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#1 Jun-04-16 10:12AM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
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2nd Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby, National Mall pond.

Today I had the pleasure of serving as a "guide" at the 2nd Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby (founders- Wayne Hubbard and Candice Price).

This is a cool event that is supported by the Department of Interior and many of it's agencies like Fish & Wildlife, Nat'l Park Service and BLM.

I was there representing Veterans for Fishing and Fishingcommunity.org.

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Lots of kids of all ages showed up!

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After a few speeches....

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http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/Newest%20Kiko/Wounded%20Heroes%202015/IMG_0452_zpsuntykx5h.jpg

....it was time to fish!

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This guy in the red pants had never fished before. Showed him what to do once and he was casting away! He is a natural....

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And this is Nadia. She caught a few fish but had never touched one!

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/Newest%20Kiko/Wounded%20Heroes%202015/IMG_0458_zpsqkybmh86.jpg

She finally touched one and even thew it back (3"BG). She then said that the fish bit her so she didn't want to do that again....

This was an 8+" BG....

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/Newest%20Kiko/Wounded%20Heroes%202015/IMG_0460_zps6xoxqwcq.jpg

....I saw an 8.5" and also one that was almost 9"!

The biggest bass I saw was 9"...

Saw lots of this today....patience was the name of the game!

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Then it was time to schmooze.

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Left to right: Rachel Wooten from BLM, unknown big wig, Paul Ketrick from Fishingcommunity.org, Sally Jewell who is the Secretary of the Interior and former REI CEO & former Mobil Oil executive, David Hu from BLM and then me.

The best part came as I was leaving. I heard, "hey mister, I caught #6!!". And there was Nadia in all her glory.....

http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj320/Kiko13PB/Newest%20Kiko/Wounded%20Heroes%202015/IMG_0468_zpshxdx1vx1.jpg

....with her 2' Barbie rod.


Time to go fishin' again!

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#2 Jun-04-16 1:29PM

Osprey
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From: Forestville, MD
Registered: Nov-16-07
Posts: 1029
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Re: 2nd Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby, National Mall pond.

You Da Man!


20' Key West..16' C-Hawk...Hobie Pro Angler...Hobie Outback

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#3 Jun-04-16 2:42PM

drxfish
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From: Sterling
Registered: Jan-04-14
Posts: 1223

Re: 2nd Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby, National Mall pond.

That is really great!  You do good stuff, Ernie!


Always wishin' I was fishin'

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#4 Jun-07-16 1:39PM

mkupchyk
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Registered: Oct-21-14
Posts: 87

Re: 2nd Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby, National Mall pond.

Great event. That is an awesome custom rod holder rig with those 5 gal. buckets in the first pic; I'm sure it took a bit of time to build.

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#5 Jun-07-16 1:45PM

RyanK
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From: Ashburn, VA
Registered: Apr-20-16
Posts: 47

Re: 2nd Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby, National Mall pond.

Looks like an awesome time!


Always lookin to go fishin!

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#6 Jun-07-16 2:30PM

Ernie
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From: Ashburn VA
Registered: Feb-03-06
Posts: 12578

Re: 2nd Annual Urban Kids Fishing Derby, National Mall pond.

mkupchyk wrote:

That is an awesome custom rod holder rig with those 5 gal. buckets in the first pic; I'm sure it took a bit of time to build.

Paul Ketrick of Fishingcommunity.org made those. Two guys can carry the platform with the 3 sets of buckets.


Time to go fishin' again!

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