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Fun with first-time catfisherwoman

This past week, I got to share the old G3 with a very cool young lady. Hannah Schultz, a very bright 13-year-old girl from Rock Falls, was on board for a little channel cat chasing with me.

You all probably do not remember, but back before Christmas, I did all those giveaways. Well, of all the “Guess the weights” I did, Hannah was the only one to guess a weight right on the money.

The prize – if you want to call it that – was to have me come and talk fishing to their school class, and to fish a tournament together. Well, we did the classroom thing back in March, and finally we got to meet up for some pre-fishing.

Now, Hannah isn’t what I’d call your typical 13-year-old girl. I mean yeah, she’s a perty little thing and all, but this young lady is all about the outdoors. Hannah shoots bow and arrow and shotgun hunts for deer and turkey. To put it simply, she’s a country girl.

However, Hannah had never been on the Rock River after channel catfish before, so I got the chance to put her on her first one.

Now, I love having opportunities like this one. Only thing is, the channel cat bite had dipped quite a bit with the rapid dropping of the river, so I was hoping we’d still be able to get her a decent fish.

Even though our mid-week trip started off slow, things picked up at midday, and Hannah started to get some steady bites. I am not going to get into any numbers on the short trip; however, I will say that Hannah was able to land more turtles and catfish than her father Dave did. This young lady caught on to the bite really well, and figured out exactly when to set the hook on the light-biting cats.

It was really apparent that parents Dave and Lisa have done a wonderful job raising a terrific young lady.

So now, Hannah and I wait for our opportunity to fish a tourney together, and for a chance to team her up with my daughter Taya and chase a flathead or two. This will be a very talented team of female catters, and I hope to see them team up and fish some tourneys together someday in the future. That would be awesome to watch.

But getting kids into fishing and hunting or, for that matter, camping, scouting, boating or whatever, that’s the important thing. These two young ladies are both well on their way to a life full of terrific outdoor memories. It will be exciting to see these two achieve successes along the way, and eventually pass what they learn on to their own kids in the distant future … the very distant future.

One last thing, all. Do not forget next Saturday’s co-ed catfish tournament in Erie. Grab your own daughter or son and get over and fish with us. Fishing starts at 7 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Registration starts at 6 a.m. at Glenn Miller Marina. We’d love to have you there.

Until next week ... Go Catfish!

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