With several fish already in the boat, Avery Moody passed his pole to another youngster he never met.
“I’ve caught enough, let Nick have this one,” the 8-year-old angler said after netting five fish totaling 20 pounds in the 30th annual Jim “Moose” Carden Kids Fishing Clinic’s graduation tournament.
His catch earned him a trophy and top honors for the 6- to 9-year-old age group.
“He exemplifies the true meaning of sportsmanship,” John Martino, tournament director, said after hearing Moody talk about his catch.
In all, the 245 kids caught 211 fish weighing 118 pounds, 12 ounces during the three-hour tournament at the Kokomo Reservoir Park off 500 East.
The youngsters caught a number of bluegill, several bass and catfish, a few crappie and dozens of carp using artificial and live bait. After the weigh-in, the fish were all released back into the reservoir.
Don Swope of U.S. 31 Fish & Tackle supplied red wigglers and bee moths for those who preferred live bait.
Summer Hancock, with boat captain Mark Gibson, took home the trophy in the 10-12 age group by landing two fish weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Summer also earned a $20 bill from Hoosier Open, which supplied the weigh-in equipment, for catching the biggest fish — a 6-pound, 5-ounce carp.
“I would like to thank my boat captain,” the young girl said of her day on the water.
Nicholas Fox, who teamed up with Moody in Jim Baker’s boat, landed three fish tipping the scales at 7 pounds, 2 ounces, earning her top honors in the 13-to-15 age group.
In his first ever tournament, 8-year-old Kaden Trusty landed a 2-pound largemouth bass on an artificial lure to his dad’s surprise.
“I’m pumped,” his dad, Zachary Trusty, said. “I can’t believe he caught one that big. I don’t think I ever caught one that big.