Kids Fishing Class at Lake Neahtahwanta, August 18, 2012, a Huge Success.


Fulton’s Becky Devendorf holding a sunfish son Reid caught during the August 18 kids fishing class at Lake Neatahwantha.

A kids fishing class held jointly by local fishing author Spider Rybaak and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services on August 18, 2012, drew a field of 22 children to Lake Neahtahwanta on Fulton’s West side.

Mike McGrath, the most knowledgeable carp expert on the East Coast, held several children and their guardians captive for an hour, explaining and demonstrating carp subjects ranging from knots and terminal tackle to habitat preferences, mixing chum (grains, syrups and Marukyu Japanese bait) and seeding it into the water to draw the fish close to shore.
After his course in theory, McGrath led the kids to a spot on the lake, cast out several lines and began catching carp ranging from 7 to 15 lbs, and a couple channel catfish running from 4 to 8 pounds.
Meanwhile, Spider was teaching kids how to fish with lures (Berkley PowerBaits) and worms.  
Nightcrawlers  were the bait of choice in the beginning, but the supply ran out after a couple hours and the students began using the Atomic Teasers, Ripple Shad and Honey Worm PowerBaits Spider handed out earlier, catching some nice bluegills and white perch on the popular Berkley lures.
Loaner Shakespeare Classic rod and reel combos were available for the day for kids who didn’t have their own fishing equipment.
Spider and McGrath will hold another fishing class on Lake Neahtahwanta, September 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  For more info., contact McGrath: mmcgrath2@twcny.rr.com315-882-1549.

McGrath showing a student what a carp looks like up close and personal.

McGrath Associate “Animal” (left) holding a large catfish hooked by Fulton’s Rebecca Bailey (center) and reeled in by Jakob Burghardt, also of Fulton.

Oswego’s John Niger and sons Alex and Jim pose with a bluegill his older son caught on a Berkley PowerBait Atomic Teaser, the boy’s first fish on an artificial lure.