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Week 1
No class this week as this is Labor Day
Week 2
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My new organizer!  Holds 6 poles without tangling, as well as the tackle box and other items.  Very handy!
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Fishing poles all laid out waiting for the class to show up.  The pole on the far right is one of my surf fishing poles that I brought in to show the kids.
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Thought this would make an artsy shot of the fishing poles...
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So, where are the kids!?!?
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Here they are!  After going over the schedule and some details about fishing and casting, we spent part of the afternoon practicing our casting techniques.
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Gotta be the coolest picture I took today.  That's a level of concentration you don't see too often!
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This is one of several new faces we have in our fishing class this session.  This young man took 2nd place in our casting contest!
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An old hand at fishing, this young man has fished with me in at least 2 other fishing sessions.  He doesn't know it yet, but I will be relying on him to help the others...
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Every session we have at least one young woman join us.  She has never fished but snatched up the open faced rod (the hard of the two to master) and she mastered that reel in less than a minute.
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Another new face.  Many of these new students have fished for years, some even entering tournaments, so I expect good things from this group!
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Another old hand with my fishing group.  I will be leaning on him for help with the class as well.  That's what happens when you get better at something.  Folks rely on you.  It's a good thing!
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Practicing like this assures me that everyone has at least a basic understanding of how the equipment works.  Less casting into trees, weeds, fellow classmates...
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Some pictures of the last of the practice session before the casting contest
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Everyone seemed to have a great time
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Previous years they would grumble about not fishing on this first day, but they have come to accept that I won't bring them to the water until I am convinced they know the equipment.
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I was busy judging and measuring for the contest so I only got this one photo.  You can see the person casting (3rd from the left) and the 3 targets set up.  The coffee can was 3 points, yellow ball 2 points and soccer ball 1 point.  The closest cast was 12" from the coffee can.  Good stuff!
Week 3
Mines Falls Park
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Gear laid out while I await my class
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Mine Falls dam
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Looking south, down the Nashua river
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Across the river.  It's a pretty area in the city.
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An interesting log formation
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This tree knot caught my attention
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Off in the distance I can see several areas that would be rich in bass
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Such as this hung up tree
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The first fish of the day (a sunny)
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The kids check out different spots, searching for the best place to fish from.
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My helper (blue striped shirt) was a major help with the kids!
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Meryl works her rod while fishing for the very first time
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And her very first catch is...   ...a giant weed!
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Caught in mid-cast
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Plenty of room for everyone at this spot
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Fishing the log is a good choice if you can keep from getting snagged
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Baiting her first hook
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And we have another one!
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An artsy shot
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Her very first fish ever!  This B&GC program has allowed me to witness a kids first fish on many occasions.  I just love it!
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Looking for that elusive bass
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Candid shots through the branches of a tree
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calm contemplation
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Background, center - I think I see something!
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Going for the big'un!
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And we have our last fish for the day!
Week 4
Wasserman Park
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Thomas nails the first one, a Pickerel.
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I didn't get to fish much, but I was able to catch a small bass.
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Scenes like this make classes like this SO worthwhile for me (and the kids)
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A bad day of fishing beats a good day of most anything else!
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The tranquility of the lake
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The excitement of pulling in a nice fish!
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I've never seen the kids "play" together as well as they do in fishing class!
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This lake is known for its bass, if you can coax them from their hiding places.
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If nothing else, I hope what the kids get out of this class is the importance and value of "relaxing with nature"
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This could be a greeting card!
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My helper (Nick) trying his hand at the fish
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Meryl catches her first fish of the day, but certainly not her last!
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BANG! Yep, she's got another!
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Every once in a while someone will brave the weeds, knowing that there are fish in there!
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If you look closely, yep, she's got another fish on!
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And another!
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Like something out of a Tom Sawyer story...
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Two more brave the weeds
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But the fish seem to be near the docks today
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A close up of her sunny
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Yep, them's som happy faces!
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This has GOT to be a good way to relax after a day of class. 
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One more before we're done for the day!
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Our intrepid fishermen (and woman) pose for a picture.  What a group!
Week 5
Kids Cove
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For someone who is learning to fish for the very first time, she catches more fish than anyone else in the class!
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Shane casts out to the deep pools.
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Our line of kids trying for the deeper spots.  Hard to get to as the water level is VERY low and the deeper pools are log congested (snag-city)
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Nick is a great help in these classes, helping with baiting, clearing snags and untangling lines.
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Yep, we got us 'nother one!
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The smile says it all!
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Thomas catches the first bass
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Followed by another!
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Relaxing near the shore
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Here you can see how low the water is.  This is normally about 3 feet deep.  Today only about 6" deep.
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The low water is exposing a lot of the sunk dead wood in this waterway.
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You gotta LOVE that form!
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Long October shadows set the mood for an afternoon of fishing.
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And we have another!
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Some of the boys took a walk up the trail with Nick to explore.
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Tired of exploring, they decided it was better to just rest.
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Ah-Ha!  I caught the only trout of the day (which is odd, as this is a trout breeding area...)
Week 6
No class due to 
Columbus Day holiday
Week 7
We didn't catch a darned thing this day.  We were all set to gut/clean and cook our catch but never got the chance as the fish just were not cooperating. Next year, perhaps.  However, it was a simply WONDERFUL day on the lake!   
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Meeting the kids halfway up the hill, I walk them down to our fishing hole at Wasserman Park
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Wasserman Park on Natticook Lake.  A very nice place to be on a very nice day such as this
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I remember days like this.  I hope these kids will  too, now...
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A cool Fall day in New Hampshire
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Lines in the water, peering over the edge hoping to catch a glimpse of some fish.
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Pictures like this remind me of why I moved back to the north east.
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A young boy digging through a bucket of worms.  As American as apple pie!
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A beautiful day for Kayaking
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Not a bite all day, but everyone seemed to have a wonderful time.  I know I did.
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Even with 3-5 kids trying to fish off of the same dock end, we had very few arguments or issues.  Everyone played well together this fine day.
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Trying their luck in the weeds.  Nothing was biting this day.
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Like a post card
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I love the intensity as they work to catch a minnow then work to get him on the hook!
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This is the most contemplative picture I have ever taken of Thomas.  I remember taking the picture without really thinking, then looking at the picture and was touched by the calmness of the scene.  I then simply stood there and watch him as the wind made little ripples in the water.  Very relaxing.
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Packing up to leave, we take one last look out at Natticook lake.  It was a good day of fishing, though a not so good day of catching.
Thanks to all my fishing buddies!  I had a wonderful time.  I hope you did too (and I hope you learned a thing or two also!)

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