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

Live in the D: Exploring the outdoors through fly fishing

>>> BACK LIVE IN THE D WE ARE OUTSIDE

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL START TO THE DAY IN DOWNTOWN DETROIT WE ARE DOING SOMETHING NOT TOO DOWNTOWN-Y FLY FISHING IS SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL OUTDOORS WE CAN IMAGINE WE ALL KNOW THAT WE ARE GETTING THROUGH THE FALL AND WHEN THE SNOW STARTS FLYING THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS WE CAN DO

WE NEED TO WORK ON CONSERVING OUTDOOR SPACES WHICH SOMETIMES WE TAKE FOR GRANTED OUR PARTNERS AT THE MICHIGAN OUTDOOR COUNCIL IS AWARE OF ALL THE PUBLIC PLACES WE WILL HAVE FUN AS I TRY TO LEARN TO DO FLY FISHING WE ARE JOINED BY TOM QUAIL AND JEREMY GEIST FROM MICHIGAN COMMISSION >> GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE

>> TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TROUT UNLIMITED >> TROUT UNLIMITED NATIONAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION FOUNDED IN MICHIGAN IN 1959 ON THE BANKS OF THE RIVER SINCE THE INCEPTION WE HAVE A MEMBERSHIP BASE OF 150,000 PEOPLE WORKING IN 400 CHAPTERS SPREAD ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO MAINE AND EVERYWHERE TROUT EXISTS >> OUR MISSION IS TO CONSERVE, PROTECT AND RESTORE COLD WATER FISHERIES AND WATERSHEDS AND DO THIS ON THE GROUND EFFORTS OUTREACH AND EDUCATION AND TO MATCH THE EFFORTS WE HAVE PROFESSIONAL STAFF IN THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION IN 30 OFFICES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH EXPERTISE IN FRESH WATER AND FISHERY SCIENCE, ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY AND CONSERVATION >> A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THIS AS A RELAXING WAY TO SPENDING THEIR TIME

THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE DOING THEY ARE EXPERIENCING THE OUTDOORS WHAT CAN YOU TEACH US FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME WITHOUT MUCH TROUT FISHING >> THE ONE GREAT THING ABOUT TROUT FISHING, IT GETS YOU INTO OUR WONDERFUL RESOURCES IT IS FISHING AND NOT NECESSARILY ALWAYS CATCHING

WHEN YOU ARE OUT THERE MAKE SURE YOU SMELL THE ROSES A LITTLE BIT AND SEE THE RESOURCES AND WATER RESOURCES AND GREAT FORESTS WE HAVE IT IS A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE >> TELL ME REAL QUICK JEREMY MENTIONED LOCAL CHAPTERS WHAT DO THEY ACTUALLY DO

YOU ARE NOT JOINING A CLUB JUST TO JOIN IT >> IN MICHIGAN WE HAVE ALMOST 8,000 MEMBERS AND 20 CHAPTERS IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN WE HAVE FOUR CHAPTERS AND OVER 2,000 MEMBERS WE WORK ON RESTORATION PROJECTS ON THE WATER RESOURCES HERE IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN THE CLINTON RIVER

THE PAINT CREEK A HURON RIVER AND IMPROVE HABITATS >> LET ME GET TO THE POLE OVER YOUR SHOULDER AND SEE WHAT'S GOING ON REAL QUICK I DON'T WANT TO RUN OUT OF TIME EXPLAIN WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT VERY QUICKLY AND SHOW ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO TRY TO DO IT IS LIKE A FISHING POLE DIFFERENTLY SET UP

A LINE, REEL AND ROD AND THE IDEA IS CAST IT BACK AND FORTH IN A RYTHMIC MOTION TO GET YOUR LINE OUT AND CAST TOWARDS FISH YOU SEE >> CAN ANYBODY START THIS? IF I GO WITH A BUDDY WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING OR SOMEBODY FROM THEIR CHAPTER >> ABSOLUTELY >> BASICALLY, WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO, YOU ARE TRYING TO CAST THE LINE NOT NECESSARILY CASTING THE ROD BUT CASTING THE LINE OUT TO WHERE THE FIS ARE

IT — LIKE JEREMY SAYS IT I A RYTHMIC MOTION YOU LET THE ROD DO THE WORK YOU CAN DO THIS, I'M SURE >> I AM HOLDING MY INDEX FINGER AND PULLING THE LINE? >> NO JUST HOLD THE LINE LIKE THAT

YEP >> ALL RIGHT >> GO BAC AND FORTH >> CAST IT RYTHMICALLY >> ONCE FIND A CERTAIN LENGTH OF LINE I AM CASTING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND CAS BACK THE SAME AS THE FORWARD CAST

>> THAT WAS VERY GOOD BY THE WAY >> THAT WAS VERY GOOD >> THAT WAS THE ONE I WASN'T PAYING ATTENTION TO >> THIS IS PROBABLY WHEN YOU WANT TO STOP >> WHILE I AM AHEAD

>> IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TROUT FISHING GET OUT IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS IN THE STATE OF MICHIGAN CHECK OUT TROUT UNLIMITED MICHIGAN TUORG FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE MICHIGAN WILDLIFE COUNCIL VISIT HERE FOR MI OUTDOORS AND CHECK OUT THE WEB SITES AND MAYBE IT IS TIME