Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 26, 2011

Local residents angle for ‘good, clean’ entertainment at Dan Hale Reservoir

GLENWOOD — Families and friends had a chance to reel in some fun Saturday morning during a free kids fishing day at Dan Hale Reservoir in Glenwood.

Residents from throughout Mercer County began showing up at 7:30 a.m. to get in line for a free fishing pole giveaway for children as well as to pick the prime fishing spots around the lake.

The event was organized by Lusk Land and Lease, Mefcor Outdoors and the Princeton Fraternal Order of Police as a way to promote Dan Hale Reservoir as well as provide an opportunity for families to have fun.

Sloan Smith, an event organizer with Lusk Land and Lease, said the event provided a variety of opportunities for those who came out.

“We wanted to make sure young children got interested in fishing and help some young anglers out there,” Smith said. “This also promotes the lake. This was a good chance to remind people this is a good place to spend some time and have some good, clean fun.”

Senior Ptlm. T.A. Bailey with the Princeton City Police said the fishing day was a way to provide a positive activity for children.

“It gets a lot of the kids into fishing, and they can get an early start on it,” Bailey said. “It also helps the underprivileged kids who can't get out as much by giving them free fishing poles. It's a much better alternative to what they could be doing on a Saturday and introduces them to a great sport.”

Chris Shrader of Princeton came out to fish with his son Jamie, 9, daughter Samantha, 7, and family friend Dustin McDaniel, 11.

“It's a great sport,” Shrader said. “It gives the kids an opportunity to learn about fishing. We try to get out and fish as much as we can.”

Jamie was the only one of the group who managed to land a fish, catching four during the outing.

“I liked catching my fish,” Jamie said. “We've had a lot of fun. The fish have been hiding around the rocks, but they aren't very good at hiding. I caught four of them.”

Dustin said he didn't mind not catching any fish.

“I just like coming out fishing,” he said. “We do it a lot. Not catching anything doesn't make it any less fun, but I do like catching them.”

Grady Woods of Bluefield brought out his sons Jalen, 16, Deiyantei, 10, and daughter Breyanna, 12, out to the reservoir to fish.

“I didn't get to fish much since I was busy watching them,” Woods said. “It's great to do something that the kids enjoy. My son begged me to go all week. We go fishing a lot. It's much better than the kids staying at home, playing video games.”

Jalen managed to catch one fish during the day.

“This lets us stay active, and we can come out here and enjoy the weather,” Jalen said.

Deiyantei caught four fish, the most out of the group.

“It was fun to be out here as a family,” he said.

Though she didn't catch any fish, Breyanna said she still had fun.

“I liked getting my new fishing pole because it's pink,” she said. “I had fun skipping rocks, too. It's fun because it keeps us from having to stay in the house all the time.”

Patty Farmer of Princeton came out to the reservoir with her grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Of all the fish caught by the family, Farmer said the largest was a 1.5-pound fish caught by her 3-year-old great-grandson Carter Richardson.

“I've lived in Princeton all my life,” Farmer said. “This is my first time out here and it's beautiful. It's been a wonderful day and this was a great chance for our family to do something together. They loved fishing and showing each other what they caught.”

One of Farmer's great-grandchildren, Michael Richardson, 10, said he enjoyed catching fish the most.

“I only caught one, but it was small,” he said. “I like being out here with my family and friends.”

Alex Richardson, 7, also enjoyed reeling in five fish.

“I like being out here with everyone,” she said. “I caught five fish. That was the best part.”

Brett Cox, 11, another one of Farmer's great-grandchildren, also caught five fish.

“I liked getting my new fishing rod,” he said. “I like being out here with my family. We get to talking and know each other a little better.”

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