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CLEAR LAKE, IA – Not the most ideal weather for fishing, but that’s not stopping dozens of anglers from heading out to Clear Lake for some family fun.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring this years “Take a Kid Fishing” tournament for introducing kids ages 16 and under to the sport.
Adults and children team up to fish together, either on the shores or on boats in hopes of reeling in the big catch.
While there is some healthy competition some choose to take part in, others say the most important part is simply enjoying time with family and friends.
“I think that events like this make a good excuse for us to get out and do these type of family activities that we normally might not do. I think fishing is a good family activity that you can do for a long time,” said Jesse Tidrick of Clear Lake.
Jesse was joined by his daughter who was out fishing for the first time and his wife and describes the experience as a “breather” from everyday life.
Final weigh-in for the day’s catch gave some anglers something to look forward to but for most, the time being spent with loved ones was more than enough.