Kids Fishing Class at Lake Neahtahwanta, June 8, 2013, Huge Success.

By Spider Rybaak; srybaak@yahoo.com

Mike McGrath holds a 10 pounder as Jonathan of Pennellville (tucked under his arm), Aiden Cutter (left) and John Sharack of Syracuse look on.

Mike McGrath holds a 10 pounder as Jonathan of Pennellville (tucked under his arm), Aiden Cutter (left) and John Sharack of Syracuse look on.

Eighteen children participated in a kids fishing class conducted by local author Spider Rybaak and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services on June 8, 2013 at Lake Neahtahwanta on Fulton’s West side.

Mike McGrath, the most knowledgeable carp expert this side of the Rockies, kept several youngsters and their guardians hooked for hours discussing fishy subjects ranging from terminal tackle and tying knots to demonstrating how to mix and use chum to draw monster fish averaging 10 pounds to your line.

 

Mike Hutton of Fulton holding daughter Grace’s first strawberry bass.

Mike Hutton of Fulton holding daughter Grace’s first strawberry bass.

“I’m not just talking theory, I’m showing how it’s done,” McGrath explained, and cast out a couple rigs.

A few minutes later he had his first carp…followed by another several minutes later…then another… landing a total of 15 fish ranging from 8 to 25 pounds in less than three hours.
Meanwhile, at the board-walk Spider wasteaching how to fish with worms and Berkley PowerBaits. It had been raining for the past few days and the water was high and murky, but 14 kids caught something, mostly sunnies, white perch and strawberry bass.
Loaner Shakespeare Classic rod and reel combos were available for the day.
Spider and McGrath are holding another fishing class on Lake Neahtahwanta, July 13 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  For more information, contact McGrath: mmcgrath2@twcny.rr.com315-882-1549.