Kids fishing class on Lake Neahtahwanta huge success

Coils of storm clouds propelled by 20 MPH winds couldn’t stop several children and parents from trying their luck at a kids fishing class conducted by local author Spider Rybaak and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services on September 21, 2013 at Fulton’s Lake Neahtahwanta.

Mike McGrath, the most knowledgeable carp expert on the East Coast, kept the youngsters and adults hooked for hours discussing fishy subjects ranging from terminal tackle and tying knots to demonstrating how to mix chum to draw monster fish averaging 10 pounds and how to fight them when they come.

After a few minutes of explaining everything from carp feeding habits to techniques developed over the millennium by Asian and European masters, McGrath cast a couple lines out, promising: “Now I’ll show ya’ how it’s done.”

In less than five minutes he’s battling his first carp. Alec Bertollini, one of his audience members was next, landing a carp of about 15 pounds. Alec’s grandpa, Bob, follows with a 10-pounder of his own. In less than an hour, everyone in McGrath’s class catches a carp, some land a couple.

Meanwhile, Spider was teaching how to fish with worms and Berkley PowerBaits.

Chase Trumble of Phoenix starts catching white bass right off the bat, landing several in less than an hour; and three-year-old Hannibal resident Andrew Kranze lands three of his own with his mom’s (Farah) help.

Loaner Shakespeare Classic rod and reel combos were available for the day. Berkley, Marukyu and Spider provided the bait.

Spider and McGrath are holding another fishing class on Lake Neahtahwanta, October 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
For more information, contact Spider,; or McGrath,; 315-882-1549.

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