Story by Lisa Rice
It’s all about quality time. Each year the Warwick Valley Rod and Gun Club hosts “Take A Kid Fishing Day” at the Baird Farm in Warwick. The non-competitive event was held on Sat., May 4 and every child who attends has the opportunity to catch fish and they all take home something from the prize tent; making memories is the real prize.
“In this day and age, with all the technology, it’s nice to have something like this to get off the computer,” said Jimmy Mack, father of four-year-old Christian and seven-year-old Noah. “We’re raising two little boys and we want them to do more outside. That’s why we moved to Warwick.”
If the goal was having a good time away from electronics, it was achieved for the Mack family fairly quickly as both boys caught fairly large fish.
“He’s been wanting to go fishing for a long time,” mom, Jennifer, said of Christian, who caught a life-sized (for him) carp. “It’s his first time.”
“It was like the size of me,” said Christian, wide-eyed and holding a plastic cup of minnows. “It was up to my neck!”
Brother Noah did pretty well too, catching a trout that would feed his family. “It was fun,” he said. “This day was incredible. I feel so happy. I caught lunch.”
Three Generations at Take a Kid Fishing Day
While the Macks were making first time memories, down around the creek bend the Cuccio family was carrying on family traditions.
“I brought him to this when he was a kid,” said Larry Cuccio of his son, Larry, who was fishing with ten-year-old daughter Makayla. The three generations hadn’t caught anything, but had a great spot and plenty of time.
On the opposite side of the creek, little Ernie Mabee and his dad reeled in a good-sized catch followed by a high-five. Earlier, Ernie’s older sister Paige made of catch of her own..
While there were a lot of dads creekside for the event, quite a few moms were also casting into the rapidly moving water.
Ann Hand was fishing with eight-year-old Aiden, who two hours into the event was beginning to wander in the muck caused by an overnight rain. “He’s a little discouraged because we haven’t caught anything yet,” said Ann.
Seven-year-old Jameson Sauka decided to take advantage of another opportunity offered by the Rod and Gun Club, a hamburger from the concession stand. “He’s emotionally eating because he hasn’t caught any fish,” said his mom, Jessica.
“It’s fantastic that they do this,” said Jimmy Mack. “The Rod & Gun Club and Jerry [DeBold] do a great thing, putting this together every year. The kids have too much screen time. This gives them and us the chance to get out into nature. They really do a great job.”
While the day began cloudy, with light rain, the sun was making attempts to shine, which perhaps accounted for a reduced number of kids this year.
“I usually have up to about 150,” said Fishing Day chairman Jerry DeBold, who said about 75 kids showed up this year. “I think everyone is just tired of this weather. But we’ve got about 150 to 200 people; we only register the kids. And they’re having a great time. That’s all that matters.”