On Sunday, June 5, Twin Pines Conservation Education Center held its annual Family Fishing Day. The June heat kept the numbers low, which meant every name was drawn for a door prize. The prizes ranged from fishing pliers to fishing poles and more. Tyler Tripp of Eminence, son of George and Jennifer Trippe, was drawn for the grand prize of a Rapala-brand set of filet knife, scales and other fishing accessories.
Anglers at the Mule Camp Pond at Twin Pines were very successful with several catching their first fish during the event. Gready Brawley of Winona, son of Mary Ann Brawley, caught the biggest fish of the day, a 17 1/2-inch catfish. Although several people hooked the 22-inch largemouth bass known as “Sarge,” none of the participants was able to land her. Trinity Wrightfield of Winona had a very successful first fishing trip. She reeled in the most fish of the day and landed the second largest fish, a 16-inch catfish. Roger Kirkman was the oldest fisherman at 69 years young. Harper Bockman, fishing from the lap of his very proud mom, Michelle Bockman, was the youngest at 6 weeks.
New this year was the “Most Excited Fisherman” award. Gready Brawley easily landed that award, along with the winning catfish.
While fishing was the highlight of the day, participants could make their own fish-print t-shirt and a fishing hat and participate in a casting contest. A lunch of hot dogs, chips and cookies washed down with a glass of pink lemonade helped fight the heat.
Just because you missed out on the Twin Pines Fishing Day this year doesn’t mean you have wait until next year. Pick your favorite Ozarks fishing hole and your favorite fishing buddy and get out there. Need some help deciding where to go? Check “Places to Fish” in “Related Information” below.