Catching The Big One Through Take A Kid Fishing

WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A BREAK TO >>> IT HAS BEEN A SUMMER TIME TRADITION FOR OVER 30 YEARS OUR JOSH PETERSON SHOWS US WHY FISHING GUIDES IN THE BEMIDJI AREA TAKE A KID FISHING

>> THERE'S NOTHING QUITE LIKE THE SMILE OF A CHILD BUT MULTIPLY THAT 100 TIMES OVER, AND YOU HAVE THE NUMBER OF KIDS WHO ENJOYED A FULL DAY OUT ON AREA LAKES THROUGH TAKE A KID FISHING >> I'VE BEEN WITH THE ORGANIZATION FOR 30 YEARS WE'VE BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR 32 AND IN THIS TIME, WE HAVE TAKEN OVER 5,000 KIDS FISHING >> THIS YEAR THE EVENT PROVIDES KIDS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCOVER MORE THAN JUST FISHING

PROVIDING A CHANCE TO DISCOVER NATURE AND SO MUCH MORE >> SOME OF THESE KIDS ARE ACTUALLY QUITE EXPERIENCED FISHERMEN BUT THEY JUST WANT TO GO, AND THEY GET TO GO WITH SOMEONE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT >> FOR MANY PARTICIPANTS, THIS COULD BE THE ONLY TIME THIS YEAR THEY WILL GET OUT ON THE LAKE, WITH KIDS FROM A VARIETY OF BACKGROUNDS, TODAY IS ALL ABOUT THEM AND OF COURSE CATCHING SOME FISH >> THIS IS CHANCE FOR THEM TO GET OUT, FISH WITH A DIFFERENT GUIDE, AND WITH DIFFERENT KIDS, A LOT OF THEM, YOU KNOW, MAKE NEW FRIENDS >> AFTER A FULL DAY OF FISHING, BOATS FILLED WITH SMILES DOCKED AT THE LAKE BEMIDJI STATE PARK WHERE KIDS GOT A PHOTO WITH THEIR FISH AND WERE TREATED TO A CELEBRATION, BUT IT WAS THE THRILL OF THE SPORT THAT MAKES THESE KIDS SMILE

>> HE CAN TELL YOU THE TIPS WE DON'T KNOW ANYTHING [LAUGHTER] >> THE ONLY TIPS I KNOW ABOUT ARE THE EXTRA MONEY YOU GIVE >> JUST BEING ON THE LAKE AND CATCHING FISH >> JUST BEING ABLE TO CATCH WALLEYES BECAUSE THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE EVER CAUGHT A WALLEYE

>> SAME >> WHILE MANY OF THESE KIDS WILL HAVE GIANT FISH STORIES TO TELL OVER THE NEXT YEAR, FOR THE GUIDES IT IS THE CATCH OF A SMILE THAT MAKES IT ALL WORTH IT >> IT IS MORE THAN JUST FISHING YOU KNOW, IT IS AN EDUCATIONAL PROCESS TOO THIS IS THE NEXT GENERATION TO BE THE AVERAGE JOE OUT ON THE LAKE

>> IN BEMIDJI, JOSH PETERSON, LAKELAND NEWS >> BROUGHT IN SOME NICE FISH THERE

‘Take a Vet Fishing’ event held in Branford

VETERANS HEADED TO THE WATERS EDGE TODAY IN BRANFORD TO TO DO SOME FISHING! NEWS 8'S ALYSSA TAGLIA TAKES US TO THE SPECIAL EVENT 3 JEFF BUGGEE: SOMEBODY ADVOCATED TAKE A VET FISHING , YOUR COUSIN, UNCLE NEIGHBOR AND OUR CHURCH HAS THIS PROPERTY THAT YOUR ON RIGHT NOW 55 ACRES ON LONG ISLAND SOUND AND I SAID WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF WE COULD DO THAT ALYSSA: THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THE FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF BRANFORD DID, NOW "TAKE A VET FISHING" HAS BEEN GOING STRONG FOR 12 YEARS JEFF BUGGEE: IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND A LOT FROM VIETNAMALYSSA: THESE VETERANS MAY NOT HAVE SERVED IN THE SAME WAR, OR EVEN FOR THE SAME BRANCH, BUT ON TOP OF THEIR HEROIC HEARTS, THESE VETERANS ARE ALL PART OF A SPECIAL PROGRAM THROUGH THE VA JEFF BUGGEE: YES, THE EASTERN BLIND REHABILITATION CENTER

ALYSSA: OUR BLIND VETERANS ENJOY A DAY ON THE WATER, FULL OF FISHING, MUSIC, GOOD FOOD AND GOOD COMPANY BARBRA FREEMAN: IT'S A GREAT ORGANIZATION, YOU WANT TO GIVE BACK TO WHAT THESE PEOPLE HAVE SACRIFICED FOR OUR COUNTRY ALYSSA TAGLIA: ITS A BEAUTIFUL THURSDAY, THE SUN IS SHINING AND IT'S THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER BUT ANY DAY IS A GOOD DAY TO HONOR AND THANK OUR VETERANS AND ENJOY SOME FISHINGAL LENHARDT: IT MEANS A GREAT DEAL TO ME MY SERVICE TO THE COUNTRY IS SOMETHING I DID VOLUNTARILY BUT WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING NOW IS DEMONSTRATING THEIR OUTPORUING OF ENTUSIASIM AND RESPECT FOR WHAT WE DO IM GRATEFUL FOR THAT

ALYSSA: TAKE A VET FISHING IS ALSO A REUNION FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE EASTERN BLIND REHABILITATION CENTER PROGRAM TOGETHER THEY HAVE SHARED THEIR STORIESAL LENHARDT :WE BECOME COMRADES THERE'S A DEGREE OF CAMARADERIE AND MUTUAL SUPPORT WE BECOME STRONGER BECAUSE OF THATIT MAKES ME FEEL SPECIALALYSSA: A THANK YOU TO OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WHO REMIND US TO ALWAYS ENJOY LIFE EVERY DAY AL LENHARDT: THE GLASS IS ALWAYS HALF FULL, AS A SOLDIER I LEARNED THAT AND SOLDIERS, MARINES, SAILORS, AIRMEN, AND COAST GUARD GUYS AND THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT DAY

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