as the current moves around, the fish lying in wait for a snack to come along. Being persistent, you throw the line out again, always hoping and knowing this could be the cast that leads to the thrill of "Fish On!" Finally, this is the one cast you have been waiting on. The tug at the end of the line and the fight to shore as you reel in the prized fish! As you bring the fish to shore, your excitement amounts to something incredible. Now, at last, the fish is in the net, in your hand, and in your memories. There are many things I will never forget, but the thrill of catching this nice rainbow trout is one of the greatest! A photo, a smile, and then gently back into the creek. I think the catch is important to and the release is important, too. I want to see another kid have the same experience and feel the thrill like I did. Enjoy the catch, capture the photo, release the fish, and keep the memory!

Grace Whisler
Cason Ledford
This boy has many hobbies baseball basketball etc... but the outdoors is his passion!! We had a long day of baseball ahead of us but Cason wanted to get up at 5:30 in the morning to go fishing. We had an awesome morning catching well over 30 bass in a 30 acre pond with this one being his biggest of the day weighing in just over 5lb. Happy to see him have the same passion as I do and feel really proud to know that he will one day pass it on to his children one day!
Riley Pate
Mom took me to Crooked Creek in Yellville. It's nice and gentle flowing. First, we floated the creek in a canoe, but we didn't take our fishing poles because we knew we would end up flipping over and we didn't want to lose our poles, and of course, we saw some big fish when we didn't have our poles. After we got back from floating, we took out wading in the water and along the banks. The first time I threw out my pole I didn't get anything, but the second time I threw out I landed a good size small mouth bass. He gave me a little fight, but I brought him in. Although my dad argues that he got the biggest one of the day, I'm pretty sure my fish was the biggest catch of the day and I have a picture to prove it. Plus, my Mom got it on video.
Margaret Bonnet
This picture is from the first time I ever went fishing. I went with my girl scout troop at Twilight camp and I caught 5 fish. They were called "blue gills". When we were going fishing all the girl scouts in my group caught fish. At first I didn't catch any, and then I was patient and a volunteer helped me and I caught 5 fish in a row. I learned about the kinds of fish I can catch, and I learned that I wasn't going to catch a cat fish. I used a part of a worm for bait, my mom put it on the hook for me. I was so excited I told my Uncle and my Grandpa and they are going to buy me a fishing rod and take me fishing again. Next time I go fishing I want to catch a big fish so that my Uncle and my Grandpa can be surprised.
Margaret Bonnet
I caught this fish the first time I ever went fishing. This was the most beautiful fish I ever saw, I had never gotten to see a fish this close up before. I caught 5 fish when I went fishing with my girl scout troop. This was the smallest fish I caught. I got to touch the fish and I thought it felt nice. After my mom took the picture the volunteer helped me to take the fish off the hook and we put the fish back in the water so it could grow bigger. I hope this fish grows bigger and has lots of fish babies. I want to go fishing again so I can catch a fish that is big enough to eat. I want to get a fishing rod that is smaller and that is pink so that I can hold it better and my Uncle and Grandpa are going to take me fishing.
Jordan Brown
This is my first year of fishing! My cousin Brian started getting me into it and I have loved it very much. I always go fishing either at my aunt and uncles farm or my neighberhood ponds. I usually like to fish for bass. I like to catch and release and just snap a photo. I was fishing at the farm and about a 6 pounder came around and got hooked on my crankbait and wrapped around some brush and broke my line!!

I really want to go to lake Yahola and fish for sand bass and sawgeye. I'm slowly building my collection of tackle and lures. The bass in my pond usually like the crankbait or spinner bait. I also have a few packages of finess worms and a frog. I've really enjoyed fishing this year and I can't wait to continue on with my fishing!
Calvin Biggs
The fish in the picture is not just mine, but my cousin Wes's as well. Tonight while I was helping my dad, I was able to teach my cousin how to fish. This is his first fish he caught with my help. Together we caught six bluegill and Wes was really excited and wanted to fish more but had to go home to eat dinner. This will be a memory we can both share forever.
Wesley Van Slyke
Wesley is three so I will transcribe what he told me. " Fishing is fun. I caught 6 (he is holding up 6 fingers) with my cousin. Meemaw let me touch a fish."
Sophie Matos
This picture says it all! This was her first catch with her first fishing pole, and she was beyond excited. We had many nibbles from tiny fish, but none were big enough to fully hook themselves. We tried spot after spot till we found a little rock overhang that looked promising. After casting her line in I handed her the pole. When that lure was just about to leave the water, the fish jumped on it and gave a nice fight! Since then she has learned so much about fishing and how to cast her line all by herself. As an avid fisher myself, it was a tremendous joy to share this experience with her and have her be able to join in on future fishing trips.


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