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Kid’s day takes fishing to limits

Some days are just perfect for fishing.

Saturday was one of those days.

It couldn’t have been a better day for the annual “Kids’ Fishing Day” at Clay Hill Farms in Pronto. The sun was shining. The sky was blue and the fish were biting.

“What more could you ask for than a day like this,” said John Dorrill, owner of Clay Hill Farms. “The kids are having a good time and I think every one of them has caught several fish and most of them have caught a big one.”

Saturday was the kind of fishing day when the big ones didn’t get away and every kid went home with a story to tell.

The combination of worms and wieners worked for some of the young fishermen. Others preferred chicken livers. Few used commercial bait because “that’s not real fishing.”

Booker Toney and his son, Anthony, were among the many father-son duos that took advantage of the opportunity to spend an early summer day at the “fishing hole.”

“We like to fish and it’s fun to come to a place like this where you know that you’re going to catch something,” Booker Toney said.

“What I like is fishing with my dad. He’s the greatest dad there is,” the young Toney said with a big smile. “We fish good together.”

Todd Bradley not only learned to fish. He also learned to remove a hook that a big-mouthed catfish had swallowed — hook, line and sinker.

Denver Thomas said the limit for the Kids’ Fishing Day had been raised to 15 and he was proud of it.

“I’m a good fisherman and I like to fish,” Denver said. “I’ll catch the limit. I like to eat fish but I don’t like to clean them but I sure like to catch them.”

Denver’s family was there to support him and to give him a few hints. But with the fish that he had on ice, it was certain that Denver would have his own fish tales to tell. “There was this big one …” he said with a smile.

Jacob Spivey said enjoys pond fishing and he caught two “monster catfish.”

As old-fashioned as Kids’ Fishing Day is with families fishing together off the banks of the pond, it also had a “ring” of the modern word.

Blake Nowling, Pike County conservation officer, said Kids’ Fishing Day was again a great success and thanked all of those who made it possible and, especially, all of the parents and family members who went fishing with their kids.

Jacob Spivey was pulling in a big “cat” when the cell phone rang.

It was his “mom” wanting to know how the fishing was going.

“Good! Can’t talk now, I’m pulling in one!” Jacob said.

Kids’ Fishing Day is sponsored by the Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers Association, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division and Wal-Mart. John and Carol Dorrill host Kids’ Fishing Day at Clay Hill Farms.