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Heat doesn’t stop young fishers

More than 100 people braved the high temperatures on Saturday to attend Pike County Kids’ Fishing Day at Clay Hill Farms.

John Dorrill, who played host to the event, said his pond was meant to hold this event.

“This is just so suitable for this,” Dorrill said. “We put catfish in the pond and we don’t really fish it that much, so we just felt like it would be a really suitable place for it.”

Seth Daniels, one of the young anglers present, agreed.

“We’ve had a good time,” Daniels said. “I caught all I can catch. I got three or four real big ones and a couple of small ones.”

Daniels, like many of the other children at the event, was visibly enjoying himself, something Dorrill said he takes pride in every year.

“That’s really the reward is to see the kids and maybe the first fish they’ve ever caught or maybe the biggest or the most,” Dorrill said.

“It’s very rewarding. It’s good to see the kids who maybe don’t have a place to fish. We just love to see them use it and enjoy it on this day.”

While the idea of Kids’ Fishing Day may be to simply give kids an opportunity to go fishing, there were some competitive elements to the event.

Sibling rivalries, as always, were in full effect on Saturday.

“The fish I caught are bigger than my older brother’s,” Daniels said.

According to Dorrill, it’s people such as Daniels who helped make the event a success.

“I feel like everything went smoothly, and it seems as if all the kids had a good time,” Dorrill said.

Dorrill also said he looks forward to playing host to the event again in the future.