July 13, 2013, Kids Fishing Class at Lake Neahtahwanta a huge success.

By Spider Rybaak; srybaak@yahoo.com

Alec Henderson, Jordan, NY, holding a carp he caught during the July 13 class on Lake Neahtahwanta, while grandpa looks on.

Alec Henderson, Jordan, NY, holding a carp he caught during the July 13 class on Lake Neahtahwanta, while grandpa looks on.

Roughly three dozen children and adult guardians participated in a fishing class conducted by local author Spider Rybaak and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services on July 13, 2013 at Lake Neahtahwanta on Fulton’s West side.

Mike McGrath, the most knowledgeable carp expert this side of the Rockies, kept a large group hooked for hours demonstrating technique and landing several carp averaging 10 pounds.

His chum (grain used to draw fish to the bait) attracted a school of carp, and numerous adult anglers who swarmedaround him, forcing McGrath to move operations to Lock 03 on the Oswego River in downtown Fulton.

Young Brandon Brooks, Fulton, caught a monster carp at the coffer dam, claiming: “This is the best day of my life.”

Meanwhile, Spider was instructing 10 children how to fish with worms and Berkley PowerBaits. Although the water was high and murky, the majority caught something, mostly sunnies and white perch.

Shakespeare donated the rod and reel combos used for the class.

Spider and McGrath are holding another fishing class on Lake Neahtahwanta, August 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  For more information, contact McGrath: mmcgrath2@twcny.rr.com; 315-882-1549 or Spider srybaak@yahoo.com.

Crystal English (the hot dog lady) and son Tanner pose with his catch, a pumpkinseed, one of many caught on Lake Neahtahwanta on July 13.

Crystal English (the hot dog lady) and son Tanner pose with his catch, a pumpkinseed, one of many caught on Lake Neahtahwanta on July 13.