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April 2, 2013 > Milpitas Rotary Fishing Day

Milpitas Rotary Fishing Day

Submitted By Frank De Smidt

Fifty 4th grade Rose School students were given tackle boxes and the use of fishing rods borrowed from Fishing In The City for their Milpitas Rotary Fishing Day on Saturday morning, March 9. Rotary members were assisted by 4th grade teachers, plus volunteer police officers, firefighters, and Milpitas High Interact Club members.

The event hosted by the Milpitas Rotary Club was held at Spring Valley Pond in Ed Levin Park capped by lunch with hot dogs, fruit salad, baked beans, chips, cookies, Debbie Giordano's brownies and bottled water.

This year the pond was stocked with trout according to Rotarian Fishing Day Chair John Jay of Best Marine. Rotarians and volunteers helped students practice casting, assemble their hooks and bait, and assisted them with fishing.

Meanwhile, the cleaning station was set up and picnic area, grill, and tables were prepared for lunch. It took a while for the trout to start biting as small groups spread out all around the pond.

The first catch was achieved by 4th grader Brian Tieng followed by fellow student Andrew Doung. Ashley got her whopper next. 4th grader Kendall Navarro caught the biggest trout and Thomas Flesner's catch completed the take of five big ones!

All five anglers received Evinrude Fishing Day shirts from Chair John Jay. Brian (first fish caught) and Kendall (biggest fish caught) were awarded fishing caps.

All the fish were cleaned and put on ice to be taken home later.

The students are invited by their teachers to write about this year's event in a "Fish Tales" contest. Their essays can be actual or fictional. Winning authors will be recognized by their teachers and Milpitas Rotary at a future school assembly. First Lady Michelle Obama in an email response, congratulated previous 2011 Rose 4th grade students for their fine compositions.

Rotarians, volunteers, and students were pleased with this year's event and the nice weather.

Milpitas Rotary Club's 2013 Fishing Day sponsored by Evinrude.

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