On June 7, 39 4-H members and their families participated in a fishing derby, casting contest and skill-a-thon during the annual 4-H Sportfishing State Event held recently at Little Dixie Conservation Area near Fulton.
Mark Morgan, MU associate professor of parks, recreation and tourism, autographed copies of his newly released book, “Hook, Line & Sinker,” a collection of fish stories told by Missouri anglers. Employees of the Missouri Department of Conservation served a lunch of Asian carp.
Youth also learned to make their own in-line spinners and to practice knot tying. They also created art by making prints directly from fish, using a technique based on the Japanese art form gyotaku.
Parker Wallace, a Ralls County 4-H member of the Brice Happy Hustlers, took top overall honors in the senior division. In several of the separate contests Parker placed in the top: he won second place in the senior division fishing derby; first in the casting contest and Parker tied for first place in the fishing knowledge based skill-a-thon.
“Sportfishing is not just about dropping a line in the water and waiting for a bite,” said Shannon White of the University of Missouri Extension 4-H program. “It includes knowledge of aquatic ecology, casting, tackle craft, and even how humans and fish are interdependent. The 4-H sportfishing event focused on all of these things!”
Contact your local 4-H club or the UM Extension Center for more information on being a part of this fun program. 4-H is for all youth, ages 5 to 18 – come and join the fun! Contact DeeDee Martin YPA at 573-985-3911.