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Annual fishing derby for kids a huge success

This one happy girl with tiny bluegill thshe caught during “Fishing Should Be Fun” derby last weekend. | SPECIAL TO

That is one happy girl with a tiny bluegill that she caught during the “Fishing Should Be Fun” derby last weekend. | SPECIAL TO THE NEWS-SUN

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Updated: September 12, 2012 6:04AM

Competition Bassmasters of Northern Illinois should feel really good about their annual “Fishing Should Be Fun” fishing derby last Saturday, as it was a great time for kids.

The derby is sponsored by the Round Lake Management Commission and the Round Lake Area Park District.

Besides fishing, families got some information about boating safety, proper casting and rigging and how to bait the hook.

“This is a great event for the community” said Frank Palmisano Jr., recreation program manager for the park district.

“There were about 110 kids and about 150 people all together,” he said. Once they registered, they got supplies and Ace Hardware donated buckets that the kids used to bring their fish over to the judges table or to use as a seat until that big one took the bait.

“Fishing wasn’t as good because of the drought but one kid caught a giant carp,” said Palmisano.

Kids bring in the fish and then Bassmasters keep them in a giant tub for all to see until the end of the event and then they are released. “One year, we had some of the bigger fish eating the smaller fish. So, do we weigh it again?” joked Palmisano.

He said they also got some help from the Huebner Fishing Management Foundation, which was started by John Huebner, a life long resident of Round Lake who always helped out at the fishing derbies. Because of his foundation, kids who didn’t have fishing poles got to keep their loaners after the derby was over.

Huebner served as a village trustee for Round Lake for 16 years and retired in 2003. He passed away after a long fight with cancer in 2008.

“I always valued him for his insight, opinions and his support. He had a passion for water issues and was always a useful person to consult on the history of why something was done that way versus another way when it came to engineering or public works, said Mayor Bill Gentes in his blog at the time.

Palmisano said that with the help of the foundation they hope to do more conservation minded events on Round Lake such as paddling and birding. They are also thinking of doing a Hike, Bike or Paddle around the lake event in the future as well.

Nice to see this park district is in gear to Leave No Child Inside.

Today is the day

Come out to Antioch for the Northern Illinois Conservation Club’s youth event for boys and girls ages 5-17 today at the club’s grounds just south of Route 173 on Route 83. Cost is $10 per child and that includes food and all the activities during the day.

The outdoors event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the club, along with Northwest Town Sportsman Club, will be offering hands-on firearms safety and review, archery, crafts, pellet shooting, target shooting, air-rifle range and a trapping demonstration.

The Fox River Hunt Club will give a lesson on dog training and you can visit the Sportsman Grill where you can taste different game.

The club also has a trap shooting event for adults on Sept. 23 and Nov. 4. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $10 a round (25 shots). Bring your gun and ammunition.

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