From Xplor for Kids
February 2011 Issue

My Outdoor Adventure

Publish Date

Feb 01, 2011

At first, Cedar was content to watch his dad and uncle snag paddlefish. Some of the fish being pulled into nearby boats looked bigger than him. He worried if he hooked one, it might drag him overboard.

Finally, his itch to fish was too much to resist. He grabbed a pole and cast the heavy treble hook far out into the current.

Cedar cast again and again. He was about to give up when he hooked something solid and heavy, like a refrigerator. Cedar was sure he’d snagged a root wad, so he handed the pole to his dad. “That’s a paddlefish,” said his dad as he returned the pole. “It’s a big one.” Cedar had hooked the monster by its tail, so every time he reeled, the fish’s gill covers flared like a parachute. When he finally brought the fish to the boat, 10 long minutes later, his arms and back ached from the effort.

His dad and uncle both had to help muscle the paddefish over the bow. It tipped the scales at 39 pounds and measured 61 inches from paddle to tail—a few inches taller than Cedar. When he’s not catching giant fish, Cedar likes to play soccer and hunt for squirrels, deer, turkeys and morel mushrooms.

Snag a few paddlefishing pointers.

Also in this issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Cranky Snake

Nop Paothong lay belly-down on the forest floor, trying hard not to irritate the large and quite venomous cottonmouth coiled 3 feet in front of him.

You Discover

With winter almost gone and spring right around the corner, there’s plenty for you to discover outside in February and March. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Wild Jobs: Bug Detective Rob Lawrence

Bad bugs beware. Insect investigator Rob Lawrence is on the case.

Vulture Culture

The sickly sweet smell of rotting flesh hangs in the humid air. A large black bird circles overhead, homing in on the scent. It soon spies the source, a dead opossum swollen in the sun like a furry balloon.

Xplor More: Time to Build a Bluebird House

What’s red, white and blue, eats bugs, and sings in the spring? It’s Missouri’s state bird, the eastern bluebird.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole Leclair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Alicia Weaver
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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