New Jersey Kids Fishing
Kids, Fish & Smiles In NJ.
There is nothing better than the smile on a kid holding up their
prize catch. We encourage you to take a kid fishing. Take a picture
of their catch and let us post it here. They don't have to be trophy
fish, trophy smiles is what we are looking for.
James & Chuck Elmendorf
James and Chuck Elmendorf went fishing Memorial Day morning in
a Medford lake and caught what may be a new state record White Catfish,
estimated to weigh over 16 lbs. The boys are skilled catch and release
anglers and were committed to making sure the fish lived, so it
was not killed simply to get an official weight.
This was a true team effort. The fish was hooked by Chuck (12 yrs
old) who fought the fish while younger brother James went home to
retrieve a large fish net from his garage. When he returned, unable
to locate the net, Chuck handed the rod over to his little brother
who skillfully fought the monster ("Big Bertha" they later
named her) on 6 lb. monofilament for over 10 minutes until the net
arrived. The catch has been entered into the New Jersey Division
of Fish and Wildlife Skillful Angler Awards Program.
Stephanie Connell with her catch held by Uncle Dennis.
We were fishing in a secret location and i was using a 2' ice
rod and i saw a fat fish swim to the top of the surface and I told
my uncle and stopped reeling in the line so i can try to catch it
and he kept saying that it was the lure skimming the surface of
the water. I was trying to explain to him that the thing i saw was
too big to be my lure and that it had to be a fish. He kept telling
me that it wasn't a fish and since i stopped really in the line,
i felt a hard tug on my pole and I started pulling and reeling in
the line. I got the fish up to the edge of the water, but it let
go and got away. I wasn't able to catch it because his lip was
too tough for the tiny hook and it didn't go through. After it
got away I was dissapointed because I been fishing for 2 days in
a row and hadn't caught a single fish. I told my uncle that I was
going to keep trying to catch it. Than about 20 minutes later, my
uncle Dennis started fishing and he got a bite. When the fish got
to shore, we found out that it was the same fish that took my bait.
When my uncle pulled it out of water, the fish snapped his pole
in half. He was a Chain Pickeral and was about 27" and weighed
about 5 pounds. I named the fish Big Mac because of a story i had
read that day about a huge fish that was hard to catch and broke
a lot of peoples poles. We got a lot of photos of the fish and then
we let it go. We all believe in catch and release fishing. My uncle
tells everyone that I caught the fish because I caught it but it
got away but I give him most of the credit because he re-caught
it and reeled him in. Here is our picture of our fish, Big Mac:
Have a great fishing trip with a youth in New Jersey!
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