We went to a kid's fishing derby on post Saturday. We got there a little after 8:00 to sign up and get a good spot on the side of the (very small) lake. The official derby fishing didn't start until 9:00, so any fish you caught before then didn't count. We let the girls practice fishing and Katie caught a catfish right off the bat.
I think that was her fist time even holding a pole.
Then she caught a bluegill.
Emily hooked a bluegill, but it got away before she could reel it in.
We threw all the fish back - they were just for practice after all. The REAL fishing started at 9:00. The siren finally sounded to announce the beginning of the derby; AND...........nothing. We apparently scared all the fish during the practice period. The ones we threw back must have swum screaming through the lake warning all the others. We caught sticks. We caught our neighbor's lines (a number of times). There was really not much we could do about that. It was so crowded, if you cast your line out, you had about a 50% chance of crossing someone else's line. Especially with it being only the kids who were allowed to fish. I saw one little girl fishing in a pink leotard and tutu.
Katie finally snagged one 6 1/2 inch bluegill and that was our only official catch for the day. We decided just to go back Sunday evening when it wasn't so crowded and fish just for us. We did win a cute little insulated lunch bag in the drawing so it wasn't a total bust. We came home and put the worms in the fridge for later. Ew.
Luckily, the perseverance paid off. Emily caught a bluegill!